Zero waste Banana Bread

Always up for a good challenge? You think you’re such a good no waster? Try and cook – or bake, a zero waste meal. Cake. Whatever you feel like. Do it consiciously and reflect on the amount of plastic one needs to use in order to feed itself.

It is no news that we as Homo Sapiens species we killed and destroyed everything was in our way to make our life better. We did not adapt to new enviroments but we created environments by destroying what we could not adapt to. But it is pointless to talk about the bad human nature now when in fact what I am trying to say here is that we always, – and still are, taking more and more resources out of the environment and put back huge quantities of waste and poison, therefore changing the composition of the soil, water and atmosphere. Which ultimately poisons us back.

I do not want to bore you now with statistics but please keep in mind that 50% of the plastic we use is a one time use and the amount of plastic waste we throw away each years is enough to circle the Earth four times. Four times!!!

And altough you think that yeah, well, I will be leaving that plastic fork behind after having a delicious picnic altough I am aware that won’t decompose as quiclky as some other waste but ultimately it will, well, think twice before you do it. The soil yes, will eventually decompose that plastic fork you leave behind (on an average of 450 years) but it will also absorb the chemicals from the plastic. And the plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body, through the modified soil. So back to my point of poisoning ourselves.

But before I turn this post into an Eco Manifest, please think twice about your actions, if not for the environment, at least for you and your body.

On that note, I challenged myself yesterday into making a zero waste banana bread. And by zero waste I aimed at no plastic waste of any kind.

The original recipe called for vegetable oil, chocolate chips and almond flakes and I was happily ready to use them when I realised that the vegetable oil I had came in a plastic bottle, the chocolate chips I had, (although in a paper box) were ultimately stored in a plastic bag inside and the almond flakes originally came in a plastic bag too.

I do generally store my ingredients in glass jars due to many reasons and recycle the original packaging if I can but I decided against using the almond flakes this time because they did came, originally in a plastic bag. Ultimately I changed the vegetable oil to coconuit oil because it came in a jar, chocolate chips with handchopped dark chocolate and almond flakes with organic walnuts sent by my mum.

So, with no further due, for this zero waste banana bread I used:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • splash of lemon
  • vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 50 ml coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • handful walnuts
  • handful hand chopped dark chocolate

ingredients HQ (1 of 1)METHOD:

  1. preheat oven at 150°C, no fan;
  2. peel and smash the bananas with the help of a fork or a potato masher; add a splash of lemon juice to it so they will keep the golden beautiful color;
  3. add the sugar and coconut oil in and give it a good mix;
  4. add the eggs one at a time and stir vigorously until the mixture fluffs up a bit;
  5. add the vanilla extract;
  6. in a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and pinch of salt;
  7. add the dry ingredients over the wet ones and incorporate everything really well;
  8. add the walnuts and chocolate in and pour the mixture into a baking sheet aligned loaf pan;
  9. bake at 150°C with no fan for 1 hour; test it with a toothpick if done, if not allow it for 10 more minutes or up until it passes the test.

And that’s it!

Here is the amount of waste I had at the end, after replacing the ingredients mentioned above:waste HQ (1 of 1).jpgIn total I had two banana peels, two egg shells, both compostable and the paper from the flour I used, the baking paper and the paper packaging from the baking powder. All recyclable, of course.

No plastic used, and honestly it was easier that I expected. Give it a try too sometimes and let me know how was it for you.

Stay conscious,