Three-spice sunflower seed healthy vegan banana bread

Three-Spice Sunflower Seed Healthy Banana Bread

Three-Spice Sunflower Seed Healthy Banana Bread

The professor while teaching an economic theory–something to do with using resources to the maximum capacity– used the example of overripe bananas. “We don’t throw away  overripe bananas. In fact, we wait till fruit flies hover over the bananas and then we make banana bread out of it,” she shared. The professor’s idea really appealed to me as I actually used to throw away overripe bananas. And banana bread has remained as as one of my favorites since then.

The current recipe has greatly evolved from my first recipe I tried 15 years ago. Over the years, as I learned about food ingredients, my banana bread recipe kept getting more flavorful and lighter on sugar and fat. Let me not keep you waiting to reveal those healthy ingredients. Here is how to make it:

Three spice sunflower seed vegan banana bread ingredients

You need overripe bananas. This is super important. Overripe bananas have concentrated sugar, which gives natural sweetness to the bread. Mash overripe bananas to a pulp with the back of a big spoon, potato masher, or just with clean hands, take your pick.

I almost always use whole grains in my cooking and this banana bread is no exception. I have used whole spelt flour to make this bread. Please note that spelt is not gluten free. You can also use white whole wheat or regular whole wheat flour (please see the recipe notes). I like spices in almost anything. For this bread I use cinnamon, clove, and ground ginger. But if you don’t have all the spices available in your spice cabinet, don’t let it stop you from making the bread. Move along with whatever you have. Don’t forget salt and baking soda.

You also need a flax egg (recipe here). I have not tried it but any other egg alternative should work as well. This recipe does not use any processed sugar. I usually use natural sweeteners like maple syrup.  If you don’t have maple syrup in your pantry, you can replace it with organic cane sugar (see recipe notes). You also need oil. My choice is avocado oil as it’s taste is somewhat neutral and has high smoking point (more on this later). Grapeseed oil also works well. Last but not the least, the secret ingredient: Apple cider vinegar.

I add sunflower seeds to this banana bread, but feel free to add any other kind or even chopped walnuts. Chocolate chips are totally optional. I am not a big fan, but my kids love chocolate chips. I  often make this bread without adding any chocolate chips.

Three spice sunflower seed vegan banana bread making

Mix all the dry ingredients (except sunflower seeds and chocolate chips) in a mixing bowl. Similarly, mix all the wet ingredients (except apple cider vinegar) separately. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet and whisk until mixed. Usually I whisk it 6-7 times. Add the vinegar and mix (2-3 times).

Three spice sunflower seed vegan banana brea: ready-to-bake

Fold in sunflower seeds and chocolate chips (if using). Don’t forget to prepare the baking pan in advance. I usually smear the 8.5″ x 4.5″  pan with oil and then sprinkle some flour. That always works well. Put the bread mixture in the prepared pan and bake at 350 Fahrenheit for about 1 hour. This bread will keep for 3 to 5 days in an airtight container in refrigerator. You can also freeze it for about 4 weeks. Enjoy.



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  1. Appearance is great hope does not taste too much of banana good for kids and bananas too 😉😉

    1. This bread has the perfect balance of flavor. It does not taste too strongly of either banana or spices. Please share your experience if you make it. Thank You.

  2. The recipe looks great Garima. I will definitely try it tnwxt week. Rohit bought way too many bananas this week and I expect some of them to be pretty ripe by Sunday!

    1. Thank You! It would be great if you could share your experience or any suggestions.

  3. Very good recipe. Moist and sweet with good rise.Be sure to use very ripe bananas. I made two batches to do a couple of tests. I used flax meal without mixing it with water in one and saw no difference. However, I only had two ripe bananas and needed four for two batches so I remembered that I had two frozen ones. However, they had been there a while and were not ripe when I froze them. The difference in sweetness was marked and I had also forgotten the maple syrup but with the ripe bananas it is not necessary. I also baked it in a smaller pan and had to bake about twice as long but it turned out fine.

    1. Linda, Thank you for trying out the recipes and expert suggestions. Not sure why did the baking time increase?

  4. I just made from this recipe and it is delicious with all the different spices! It has a great sweetness even though only 7 grams of sugar per serving! Thanks!

    1. Anika, Thanks a lot for trying out the recipe and sharing your experience.

  5. It was great to bake this theee spice banana bread. Excellent taste and healthy too. Thanks a lot Garima for the recipe. A great recipe from overripe bananas which we tend to throw away.

  6. The receipe looks really interesting and want to try for sure .
    Just wanted to know if Vinegar can be replaced with something as my daughter is allergic to any kind of fermentation.

    1. Hello Mukta, Try replacing vinegar with 2 tsp of lemon juice. It would work to keep the acidity. If you try it, please let me know how did it turn out. Happy baking…

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