How To Make Vegan Banana Bread

 Even Non-Vegans Will Love It

Banana bread fresh out of the oven.

This is the only assignment all semester I was truly looking forward to, and actually enjoyed doing. I knew right away that I would do a recipe for my how-to…because who doesn’t love watching other people make food? I had no idea what recipe I would choose though.  

Lately I’ve been interested in vegan food, so I’ve been trying tons of vegan recipes.  They aren’t as terrible as I thought they’d be!  And the substitutions are way easier than I was expecting.  So, I decided to pick one of my new favorite recipes to do my how-to on.  This vegan banana bread is by far the best banana bread I have ever eaten.  It’s super easy to make, too.  It’s definitely my new favorite breakfast treat.

Ingredients:

Ingredients needed.

  • 1 1/3 cup mashed ripe bananas (3-4 bananas)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup whole grain flour
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 chopped banana for topping (optional)

Directions:

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

  1. Banana bread just sliced.

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. In a large bowl use a fork to mash the bananas.
  3. Stir in the ground flax seed, almond milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until combined.
  4. Add in the dry ingredients one at a time in the order listed.  Optional: stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
  5. Pour the dough into a loaf pan.  Use a knife to spread it evenly.  Add toppings if desired.
  6. Bake the loaf in the oven for about 45 minutes, or until the top is slightly firm.
  7. Let the loaf cool for about 30 minutes.
  8. Slice and serve.

Reflection

Banana bread fresh out of the oven.

Finally, I made it through an assignment stress-free.  I thought the day would never come!  I actually really enjoyed the entire process of this assignment.  I’m glad I didn’t wait until the last minute to start this because I probably saved myself several nervous breakdowns.

This assignment was right up my ally.  I love love love making food, writing about food, etc., so I felt right at home working on this assignment.  While I’ve never done a video how-to for a recipe, I was so excited to jump right in and try it.  I’ve seen so many Spoon University video how-to’s, so I wanted to make mine as similar to those as possible.  I was grateful that I got to shoot this assignment in my well-lit kitchen at my house, rather than my apartment on campus because lighting really is everything.

Banana bread ready to eat.

I had to re-shoot this assignment because after putting it all together, I realized I forgot to put a shot in where I mentioned what temperature to preheat the oven to.  I also was not happy with the lighting in a few of my shots since it was getting darker out.  So the second time around, I made sure to shoot with plenty of daylight.  I was already making the bread for my parents one more time before I left for school anyway, so it was not inconvenient at all to re-shoot.  I am so much happier with the shots I got the second time, so I’m very thankful I had to time to do so.

I think I am finally getting better at editing.  While, it took a lot longer than I was hoping, I’m really satisfied with the final product.  I also think my lower thirds were good enough where a narration was not necessary.  My only concern is that the words go by too fast, so I hope they’re up long enough to read without having to pause it constantly.

I’m overall really happy with how my work turned out.  I hope you enjoy the video! You can also view my storyboard here.

One thought on “How To Make Vegan Banana Bread

  1. Schmitt, Olivia Isabel

    Angela!

    This video was amazing, and it made me so hungry. I absolutely love how you composed your video, and it looks exactly like the Spoon University how-to’s you were aiming to mimic. It was extremely easy to follow along with, and the lower thirds were up for the perfect amount of time. I really like how you used fast-motion to show the actual process of every step. My favorite shot was when you cut the banana bread and you could actually see the steam coming from the slice. That is your money shot! I know it’s not always ideal to shoot things more than once, but in this situation, your decision paid off. The lighting was perfect, the pacing was on-point, and the video rocked! I’m glad you weren’t as stressed as you have been in the past. That means you are improving! Well done!

    -Olivia

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