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I remember back in college when I didn’t have a boyfriend, I felt as though my life was over every Valentine’s day. It was especially hard seeing all these girls walking around campus with flowers, balloons and red hearts. Red Velvet Banana Bread (7)

My girlfriends and I made a pact that instead of moping around we would go out to dinner and celebrate one another on Valentine’s Day. So one year we dined at Rainforest Cafe, another year at Macaroni Grill, basically every year would be a different franchise. Remember those restaurants?Red Velvet Banana Bread (3)

For this reason, I’m not particularly a fan of Valentine’s Day because for many years I didn’t have a valentine, and when you live in a society that places so much emphasis on V-Day, it can be quite depressing to say the least.Red Velvet Banana Bread (9)

Having said that, if I do have someone special in my life, I will do a little something for that person because that’s the thing about V-Day, you can’t exactly escape from it, it’s about doing the little things.Red Velvet Banana Bread (5)

Often times we hear people say that every day should be Valentine’s Day which makes sense. Just imagine the joy our relationships would bring if we did the little things every single day.Red Velvet Banana Bread (11)

And with that thought, I wish you a very Happy Valentines Day! Whether you’re celebrating yourself, a family member, a friend, or a significant other, it’s all about showing love to the ones you love. This Valentine’s I made Red Velvet Banana Bread.Red Velvet Banana Bread (15)

5 from 1 vote

Red Velvet Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze

By: Nisha
A lightened up festive holiday bread, perfect for Valentine's Day and Christmas.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients 

Red Velvet Banana Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, or 3 medium bananas
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 tbsp red food color

cream cheese glaze

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp reduced-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl... flour, cacao powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar.
  • In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients... eggs, bananas, vinegar, buttermilk, coconut oil, vanilla and red food color.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix but do NOT over mix.
  • Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan.
  • Into the oven for 45 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare the glaze. Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature. Whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar. Whip.
  • Add milk 1 tbsp at a time until you achieve the desired consistency.
  • Once bread is cooled, pour glaze over the bread. Slice and serve.

Notes

This bread is extremely moist the same day and it would be best to consume it the same day since it does dry out a bit the next day.
I prefer this bread slightly warm with cream cheese glaze over it.

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Hi, I'm Nisha!

I'm a foodie who is passionate about healthy-ish living and mindful eating. You'll find a bit of everything here. I use mostly organic real ingredients and incorporate seasonal produce in my cooking. I believe food is medicine. Join me on this soul-searching journey as I share my love for good food, and I hope I inspire you to eat better somewhere along the way.


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13 Comments

          1. Thank You. The vread came out fantastic. My glaze was a little runny and didn’t seem to set. So will add less milk next time.This was delicious

  1. 5 stars
    It just looks wowwww!!!
    I love Red velvet cake and mixing it with banana is a great choice. Healthier and tastier as well.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. So sorry for the late reply, Salma. Yes, I’m sure it would work with almond or soy, you may wanna add a teaspoon of vinegar to give it that tangy flavor though.
      When I don’t have buttermilk on hand, I take a cup of milk (dairy) and add a teaspoon of vinegar, it’s a great substitute. Hope this helps.