Lenten Banana Bread Always Pleases

There are many opportunities to show hospitality during the Lent and it’s always nice to have something vegan to offer.  Here’s a recipe that always pleases.  It comes from Adventures of an Orthodox Mom.  She calls it Curious George Bread. We call it Delicious!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients (and then set aside)

· 1 3/4 c. flour
· 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
· 1/2 tsp. baking soda
· 3/4 tsp. salt

Beat together
· 3/4 c. oil or tahini for non-oil days (I use coconut oil)
· 3/4 c. sugar
· 1/4 c. cold water

Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture. The mixture will be thick but don’t worry. The bananas will add plenty of moisture.  (I made a double recipe so we could have cupcakes and froze them for a ready snack.)

Mash 3-4 bananas and incorporate into mixture

Add Enjoy Life Semi-sweet Chocolate Mini Chips

Pour into a greased loaf pans and bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. I like to add chopped walnuts inside and then put larger pieces on top so we can remember which ones have nuts and which don’t. 

Or pour into lined cup cake trays and bake for 15 minutes.

If I need a quick cake, I pour the batter into a greased and floured glass cake pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Once in a while, I add orange zest instead of chocolate chips for a fresher taste. 

I dust the top with cinnamon or powdered sugar for an added treat, but they are sweet enough that a topping really isn’t needed.

For more Chocolate substitutes, visit: https://www.godairyfree.org/dairy-substitutes/how-to-substitute-chocolate



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Vassi M Haros is a designer, photographer, blogger, wife and mom. She enjoys Southern living and thinks everyone should experience the South's hospitality. Called to serve Christ and the Orthodox Church, Vassi enjoys being able to offer note cards with an Orthodox Voice. She hopes you enjoy her photos and cards.

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