I’m trying to do more baking and experimenting at the moment, I have always tried to bake at least once a week but recently I’ve been slacking – but slack no more! I have a feeling a lot of it may go into the “shhh lets just pretend that never happened/how can I make that better” posts, but I guess that’s the best way to improve and grow!
My family have never been a big fan of banana bread, so this week I was determined to turn that around. I know it sounds weird but because of their hesitation I didn’t want to make my bread overly sweet and “bananay” so I used ripe but not black bananas. I wanted to make one that was actually healthy and not fully of refined sugars and grains.
Oh and did I mention it’s green because it’s got courgettes in it too!
In a large bowl combine all the wet ingredients: 1 cup of grated courgette, (I put mine in a colander and let it drain for half an hour before squeezing out any excess liquid) two mashed bananas, 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil, 1/3 cup of honey and 4 whisked eggs.
In another bowl combined: 1/2 cup coconut flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp of both ginger and cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger and cardomom, 1/4 tsp mixed spice and turmeric and a grinding of pepper (to absorb the benefits of the turmeric).
Beat the dry ingredients into the wet and then fold in 1/4 – 1/2 cup each of sultanas and walnuts, but you could use any dried fruit, nuts or seeds.
Pour into a greased and lined loaf tin and bake at 180c for 35-40 minutes.
When it comes out of the oven leave to cool in the tin for at least ten minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
Okay so it looks a little black on top – but I swear I did it on purpose – my mum and I particularly like a crusty crust on a cake or loaf. But if you don’t take it out a little earlier or cover with tinfoil for the last fifteen minutes of baking.
You can eat this one of three ways:
- Warm 20-30 minutes after its come out of the oven.
- Cold the next day.
- Toasted with salted butter the day after.
Its not not going to be around much longer than that so you don’t really need any other methods, but if there’s any others please let me know!
This was warm after it came out the oven, and served with cinnamon-honey creme fraiche.
… and they liked it by the way!
Oh and the healthy side:
coconut flour – high in fibre and protein and low in sugar.
honey and bananas make it naturally sweet and free from refined sugars.
Walnuts are full of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties, as does turmeric when paired with black pepper.
And the best of all its two of your seven a day – IN A CAKE!!!!!!