{Vegan} Banana Bread with a Salted Date Caramel Swirl

So, we are talking banana bread today.  This quick bread is probably one of the easiest and most familiar baked goods in many kitchens with a plethora of recipes out there to prove it.  Earlier, I posted a maple-olive oil banana bread recipe that has been in my rotation a few years now from the Shutterbean blog that I absolutely adore.  The bread AND the blog. Actually, it’s been the only recipe I’ve used since I first started making banana bread.

However, this time I decided to change it up a bit and mash up two recipes that I’ve been eyeing on for some time that I found on a couple of my favorite blogs.  So we have a vegan banana bread with a vegan, naturally sweetened salted date caramel swirl.  YUM!  Do not let the vegan-ness scare you away; there are no weird ingredient substitutions or fancy ingredients.

This bread turned out barely sweet, dense, and moist due to the number of bananas used.  Then to bite into the date-caramel swirl within the bread is just a flavor bonus.  I feel the bread is best served warm, straight out of the oven.  However, simply toasting a couple slices in the morning works just as well and makes for a filling and delicious breakfast.

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Maple Olive-oil Banana Bread

So…where to start?  I’ll start by telling you how much I adore this banana bread!  It’s been my go-to recipe for a few years now and I dare not deviate from it.  As much as I love bananas, I love this bread even more.  So much so that I could probably make it from memory.  It contains all the glutens, since I use whole wheat flour, however olive oil is used as the fat and Greek yogurt keeps the bread moist.  Maple syrup (100%) is then combined with dark muscovado sugar to give this quick-bread wonderful caramel notes.  Finally, the top is crusted with Bourbon Vanilla-Bean sugar to give it some crunch; my absolute favorite part.

Try keeping this in your house more than a day or two…I guarantee it can’t be done!

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