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Apple Streusel Banana Bread (vegan-friendly)

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

Whip up this quick and simple Apple Streusel Banana Bread, a delightful treat that not only satisfies your sweet cravings but also helps reduce food waste. With just a food processor, combine ripe bananas and diced apples to create a luscious batter, accented by warm spices and sweet brown sugar. The streusel topping adds a delightful crunch to every bite. Enjoy a slice for breakfast, snack, or dessert and relish the rich flavors while feeling good about reducing food waste in a tasty way.


Vibe: Pair the Apple Streusel Banana Bread recipe with the hip-hop classic "HUMBLE." by Kendrick Lamar. The energetic beats and confident lyrics will keep you motivated and in the groove while you mix, chop, and bake. Channel your inner chef as you create this scrumptious treat, embracing the spirit of the song's title – staying humble in the kitchen while enjoying the flavorful outcome of your culinary prowess. Get ready to dance and bake with confidence, just like Kendrick Lamar's iconic track! 🍌🍎🎶


Booze: Pair this delicious Apple Streusel Banana Bread with a delightful morning cocktail - the Sparkling Apple Cider Mimosa! Simply combine chilled apple cider with your favorite sparkling wine or champagne. Garnish with a slice of apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a touch of elegance. The refreshing and bubbly mimosa perfectly complements the warm and comforting flavors of the banana bread, creating a delightful breakfast or brunch pairing. Cheers to a fantastic start to your day with this scrumptious combination! 🍹🍞🍏🥂


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 1 large apple, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed (use vegan butter to make it vegan friendly)

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.

  2. In a food processor, combine the chopped bananas, diced apple, 1/4 cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Pulse until smooth and well combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg.

  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture in a medium bowl. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix.

  5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it evenly.

  6. For the Streusel Topping: In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup flour, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and cold cubed butter using your fingers or a fork until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the top of the banana bread batter.

  7. Bake the banana bread for about 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  8. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.


Freezing Instructions:

To freeze the leftover banana bread, wrap the cooled loaf tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Alternatively, slice the bread and wrap individual portions.


Unfreezing Instructions:

When ready to enjoy, remove the wrapped banana bread from the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature for about 2-3 hours or until fully defrosted. You can also reheat individual slices in the microwave for a quick treat.

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