Whole grain spelt adds nutty flavor, along with protein, fiber, and other key nutrients to this vegan, oil-free Banana Walnut Bread. Dates bring natural sweetness without any refined sugar or syrup. This plant-based recipe is a great go-to for healthy snacking or a warm breakfast bread.
MEDIUM Servings: 18, 2 loaves Ready In: 75 minutes
1/2 cup walnuts (54g)
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (300g), divided
3/4 cup dates (150g)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (57g)
3/4 cup plain almond milk (6 oz)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup spelt flour (140g)
1 cup brown rice flour (160g)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
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Gather ingredients. Preheat oven to 350.
Toast walnuts in 350F oven for about 10 minutes, until golden brown. Remove and let cool.
For the wet ingredients: Combine 1 cup of the mashed banana, the dates, applesauce, almond milk, and vanilla in a microwave-safe container. Microwave for 2 minutes, to soften the dates. Set aside to cool slightly.
For the dry ingredients: Sift together the spelt flour, brown rice flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
When the wet mixture has cooled slightly, after about 5 minutes, place into a blender. Puree until smooth
Combine the wet mixture with the sifted dry ingredients. Add the toasted walnuts and remaining 1/2 cup mashed banana. Fold together until well-combined. Pour into 2 lined loaf pans (or 4 mini loaves or 18 muffins).
Baked at 350F:
25-30 min. for muffins
40-45 min. for mini loaves
60-70 min. for full-sized loaves
Check to make sure a toothpick can cleanly be inserted and removed.
Let cool completely before slicing.
Chef''s Tips: Substitute 1/2 cup sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds instead of the walnuts for a nut-free version. One cup of mashed banana weighs about 300g. For a consistently delicious recipe, measure everything by weight. It's worth investing in a small digital scale to allow for more precise and easier measuring.
Yield: 2 loaves or 18 muffin
Serving size: 1/18 of a recipe (2.2 ounces).
Amount Per Serving
Calories From Fat (19%) 23.83
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2.81g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.27g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 162.48mg 7%
Potassium 201.31mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 23.46g 8%
Fiber 2.82g 11%
Protein 2.46g 5%
Calcium 2.43mg <1%
Iron 49.47mg 275%
Vitamin A 15.23IU <1%
Vitamin C 0.04mg <1%