Vegan Buckwheat Banana Bread

It has been an age since I last posted.

I have made some lovely dishes and I had taken the photos but I just didn’t have the motivation to write for some reason. I find this happens when I end up working on acting projects. For the last month I was tied up with two productions in the Dublin Fringe Festival so was very busy with rehearsals and other jobs on the side.

Since my last post, I had a wonderful first anniversary with himself. We wanted to go somewhere new and fancy we hadn’t been before for dinner. So I had a look at the menu and we decided to go with Kinara Kitchen in Ranelagh. It has a whole vegetarian side to the menu so it was perfect. We treated ourselves to a few different dishes and shared them with a really sweet fruity naan bread and rice. Loads of lovely lentils and chickpea curry. Really delicious and a bottle of Prosecco to wash it all down.

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Since finishing all things fringe, I have been working as much as I can to try and get money together for our Toronto trip in October. We are heading for nine days and the vegetarian scene there is meant to be amazing so I will definitely have a blog post about that trip

Unusually, I have a day off today and I’m going to spend two hours working on the trapeze and silks in the Dublin Circus Project. I haven’t been before so I am looking forward to seeing the space. Then I’ll head into Bow Street for the final session of a very special project I have been working on with some others from The Studio.

But before I start all that, I had a little bit of baking to do. There were a few nearly over-ripe bananas sitting in the fruit bowl so they needed to be baked. I always have some buckwheat flour so after a quick google, I found a perfect Banana Bread recipe. I altered it to accommodate what I had in the press and also just forgot to add one of the ingredients but it is still a gorgeous recipe and the smell from the oven is heavenly! There was a bruised pear in the fruit bowl too so I chopped him up and threw him into the mix too for added sweetness. Best idea ever. So here it is, a very tasty, very healthy Banana Bread Recipe. Possibly one of the best things I have made!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups of Buckwheat Flour
  • 1/3 cup of Maple Syrup
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of Cinnamon
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Seas Salt
  • 3 large ripened Bananas, mashed
  • 1 medium ripened Pear, sliced into cubes
  • Chopped Hazelnuts to sprinkle on top
  • Chia Seeds to sprinkle on top

Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Add the buckwheat flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, baking powder and salt to a bowl and mix.
  3. Add the banana and chopped pear and stir until a dough forms.
  4. Line a bread tin with baking parchment and add the mixture to the tin.
  5. Sprinkle the hazelnuts and chia seeds on top of the mixture and pop in the over for 50 minutes.
  6. Leave cool for 10 minutes and serve.
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