I NEVER THOUGHT I’D MISS CHEESE THIS MUCH.

But I knew I’d me missing bae-con. This month, my bestie Fai challenged me to participate in #Veganuary. While the movement aims to get people to convert to protect animals and the earth, what primarily sparked my interest was seeing what kind of impact it would have on my weight loss. Boy, it’s been tough. If you’ve ever gone vegan before you know you really have to think about your choices or you’ll end up eating pasta at every meal (which doesn’t sound that bad, huh?). When you’re trying to lose 50 pounds it’s even more tough.

I’m always up for a challenge, and of course with a new lifestyle comes new recipes! This month while I’ve been stuffing myself with seeds, twigs, and berries, I’ve been craving something warm and sweet like a cake. I had a bunch of bananas sitting on my counter staring me in the face and I figured, banana bread! I scoured the internet for vegan banana bread recipes and couldn’t find one that tickled my fancy, so I created my own! This banana bread is kinda healthy, but we can pretend it’s not if you’re more likely to try it. It’s got yummy fatty avocado, dairy-free chocolate chips, and fibrous chia seeds! It’s buttery, soft, and warm, without any eggs or dairy!

If you like banana bread that’s crispy on the edges but practically melts in your mouth, this is the recipe for you. Even if you don’t like banana bread, you’ll like this recipe!

If you’re counting calories, the entire loaf will set you back about 3800. If you slice it into 10ths that 380 awesome calories packed with protein and fiber!

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • half a ripe avocado
  • 1/2 dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas and avocado
  3. In that same bowl, carefully mix in every ingredient except for the walnuts
  4. Line a bread pan with parchment paper and spread the mixture around evenly
  5. Bake for 1 hour. Half-way through, top with walnuts
  6. Cool and serve in slices! Wasn't that kinda...easy?

Enjoy! Happy Veganuary! Got any recipes you'd think I would like? Share em!

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