10/9/11

Vegan Mofo: Not-Elvis Banana Bread


Frequently, when at a little shop or something, I come across something that is named after Elvis. More often than not, this item contains peanut butter, bananas and chocolate. I even used to order a milkshake in college that had chocolate, coffee, peanut butter and bananas, all called an Elvis milkshake! Guys, this is not biographically accurate!

I have been to Graceland. (I even stayed at the Heartbreak hotel, which may be in the running for the most surreal place in America.) Anyways, what Elvis apparently liked was peanut butter and bananas, grilled in between two slices of bread, with a couple of slices of bacon. (Its even in the Elvis Presley Cookbook.*)  No chocolate. No coffee. Please, let's keep his legacy pure.

And therefore, this quickbread recipe, containing chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas (and no G.D. bacon) will be called "Not-Elvis Banana Bread" in hopes that I can start a trend of titular honesty in baked goods.

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Not Elvis Banana Bread

2 C. all purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
pinch salt
3 over-ripe bananas, mashed
1 and 1/4 C. soymilk
1 T. applecider vinegar
1/4 C. oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 C. smooth peanut butter, melted
1/3 C. chocolate chips
(I omitted sugar from this recipe as I felt the bananas would be sweet enough, but feel free to add in 1/3 C. granulated sugar if you like it sweeter.)

1.) Preheat oven to 375 F. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and vinegar. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
2.) After milk has thickened, add in bananas, oil, vanilla extract and sugar (if using). Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir together until "just mixed". Gently fold in chocolate chips and peanut butter, just carefully stirring so you can still see swirls of peanut butter.
3.) Pour batter into a loaf pan, or muffin tins if desired, and place in middle rack of oven. A loaf takes about 45 minutes, muffins take somewhat less time, but either way remove when top is golden brown and a toothpick placed into the center comes out clean.

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*And by the by, now I really want to purchase and veganize the Elvis Presley Cookbook, the menus look AWESOME.


Song the Day: Elvis- Heartbreak Hotel

6 comments:

jessy said...

i can't believe people made up what he liked. they didn't like the idea of bacon so they just said "chocolate it shall be!"? so weird! i think the bacon, bananas and pb sounds better than the made up chocolate (for a sammie). i might have to make myself some tempeh bacon and give the combination a whirl. hooooray for banana bread - it's easy enough to deglutenize and i love that you omitted the sugar and added in chocolate chips. bananas are pretty darn sugary (they're so yum). i bet if i use a little oat flour with the other gluten-free flours it'll be pretty magical, T - and i think you should TOTALLY purchase 'n veganize the Elvis Presley Cookbook. that would be AWESOME!

vegan.in.brighton said...

Your banana bread looks great & I enjoyed the Elvis fact!

celyn said...

I am always in favor of a good banana bread recipe!

Mandee said...

This banana bread looks delicious and I've never made it with pb and chocolate so I'll give it a try!

michelle (meiji) said...

So yeah, I may need to join you in that thought of getting the Elvis Presley cookbook. If you do decide to make vegan versions, I will make sure to make the edits you make to the recipes!

Your Not-Elvis Banana Bread looks delicious!

~michelle (aka abitaddictedtocookbooks.com)

Shaheen said...

Peanut butter in a banana cake, now that is a very appealing proposition. I would so like a slice right now.