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rainy day baking: banana walnut honey power bites!

It’s a yucky, rainy, cold day in Pittsburgh and, I don’t know about you, but in my mind, that means time to bake! I don’t post recipes often, though I would love to start doing it more; the last one was back in April: a Thai cucumber noodle bowl – it’s SUPER quick and it’s vegan! Matt’s totally a meat and potatoes kind of guy, but he absolutely loves this dish and it’s now one of our go-to easy dinners!

I LOVE bananas…but I can never eat them fast enough and I wind up with a lot of brown mush. Yum. I happened to have a few on hand and really didn’t want to throw them out. Perfect solution? Baking!

I came across a recipe for banana bread and modified my version a bit by adding in cinnamon and honey and by substituting the eggs with applesauce. Because of the applesauce these mini muffins/power bites turned out more dense than regular muffins, but they’re crazy filling. ALSO, this recipe is highly customizable! Want to throw in some chia seeds? Go for it! Have a nut allergy? Toss in some chopped up dates instead!

Banana Walnut Honey Power Bites
Recipe adapted from Hell Yeah It’s Vegan

Ingredients
¼ c plain, unsweetened vegan milk
½ tsp apple cider vinegar
½ c vegan butter *I used applesauce instead*
1 cup light brown sugar
3 very ripe medium bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1½ c flour
½ c whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
¾ c walnuts, toasted and chopped
A pinch of cinnamon
⅓ c honey

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease and flour a 9″ loaf pan. *I made mini muffins rather than bread*
In a small bowl, stir together vegan milk and vinegar. Set aside for a few minutes.
In a large bowl, cream together vegan butter and sugar.
Add bananas, vanilla, and milk mixture and beat.
In a medium bowl, sift together flours, powder and soda, nutmeg, and salt.
Add dry mixture to wet and beat just until all of the flour is moistened.
Fold in walnuts.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the loaf comes out mostly clean. *Because the mini muffins were smaller, they only took 30 minutes to bake*
Slide a knife around the outer edge of the loaf to ensure nothing is stuck.
Cool 5-10 minutes in loaf pan, then flip loaf out onto a wire rack and cool fully.

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