Dairy, Egg, and Nut Free Banana Streusel Bread
I really hate letting food go bad. I have a hard time eating leftovers, or even remembering I have leftovers to eat, but when I have to toss food it makes me feel so guilty. I’m not so much worried about the starving-children-in-Africa as much as my bank account. I spent money on that food! According to Discovery News, Americans toss 14% of their food in the trash.
Yikes! If your grocery budget is $100 a week, that means $14 each week is literally thrown away. That equals (thanks to my trusty calculator) $728 in wasted food each year!
Now we should worry about those starving Africans. This site asks you to donate $48 to feed a family of five for 3 months–which is a mere $192 a year! For the amount of food American’s waste, every family could be helping almost four families for a year! I highly recommend examining your grocery budget to see what you can do you reduce your waste, and if you can afford to pay more money towards your fast offerings each month. That way you can be sure your money is going to where it is needed most, both around the world and in your community.
Wow, that was a lot of math and a total tangent. All I wanted to say was that when I have overripe bananas, I like to make banana bread. :) I told you I was ADD!
Onto the banana bread! Is dairy free, egg free, and nut free banana bread any good?
(Like I would waste precious kids-are-at-the-park time posting a bad recipe!)
My goal in life (well, one of them), is not just to find recipes that my entire family can eat, but also recipes that are no additional work for me. If it’s more work, it’s not happening. The allergy friendly version is completely optional and adaptable to your unique situation. If you have no allergies in your family (luck you!), then use butter. Use eggs. Don’t ruin it with walnuts unless you really think that will improve things though.
I’m not a nut person. It would have been nut free regardless of allergies.
Here’s the recipe. The ingredients in italics are the standard recipe.
Dairy Free, Egg Free, and Nut Free Banana Streusel Bread
(or just plain ol’ Banana Streusel Bread)
adapted from Land O’ Lakes Recipe Collection: Recipes and More
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. Nucoa margarine or butter
Egg Replacer, made as directed for 2 eggs
or 2 eggs
2 medium overripe bananas, mashed
1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. walnuts
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
For the streusel:
2/3 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. cold Nucoa margarine or butter
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Greased bottom of loaf pan, set aside.
Combine sugar and margarine in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add prepared Egg Replacer or eggs; continue beating until well mixed. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
In food processor, pulse together flour, brown sugar, and margarine until crumbly. Sprinkle liberally on top of batter.
Bake for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely.