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>I made this bread with things I had in my fridge/house that were either:
1. close to going bad/overripe
2. left over bits from things i’ve already made

Banana Cranberry Bread:
(makes one loaf)

2 extremely ripe bananas
1/8 c pumpkin puree
1/8 c vanilla yogurt [i used soy]
1/4 c canola oil
1/4 c raw sugar
1/4 c light brown sugar
2 T blue agave
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 t almond extract (optional)
3/4 c chopped fresh cranberries
1/2 c sliced almonds
1 t pumpkin pie spice
2 c all purpose flour
3/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt

Preheat Oven to 350 and spray a loaf pan lightly with canola oil cooking spray.

Mash bananas very well, then add pumpkin, yogurt, oil, sugars, agave, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cranberries and almonds.  Mix these all together until well combined.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until JUST combined. If you’re not a banana bread pro; handle this like you would muffin batter-and remember that overmixing=gummy, gross bread. When the dry ingredients are stirred into the wet ones; pour your mixture into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes-you can start checking on the bread when it’s been baking for 45 minutes just in case. The bread is done with a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let bread cool for 10 minutes; then remove from pan.


About laceythevegan

I'm a reader, a food lover, a crazy cat lady, an animal lover, local shopper and local music supporter. You can find me in East Nashville most of the time, shopping, having a drink at a locally owned bar, or eating food at a local restaurant. I like cumin and smoked paprika way more than I should, winter squashes make me happy, and while I do like most fruits, I only *love* berries and mangoes. I'd rather have salty snacks than sweets, and the darker chocolate is, the better. I still think Earth Balance is the best fake butter, Vegenaise is the best vegan mayo, and Almond Milk tastes better than soy milk. Chia seeds are my favorite egg substitute for the most part, and pumpkin tends to bind better than applesauce-especially in chocolate goods. I know a lot about food and nutrition, but that doesn't mean I'm the healthiest person. I tend to avoid eating out because I know I can make food that tastes better at home.

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