It’s no secret that I enjoy taking shortcuts with my cooking from time to time. Usually I’ll only do it if the shortcut way is just as good as, if not better, than its more labor-intensive counterpart.
For me personally, pumpkin bread falls into the shortcut category. I’ve made it from scratch a bunch of times and it’s really good, but I have to say, Trader Joe’s boxed mix yields an equally-delicious result. It’s one of my favorite fall treats!
The box instructions tell you to combine the boxed mix with two eggs, 1/2 cup of oil, and 1 cup of water. Fortunately, quick breads like this are ideal candidates for veganizing with egg substitutes, because their dense texture and full flavor easily mask the fact that substitutions have been used.
I used to do this bread with two flax eggs (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp warm water), but over the weekend I tried it with one flax egg and one mashed banana, and I have to say it was WAY better. I’ll go as far as to say that it’s the best combo for veganizing this particular product (of course, if you have an even better way, I’d love to hear it in the comments!).
The banana flavor is undetectable but it gives a gooey, sweet consistency that is just sooooo appetizing and pleasing to the palate.
Oh, and you’ll notice that I also added half a cup of chocolate chips, of course 🙂 I have my priorities straight.