With flax meal as the replacement for eggs and the sweetness and moist texture from the ripe bananas,the Banana Walnut quick bread tops my list of Hearty banana-licious recipes.The riper the bananas the more rich its in potassium ,make sure you use nicely or overly ripen bananas.
Bananas are regular in our house,me and Mr.Health Nut usually have it for breakfast.But unfortunately just as much I can enjoy bananas my son Nabeel cannot because of his asthma.Bananas are listed among food to avoid for asthmatics because it can produce excess mucus.I especially avoid these for him during peak asthma seasons of Spring and autumn.Rest of the season he does eat them occasionally,baking them in breads or muffins instead of eating whole is less likely to cause as much mucus.
2 1/2 cups of whole Wheat flour
1/2 cup flax seed meal(replacement for 2 eggs)
3/4 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 ripe bananas,mashed
1/2 cup dried fruits like cherries,cranberries,raisins or apricots
1/4 cup Pure Maple syrup or date syrup or agave nectar[1/2 a cup of brown or white sugar]
3/4 cup soy milk or fruit juice
1/4 cup of vegetable oil or Olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in center of oven.Grease a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan with butter; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl sift the flours and mix in the flax seed meal along with the other ingredients until well combined.
Bake in the middle rack of the oven until the crush is lightly brown about 40-45 minutes.
Cool about 30 minutes;loosen the sides using a table knife,flip the pan on to the cutting board. Slice and serve with fresh slices of banana. Store in an airtight container in fridge for a week.
The Vegan Banana Walnut Quick bread is my entry for the Food In Colors :Yellow ,a vibrant food event, hosted by Sunshinemom.And also Sindura's Bread Mania and Baking for Beginners
Another good use of ripe bananas is the soothing banana mask.Mix 1/4 of ripe mashed banana with a teaspoon of honey ,slather all over face and also keep a slice each over the eyes(helps in lightening dark circles under eyes) and lay back , relax for 10 minutes before rinsing clean.