This is an unprompted, uncompensated endorsement of Simply Organic Banana Bread Mix. I love it! The mix is gluten-free and contains organic rice flour, organic Fair Trade Certified cane sugar, xanthan gum, monocalcium phosphate, organic cinnamon, organic cornstarch, baking soda, sea salt, organic allspice. Initially alarmed by the presence of xanthan gum and monocalcium phosphate, I looked them up and learned that they are not as frightening as they sound. Xanthan gum is fermented sucrose that has many uses in food, including its role as a thickener in the absence of wheat gluten and egg in this recipe. Monocalcium phosphate is a levening agent. I may try to make my own recipe with baking powder and/or soda, but that will require some experimentation.

The ten ounce box makes a small loaf with 15 slices. Bananas, water and eggs (or egg substitute) need to be added. After the mix is moistened, I fold in chopped walnuts and chocolate chips for a very decadent treat. You can buy it online directly from Simply Organic’s website or (in a discounted pack of three) from Amazon. I have not yet found it in a regular grocery store, but then again, I haven’t been to Whole Foods yet this year.

Instead of commercially prepared egg substitute, I use a home-made alternative made from flax seeds. The primary health benefit of flax seeds is its alpha linolenic acid content. Grind 1 tablespoon of flax seed, add 2 ½ tablespoons of water, bring to a boil, remove from heat and stir.  One tablespoon of flax made this way approximates one medium egg. This can be doubled (or increased further) with the same proportions; it will keep in the refrigerator for a few days.  While this obviously is not going to make a vegan soufflé, it is a handy and healthy binding option for baked goods that are enhanced by its nutty flavor.

  
Information for this post was obtained from Wikipedia and World’s Healthiest Foods websites.
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Valerie Warren
01/17/2010 15:48

hey lady love your blog!!! i will have to send it to my mom, she is a devoted eater of banana bread and flax seeds (she sends me flax seeds in the mail 2 or 3 time a year.... if you need any let me know they are in my freezer)..... that is fascinating to know you can make egg substitute out of flax seeds but not surprising considering the lovely emulsion they make when you add boiling water. i will keep reading it and more power to you!

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Valerie Warren
01/17/2010 15:49

oh yeah, by the way, that was my comment a minute ago!
love,
val

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