Submitted by HayGurl on Mon, 02/10/2020 - 20:31
Close up of banana bread

Well I continue to suck at blogging/my “webmaster” aka partner who is attending coding camp is a little behind in her free labor. But the good news is not only that (1) my primary employer recently took on a month-long Veganuary initiative, but also (2) I have a great recipe to share as a result!

First a little about what happened at work (BCBSM). In addition to having internal and external communications surrounding the benefits of plant-based eating, we had support from our cafeteria vendor (Eurest) to provide more plant-based options as well as programming throughout the month. The cafeteria pledged to offer plant-based specials, including at least one vegan soup and a vegan grill option daily. In addition, they served Beyond Burgers all month, and provided free samples to convince the omnivorous naysayers that veggie burgers actually taste good. In terms of programming, we had a screening of the movie Game Changers, an informational webinar on plant-based nutrition and health benefits with Suzy Sorenson of Move2Veg, and last but definitely, DEFINITELY not least, a plant-based potluck for our associates.

OMG THERE WAS SO MUCH GOOD FOOD! (download some of the recipes!)

Gnocchi, Texas Caviar, lasagna, Khichdi, wraps, chocolate cheesecakes, “tuna” salad, chili and more!

The banana bread that I made was well-received, and quite easy to make. So, I will pass on the recipe! Give it a try! Omnivore endorsed!

Vegan Banana Bread


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ c oil
  • 2 cups flour (to make gluten-free, use your favorite homemade or store bought gluten-free blend and add 1 tsp of xanthan gum)
  • ¾ c plant-based milk
  • 1 ½ c very ripe mashed banana (about 2 bananas)
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla, optional
  • 2 Tbs chocolate chips, or to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Grease the sides of a 5x9 bread pan and/or line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Measure out the milk and add in the vinegar. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and oil. Add in the mashed banana and vanilla and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Make a well in the flour mixture. Add in the oil/banana/sugar mixture and the milk mixture and mix until all of the flour mix has been incorporated. The mixture will be a thick batter.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips until well-dispersed. Scrape the batter into the prepared bread pan.
  7. Bake 45-60 minutes, using a toothpick or wooden skewer to check that the bread is baked through the center (the toothpick will come out clean if done).