Banana Bread with Walnuts & The LA Veggie Pride Parade Wrap-Up

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I’ll kick off this post with my variation of the Lower Fat Banana Bread recipe in Veganomicon.  It’s super easy to make, and it’s so good.  I’m actually not a huge fan of nuts with banana bread, but I’ve been making these for the craft service on the show Entourage, and this is how they like ‘em.

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I’ve also made my version of this recipe in mini-loaf pans, and it makes super cute little breads that also freeze really well.  Of course, you could also do muffins if you don’t want to have a whole loaf.

Speaking of baking…I did a ton of it for this past weekend’s Veggie Pride Parade.  We had chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, snickerdoodles, oatmeal cranberry cookies, chocolate almond and pistachio anise seed biscotti, as well as fudgy brownies.

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We sold out of everything we brought!  I thought I had enough, but there were several hundred more people there than anticipated.  There was also a lot of great food, which I couldn’t seem to stop eating.  We tried food from Samosa House, which was located right up the street from the event and had awesome samosas.  Vegan Factory was also there and had probably the best veggie curry I’ve ever tried.  Animal Acres were selling Tofurky brats, which might not sound that exciting, but they were so good on the grill and out in the fresh air.  There was more food there that we didn’t get a chance to try, but it all looked really tasty.

It was fun to see so many people wearing costumes for the parade, and one of our favorites was this “hot dog”, who was very sweet and happy to pose for Ryan’s camera.

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We also loved the strawberry girls who won the award for best costume.

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And finally, the cutest dog of all – Strummer!

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That’s Melisser of The Urban Housewife with her adorable and very sleepy Strummer.  It was so great to meet her and lots of other bloggers and PPKers who were at the parade.  Getting to actually see and talk to people whose blogs you follow is very cool, and being able to dish about vegan baking with Melisser was definitely a highlight.

Baking for the parade was a lot of work, but very worth it.  It was such a great day, full of positive energy, and we got to meet a ton of really amazing people.  Lori Houston, the founder of Animal Acres, is a big part of the reason that Ryan and I went vegan in the first place.  Seeing her in the film Peaceable Kingdom really affected me, and being able to participate in one of her events makes me very happy.  Especially when I get to make others happy with vegan goodies!

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15 Responses to “Banana Bread with Walnuts & The LA Veggie Pride Parade Wrap-Up”

  1. Hey, it was so nice to meet you on Sunday! I loved all your goodies–I have a yummy pic of them to post on my blog when I get around to my parade post! I think the oatmeal cranberry cookies were my favorite!
    Hopefully I’ll see you again sometime! Either next time I’m in LA, or at the very worst, the next Veggie Pride Parade!
    <3 Nora

  2. Wait, I forgot to ask you, what kind of camera do you use and how do you get that special focus effect? I’m exploring digital SLRs right now to invest in one, and so far I’m thinking the Canon Rebel, but I wanna hear what else is out there!

  3. I just tried your banana bread for the first time today and it was amazing! I also just wrote a blog post about it! Thanks for all the goodies!!!!!!!

  4. It was so great to see you and your cookies (!) again! I’m such a huge fan of the peanut butter ones, that I tell eveyrone to go try them :) . I posted a little something about it on my blog.

  5. Darn it, we should have gone to the parade. By the way, my husband and I both loved all your stuff we bought at the topanga farmers market. Our fav. were the snickerdoodles.

  6. It was such a pleasure to meet you, Kim! Seriously. I hope we have the chance to dish again in the near future. Thank you so much for all the sweet treats! I keep thinking about that brownie.

  7. It was so great to meet you too! Hopefully we can see each other again soon. We’re always dying to head up to San Francisco.

  8. Hopefully they’ll do the parade again next year and you can go then. I’m so glad you both liked the goodies!

  9. It was great to meet you, and I’m so glad you like the cookies! Thanks for the mention on your blog!

  10. Hey Nora,

    To answer your questions about the photography for the blog…I use a Nikon D70, mainly because I’ve been using Nikons for most of my adult life and thus have several of their lenses. That said, I know many folks who swear by their Canons, so I’m sure you can probably get one that suits your needs. To achieve “the special focus effect” that you mentioned, I use a 50mm lens with an f-stop of 1.4, which allows me to set such a shallow depth of field. Hope that helps!

  11. Congrats on selling out on all your stuff! Love the banner! You are delicious, wifey.

  12. Adorable dogs!! Your blog pictures are so beautiful! :)

  13. Hi There

    Just wanted to compliment you on the gorgeous food photos here on the blog. Apologies for contacting you through the comments but couldn’t spot your email address. We would love to feature some of your photos over on http://www.foodandfizz.com and hopefully send a little traffic back over this way! Give us a shout if you have any questions and look forward to seeing your pics :)

    Cheers

    Ben

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