Banana Bread Baby!

Banana Bread

It’s true – no one makes banana bread quite like the Aussies…. and it is SO good. This recipe is a cross between Sydney and Leiths School of Food and Wine; tastes heavenly, it’s well balanced and it’s a touch healthier than a cake!

Try it for yourself and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

225g Spelt, wholemeal flour or plain flour

4 large, ripe bananas; 3 for mashing (approx. 330g peeled) and 1 banana for decorating the surface sliced in half length ways

100g Coconut sugar, light brown sugar or unrefined cane sugar. Reserve 1 tsp of this for sprinkling over the top

100g Lightly toasted nuts; pecans or walnuts work best – roughly chopped

85g Melted butter or coconut oil

2 Eggs mixed

3 tsp Baking powder

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Bicarb of soda

A pinch of Sea salt

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 180˚C
  • Line a loaf tin approx. 20cm x 10 cm – I use loaf liners, they are like large paper cupcakes. Definitely worth investing in
  • Melt your butter or coconut oil – allow to cool
  • Sift your flour, baking powder, bicarb, salt and cinammon
  • Mash your bananas using a fork, then mix in the sugar, mixed eggs and melted butter or coconut oil
  • Fold your flour mixture through followed by your nuts. Try and mix as little as possible to keep your bread light and airy
  • Pour your mixture into your loaf tin, place you sliced banana on the top and sprinkle with your reserved tsp of sugar
  • Place in the top third of the oven for approx. 45 minutes until a skewer comes out clean
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack

Banana Bread unbaked

 

Options: If you don’t like nuts simply leave them out. Add more cinnamon if you love it, you could also add a large pinch of nutmeg if you like spices. If you only have 3 bananas don’t stress – just leave out the one on the top. You could also add seeds – I added a table spoon of chia – aways looking to add a little more goodness!

 How kids can help:

  • Preparing your loaf tin
  • Measuring
  • Mashing the bananas
  • Sieving
  • Cracking the eggs – then mixing them
  • Folding
  • Arranging the banana on the top
  • Taste testing!

 

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