Hey Boos! Maddy here! Lately, I have been lucky enough to join my friends Matt and Amanda (honorary BB) in their home brewing adventures. While I mostly just sit around and occasionally stir a pot, the process is supa fun and has introduced me to my new favorite baking ingredient: Spent Grain. My love for this nutty, rich grain mixture all began when Amanda and Matt brewed a stout. As soon as the grains were pulled from the kettle, and we got a whiff of the delectable scent, our wheels started turning. Could we use this for bread? Or granola? What about Spent Grain Pretzels? Or cookies? From there, we took to the internet to find some recipes. And recipes we found (lots and lots). If you are interested in using spent grain to cook, I recommend heading over to Brooklyn Brew Shop and checking out their ‘Spent Grain Chef’ section!
We BBs are excited to announce a new series of posts about cooking with these yummy grains: A Spent Grain Moment. Named after the many spent grain moments Amanda and I have shared in the past few months. My first venture in cooking with spent grain started with a Vegan Banana Bread Recipe from Feed Your Skull. Amanda is vegan so I try to bake/cook things that we can eat together. If you want a non-vegan recipe, check out Brooklyn Brew Shop’s recipe. Now then…the main event:
Vegan Spent Grain Banana Bread
1 cup Spent Grain Flour
3/4 cup White Whole Wheat Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
4 tbsp. Unsweet Applesauce
3/4 cup Cane Sugar
2 Ripe Ass Bananas
1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts*
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips*
*Optional, but highly encouraged
- Preheat oven to 350° F + rub bread pan with coconut oil
- Mix Flaxseed egg + set aside
- Medium Bowl: Sift together both flours, Baking Powder, and Salt
- Large Bowl: Whisk together coconut oil, applesauce, and sugar
- Add flax eggs and bananas to oil mixture + whisk till combined
- Add flour mixture to oil mixture in 3 parts
- Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips
- Bake 55-60 minutes
AND BOOM, YA DONE!
This recipe creates a super dense, chewy, and deeeelish bread. If you want something a little lighter, I think adding in more whole wheat flour would achieve that. I hope you enjoyed our first Spent Grain Moment, and maybe even bake some bread of your own! Next spent grain stop for me: Veggie Burgers.
Let’s talk again soon, yes?