How often do you serve dessert at your house? I'm a little embarrassed to say that we have dessert almost every single day. While it is possible to serve healthy desserts if you're serving plain fruit, or at most plain fruit with plain yogurt, sometimes you just want something warm and gooey - sometimes you just want chocolate. I believe in moderation and not in deprivation, so when I crave something a little more elaborate than sliced apples I go to my kitchen and I start baking. I realized that just as quickly as you can whip up cookie dough you can whip up banana bread, or vegan pumpkin chocolate chip muffin cupcakes, or if you'd rather use carob instead of chocolate you could easily make gooey vegan carob pudding. Today I'm going to show you how to make vegan banana bread with chocolate chunks, a nice warm gooey dessert with a little more substance than plain chocolate chip cookies and a little more satisfying than sliced fruit.
- 8 ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup dark chocolate chunks or vegan carob chips
Step 1: Mash the Bananas
In order to make banana bread your bananas need to be very ripe. Ripe bananas, or banana bread ready as I like to call them, are mushy and very fragrant. The skin on the outside is more than 90% dark. If your bananas aren’t quite at that point you can put them in a paper bag with an apple and leave them overnight. Apples emit ethylene gases which will help the bananas to ripen more quickly. Once your bananas are ripe mash them up in a large bowl. Gather all the other ingredients you need, and then pre-heat your oven to 350*F.
Step 2: Add the Oil
Step 3: Add Sugar and Vanilla
Add the dark brown sugar (1/3 cup) and the white granulated sugar (1/3 cup) along with the vanilla (1 teaspoon) to the banana and oil mixture. Mix well, removing any lumps in the brown sugar that may form.
Step 3: Add Flour
Step 4: Add Chocolate
Using a bar of chocolate, cut up 1 cup of chocolate chunks and add to the batter. You can also use vegan carob chips as a substitute for the chocolate chunks. Fold the chocolate chunks into the batter.
Step 5: Prepare a Bundt Pan
I like to use bundt pans for baking breads and cakes because it cuts down on baking time. Put a little bit of oil on a paper towel and rub it inside the pan. Then add some flour and to coat the inside of the pan. This will keep your cake from sticking to the pan.
Step 6: Bake the Banana Bread
Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake for 40-45 minutes at 350*F.
Step 7: Let the Banana Bread Cool
Let the banana bread cool down on a wire rack for 15-30 minutes before serving. Often there will still be chunks of banana in the bread and those chunks can get very hot. Make sure the bread is totally cooled down before serving, especially to children. Then serve and enjoy!