What to do if you have a hankering for bananas, cake, and still want to keep it vegan (and somewhat healthy)? You find a recipe and veganise it of course!!
I was scrolling through Pinterest and found this yummy-looking recipe for Banana Blondies from Life In The Lofthouse, and decided to give it a try, vegan-style.
I also used this Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting from Oh She Glows instead of the one that came with the recipe. And lastly, I wanted to try out some of my new sprinkles, so I did half-half with Sweetapolita’s Sweetie Pie and Cornucopia sprinkles.
Here’s what I did:
Original Yield: 24 squares
Actual Yield: 24 large squares (I halved the recipe the second time I made it and it worked just as well)
Original Prep Time: none
Actual Prep Time: 10 minutes
Original Bake Time: 25-30 minutes
Actual Bake Time: 28 minutes
What I changed:
- I swapped butter for a half-and-half mix of vegan butter and coconut oil and a mix of apple sauce and extra banana for the eggs
- I swapped the brown sugar frosting for vegan cream cheese frosting (amazing flavour combination!)
Notes or Comments:
- I tried this recipe out as is and it was amazing.
- I swapped out all of the butter for coconut oil and found the coconut favour was so overpowering that the banana flavour was lost completely. Half and half is perfect if you like a bit of coconut flavour, but use only vegan butter if you want just banana flavour.
Verdict: Success! This recipe is delish, both as is and with some vegan substitutes. It was simple to make (all in one bowl… that’s always a win!) and is easily halved or doubled with no issues.
** Please note that all opinions and experiences are my own. They are not influenced, endorsed, or sponsored by Life In The Lofthouse, Oh She Glows, Sweetapolita, or any other third party. All changes to the recipe are my own.