I hope that you all had a fabulous 4th of July! We kept it quiet here, staying at home after three weekends in a row out of town (and the next two). We had a little firework fun on our own, had a vegan “traditional” dinner, and were at home to soothe our dogs when the fireworks started to go off.
Check out the recipe for this vegan potato salad!
On Saturday I was excited to see that I was featured on the SITS Girls Saturday Sharefest! Of course, being Independence Day, apparently potential blog readers had other things to do, so I did not have a million pageviews as a result. Oh well, #bloggerproblems.
On Sunday, we skipped the run, instead taking the dogs on an extra long walk (it’s a little too hot for them to run, even early in the morning). We saw our third movie in as many weeks, Spy, with Melissa McCarthy. Very funny.
Banana Walnut Bread Gluten Free and Vegan
I also spent some time making vegan Banana Walnut Bread! It’s gluten free too, and the final version is slightly lower in sugar and oil. Oh, it’s pretty delicious.
I used aquafaba again as the egg replacer. It’s so easy, basically three tablespoons equals one egg. In case you missed last week’s post, aquafaba is simply bean brine. You know, that juice you usually drain off and throw away. This weekend was the first time ever that I opened a can of beans just to get the juice (I did save the beans, though, I’ll probably toss them on a salad or something.). I used chickpeas again for my aquafaba, though you really can use the brine from any type of bean, canned or freshly made.
By the way, last week’s post was Aquafabulous Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. Just sayin’.
- 1½ cups gluten free flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup walnuts or other nuts, chopped (optional)
- 6 tablespoons aquafaba
- ½ cup sunflower seed oil
- ½ cup vanilla vegan yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- Preheat oven to 350
- Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and walnuts in a bowl. Stir gently until well blended
- In another bowl, combine aquafaba, oil, yogurt, vanilla extract, sugar, and brown sugar. Mix until blended.
- Add the mashed bananas and blend.
- Slowly mix in the flour mixture.
- Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan.
- Bake until golden brown and check that a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (about an hour).
- Allow to sit in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.
I made my first batch on Saturday. I followed an old recipe I used to make in my pre-vegan days, just changing up the ingredients as needed. I used rice flour to make it gluten free, the aquafaba to replace the eggs, and almond milk instead of the real thing. Other than that I followed the original recipe. It tasted really good, maybe a little too sweet, but it took a long time to bake, about an hour and a half, and was still quite dense and almost gooey (if that’s the right word).
For the second batch, I needed to buy more flour, so I picked up some Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour (basically because that’s what they had at the grocery store). It is a blend of white and brown rice flour, potato starch, and a few other ingredients, designed to replace regular flour one to one.
I also cut the sugar in half, replaced some of the oil and the almond milk with Silk vanilla soy yogurt (you can always use coconut yogurt if you prefer soy-free), and I used walnuts (I skipped any nuts in the first version). And as I mentioned in the notes, I didn’t use any salt because the bean brine did have salt. If you use salt-free beans, you may want to add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
This time it only took an hour to cook and the texture was much better. It was still plenty sweet.
So on the way to the movies on Sunday, Alan and I played cloud pictures. We’re both quite good at finding shapes in the clouds, and we usually see what the other person points out. Kind of like a fluffy Rorschach test.
So, how was your holiday weekend? I hope you had lot’s of fun with family, races, and other adventures that I hope you’ll share. And what do you see in the clouds?
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