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Monmouth Co-op Recipe Corner

One of our common share items is wonderful bananas, brought over by boat so as to use less fossil fuel. Wondering what to do with a constant stream of delicious organic bananas? Banana bread, of course!

Monmouth County Organic Co-op Member Marcia Marchese whipped this up from a recipe she found over at

Best Vegan Banana Bread in 10 easy steps, One Bowl required, no mixer!


2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

5 tablespoons water

2 large ripe bananas, approximately 1 cup mashed

1/3 cup melted butter (vegan butter if you want to keep the recipe vegan)

2/3 cup granulated sugar, or brown sugar, lightly packed

1/4 cup almond milk

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup chocolate chips (or non-dairy chocolate chips)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Grease a standard loaf pan

3. In small bowl, combine ground flaxseed and water. Set aside to thicken.

4. In one large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher until smooth.

5. Stir in melted butter

6. Add sugar, almond milk, and flax mixture.

7. Stir with large spoon until well combined.

8. Add the flour, sprinkle with baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Stir gently, do not over mix.

9. Gently fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.

10. Pour into loaf pan, bake 50-6- minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Let this cool for at least 30 minutes, which will make it easier to slice and thoroughly enjoy!!!

Looking for other ways to elevate your banana bread game? Try these other fun upgrades:

* Toast the walnuts before adding to the mix

* Add a dash of cinnamon or allspice for some extra warm spiciness

* Try a few teaspoons of orange juice and/or orange zest

* Try adding a pinch of dried cranberries or apricots, coat in flour first so as to not have them settle at the bottom of the loaf pan.

* A little canned pumpkin helps make your bread extra moist with a touch of autumn flair.

* Drizzle some maple syrup on the top.The whole loaf or simply one slice at a time when you are feeling fancy!

* A few pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds adds a nice crunch

* Try adding a small amount of old fashioned rolled oats, providing a little more texture

* Some cocoa powder (1/4 cup) will take you from banana bread to cocoa-banana bread

* Add a few tablespoons of peanut butter for an Elvis-inspired version!!! wow!


Who's in? Try it out and let us know how you loved it!

Feel free to join our tribe of community cooks.....

Ask to join our Facebook group 'Organic Fruit and Veggie Co-op Monmouth County NJ'

and text 732.500.4949 for more information on how to be part of all the fun.



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