I have been running Women's Circle for Meditation and Relaxation in Braunton now for just over three months. In that time we have celebrated three full moons, made rituals to let go as the moon wanes and committed to something that makes our heart sing as the moon waxes. We have chanted, moved with our breath and held a safe space for each other to fully relax and to just be. I always end the circle with time to chat, a cuppa and a nourishing treat, which I sometimes make myself. Of all the things that I have made for the circle so far the vegan banana bread has been a strong favourite and it's also a family favourite too. I love being creative with recipes to make them vegan and reduce or remove the refined sugar and to try get an extra special twist on it too. Here is a recipe that I have adapted from the BBC vegan banana bread recipe in this way. I have also converted it to cups as I often bake with a toddler and it's so much easier to use cups than scales with little helping hands around.
Vegan Banana Bread with Added Goodness
This is so simple to put together. Start by mashing the bananas up, then sift the flour and add in the baking powder and spice, then stir in the oil. Finally, add your preferred combination of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate. These will help to sweeten the banana bread instead of using white sugar, so make sure not to leave them out or it will be a bit plain. Add a little plant milk if needed to make the consistency a bit softer then transfer to a lined tin. It will need about 45 minutes in a 220 degree C preheated oven, remember to check it is done before you take it out.
Let me know how you get on if you have a go yourself!
Kristina is a Yoga teacher and artist who lives in Braunton, North Devon with her husband, two children and a cat.