29 May 2008

Upon Request

For the lovely Lizzy and most beautiful Plume - here's the recipe for my "hardcore" banana bread... and due to its deliciousness it gets made at least fortnightly around here (in a house of 7 often 8 people it doesn't last long). Now I call it "hardcore" because its got lots of fibre and no butter or sugar - don't despair - I'm not a health-nut I just think the natural sweetness of banana is lost when you add too much sugar or butter. And honey is a much softer and warmer sweet alternative to refined sugar! Using olive oil (walnut or sunflower) keeps it really moist and ends up tasting wonderful. I like to scatter 1/2 of rolled oats on the top of the loaf before it goes into the oven so that it gives it a nice wholesome top. As the cast of Seinfeld knew well the top of a cake/muffin/bread is ALWAYS the best part so why not make it as delicious as possible? Enough of my ranting here's the recipe:

1 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup desiccated coconut (or bran if you prefer)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped roughly
1 cup mashed banana (super ripe)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup rolled oats for scattering

Combine flour, coconut, baking powder, soda and walnuts in a bowl - mix together.
In a separate bowl beat eggs until frothy. Add honey, olive oil and vanilla and beat till combined. Add mashed banana and beat. Then slowly fold in the flour mixture being careful not to over-stir! Pour into a greased, lined and floured loaf tin - scatter oats on the top and bake in a moderate oven (175'c) for about 50mins-1hr (everyone's ovens are different so I suggest checking it after about 45minutes). You'll know its done when the top is golden and coming away from the tin and when "carefully" skewered it comes out clean

And Voila! There you have the most tasty and wholesome banana bread;
(which my Granny spreads butter on - so no need to be too righteous!)


  1. thank you! hooray! i'm going to make this today if i can.

  2. I was hoping you'd post the recipe. Can't wait to try this!

  3. Guess what I'm making this weekend :D

    Sounds like another taty recipe!

  4. Hover: Thanks for posting this! I'm going to bake tomorrow morning and if I have the right stuffs in the kitchen, I'm going to make THIS!

  5. PS
    Have you ever seen this girl before:


    I think you would like what she makes.

  6. I made this yesterday and it was GREAT! Thank you for posting the recipe!


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