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My First Try at Dairy-Free Banana Bread

Anders may or may not have a dairy sensitivity. My midwife said I would see results in 4-7 days, but I’ve decided I can’t do eggs right now so I’m cutting out mammalian products for this first week. The first day was hard and I cheated a little throughout. I guess it wasn’t really day one if you think about it, but I was consciously trying to avoid certain foods and for the most part I felt successful. From there everything got easier.

The more research I do, the more familiar I become with brands and various milk proteins, the more I am considering making this dairy-free diet a new lifestyle. Dairy isn’t really that good for you anymore and it’s so much easier to find vitamins and nutrients from other, healthier foods. Dairy can take 30 days to get completely out of your system, so I’m going to try at least a month and see where I end up. If Anders doesn’t respond positively I’ll evaluate how I personally feel towards the end of May.

I went shopping with my mother on Monday and we got a bunch of produce and dairy-free stuff. Everything I’ve tried so far has turned out okay and I’ve had no substitution issues. I did my first baking experiment on Wednesday. I present to you my first vegan banana bread!


Dairy-Free Banana Bread

  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup of raw sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 snack cup of cinnamon applesauce (I didn’t have any eggs, so I improvised)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour

You can also add raisins, vegan chocolate chips, or nuts if you’d like.

  1. Mash the bananas in a medium to large mixing bowl. I use a whisk for the entire process as it’s just naturally fun for me that way.
  2. Add the sugar and the shortening. Now I don’t know if you can melt shortening in the microwave like you would normal butter so I didn’t. I just mashed it in and mixed it really well with my whisk. It’s a learning process: dairyless baking.
  3. When that is well mixed, add the applesauce. If you have an egg and aren’t a true vegan, you can add that instead. I would have, but the applesauce was all I had on hand. Then mix in the baking soda and vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly mix in the flour. If using add-ins like chocolate chips, coat them in flour before adding them so they don’t sink to the bottom of your bread pan.
  5. Grease (I use my olive oil cooking spray for everything) a loaf pan and put in the oven at 350 degrees (F) for 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Here are some notes regarding the photo: My oven sucks. Don’t let my photo discourage you from making this. I tend to under cook my “dessert” breads because my current oven will burn the outside of things. Also, applesauce as an egg substitution always makes my baked goods super moist. I haven’t mastered that technique yet.

It was really delicious and it took everything I had not to eat the whole thing overnight. Once we move I’ll definitely give it another try in my new oven. If you try this recipe, tell me how yours turned out. Did your family just gobble it up like mine did?



  1. Yum! What a great idea to try this. I bet it would be so good if you baked it flatter….more like cookie bars.

  2. I will have to try this, my daughter has a dairy allergy! Thank-you!

  3. I think you did a great job! Looks yummy to me!

  4. It looks so good! I love using dairy-free milk, especially almond milk!

  5. I think it looks delicious!

  6. Looks fantastic! I cook lots of vegan baked goods for my vegan oldest! Banana bread is one of my favorites! I’m going to try the cinnamon applesauce sometime instead of plain… sounds so good!

  7. This looks good! My kids love banana bread, so I should try this recipe.

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