Blueberry-Banana Bread

by on June 9, 2009
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Blueberry-Banana BreadQ: What’s black and yellow and soft all over?

A: The bananas on our kitchen counter when we got home from the beach on Sunday.

Of course, when we left on Thursday, the bananas were firm and yellow, even a little green. I’d meant to take them with me, but in the rush of packing I forgot. By the time we got home, our bananas were so overripe that I could actually smell them as we entered the door.

But you know the old saying: When life gives you mushy bananas, make banana bread! Well, I may have just made that “old saying” up. Nevertheless, it’s true that the riper the bananas, the better the banana bread, so finding several overripe bananas on my kitchen counter was not a hardship at all but an opportunity to make a treat for the family. And since it’s blueberry season here, I saw it as a double opportunity and filled my banana bread with some of the plumpest, sweetest blueberries I’ve ever tasted. The result was incredible: The bananas make the bread extremely moist and lightly sweet, and the blueberries add a fruity surprise to every other bite. If you like bananas and blueberries, I think you’ll love them together.

Before I hit you with the recipe, I want to let you know that the Tried & Tasted roundup has been posted over at Holy Cow. I mentioned before that people would be making recipes from this blog and then sharing them on their own blogs. Well, I’m just overwhelmed at the response: I counted 39 different entries, some of them of recipes I’d forgotten I made. It’s going to take me a while to go through them all, but I will! Please visit some of them yourself–and tell them I sent you.

Blueberry-Banana Bread

Blueberry-Banana Bread

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Ingredients

  • 3 large over-ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) vanilla soymilk (or apple sauce)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) agave nectar
  • 2 cups (240 g) white whole wheat flour (or regular whole wheat flour)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (240 ml) blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray or wipe a 9×5-inch loaf pan with oil (I used a silicon loaf pan).
  2. Mix the soymilk with 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and let stand until it curdles. (If using apple sauce, skip this step and add the lemon juice to the bananas.)
  3. In a large bowl, mash the bananas and add the remaining lemon juice, soymilk, and agave nectar. Stir well to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, and stir just until the mixture is well-combined. Fold in the blueberries.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting and serving.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 50 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/12 of a recipe (3 ounces). Calories: 145, Fat: .61g, Sodium: 210mg, Total Carbohydrates: 34g, Fiber: 4.19, Sugar: 15.23, Protein: 3.34.

Blueberry-Banana Bread

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1 Anonymous June 10, 2009 at 8:03 am

I made this last night with maple syrup in place of the agave nectar and some walnuts, but without the blueberries because I just didn’t have any. I love the bread, it’s perfect and I don’t miss the oil at all! Baked perfectly and didn’t come out too dense like most of my vegan attempts at banana bread. Thanks so much for the recipe, this is surely a keeper!!!

8:29 AM, June 10, 2009

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2 Mitri June 11, 2009 at 7:47 am

I made this recipe just yesterday because I had some bananas in need of lovin’, and I’ve got to say: THIS RECIPE ROCKS!!!

I followed it using the applesauce, replacing blueberries with strawberries (because that’s what I had on hand), and changing the 1/2 c. agave to 1/4 c. maple syrup. Since I reduced the sugary liquid that way, I had to add just a drizzle of almond milk to make the batter moist enough. I also made 12 muffins instead of 12 slices. (350* for 20 min)

The bread is beautiful; the fruits look like jewels. Everyone go try this!! Even my carnivorous family & boyfriend loved it! (Can you tell I’m excited?)

7:47 AM, June 11, 2009

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3 Erica C June 11, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I just tried this recipe with the following changes. I used cherries instead of blueberries and I didn’t have any agave nectar. So instead, I used 1/3 hazelnut milk AND 1/2 cup apple sauce. Oh, and also, I used rice flour to make it gluten-free. It was fantastic!! Both the bananas and cherries were very ripe so it didn’t need any additional sweetener. I made 6 jumbo muffins so the baking time was reduced…about 40-45 minutes. Thanks so much for the amazing recipe! My husband will be in for a big surprise when he gets home!

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4 Anonymous June 12, 2009 at 8:07 am

Hi,

I ran out of whole wheat flour and used oats. Also, sugar instead of agave and increased the soymilk to 1/2cup. The bread came out really chewy, could this be due to the oats?

Thanks,
AZ

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5 moonwatcher June 13, 2009 at 8:13 am

Hi Susan,

I made a successful gluten free version of this using a rather elaborate mix of the flours and starches I had on hand (millet, buckwheat, quinoa, brown rice, tapioca, potatoe and arrowroot starch, a little xanthum gum) (plus I looked at two other gluten free recipes for ideas and comparisons–two of Karina’s and one from a blog called gluten free gobsmacked). I also used a combination of agave, pear sauce and brown sugar (the sugar gives structure to gluten free recipes). For the blueberries I substituted our Idaho huckleberries, which are similar to blueberries. It turned out really great. My son is here visiting and he confirms it is delicious. Oh, I used vanilla soy yogurt, and I added a little more vanilla and lessened the lemon juice by half I think. Anyway, thanks for the template. I am happy I came up with a fat free gluten free version that works with huckleberries!

xo

moonwatcher

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6 Anonymous June 17, 2009 at 8:08 am

Yum! Yum! Yum! I just made this bread, and it great! Some banana breads are dry and tasteless. Not this one. I can hardly believe there are no eggs or oil. I doubled the recipe and did half sugar and half agave nectar (adjusting the soy milk accordingly). Definitely will make again!

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7 decaf June 17, 2009 at 8:09 am

so sad! mine turned out to be complete liquid in the middle, to the point that it ran out when i sliced it. i baked it for an extra 20 minutes, which just resulted in a burnt outside with a runny middle. i’m usually a pretty successful vegan baker, so i’m not sure what happened. i was so looking forward to that delicious bread! it looks so good!

5:48 PM, June 17, 2009

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8 Anke June 18, 2009 at 8:10 am

I made this today and it turned out absolutely perfect and yummy.

Didn’t have any blueberries on hand so I used red currants which are in high season here. Their tartness added a nice zing and a refreshing contrast to the bread. I also only used two heaping Tsp sugar (instead of agave sirup) to suit the much less sweet German taste. It was perfect – moist, slightly sweet, tart berries, yummy :-)

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9 jenny June 21, 2009 at 8:11 am

I made it today and I have to say this recipe was right on time because I had exactly three over-ripe bananas and I couldn’t waste much time on cooking because I have a lot of studing to do for a test,so otherwise I would probably throw them away!But this recipe was so easy and I had almost all the ingredients at home!I made the sugar version and I added cherries instead of blueberries(blueberries are not such a common fruit here).I also had plain white flour but I dicoverd a package of oat bran I had used to make a breakfast cereal recipe a while ago,so I used 1 2/3 cups flour and 1/3 cup bran to add some fibre.
The result was delicious,if I may say so myself!I could never believe thet something so healthy and fat free could be so delicious!And the natural sugars of the bananas make it so sweet that I think I’ll cut down on sugar next time!I’m not very experienced in cooking,even less in vegan cooking(vegan for 8 months) so I think it’ll be even better next time I do it-because I plan to do it again…and again!
I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and this is the first recipe I’m trying but I can honestly say that everytime I check it,every new recipe,makes me happier for the fact that I’m vegan!The nutritional value chart towards the end of the recipes is something I appreciated from the beginning.I plan to try more recipes during the summer!

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10 Eli June 22, 2009 at 8:12 am

I completely love this recipe and it is now my default breakfast food! Since I didn’t have any blueberries on hand when I made it, I tried using fresh cherries one time and fresh mango the next time and absolutely loved both! I also added some slivered almonds to add some crunch! Soooooooo good…I’m totally hooked!

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11 Aimee June 23, 2009 at 8:14 am

I made this last night but in two smaller loaf pans…thus 50 minutes was perfect! My coworkers were raving that they couldnt tell the difference. So moist and perfectly delicious! Thanks again susan!

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12 sarahk June 27, 2009 at 8:15 am

Thanks for another great recipe, Susan. I used wholemeal spelt flour(because that’s what I had) and subbed demerara sugar because I’d run out of agave, but it still turned out really well.

The only problem was the colour. I had to use frozen blueberries because it’s winter here in Australia and they turned the batter purple. Unfortunately, once cooked, it went sort of grey, so not the most attractive thing I’ve ever baked. It still tasted delicious though, and it just means I’m saving it all for myself! I can’t wait until I can try it with fresh blueberries.

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13 talula_fairie June 27, 2009 at 8:16 am

This recipe is absolutely fantastic! I love that it’s totally healthy and low fat but you really can’t even tell. It just tastes like delicious banana bread! I doubled the recipe and I only had 3/4 cup of agave, so I added 1/4 cup of turbinado sugar. I used half milk and half applesauce for the wet ingredient.

I also curdled my milk with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar because (and this never happens, but never say never I guess) I ran out of lemon juice. My bread is delicious, moist, and held together really well unlike some vegan breads that get crumbly. I’m amazed at how moist it is with no added oil! Plus, bananas in blueberry bred? That’s just brilliant!

And since people are asking you camera questions, I have one. How do you get your entire frame (or most of the frame) in focus when you’re using a wider aperture? I am thinking it’s becuase you do such long shutter speeds and use a tripod? Maybe I should get a tripod. Do you crop out parts of your photos, or do you use a macro lens a lot?

I have a 50mm lens and I usually hand hold…if you look on my food blog you can see that my DOF is always kinda narrow and sometimes the front of the frame is out of focus, which bugs me. I especially have this problem with bowls, I can never get my camera to focus where I want it too. I think I’m too used to people photography. I want to get better at still life though.

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14 SusanV June 27, 2009 at 8:27 am

I’m so glad you liked the bread, t_f!

To answer you camera questions, yes I do use a tripod, pretty much always. I also use a remote shutter release so that I don’t shake the camera when I’m taking the photo. I try to focus on what I think is the most important element and then take some shots with other parts in focus because sometimes what I think is the most important turns out not to make the best shot. I keep my camera set on aperture-priority, so I pick the aperture and the camera figures the correct shutter speed, and I try to take lots of shots at different apertures. I don’t do a lot of cropping (that photo at the top of this post is an exception–I liked the isolation of one blueberry, so I cropped out the rest of the bread and berries).

I’m looking at your blog now, and your photos are really lovely. The cheesecake photo seems to have the entire side of the slice as well as the mint in focus–did you use a smaller aperture for that? I see what you mean about the front being out of focus in the bean salad and guacamole recipes, but that can be a good effect (I really like it on the guacamole shot).

I think that some lenses have a smaller depth of field than others, and that could be what’s happening with yours. (I’ve always felt that way about mine, too, so I was surprised at the question!) I do tend to focus on something in the front so that I don’t have so many shots with out-of-focus bowls. Also, I find that I use very few photos taken at maximum aperture and tend to like the ones at about 4.0 Though I just bought a 100mm macro lens, I’ve only used it for the samosas photos and will probably stick with 50mm for most food shots. I have a Tamron 17-50mm that lets me get pretty close to the food.

I hope this helps a little. Let me know if you have any more questions. I always like to talk photography!

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15 Anonymous August 15, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Thank you for this! I think this is the tastiest thing I have ever baked.

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16 Ola August 17, 2009 at 11:43 am

So I made this today, and it was absolutely delish! I added dried cranberries and tangy lemonade instead of the agave nectar/lemon juice, and i added some extra blueberries. it was so good! thanks for the inspiration

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17 Anonymous August 24, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Susan,

I made the blueberry-banana bread today (I had all the ingredients, even the 3 over ripe bananas). The bread is very tasty. Plan to freeze some of it for later. Thanks for the recipe.

Doris :)

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18 Anonymous August 25, 2009 at 11:19 am

Thanks for the great recipe! Just as good as the non-vegan recipe I used to make (and much healthier!). The loaf was finished in a flash! I used almond milk (curdled just fine) and turbinado sugar instead of the agave nectar (added extra liquid as you'd suggested) and it came out great. Thanks again!

-Sharon

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19 Sara August 25, 2009 at 10:05 pm

This was great – very light and healthy-feeling. I didn't have blueberries on hand, but I had a serious overflow of peaches from my CSA, so I used chopped up peaches instead. It was a little wet in the middle (I assume from the extra wetness of the peaches, I probably should have added a little extra flour), but still delicious!

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20 the inadvertent farmer August 28, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I made vegan banana bread the other day but it was with oil…can't wait to try this version. New to this site, looks great, thanks, Kim

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21 Amy Hamilton September 5, 2009 at 8:15 am

I've made this twice now. It's simple and delicious.

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22 afranks September 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I made this using just ripe bananas and it still turned out very moist and delicious – just make sure to mash them pretty well! Love this recipe!

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23 Stephanie September 14, 2009 at 10:41 am

This is a fantastic recipe – I made it with apple sauce and frozen blueberries, and everyone thinks it is better than original!

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24 Anonymous September 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I love your blog and have made many of your recipes, but have never posted before. This time though, I just had to tell you how good this banana bread is. It is AMAZING! Thanks so much for all of your recipes. They have made becoming a vegan easy! – KC

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25 amby September 24, 2009 at 5:44 am

I made this last night it came out perfect. Soooo moist. I used almond milk,applesauce,vegan sugar, and added some walnuts. My husband ate 3 huge slices for breakfast this morning:)Will be a must have in the kitchen for now on. Thanks sooo much!! I love your recipes. Im making the Calamondin pie using grapfruit and oranges today- I already have the crust made and waiting. You are a cooking Goddess!!!!

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26 KamalKitchen September 24, 2009 at 11:37 am

Hi Susan,
I have seen and admired this recipe before. But I have another immediate problem. DO you have any thoughts on whether this can be tried in a microwave?

I am also looking for a basic eggless bread recipe for the microwave. Once i find something that works, I can probably try with various ingredients – sweet or savoury.

Thanks..

kamalkitchen@gmail.com

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27 SusanV September 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I haven't ever cooked it in the microwave, but since there are microwave banana bread recipes, I think it could be done. I'd probably start with 5 minutes at high power and then check it every few minutes. And if your microwave doesn't have a turntable, then turn it after 5 minutes.

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28 Baby P's (assistant) Mommy (LAMommies.com) September 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm

This looks soooo good!! I can't wait to try it. :) Thanks for the recipe.

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29 Azahara September 29, 2009 at 10:20 am

I made this today and it was lovely!
It's amazing how something so simple would turn out to be so delish. I now feel tempted to try it with other berries, esp. raspberries.

Thanks a lot!

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30 Anonymous October 4, 2009 at 11:59 am

I've made this bread before and I loved it. Can I use frozen blueberries and if so would I need to thaw them first?

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31 Anonymous October 4, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Susan, can I use frozen blueberries, and if so, do I need to thaw them first?

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32 SusanV October 4, 2009 at 1:35 pm

You can use frozen berries. Just measure while they're still frozen and then let them thaw on the counter before you use them.

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33 Sophy October 6, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I was wondering, what could i use as a substitute for the agave nectar as ive never seen/heard of it, and therefore dont think its available where im from.

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34 SusanV October 6, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Sophy, just use sugar or any liquid sweetener (such as rice syrup).

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35 Alison October 20, 2009 at 10:25 am

Hi Susan, I love your blog. I have been a vegetarian since forever (im 17 now) and only recently I have thought about going more vegan and cutting out dairy and eggs ect. I love baking so much and I have found your recipes very helpful. I just made these last night and YUM!!! I put them in a muffin pan instead to make them muffins and had three of them this morning. =]

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36 Anonymous November 16, 2009 at 4:26 am

On your ingredients it says 2 cups of flour but in the brackets it just says 240g which is only 1 cup. I am a bit confused.

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37 SusanV November 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm

By weight, 1 cup of whole wheat flour is 120 grams, so 2 cups would be 240.

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38 Anonymous December 3, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Hi Susan
Can I add a tablespoon of white vinegar instead of 2 tbsp of Lime Juice since as of now vinegar is already there in my pantry and I need to save money in every possible way!!!

Thanks

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39 SusanV December 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I'm not sure that vinegar will prevent the browning of the bananas like lemon juice will, but I think you can substitute one for the other. I would use the full 2 tablespoons, though (the acid helps in the rising, and vinegar is less acidic than lemon juice).

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40 Lori December 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Why does every vegan banana bread I make always get done on the top but soggy at the bottom? Wondering if my oven since I always made vegan baked goods since moving into this house. I have cooked it longer but then the top gets too hard so I either eat half of the bread of take top off and cook bottom again!

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41 jill December 29, 2009 at 9:38 am

Susan,

I just discovered you last week. Love your paella and mexican casserole! I would love to try your banana blueberry bread but my son is allergic to corn and gluten. Any ideas on if I could alter this recipe?

Thanks,

Jill

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42 SusanV December 29, 2009 at 10:45 am

Hi Jill–If you look through the comments, Moonwatcher successfully made a gluten-free version of this recipe using a combination of flours along with a little zanthan gum. I haven't tried it myself, but I think her idea to look at other gluten-free banana breads is a good one.

Thanks for your feedback!

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43 iheartcakes.wordpress.com January 17, 2010 at 9:34 am

that bread looks so moist and flavourful! Have a bage of ver overripe bananas, so I'm on the look for different banana-recipes! And with such healthy ingredients this will be a nice breakfast!

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44 Lauren January 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Susan, I really want to make a couple of loaves of this for a charity vegan bake sale this weekend! Do you mind if I print out copies of the recipe to go along with the bread (with credit to you and http://www.fatfreevegan.com, of course!)?

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45 SusanV January 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Lauren, feel free to print out the recipe. I hope the bake sale goes well!

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46 Jessica January 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Yummmm!
I didn't have whole wheat flower :( so i used white, i only had 1/4c agave, and i added pumpkin spice.

It was great!

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47 Jennie February 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Hi Susan,

I made this today! I thought it was so delicious!

Sadly, my husband didn't think it was sweet enough. It hurt my feelings, but that's probably because I have a bun in the oven and feeling more sensitive than usual.

Besides, I really made this for myself. I used apple sauce instead because I'm allergic to soy and used mostly organic ingredients.

Thanks again! :)

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48 anke March 5, 2010 at 8:39 pm

i just made this with oat milk and it came out fantastic. next time i'll try it with apple sauce

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49 Anonymous April 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

This bread looks delicious and I'm really excited about trying it out! I do have one question … about how many cups of banana would 3 make? I ask because my bananas are pretty small and I'm not sure if I should add a banana or not – I don't want to make it too moist!

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50 SusanV April 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I used large bananas, so I think if your bananas are small, you should probably add an extra one.

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51 Anonymous April 11, 2010 at 11:00 am

My Friend made a comment about this website on her facebook page so thought i'd have a look. This is the first recipe i've tried and it was AMAZING! I didn't have enough agave nectar so used half what was needed and the other half maple syrup. Absolutely delicious!!!

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52 Lorraine April 24, 2010 at 10:51 am

Hi,
I really enjoyed this recipe (as I do all your others). Next time I make it I’m going to add cinnamon and vanilla. I think a teaspoon of each would give it a little more flavor. Also, I’m going to add about 1/2 cup of walnuts. I just have to finish the loaf I have now first.
Thanks.

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53 Rachyl May 12, 2010 at 1:12 am

This looks amazing can’t wait to try it!!
Can i substitute the whole wheat flour for gluten free flour?
I’m trying to stay gluten free

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54 SusanV May 12, 2010 at 8:34 am

Rachyl, a couple of people have made gluten-free versions. If you look up in the earlier comments, Moonwatcher made one with a blend of gluten-free flours. Try it and let me know how it comes out!

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55 Kelsey June 10, 2010 at 12:35 am

Those pictures looked A-mazing! I was super excited to whip up some b bread this afternoon. However, I was sorely disappointed with the outcome. I followed the recipe to the T and the result was practically inedible. It was overly dense, dry & simultaneously undercooked, and tasted NOTHING like bananas. No bueno.

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56 Chelsea June 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm

LOVED IT! I substituted Carob Chips for blueberries and added a teaspoon of vanilla and it come out beautiful. I did have to cook it for an additional ten minutes, because after the first 50 it was still fairly runny in the middle. This is now my go to bread

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57 Amanda June 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

Made this last night and it is so yummy!
I didn’t have any agave nectar so I used demerara sugar with some applesauce to make it more liquid-y.

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58 Howdy June 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

I’m not sure if someone has already asked this, but I was wondering if I put the batter in a muffin pan (12 dozen) how long will it take to bake?

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59 Katie July 26, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Made the version with apple sauce and maple syrup. Note to fellow muffiners: I don’t recommend paper liners, without the oil in the recipe too much deliciousness gets wasted stuck to the paper. Bummer. But the cut time to 20 mins at 350 was perfect.

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60 Elaine July 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm

This bread is delicious. I used applesauce instead of the soy milk. It is so moist and satisfying! Thanks for your continuous supply of marvelous recipes!

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61 Jacqueline Oscvirk August 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

This recipe turned out amazing! It was such a hit in my house and no one stopped to ask if it was vegan or not … it didn’t matter. It was easy and delish!

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62 Becky August 28, 2010 at 10:17 am

I baked this this afternoon, I was so looking forward to it but it was a disaster! The top was completely done (maybe even a little too done) but the inside of the loaf was still wet batter even with extra cooking time! What could have gone wrong? It’s only the second time I have baked anything vegan so I wonder if there is a ‘skill’ to it that I’ve not yet got :(

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63 Erika September 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Made this last night with the intent of it being breakfast this morning. Well, it smelled and looked so good we ended up having a slice for dessert! It is wonderful, full of flavor and very moist. I used applesauce instead of the soy milk.

We did end up having a slice for breakfast as well — coffee in one hand, banana bread in the other as we strolled over to the farmer’s market. Saturday mornings do not come better. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe.

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64 C September 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm

This is delicious! I tweeked the recipe a bit, but it still came out yummy. Thanks for sharing. ^_^

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65 Erin October 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm

First of all i’d like to say What a great recipe! I’m definitely writing this one down!
I am a vegetarian, not not vegan, but I love baking vegan recipes because I don’t like using eggs in baking (i’m paranoid about food poisoning lol).
I also love incorporating agave nectar into my baking because of its low glycemic properties.
However, I do have a sweet tooth and needed a chocolate fix today :P
so here’s how i made it:
I used whole wheat flour and apple sauce, and increased the baking soda and baking powder to 1 teaspoon each because for some reason whenever I bake ANYTHING it never rises enough (maybe my baking powder is too old?).
I did not have that problem this time. It rose perfectly and evenly.
Instead of blueberries i used 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (I know, I’m horrible!)
and I accidentally forgot to add the salt, but it seems fine without it anyways.

I think next time I may use fewer chocolate chips because it was almost too chocolatey, and i may add some raspberries for some extra “zing”.

Thanks again for the awesome recipe!

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66 Mary November 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

I just made this last night and it came out wondeful!! Sooo delicious and moist. I didn’t have any blueberries on hand so I substituted strawberries. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks for such a great recipe; keep em’ coming :)

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67 Sunshine November 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Mine was a total disaster and it came out like a ton of bricks. What a waste of good ingredients. Maybe I should have added eggs to make it more cake like? Im going to try slicing and using it as french toast. My only option.

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68 Sasha December 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Hi Susan,

first of all, thank you very much for your great site! It’s been a huge inspiration for me in times when I want to cook something special and when I don’t know what to cook :)

For my banana bread I used 4 bananas (I would say medium sized) and frozen blueberries. It turned out to be very moist inside – too moist, it doesn’t have that cake-y structure the bread on your photo has. With other ingridient I stuck to the recipe. Do you have any idea whhy it went wrong? It’s still very tasty but I know it can be much better. I would appreciate any help :)

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69 SusanV December 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I’m not sure, Sasha. It’s a pretty moist bread, and it could be that your bananas were closer to my large ones than you thought. That little extra banana could have pushed it over the edge to make it too moist. Also, did you allow your blueberries to thaw and then measured them or did you measure them frozen? Too much blueberry juice could also increase the moisture.

Either way, I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. The problem with baking is that sometimes even the moisture in the air can throw a recipe off.

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70 Sasha December 2, 2010 at 10:50 am

Thank you for your response Susan! My blueberries were still a little bit frozen as I put them into the batter. I Think that’s it. And an additional banana … Next time I’ll do it right! But nevertheless it’s an extremely tasty bread and so simple to make! :)

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71 Star City RN June 8, 2014 at 10:59 am

For quite a long time, just about everything I baked was undercooked, in the center. I really felt that my family–especially my younger kids–lost their frame of reference for my, formerly, good cooking and baking.

Then, one day, I read that when an oven door becomes out of alignment (more of a problem with lightweight oven doors, on lower-end model ovens), the oven door might not close, and seal, properly around the door frame anymore. This can negatively affect efficient, uniform, heating within the oven. Products that cook unevenly, most noticeably, baked products, often result.

I redeemed myself when I ditched my oven for (the most gorgeous) new one.

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72 Eve December 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Hi Susan,
Just wondering if you have any ideas on what cooking time I should use if I want to make muffins with this recipe?

I have made this recipe quite a few times and it’s definitely a keeper in my home!

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73 SusanV December 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I would start checking them with a toothpick at 15 minutes and then every 5 minutes after that. I’m so glad you enjoy the recipe! Good luck with the muffins!

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74 Barbra Cooper December 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Hi, I don’t really cook but this recipe was delicious, simple and healthy! I added toasted walnuts on my 1st try and that was tasty. My second attempt just came out of the oven. I was out of nuts but this time I added a 1/2 cup of coconut flakes. I have not tried it although, the batter was yummy and it smells great. Thanks for the recipe!!!

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75 Taylor December 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I just made this recipe as muffins, and they were excellent! Even the minimum 50 minutes was too long though, probably due to the increased surface area. 40 probably would have been enough. I replaced they agave with maple syrup, but otherwise everything stayed the same. Thanks so much! Clearly you put a lot of work into each recipe!

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76 michelle January 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I just made this and it looks so beautiful and it smells good. BUT…. all I had was brown rice flour. it has a bit of a grainy texture to it. makes me feel like its not cooked but like I said it looks pretty. nice and toasty. any more in the oven and its going to burn and get hard. why do you think this is?

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77 km January 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Hello, I thought this recipe looked nice to try, so instead of taking the laptop in the kitchen (WHERE IT COULD GET RUINED) I tried to print said recipe, and walked away for a moment. I was shocked when I next looked at the printer. There are so many wasted sheets of paper hocking your book or website subscriptions or something, I’m not really sure, I now understand that this recipe is copyrighted. I assumed it was creative commons, since its on the internet for use. I was not trying to distribute it, just try it. If you had not tried to be so “clever” i may have tried this recipe, liked it, and bought your book or whatever your selling!

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78 SusanV January 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm

There is a link to the printer-friendly version of the recipe prominently displayed that you can click and then print the text of the recipe on one page, no ads or photos. You might try that before leaving a nasty comment the next time you visit a blog.

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79 Jennifer January 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I just made this today and my whole famliy LOVES it (even my 5 year old son). Most times I’ve try a vegan bread it comes out dry and sticks to the pan. This recipe is fantastic. Although I could have added more blueberries!!!

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80 Shay January 28, 2011 at 3:13 am

Hey Susan!
I’ve been following your recipes for months now and thought I would finally comment before baking this recipe tomorrow…

I tried your upside down peach cake once, and unfortunately, only the peaches were edible as the cake was hard and dense, soft and mushy, and just terrible. Last time I tried to make a pumpkin bread it turned out similar and I am quite nervous to try this banana bread recipe now… if I only have white flour will that suffice? And what about adding some oats or wheat germ?

thanks Susan!

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81 SusanV January 28, 2011 at 6:52 am

I’m sorry your previous attempts turned out badly. I don’t recommend that you substitute flours or add ingredients to the baked goods because they haven’t been tested and can have bad results, as you may have already found out.

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82 April January 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

I just made this yesterday, and it turned out delicious! I used white flour (all I had and luckily no gluten issues in our house!) and three VERY ripe bananas, which basically gooified when I used them. It turned out super moist and probably the prettiest banana bread I have ever made. I really don’t know how so many people messed it up, because it really was super easy! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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83 Kelly January 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Loved this recipe!!! Will use it again & again & again! I came here in search of dairy free options & have had my whole world opened up to so many wonderful dishes. This was my first to actually bake & it turned out wonderful. I made an extra loaf & gave it to my friend, who also loved it. Thank you for all that you do!!!

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84 Kaitlyn January 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm

To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about this recipe. Maybe it’s because I used the applesauce instead of the milk.

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85 Katie January 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

This recipe was great, my bread came out perfect and tasty and it was really simple. I used applesauce instead of soy milk and that’s the only change I made! But delicious when heated up with some vegan butter and Cinnamon. Mmm check out my photo on flickr! http://www.flickr.com/photos/dropbeatsnotbabies/5405681571/

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86 Kristina February 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I tried this twice both times with great results. I’m veg, and my boyfriend is an omnivore, but we come back to this site time and time again because it has such great recipes regardless of what type of diet you subscribe to. That’s for such an easy recipe. We used cherries once and blueberries + chocolate chips the other time. nom nom nom nom

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87 JodiM February 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

I just made this, followed recipe exactly, using apple sauce, added a cup of pecans and did use 1 egg (we are not vegan). It was so good, the 3 y/o’s, 15 y/o, and a junk food friend all loved it! Thanks for a great recipe

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88 Paul February 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Many thanks SusanV! This recipe helped convince me I could make it as a vegan. By happy accident, I made this first with spelt flour and 1/3 c. almond milk — it was fantastic. Since then, I’ve made it nearly a dozen times in just the last few months. I tried the applesauce version and have varied the fruit and type of flour. The spelt flour and almond milk version, to which I’ve added a 4oz package of diced peaches in light syrup, is my favorite. Thanks again for sharing your talents and knowledge. Your recipe box is big boost to this new vegan.

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89 Helena February 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Thanks for keep posting, Susan! I’ve got 2 questions:
*I don’t have vanilla soy milk (can I add vanilla extract to soy milk?)
**I couldn’t find apple sauce (!?) in my local supermarket (other sauces ok but not apple!!) Can I substitute it for other fruit sauce or make it at home?
Thank you, always!

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90 SusanV February 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Yes, to both questions, Helena. If you want to make apple sauce yourself, just chop up an apple, put it in a saucepan with a little water, and cook it until soft. Mash it with a fork or puree it in a blender or food processor. Other fruit sauces should work just fine, too.

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91 Helena February 12, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Thank you for the super fast answer, Susan! Off to the kitchen now :)

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92 Elizabeth March 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I have tried this twice and I have to extend the cooking time significantly. Next time will try to make muffins or something smaller. Good recipe though

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93 Ocean March 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Just made this today and I love them! I had a container of blueberries that were going bad fast and this recipe looked so easy and good that I had to try it. And it definitely lived up to my expectations!
I didn’t have any over-ripe bananas so I just cut the semi-green ones I had into a bowl and microwaved them so they’d be easier to mash. I used maple syrup instead of agave nectar and only had 1/4C left so I added in 1/4C + a little more of white sugar. I only had plain soy milk so I added in two teaspoons of vanilla and also a teaspoon of cinnamon per another reader’s suggestion. I made 12 muffins that baked for about 20mins.
They were very moist and healthy tasting; great texture and you don’t feel guilty about eating them at all. They were a little on the bland side for me but I believe it was because the bananas were not very ripe. So I drizzled honey on top. My whole family loved it as well and they actually thought it had just the right amount of sweetness. I think it’s going to be great for breakfast; I’m going to heat it and add some jam with it =) Great recipe!

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94 Jennifer April 10, 2011 at 12:33 am

I made the banana bread today with whole wheat pastry flour, applesauce, agave and walnuts….. I used 4 small bananas ….. turned out perfect…… I think it would be difficult to distinguish this loaf from one with oil and eggs…. This was the first time for me on this site…. I just googled fat-free banana bread…. Thank you for such a great recipe.

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95 Laura April 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Thanks for the great recipe! Just made this as a dessert for my in-laws tonight and everyone loved it! I am nursing my son, who has tons of allergies, so I was so excited to find a dessert we could all enjoy. I used applesauce and ended up using 4 smaller bananas. Also, I used honey in place of the agave (didn’t have any) and it worked great. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

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96 Natalie May 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I just made this and it was FABULOUS! I am pregnant and wanted some banana bread, but no sugar and healthy…this turned out so delicious! Thank you so much!
I used agave in place of sugar. AMAZING

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97 Alexis May 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

I made these for Mother’s Day, but in muffin format instead if loaf, and used bananas and blueberries from the freezer (thawed of course). Baked for about 20 minutes, and they’re just perfect! Thanks for the great recipe!!!

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98 debra May 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm

My husband loves desserts and cannot, due to medical reasons, have any flour except Almond or Coconut flour. He cannot have any sugar, no agave. He can only have Stevia. He can have unsweetend chocolate/cocoa. No additives…He can have EVOO, Coconut and Palm Oil, Butter, Cream
I grill fruit with homemade whip cream/stevia…Raw milk fruit shakes with stevia
Any other suggestions, thoughts, recipes???
Thanks!

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99 Charlievegan May 22, 2011 at 6:23 am

Delicious except a tad soggy in the middle and my blueberries bled so it looked a lot bluer compared to your picture think I stuffed it up cos I only had 2 bananas and I mixed the berries in too early but I’ll know for next time :) next recipe on my list is your date slice :)

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100 Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey May 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I just made this recipe and was very happy with the results! I reduced the agave by over half, so to compensate I added a little extra almond milk. I probably added a tad too much, since the loaf is a very moist, but it is still great! I also added 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, a good shake of cinnamon and some vanilla. :) Thanks for this awesome recipe!

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101 sowji June 3, 2011 at 12:44 am

can i use honey instead of Agve Nectar? If so how much?

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102 SusanV June 3, 2011 at 8:04 am

You should use the same amount of honey as agave nectar.

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103 Chris Hertel June 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I just made a traditional banana bread, but stumbled across your blog by looking for vegan banana cookies. (I have A LOT of very ripe bananas!). I was so excited to see this recipe with the Agave. We use that because it lowers your glycemic index, and I cut out all sugar from my diet. I can’t wait to make this!!

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104 Laura June 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I only have two bananas, do you think I could substitute applesauce for the
one I am missing? I will be using the vanilla soy milk…

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105 julie June 12, 2011 at 3:49 am

iv cooked many banana cakes but never one with blueberries. this looks delish,cant wait to try this one :)

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106 Jordan July 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Best banana bread I’ve ever made! I swapped out blueberries for diced strawberries, used 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour + 1/4 cup golden milled flaxseed, and poured the batter into a muffin tin. These are SO GOOD. Thank you for the recipe. I’ve never had such a successful baking endeavor!

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107 Lattegirl July 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I’m a 21 yr old vegan with an insatiable hunger for sweets. I ran into your blog a while back but just now had the time to try this recipe. I made it last night and boy oh boy – it was delish! I bake it for 40 min, and I don’t think it came out as moist as yours in the picture, but still yummy nonetheless. I plan to make two loaves next week as a gift to my high school teacher, and hoping that she’ll like it. Thanks for this recipe, looking forward to trying your other recipes in the near future! :)

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108 Susan July 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I made this yesterday, and it was very good, but unfortunately a little mushy in the middle. I am at a high altitude, so perhaps I need to make some adjustments. I’ll certainly cook it for longer next time.

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109 Nicolette July 30, 2011 at 8:30 am

Love it! Thank you!
I am a newbie vegan and leaning in to fat-free.
Your website is of great help. If all will taste as good as this blueberry-banana bread I will be in quilt-free heaven.
Thanks again,
Nicolette
The Netherlands

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110 Julie & Marty July 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I made this last weekend and substituted the blueberries and agave nectar for cherries and maple syrup. This is an excellent recipe. Even my husband really enjoyed it and kept going back for more. I think I may try it with sugar next time because I am sweet freak and I felt it should be a tiny bit sweeter. Yum.

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111 Shelley August 3, 2011 at 10:14 am

This is my first post on your website but I wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed sifting through your recipes with all of those mouthwatering photographs. I’ve been living with gallstones and have had to switch to a very low-fat (mostly vegan) diet to prevent further painful attacks.

Your amazing recipes have been a godsend to me! I realized that low-fat food doesn’t have to be boring. I made the blueberry banana bread last night for my husband’s birthday and he loved it! Couldn’t even tell it was vegan. Keep up the great work – my whole family appreciates it ; )

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112 Julie & Marty August 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I made this again last Sunday. I used a few more cherries this time, apple sauce instead of soy milk, and I only had half the maple syrup so for the other half I used good old fashioned white sugar. This turned out even better than the first attempt, which was great. This weekend I may try it with blueberries I got the from the farmer’s market today. This is an excellent recipe!

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113 Laina August 4, 2011 at 11:30 pm

In case anyone else is diabetic, (my dh is) I made this using Splenda instead of the agave nectar. So to make up for the liquid, I used 4 oz of applesauce in addition to the soymilk. It came out perfectly, but I did have to bake it 10 minutes more. So maybe next time I’ll use 1/4 cup soy milk and see if that works out better.

Susan, great flavor! What a wonderful aroma as it bakes. It’s a keeper!!! :)

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114 Maia August 6, 2011 at 10:40 am

I just tried this recipe and it turned out lovely. The inside is nice an moist and I as well used maple syrup instead of Agave. I couldn’t find any whole wheat white flour here, which is a shame, but the cake taste great nonetheless. Thank you for the wonderful recipes on your blog, I hope to try many more.

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115 Julie & Marty August 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Made this today with blueberries, apple sauce instead of soy milk, 1/2 maple syrup. 1/2 sugar. It turned out nice, but the vote is in and adding cherries over blueberries win! A sweet old lady told me to try chocolate chips in banana bread. She said she won’t make it without them now. I believe I will use this recipe and give it a try next week!

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116 Elaine August 11, 2011 at 10:45 am

This is a wonderful recipe. I use applesauce instead of the soy milk and the bread is moist and yummy. I have also made it into muffins which work out nicely for camping or sack lunching.

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117 Trysha September 7, 2011 at 10:24 am

I am excited to try this recipe! We recently have gone gluten and vegan and this is perfect. (I found so many recipes with waaaaaay more ingredients than I would ever use)

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118 sara September 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm

how long does this bread last?

ps any tips to keep it from going stale/moldy?

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119 SusanV September 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I would put it in the refrigerator on the second day. It should keep there about a week. It’ll taste better if you toast it rather than eat it cold.

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120 Streetwear Clothes December 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Made this!! It was amazing and really easy to make.

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121 Tiffany Brown December 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I made this on Satuday morning. Not only was it easy to make, but it was delicious. I didn’t have a full cup of blueberries so I added a few strawberries and I also used maple syrup as the sweetener. Thanks for the recipe!

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122 Molly December 30, 2011 at 1:01 am

Could lime juice be used in place of lemon juice?

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123 Susan Voisin December 30, 2011 at 5:38 am

Yes.

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124 Eva January 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

Hi Susan,

I made this bread last night and used frozen blueberries (did not thaw) and whole wheat flour, and liquid sugar in the raw (those are the variations). I baked it in a 9X5 for 1 hr and the middle still was mushy. Do think it was because I did not thaw out the blueberries?

PS- lovee your blog and I have used many of your recipes with great success! :)

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125 Susan Voisin January 23, 2012 at 11:21 am

Hi Eva–yes, I’ll bet that was the problem. As they defrost, frozen blueberries exude liquid. If you measure them, thaw them, and then drain them very well, you’ll probably have better results.

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126 Eva January 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Thanks! I will try it again tonight!

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127 Marc @ Bread Making Recipes February 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm

This is a great recipe, I am going to try this out!

I am not sure, but do you think I’d be able to make this in a bread maker? If so, could I publish this recipe on my blog while mentioning your site?

Thank you so much!

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128 Susan Voisin February 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I wouldn’t try making this in a bread maker because it needs to be stirred only a little, very gently. Bread makers actually knead the dough, which would make this a very tough bread.

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129 Adriana del Moral March 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I just made this bread and it was my first great baking experience!!! Instead of agave I used half sugar and half honey, and a bit of peach syrup. I read someone used 1/3 cup oats with the fluor. I used dried cranberries instead of blueberries. My boyfriend was amazed because the bread was tasty, and last time I tryed to make bread with no eggs it was rock hard.
I have just one question: the bread was a bit too dense, and not fluffy at all. I don’t know if I stirred too much, or maybe my bananas were a bit little, or if I shoud add more liquid as I was using oats too. Or may it be because of the dried fruit instead of fresh? Any idea?
Thanks for your amazing blog, I will try ALL of your banana breads.
With love from Mexico,
Adriana

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130 Susan Voisin March 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

Hi Adriana, I’m sorry the bread was a little dense. Since it’s a quick bread/dessert bread, it’s not meant to get fluffy like a yeast bread. But the oats could have caused it to be heavier. If you try it again, leave them out and see what you think.

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131 Naomi March 5, 2012 at 6:40 am

Hi Susan! I just wanted to thank you for this post. Tonight was my first shot at making anything from your blog and this banana bread turned out perfectly. I made it GF by using a generic store-bought GF pre-mix flour and I’ve had no problems aside from wanting to eat the entire loaf in one go. So thanks very much! Naomi x

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132 Adriana del Moral March 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Hi Susan, it’s Adriana again.
I made the banana bread today (using walnuts instead of blueberries). I used a bit of amaranto instead of the oats and a whole teaspoon baking powder. The bread was perfect, no fluffy, but soft and again very very tasty. As I had no peach syrup this time, I used only sugar and honey. It was a bit too sweet for me, but my friends and my mom loved it. Thank you so much for the recipe and for your advise!!

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133 ali March 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm

would this work the same with frozen blueberries?

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134 Susan Voisin March 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Yes. Measure them while they’re still frozen, and then let them thaw before using them in the recipe.

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135 Pat B April 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Just made this bread and it’s half gone already! I used frozen blueberries and let them almost thaw (got impatient). The bread was a little blue-ish, but was really pretty when it finished cooking. We’ll definitely use this again and I plan to try some of the variations in the comments from others. (Doesn’t anybody follow a recipe?) :) Thanks for such a great website. I agree with the person who said you are making it easy to become a vegan. We’re probably about 98% there and a good percentage of our success is due to some of your recipes.

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136 Tricia April 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

This bread has become such a breakfast/snack staple in our house over the last 8 months or so that I finally had to comment on it – thank you for the awesome recipe!

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137 Kerry June 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I just made this for my husband and it was a big hit. It turned out perfectly and he’s asked me to make it again – anytime!

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138 Nancy Dushkin June 19, 2012 at 9:39 am

Hi Susan,

Thanks for posting this on Facebook. I made it over the weekend, and it was absolutely delicious. Since I know you are also into photography, I thought you might like to see another photo of it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ndushkin/7398277584/in/photostream

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139 Susan Voisin June 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

What a beautiful photo of it! Thanks for posting!

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140 Nancy Dushkin June 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Thanks for all your amazing recipes! It was easy to make this look good :-)

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141 Nicole Longenecker June 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

I am new to the vegan lifestyle, just going into my second week. And I normally do not like to cook/bake. But I made this bread this weekend and it was easy and tasted great! We have raspberry bushes that are producing at a staggering rate, so I used rasperries instead. I can’t wait for my bananas to go brown to make it again lol.

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142 apinti June 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I made this bread just as instructed, and I added a half-cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. The creaminess of the chocolate with the tartness of the blueberries and the sweetness of the banana made this moist bread absolutely amazing. My boyfriend and I ate the entire loaf in 2 days. Thanks for the great recipes!!

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143 Laura July 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Susan, this was absolutely delicious!
I used to make a banana bread with white flour and vegan margarine, but I’m following a whole-food plant-based diet and I was trying to find a healthier recipe, this ones was just perfect.
The only two change I made to your recipe was to used 100% whole wheat flour instead of white whole wheat flour, and instead of agave nectar I used 1/2 cup of brow sugar + 2 tsp of maple syrup.
My husband love it, we ate the hole thing in 3 days!!!
Definitely I’m gonna try your other recipes. Thank you =)

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144 Azahara August 19, 2012 at 3:27 am

I’ve already made this recipe several times following your instructions, but it just dawned on me that while most often the wet ingredients are added to the dry mixture, this time is the other way around. Why is this so? Just curious.

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145 Susan Voisin August 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

It’s just a matter of practicality. It’s easier to mash the bananas in a large bowl and to add the other ingredients to that big bowl.

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146 Azahara August 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

Thanks, Susan. I’ll keep doing it that way, then.

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147 Raj August 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Can I use almond milk instead of soy milk?

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148 Susan Voisin August 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Yes, almond milk will be fine.

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149 Yvonne September 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I am wanting to make this but I am gluten free, what other flour do you suggest for me to use?

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150 Susan Voisin September 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I haven’t made it gluten-free but other people have. Look at Moonwatcher’s comment, one of the very first ones, for some ideas. Usually it’s best to use a blend of gluten-free flours because they all have different properties.

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151 Yvonne September 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I forgot to add..I am on the ETL program. What do you suggest in place of the wheat flour and agave?

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152 Susan Voisin September 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm

You can try date syrup instead of the agave. It’s Fuhrman approved, but it does have a stronger flavor than agave, so I don’t know how it will taste. Any kind of flour is not really right for Eat to Live, so I don’t know what to say about that.

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153 Gina Moor October 6, 2012 at 4:46 am

Hi Susan, Thank you so much for this recipe, it turned out perfectly I used a chunky cut applesauce in place of the milk which resulted in lovely bits of apple in the bread as well !!! My Husbands loves it too, I gave him a slice and he begged for more!! I was wondering if it would be ok to freeze it? I Love this website, I have just been diagnosed with Heart Disease and have decided to stop eating all animal products, so your recipes are perfect for me. Thank you once again. Gina.

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154 Susan Voisin October 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

I think it should freeze just fine. I’m so glad you both liked it!

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155 Outfit 31 October 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Soooo delicious I’ve made it three times in the last 24 hours!!! Really good with chocolate chips standing in for the berries too!

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156 Alexis @ Hummusapien October 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I made this tonight and it was fabulous! I halved the agave and replaced it with more applesauce. YUM!

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157 Brittany Slaughter November 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Hello,

This recipe looks great, I’m curious can I use a muffin pan, to make servings? Would it still turn out good?

Thanks,

Brittany : )

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158 Susan Voisin November 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Yes but you won’t need to cook it as long. Start with 15 minutes and add five minutes at a time until they’re done.

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159 Sun November 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I tried this recipe today and it came out great!!! I added a lot of chopped walnuts that were already roasted, dried cranberries, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Sprinkled turbinado sugar on the top for some extra sweetness and crunch :)! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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160 victoriah107 December 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I could have posted my ? here, but instead, it’s on your facebook page–sorry!
. . . about the blueberry/banana bread, gluten free version. Your comment on another page got cut off so need to know what you were sayin. thanks, Vicki

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161 Susan Voisin December 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I’m sorry, but could you be more specific? I haven’t made a gluten-free version, but if you look at the earlier comments, Moonwatcher made one and there may be others in the comments.

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162 Fily January 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Thanks for this great recipe! I used frozen blueberries and added some spices (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg) and substituted maple syrup as I was out of agave and the bread is absolutely delish! I love bread like this in the morning with my coffee and have been craving a good low fat quick bread. Thanks again for this and all your fab recipes. :)

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163 Tamara February 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

This looks devine! I have problems consuming gluten, therefore I try my absolute hardes to avoid it. In order to make this recipe gluten-free, what flour should I use? I prefer using brown rice flour, would this work? I don’t mind if the texture is a little differe, as long as it is still somewhat “normal” : ) Thank you!!

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164 Kathleen February 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Only good oil free vegan banana muffin in my opinion. Be careful not to overmix or overcook. I use chocolate chips but only use half a cup and eat them with earth balance. Best hot!

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165 Skye Campbell March 29, 2013 at 12:51 am

Can I use rice flour as a substitute instead of whole wheat flour.
I would like to make this gluten free.
Any advice or help.

Thanks!

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166 Susan Voisin March 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

Rice flour on its own is not usually a good replacement for wheat. Use one of the gluten-free baking blends for best results.

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167 Sandi April 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Susan, can I use oatmeal instead of flour?

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168 Marian Gleason June 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Used all spelt flour and made 12 regular-sized muffins…baked at 350 for 30 minutes . . . and . . . They are YUMBO!!! Bill loves them!!! Thank you, Susan! :)

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169 Tricha Hartman June 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

oh good idea will try muffins next time

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170 Tricha Hartman June 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm

just made this! and wow yes is GOOD! :) pretty too

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171 Angie June 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm

So I just made this again (for about the hundredth time) and I used peaches instead of blueberries, just because. It was really good this way too!

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172 Rhonda June 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm

This was fabulous!! By far the best banana bread I’ve ever had and a huge hit with the family. Thanks!

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173 Faye June 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Hi these look great! Just wondering- can I use whole wheat pastry flour instead of whole wheat flour? Thanks in advance!

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174 Susan Voisin June 11, 2013 at 6:50 am

Yes, whole wheat pastry flour will be fine. The blueberries can either be fresh or frozen. If using frozen, measure them first and then thaw before proceeding with the recipe.

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175 Faye June 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Thank you!!!

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176 Faye June 11, 2013 at 4:35 am

Sorry, one more thing. Is the 1c of blue berries frozen or fresh?

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177 lindas5589 July 26, 2013 at 9:13 am

Made your blueberry banana bread last night and it is absolutely awesome! So moist and tasty. I had a good banana bread recipe but I saw yours and I had blueberries on hand so I decided to give it a try. So glad I did. I used applesauce instead of milk (too lazy or anxious to wait for it to curdle) and four not so large bananas. Mixed the flour up a little, had some quinoa flour to use up and a smidgeon of white and the rest whole wheat. Threw in a tsp of vanilla extract and sprinkled a little cinnamon and nutmeg. My new staple, thankyou! PS, I went cold “turkey” vegan last August. Lost my husband 2 years ago and my 22 year old son converted last summer, so I figured what the heck? Websites like yours have made it so much easier because I am the type that I won’t make anything unless I’ve read reviews.

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178 Natalie August 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Great recipe, very tasty and so easy to make :)
Thanks

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179 Laura September 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I made this last night with whole wheat flour and almond milk. It was fantastic. I have a nine month old who thinks that solid food is an abomination. He doesn’t want to eat anything, and he doesn’t want to feed himself. This bread was the first solid he’s ever been willing, let alone excited, to eat. Not only did he eat an entire piece, he even fed it to himself! I was really excited.

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180 Alyssa January 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm

I love you blog and yet this is my first comment :’)
I made this recipe for my mother-in-law visiting my husband and I, without baking soda (not easy to find here in Tokyo..) and with rice milk and carob chip instead of blueberries and the whole loaf was gone in one tea time!
It’s always a pleasure to see people’s face when they tell you “as you are also eating it, I assume this is vegan? And healthy?!”
I put the pictures of it on my tumblr.
Keep the great job!

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181 Cathrine February 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Amazing! Made it the first time “as is” and it’s got to be my favorite ever quick loaf! Been playing around with othet fruits and options now. Thanks for all the great recipes!

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182 Holly March 25, 2014 at 6:28 pm

I made this last night using the apple sauce option, with brown sugar syrup in place of the agave nectar, and a cup of frozen mixed berries and… wow. This is AMAZING. Wonderful flavours, moist without being too dense, very easy to make… definitely a keeper!

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183 Alicia March 28, 2014 at 1:47 am

I’ve tried out this recipe but it didn’t turn out we’ll! :( everything was fine, fully risen, moist and not too dense. I just couldn’t are the flavour of banana in it which was what I was hoping for:(

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184 Maggie April 23, 2014 at 9:27 am

I made this last night and it was great! I made them gluten free with Bob’s Redmill flour, xanthan gum, and used unsweetened soy milk (all I had) and added a half tsp of vanilla extract. Put them in a muffin tin and they came out great! Also – another commenter said it would be better to use sugar instead of agave for GF, but I found the agave to work perfectly. Thanks for a great recipe!

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185 Laura May 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Hi Susan!

Made this cake today, it look beautiful and was cooked through but it tasted salty and sour and wasn’t sweet at all. I substituted the flour for rice flour (gluten free) and used apple sauce instead of Agave syrup, do you think thid could have caused the problem? I wanted to use natural sweetness from fruit so it was a bot of an experiment, I just didn’t expect it to have no sweetness at all. Wondered if this could have had something to do with the baking poweder or bicarbonate of soda also as they were both a couple of months out of date? Hope to hear from you. Thanks
Laura

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186 Susan Voisin May 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Agave is super sweet, so substituting it with apple sauce would definitely take away the sweetness. Blueberries can be tart, too, so that might contribute. I’m not sure what could cause the saltiness. Are you sure you didn’t add too much baking powder/soda? Anyway, I’m sorry it didn’t turn out right!

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187 Laura May 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Hi Susan,

I attempted this bread again today, this time with Agave and I brought new bicarb and baking powder and it turned out delicious! Lovely and moist, texture is more like a pudding than a bread. Thanks so much!

Laura

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188 Denisse May 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Can I use parchment paper instead of oil spray?

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189 Susan Voisin May 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Sure.

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190 Samantha June 12, 2014 at 5:57 pm

OMG this was phenomenal! I didn’t add the blueberries (I didn’t have any) and I used 1/4 cup maple syrup instead of the 1/2 cup agave nectar. It wasn’t quite as sweet as I’d make it for friends who were used to traditional banana bread; if it were for them I’d have done the full 1/2 cup, but my husband and I loved it a little easier on the sugar! I also added a little cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg and cloves just because that’s what I’m used to in my banana bread. It turned out SO good. Thank you so much for providing a vegan AND oil free AND whole wheat recipe!

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191 Becca June 12, 2014 at 11:48 pm

So great!! And I don’t feel guilty at all eating it! I even shared it with friends at work, and they were shocked to find out that there were no eggs, oil, butter, or sugar! And it’s just as moist and sweet as regular banana bread.

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192 Katie June 19, 2014 at 8:58 am

Can I use regular or brown sugar to replace agave? If so, how much?

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193 Sarah June 23, 2014 at 8:49 am

Looks lovely – I’m going to make this for when some visitors come this weekend! This will be my first attempt at vegan fat-free baking, so I wonder if you can help me out: I’m in the UK where I think apple sauce means something different to in the US. Is it simply stewed apples? If so, does it matter what kind of apples? Do you sweeten them? Thanks.

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194 Sarah June 23, 2014 at 8:57 am

Sorry, I just noticed that you have already explained how to make apple sauce earlier in this thread. Boy do I feel silly!
I do have one other question though: as I also have to avoid gluten I need to substitute the wheat flour for something else. Is there one that you would particularly recommend for this recipe?

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195 Susan Voisin June 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

Hi Sarah, try a gluten-free baking blend. A blend of gluten-free flours works better than any one will.

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196 Sarah June 23, 2014 at 10:29 am

Thanks Susan, I will!

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197 Katie June 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Hi Susan,

Can I substitute white or brown sugar for Agave and omit blueberries? Will I get same results?

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198 Margarida September 3, 2014 at 3:44 am

Hi
I love your recipes, and this one looks amazing. I just want to ask you whether I can replace bananas by apples? Many thanks

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199 Amber October 3, 2014 at 12:07 am

This may be a strange question. But! Could I sub the banana for pumpkin and the blueberries for cranberries then add some pumpkiny spices? It’s the season for pumpkin and cranberry, I have both on hand and am wanting to make a bread. The reason I don’t try another recipe is because this is the only dessert bread recipe I have found that falls into my whole food plant based life style.

Also, if I did that and it worked could I post that recipe (with idea credit noted to you of course) to my blog?

I would never want to step on any toes!

Thanks!

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