cheating at baking: vegan apple chunk banana bread


i don't really bake. and i know exactly why. because you can't really cheat with baking the way you can with cooking. it's oppressive really, confined by those dreaded measuring spoons and cups full of shaming fractions.

but man i love cookies.

so i bought a cute set of measuring cups and spoons, and even an apron from athropologie thinking maybe that would help? NOPE. i ended up using the cups for earrings and hung the spoons on my kitchen wall. they were really pretty in that anthro way, ya know?

what finally brought out my inner rachel ray was using recipes with 10 ingredients or less, and called for items that i almost always have in the house and will get used up, bake-off or not. this recipe is one i make about twice a month, when we have bananas that have gone too ripe to enjoy and have accumulated a dozen half eaten apples. do any of you have this problem? max, and now knox, will eat about half an apple before saying "done!" or asking for a brand new one. wth? i have to deal with that now? i gave up on reasoning with them to finish the one they started eating and began making use of the sad half-apples. i adapted my favorite banana bread to include apple chunks. it's a super simple recipe, of course. but the best part is i can cheat. if i want like a LOT more cinnamon, add some nuts, maybe dried cranberry, substitute regular flour for whole wheat (depends on what we have, ya know?) this recipe can go with the flow and rise to the occasion.

are you guys appreciating my puns btw?


sad apples about to get a breadover! to keep them as fresh as possible i douse them with lemon juice until i am ready to use them.


every thing you'll need...


mix it up...


add more walnuts. go nuts. (ed. note: AWESOME sweater *wink!*)


and ta-da! i am a baking goddess.


but wait, there's more. if i have more apples than i need, i save them and make a carrot, apple strawberry smoothie.


and there you have it, baking victory.



2-3 ripe bananas

1-4 half eaten apples (depends on how much apple chunk you like in your bread or how much the kid left for you)

1/2 cup sugar

1 3/4 cups whole-wheat, gluten-free, or regular flour

1/2 cup applesauce or vegetable oil

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

walnuts to taste/decorate (optional)

handful of dried fruit (optional)

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees. spray your 9" loaf pan

2. in a medium-sized bowl, mash bananas with a fork

3. add the rest of the ingredients and mix well

4. bake for 40-50 minutes

5. cool for as long as you can stand to wait. about 5 minutes for me.

6. enjoy!


1-2 half eaten or whole apples, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

handful of frozen strawberries

1/2 cup water

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1. put all ingredients in a vitamix-style blender

2. blend on high for about a minute.

3. pour

4. take selfie

5. enjoy.

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