Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Vegan sugar-free apple, banana and almond butter marble bread

Breakfast: Vegan sugar-free apple, banana and almond butter marble bread

Lunch: A grain bowl from Urban Herbivore

Dinner: Tahini soba noodle stir fry

Ah, the bread-masquerading-as-cake genre, how I love you!

We all know and love banana bread, but creating healthier and more interesting versions of this delightful treat are not at all difficult. Coming of the back of a pretty cupcake-filled week I wanted to create something less sweet and much more fruity. And then some almond butter fell in there by accident, I swear...

You'll need:
(Makes 1 loaf)
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 apples or 1 apple and 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup water (unless you're using apple sauce)
2 cups wholewheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup canola oil
1 lrg banana
2-3 tbsp almond butter

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celcius
Pour the almond milk and vinegar together in a bowl and set aside
If you are not using previously-made apple sauce, peel and chop 3 of the apples and boil them with the water
Simmer the apples until very soft (about 10 minutes), then drain and blend to make apple sauce
Peel the remaining apple and chop into 1/2 inch cubes
In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg
Add the canola oil into the milk mixture
Mash the banana and add it to the milk mixture
Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture until just combined
Add in the apples and stir well
Pour a third of the mixture into a greased loaf pan, then swirl half the almond butter on top
Repeat this step with another third of the mixture and the remaining almond butter
Top with the remaining mixture, even out with a knife, then place in the oven
Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean

I am a complete nut....butter fiend so I eat slices of this with even more almond butter, or with soy butter.  It makes a delicious breakfast that feels like it should be a lot less healthy than it is!

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