My all-time favorite vegan cookbook has this neat little section called quick breads. These are the ones that don't include yeast--which still scares the bejesus outta me. So, with my $50 prize I bought some baking essentials and went to work.
Tofu Banana Bread
3/4 cup medium tofu (about 6 ounces)
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (I used two medium bananas)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. First combine the wets. Add one mashed banana, sugar, olive oil and vanilla in the blender. Then, after it's combined, add the other banana.
Then combine the drys. Otherwise known as the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Then add the flour mixture to the tofu mixture. Fold in the walnuts. Pour into a greased loaf pan.
Tofu Banana Bread. Pre Heat.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, until it looks delicious.
Tofu Banana Bread. Post Heat.
I don't know what's up with the gigantic split down the top, but I really don't care. I a) didn't burn it and b) managed to create something with a definite crust and bread-like interior.
Look at that goodness.
One of the many slices I've been noming on all week.
I can't tell you how excited I am that I actually baked something. I think what pushed me over the edge is the tofu aspect. You all know I frequently squawk about how I never get enough protein, and with nearly a half a block of 'fu this bread definitely has it. It is a bit sweeter than something I'd usually go for (probably due to the entire cup of sugar in this bad boy) but it's supposed to be sweet, right?
In other news, I've been busy eating this kind of thing.
'Fu and Cabbage.
And that kind of thing.
Squash and Basil.
I've also been running. Yes, in the snow. In addition to never really baking, I've also never ran outside when there was snow on the ground. Until Monday. When I cranked out 3.59 miles in 36:17. That would be a 10:06/mile. I was super excited, as that's been my fastest run in a long time. It helps when I don't have Sheldon to weigh me down. Sorry, pup.
- Do you bake? Yeast breads, non-yeast breads, what?
- Do you run in the snow? How cold is too cold for your outdoor runs?
- What should I bake next?