I have two states of mind. I’m usually wracked with guilt for not going to the gym enough or obsessing all day about what deliciousness to bake next. This weekend, as most weekends, baking won! So I decided to compromise a bit and bake a healthy, fruity loaf instead of my usual decadent cupcakes etc.
Found this super easy Banana Bread online, and as most ingredients were at hand, got going instantly. Amazingly, the prep time for this recipe is less than 15 mins!
So if you have the time and a hankering for a slice of warm, delicious & guilt free banana bread, this one you got to try-it’s just brilliant.
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup canola or vegetable
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
2 tablespoon toasted pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon flax seeds
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and place the rack in the center of the oven.
Grease an 8 x 4 inch loaf tin with a bit of oil or butter.
In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas with the baking soda and yogurt. Allow it to rest while you prepare the rest of the batter.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, egg and vanilla. You’ll get a gluey mix-don’t panic.
In another large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, ground cinnamon, almost all the walnuts (reserve a few to scatter on the top of loaf) and salt.
Then combine the banana mixture with the oil mixture and then add to the flour mixture. Stir just until all the ingredients are moistened. Pour this thick & doughy mix into the prepared tin and smooth the top with the back of a spatula. Sprinkle on the remaining walnuts, pumpkin & flax seeds. I also like giving these toppings a little press to coax ‘em into the dough a bit.
Bake for about 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. The crust should be a nice delicious golden.
Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
I also made myself a hot cup of tea- best friends with warm cake, I tell you.
Perfect weekend 🙂