Vegan sunflower seed banana bread with tahini, dates, and seeds. This ultra healthy, grown up olive oil banana bread is packed with good stuff like whole wheat spelt flour and has a phenomenal texture. Skip to the recipe →
Hi! We’re getting right into the holiday swing of things now and I’ve been working my butt off to get all my jewellery gifts made in time to send to Canada (fingers crossed). After that I’ll be making the gifts for family and friends over here, and then it’ll be time to make some food gifts. I’m thinking truffles for sure, cookies, and bread. I love giving this easy dark rye and there are several holiday cookie recipes on the blog, plus more coming soon. I’ll be sharing a few recipes for gifting in the next couple of weeks, and let me know in the comments if there’s something you’d love to see!
This is a recipe for the chillier days arriving with winter, something to bake on a rainy day. It’ll heat your home as it bakes and give it a cozy scent of cinnamon and nutmeg. I make this type of whole grain, higher protein sunflower seed banana bread about once a week during autumn and winter and leave a loaf on the counter for quick breakfasts or snacks. Top it with extra nut or seed butter to make it even more filling, and add a little honey or maple syrup if you like a touch more sweetness.
Although the title says sunflower seed banana bread, it can easily be adapted to suit your tastes. Try using a mix of chopped nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews) instead of the seeds, sub sesame or hemp for the seeds that are used, or switch out the tahini for another nut/seed spread, or mix in a little dark chocolate to the batter. You can also use a different dried fruit instead of dates, like blueberries or cherries.
That being said, I really love the combination of the seeds, dates, and slightly bitter olive oil and tahini. It’s a bit of an adult, luxury banana bread and perfectly suitable to eat throughout the day. The loaf itself isn’t very sweet but the dates add little bites of sweetness – don’t leave them out. You could use other dried fruit like raisins or cranberries if you prefer. Topping with the sunflower seeds adds visual interest and a nice flavour and texture. If you don’t like tahini you can try substituting sunflower seed butter in its place.
Don’t be turned off by the long ingredient list, it’s mostly seeds and spices. You can use the seeds you have in your pantry, but the ingredients in this recipe are easy to find. Make sure to wait until your bananas are turning brown and spotty before using them as you need the natural sweetness from the overripe fruit. This loaf is quite sturdy and it makes a nice food gift during the holidays.
I’ve gifted this vegan banana bread to several people here in Germany and they always go nuts for it, because banana bread is a bit of a rarity over here. We like to have it around for snacking and it’s a nice healthier option if you’re craving something sweet.
*EDIT* 20/12/2017: Several readers have emailed me saying that they’ve made this recipe successfully with buckwheat flour in place of spelt. Please note that if you would like to make it gluten-free, buckwheat flour is an excellent substitution.
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• It tastes better with a greased pan (extra fat, maybe?) but you can also line it if you prefer. * Use 1/2 teaspoon of pre-ground nutmeg if you don't have whole.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 437 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 3g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 817mg Carbohydrates: 65g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 18g Protein: 11g
• It tastes better with a greased pan (extra fat, maybe?) but you can also line it if you prefer.
* Use 1/2 teaspoon of pre-ground nutmeg if you don't have whole.