Yes I know it’s not wildlife but when you are out and about you

need some home comforts and what can be more comforting

than vegan banana bread?

I always liked Banana bread and I wanted to find an easy vegan method. This is the result of a few recipes tried and adapted (I apologise for not naming anyone but the recipe has morphed from several ideas) that makes a super quick indulgence and makes use of over ripe bananas meaning you can be smug about saving food and enjoy it! This is a recipe for bread machines and no I don’t drive a Bentley, mine is a very basic £20 one from a high street retail outlet named after the great guitarist Wilko Johnson (Oh OK, I may have made that up!). Ingredients: 115g sugar (I use brown) 70g Your choice of vegetable fat (I use Stork [vegan version is in foil]) 250g self-raising flour 2 teaspoons of baking powder ¼ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda ½ teaspoon of salt 3 mashed ripe bananas Options; Add nuts (I use crushed walnuts), raisins, chocolate chips etc Method: 1. Melt the butter 2. Chuck (chef term!) all the ingredients into a bowl and give it a good mash and stir. You can just chuck it all in the bread machine but I found some of the flour etc often didn’t mix and ended up on the outside of the bread. 3. Place the mix into the bread machine trying to avoid finishing it before cooking! 4. Set the machine to ‘dough’ for 10 minutes only. 5. Cook on ‘bake’ for approximately an hour. This will depend greatly on the size of the bananas sometimes I need to add an extra 10 minutes or so. Try the cocktail stick in the bread trick and see if it comes out clean, you’re done! 6. Take the bread out and leave to cool for 20 minutes. Turn it out of the pan and let it cool on a baking tray trying not to eat it all before it cools. Rob
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