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Easiest Vegan Banana Bread Recipes – 4 Ways

banana bread 4 ways

Banana bread has become an absolute staple in our home. Each week I find myself buying twice as many bananas so I'll have an excuse to bake. 

It's great to have some at the ready for any unexpected guests or to take in a pack up to work. I've popped together 4 ways to enjoy my banana bread, with a few changes to each recipe to hopefully cater for each of your cupboards. 

-the classic

-Gluten free option

-no added sugar option

-the holy grail of heavenly banana bread

 

peanut butter and chocolate banana bread

No. 1 The Classic

Dry ingredients

1 ½ cup plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ cup sugar

100g / ½ cup chocolate chips

Pinch salt

Wet ingredients

3 overripe bananas (+1 more for topping)

4 tbsp / 80ml coconut oil

3 tbsp runny peanut butter (pip n nut or aldi smooth)

*save a handful of chocolate chips and a tsp of peanut butter for the topping*

 

 

Method

Pour the flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips into a large bowl and mix together

Mash the bananas in a bowl then add the melted coconut oil and peanut butter and mix together

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined

Pour the banana mix into a greased loaf tin then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top

Drizzle the last tsp of peanut butter and 1 chopped overripe banana on top and pop in the oven

Bake at 180ºC for 25 minutes

Take out of the oven and loosely in tin foil then bake for a further 30-35 minutes

 

gluten free banana bread

No. 2 Gluten Free Walnut & Chocolate 

Dry ingredients

1/2 cup GF plain flour

1 cup almond flour

2 tsp GF baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

¼ cup demerara sugar

50g / ½ cup chocolate chips

80g / 3/4 cup walnuts

Pinch salt

Wet ingredients

3 overripe bananas (+1 more for topping)

3 tbsp runny peanut butter 

*save a handful of chocolate chips and a tsp of peanut butter for the topping*

 

 

Method

Pour the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir together *leave a few chocolate chips and nuts for the topping*

In a shallow bowl, mash the bananas together to form a paste, then add the peanut butter and mix 

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined

Pour the banana mix into a greased loaf tin then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and nuts on top

Bake at 160ºC for 35 minutes *stick a knife in the centre and make sure it comes out clean, if not add a further 5-10 minutes 

*tip, to stop the chocolate chips or nuts burning on top, loosely place tin foil over the top for the final 10 minutes of baking

 

biscoff banana bread

No. 3. The ultimate indulgent banana bread

Dry ingredients

1 cup plain flour

1\2 cup almond flour / oat flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp mixed spice

1/2 tsp dried ginger 

¼ cup demerara sugar

50g / ½ cup chocolate chips

4 lotus biscuits

Pinch salt

Wet ingredients

3 overripe bananas (+1 more for topping)

3 tbsp biscoff spread

*save a handful of chocolate chips and a tsp of peanut butter for the topping*

 

 

Method

Pour the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir together *leave a few chocolate chips and the biscuits for the topping*

In a shallow bowl, mash the bananas together to form a paste, then mix together with the biscoff spread

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined

Pour the banana mix into a greased loaf tin then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and lotus biscuits on top

Bake at 160ºC for 35 minutes *stick a knife in the centre and make sure it comes out clean, if not add a further 5-10 minutes 

*tip, to stop the top from burning, loosely place tin foil over the top after 25 minutes of baking 

 

No. 4 Banana Bread Muffins (No Added Sugar)

Dry ingredients

1 cup plain flour

1\2 cup almond flour / oat flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla essence

½ cup low sugar chocolate chips

Pinch salt

*save a handful of chocolate chips and a tsp of peanut butter for the topping*

Wet ingredients

3 overripe bananas (+1 more for topping)

 

 

 

Method

preheat the oven to 180°C

mash the bananas in a bowl and add the vanilla essence

in a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and mix together

combine the wet and dry, then pour into a greased non-stock muffin tray

bake on the middle shelf of your oven for 20 minutes until you can pop a knife in and it comes out dry

enjoy with a delicious cup of coffee

 

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The 3 Best Grilled Cheese / Toasty Recipes

3 best toastie recipes

Let's talk toasties....

There isn't a situation where a toastie or grilled cheese won't improve your life in some way, so without further ado let's get grillin', toastin' and munchin' on these delightful carb filled feasts. 

 


No. 1 Kimchi Grilled Cheese

There's a reason this beautiful beast is number one, because it is inevitably the best toastie I have ever made - yes I'm being that bold. I think I've possibly peaked with my toastie abilities. So here we have it...

kimchi grilled cheese vegan recipe

Ingredients

2 slices seeded sourdough 

3 tbsp kimchi (I use Biona Kimchi, Clearspring Sourkraut or Barrel & Bone Kimchi)

2 tbsp homemade pesto *recipe here*

50g Violife Pizza Cheese (this melts the best)

pinch salt 

Method

I use a toastie grill to get the deep lines however you could do this with a skillet, a simply frying pan with a little oil, or under the grill

Add the slices of sourdough to the grill to toast on the inside first

Once toasted, load it up with the kimchi, followed by the slices of 'cheese' then layer the other slice with homemade pesto and pop on top (pinch of salt & pepper optional)

Place the loaded sandwich into a toastie grill, pan or under the oven grill to toast the outside and melt the cheese

Enjoy. Every. Mouthful.


No. 2, Pesto & Cream Cheese Toasted Sarnie

vegan toastie recipe

Ingredients

3 slices sourdough bread
3 tbsp pesto
3 tbsp  vg cream cheese
handful of baby spinach leaves
1 red pepper

Method

Using a toastie machine or grill, heat the sliced pepper through until charred
Lightly toast each slice of bread till lightly golden
Layer the cream cheese with the spinach, pesto and charred peppers then place back in the toastie machine / grill until heated through
Enjoy


No. 3 Chilli Chickpea & Sriracha Toastie

vegan toastie recipe

Ingredients

2 slices thick wholemeal bread

The Sauce

1/4 tin drained chickpeas (you can bake them first if you have time)

1/2 tsp mustard optional

2 tbsp vegan mayo 

2 tbsp sriracha 

squeeze lemon 1/2 lemon

pinch of salt

The crunch

1/2 small red onion 

2 radishes diced

3 slices cucumber diced

handful of spinach

 

Method

Chop and slice whatever veggies you want to add and pop into a small bowl

Add all of the sauces into a small bowl and mix together the pour over the chopped veg

Using a toastie machine, toast the bread slightly before adding the mix

Load up the slice with the chickpea stuffing and toast until crispy

Stack them and pack them if taking to work / school, otherwise grab a plate and enjoy! 

 

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Quick & Easy Vegan Curry Recipe – Gluten Free!

lucy and lentils vegan curry

Cooking curries has become one of my go-to week night meals. Since I removed the pressure of having the expectation of marinading, cooking for hours and including more spices than I had in my cupboards, it's been such a fun way of using up all of the veggies in my fridge. 

 

The bare essentials I always have:

Coconut milk

Turmeric

Cumin

Coconut Cream 

Garlic

 

 

RECIPE:

1 tin chickpeas

leftover veg (I used half a yellow, green and red pepper)

1 brown onion

3 cloves garlic

handful of tomatoes

1 tin of coconut milk

1 tbsp cumin

1 packer of Schwartz gluten free curry mix (you can use 2 heaped tbsp curry powder)

METHOD:

Simply heat the cumin in a pan, add a glug of coconut oil and fry the chopped onion

Add the rest of the chopped veg and drained chickpeas, then add the minced garlic

Add 1 tin of coconut milk with the Schwartz / curry powder mix

Simmer for 15 minutes then serve with steam rice

vegan curry recipe easy
easy vegan curry recipe
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Favourite 20 Minute Curry Recipe

vegan lemongrass curry

fast, delicious, vegan curry in 20 minutes

I'm sharing one of my all time favourite curry recipes, perfect for those evenings where you're looking for something fast and delicious. The best thing is you can pop most of the ingredients in one pan and leave it to simmer whilst you catch up on your favourite podcast. 


here's the video tutorial for my lemongrass & coconut Cambodian  curry

 

Ingredients

1 heaped tsp ground cumin

1 heaped tsp turmeric powder

1 stalk of lemongrass

1 small orange pepper cubed

1 small courgette cubed

1 small green chilli

1 cup of long grain rice

 

If you whip up this curry, don't forget to tag me - I absolutely love seeing your recreations within your own kitchen!

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Pana Chocolate Giveaway & Chocolate Covered Flapjack Recipe

pana chocolate competition

How To Win 12 Bars of Pana Chocolate

All you have to do is sign up to my newsletter, to hear about updates and more exciting giveaways. Once you have give Pana Chocolate a follow on social media and signed up to the email announcements, we will pick two lucky winners and announce it on social media.

I have created a delicious flapjack recipe using simple ingredients with a thick chocolate topping using Pana Chocolate (one of my all time favourite vegan chocolates)!

vegan flapjack with chocolate layer

Pana Chocolate Giveaway Competition

To celebrate the love of chocolate, Pana Chocolate are hosting a giveaway competition… worldwide! They are giving away an assortment of beautifully crafted, creamy chocolate (12 bars of chocolate per pack) to two lucky winners!

(Take a sneak peak at their range of chocolates available here https://panachocolate.com/)

 

vegan flapjack with chocolate layer

 


The Flapjack Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of medjool dates (approx 10 dates)
  • ½ cup nuts (I used almonds)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • 1 bar of 60% Pana Chocolate Bar
  • Generous pinch of sea salt

 

Method

  • Blitz the medjool dates in a food processor to start to break down (add a dash of water if they’re a little dry)
  • Add all the dry ingredients saving, salt and chocolate aside
  • Once combined, check the consistency which should be moist and sticky - if the texture is slightly dry, add ¼ cup more maple syrup and a dash of nut milk
  • Using greaseproof paper, line a small loaf tin and add the mixture, patting down to create a level surface
  • Bake at 180˚C for around 15-18 minutes until it starts to crisp
  • Allow to cool
  • Using a bain marie gently melt the bar of pana chocolate (this shouldn’t take long as it has a low melting point)
  • Pour the chocolate over the baked base and allow to set. Cut into strips approx 5cm apart and enjoy with a cup of coffee

vegan flapjack competition

vegan flapjack recipe with pana chocolate


Take a look at Pana Chocolate’s social media to see the beautiful dessert inspiration here.

 

The lucky two winners will be announced in two weeks on my Instagram channel so be sure to keep watch here.