Today I wanted to make banana bread, but I didn't have bananas. I did, however, have apples. Is it possible to make banana bread with apples?
The first difficulty is that chopped apples do not have the same consistency as mashed bananas. I solved this problem by making a quick applesauce. While making my applesauce, I realized something else: apples and peanut butter are absolutely delicious together. Could I add peanut butter into the mix? How about chocolate chips? Could this actually work? Am I losing my mind or am I a genius? What is this sticky stuff on my foot? Why am I asking so many questions? Scroll down to find out...
Vegan Applesauce Peanut Butter Bread Recipe
You can either make your own applesauce or use store bought.
2 peeled, cored, and diced large apples (I used Granny Smith)
1/2 cup of water
1/8 cup of honey (or 1/4 cup sugar)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, honey, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.
Applesauce Peanut Butter Bread Batter:
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup applesauce (homemade or store bought)
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup rice (soy or almond) milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (white vinegar will also work)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup diced apples
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (or chopped peanuts)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine the whole wheat flour, dark brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Stir in the peanut butter and applesauce (if you just made the applesauce, allow it to cool before adding or your chocolate chips will melt).
Add the rice (soy or almond) milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract to the mixture and stir thoroughly. Stir in the diced apple and chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into a bread pan which has been lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
(The sticky stuff on my foot was honey that I dripped onto my foot while making the applesauce. As for the other questions, you'll just have to find out for yourself).