I took along some hummus and vegetable sticks, as well as this cranberry and chocolate chip banana bread. I adapted it from a non-vegan cranberry banana bread, but opted to swap out the walnuts used in the original for more decadent chocolate chips. I really loved the bread and am pleased to share the recipe now.
The only problem I had with the original recipe was the cooking time, which was listed as 1 hour 10 minutes. That felt far too long for a loaf cake and so I set my oven timer to 45 minutes. Even then, the top was slightly burnt and I had to cut a few over-cooked bits off the loaf (fortunately not noticeable once it was sliced up!). I thus recommend checking your loaf from the 35-40 minute mark.
I used fresh cranberries for this, which I know aren't available in Australia. If you have access to them, definitely use them because they give a beautiful tart contrast to the sweet chocolate chips and banana tones. If you don't, frozen would be an obvious swap or otherwise you could use dried cranberries or a different form of fresh berry.
Cranberry and chocolate chip banana bread
A delicious, festive bread
Makes 1 large loaf, to serve 10 to 20 depending on slice size
Author: Bite-sized thoughts, adapted from a cranberry banana bread recipe on food.com
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup non-dairy spread / margarine, softened
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, or non-dairy milk of choice
1/2 cup apple sauce
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries
Preheat your oven to 175'C (350'F) and prepare a large loaf pan.
Using a wooden spoon, mix together the sugar and non-dairy spread in a large bowl until well combined and creamy. Add the mashed banana, milk and apple sauce and mix well.
Add the flour and baking powder and stir through until fully incorporated.
Stir in the chocolate chips and cranberries and then transfer the mixture to your pan.
Bake for 35-45 minutes, checking regularly from 35 minutes to avoid over-cooking.
Submitted to Healthy Vegan Fridays.
Have you been to any Christmas celebrations / events this week?