We like nothing better than a good loaf cake here at British Bakeware, and banana bread has to be one of our favourites! It's moist, sweet, and melts in the mouth; what's not to love right?
Of course, as much as we love cake, we know that it isn't the best for us, even when it has fruit in it. Anyone who's made banana bread in the past will know that despite it's healthy base ingredient, it isn't the most wholesome of foods, as it usually has lots of processed sugar and refined flour packed into it.
This leaves us with a bit of a dilemma - do we watch our waistline or satisfy our cake cravings? Well, with this healthy recipe developed by Kate over at Cookie and Kate, you can have your cake and eat it!
- 1/2 a cup of melted coconut oil (can sub for olive or rapeseed oil if you prefer)
- 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of mashed ripe bananas (around 2 large or 2 1/2 medium bananas)
- 1/4 cup of milk of choice or water
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon (and more to swirl on top)
- 1 and 3/4 cups of whole wheat or spelt flour
- Optional extras: nuts, choc chips, dried fruit etc.
Step 1 - Preheat your oven to 160oC.
Step 2 - Grease your loaf tin.
Step 3 - Beat the oil and honey/syrup together in a large bowl, then add the eggs and beat well.
Step 4 - Then, whisk in your mashed bananas and milk. If you're using coconut oil, keep the mix warm to avoid it solidifying.
Step 5 - Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and whisk gently with the rest of the mixture.
Step 6 - Switch to using a large spoon, and stir in the flour until combined. At this point, you may also wish to add your extras if desired.
Step 7 - Pour the batter into your loaf pan, then lightly sprinkle it with cinnamon, before putting it into the oven to bake.
Step 8 - Bake for 55-60 mins, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool for 10 mins, before transferring it to a wire rack and letting it cool for a further 20 mins.
That's it! You now have a tasty and moreish cake recipe that's all-natural and won't drive your blood sugar crazy!
*tip* For a snack on the go, why not use our individual loaf tins?
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