Banana Bread with Walnuts & The LA Veggie Pride Parade Wrap-Up
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.
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.
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.
We also loved the strawberry girls who won the award for best costume.
And finally, the cutest dog of all – Strummer!
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!