maple walnut banana breadby sincerelycaroline
1 quick bread loaf
286 grams (about 1-3/4 cups) Whole Grain Gluten-Free Flour Mix
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 Tablespoons of ground flaxseed meal mixed with 6 Tablespoons warm water
3 overripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup vegan sugar
1/4 cup 100% pure coconut water
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup maple syrup
NOTE: Almond milk may be substituted for coconut water if necessary.
(1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan by brushing with safflower oil or gluten-free and vegan butter substitute, like Earth Balance Buttery Spread.
(2) In a medium bowl, sift together the whole grain flour, baking powder, baking and and sea salt, until well combined. Set aside.
(3) Mix together the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
In a standing mixer (or using a hand mixer), “cream” the bananas and vegan sugar until fluffy. Add the flaxseed meal and water combination, mixing until well combined. Slowly add the flour mixture, mixing thoroughly before adding the coconut water. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
(4) Prepare the walnut mixture in a medium bowl. Combine walnuts and maple syrup, and mix until all walnuts are thoroughly covered. Set aside.
(5) Pour 1/2 of the batter mixture into the prepared pan. Top with 1/2 of walnut mixture. Top walnut mixture with remaining batter. Pour walnut mixture on top of batter.
(6) Place bread in oven, baking on middle rack of oven (to keep top of bread from burning) for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (be sure to test the cake and not the center strip where the topping will collect and remain a bit soft). NOTE: If bread begins to brown too quickly, then loosely lay a sheet of foil on top for the duration of baking time.
(7) When finished, remove bread from oven and allow to cool in pan for 25 to 30 minutes. Then, remove the brad from the pan and place it onto a baking rack, allowing it to completely cool before slicing and serving.