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Banana loaf

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 minutes Cook: 45 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 12

A healthy but still delicious loaf that satisfies those afternoon cake cravings!

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Ingredients

  • 1 large, sweet, eating apple, e.g Jazz
  • 50ml water
  • 2-3 over ripe bananas (the riper the better)
  • 50ml milk
  • 260g self raising flour (alternatively, plain/wholewheat flour can be used, but make sure you add 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp baking powder)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla essence
  • Pinch of salt
  • Butter, jam, and/or peanut butter, to serve

Potential additions

  • 100g dried fruit
  • 50g chopped nuts (any type works well)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / gas mark 4 / fan oven 160°C. Line a loaf tin with parchment paper.

  2. Chop up the apple as finely as possible. Put it into a microwaveable bowl and add the water before covering. Microwave for 3-4 minutes, or until the apple is soft and mushy like apple sauce. Microwave times may vary slightly.

  3. Slice the bananas, keeping half of 1 banana to the side. Blend the bananas in a food processor with the apple. Add the milk to encourage blending, and if needed add a little water. Some food processors will struggle to blend the ingredients without the extra liquid. Continue to blend the mixture until it has a smooth, thick consistency.

  4. Next, sieve the self raising flour to remove any lumps. Add in the cinnamon and nutmeg, and mix.

  5. Combine the blended mixture with the flour in a large bowl, and add the beaten eggs, salt, and vanilla essence. Stir well throughout this process, until the mixture is smooth and all the ingredients are incorporated together. If you are adding any other ingredients such as dried fruit or chopped nuts, add these now. For dried fruit, coat the fruit in a little flour to stop it from sinking in the loaf.

  6. Pour the loaf mix into the lined tin and lay the sliced bananas that were put to the side in step 3 on top of the mix. Bake for 45 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly, then serve on its own or with butter, jam, or peanut butter.

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