A recipe for a banana cake, a confession to go with it and a bold statement.
In the reverse order of the above, a bold statement first: this may be THE (second) best banana bread I have ever had. I haven’t eaten or made banana bread in a long time. The last time I did make banana bread or cake, it was…well..there’s not a recipe for it on here, lets put it that way! It was terrible. So the fact this came out so good. Only one word can be used here: YAS! Oh, and the best banana bread I’ve ever had, you ask? Nigella Lawson. The goddess herself. From ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess’. A truly indulgent banana bread, but absolutely de-licious.
And now the confession: Bananas aren’t really ever something I eat much of. Even though they’re full to the brim of micronutrients, essential vitamins and minerals and are classed as a ‘superfood’ by many, I’d go as far to say, or rather, I’ll admit that it’s one food that I have ‘avoided’ over the years.. I mean I’ll happily eat an Oreo, chocolate, speculoos spread, protein bars filled with sugar and the like, every day. Sugary foods that are considered by most as ‘treat’ food, as junk food by some and unhealthy by others. But a banana? Those healthy yellow things? Na-na-na (sorry). Me and bananas have had a bad relationship for a while. The even more ironic thing about this? Banana bread, cake, loaf or whatever you call it, was one of my favourite sweet treats.
And that, I think, is why I’ve avoided them. See, I have this thing where the foods that I truly truly love, I can have a real problem with letting myself have them. Foods that I have happy memories of.. foods that I know, deep down, I love, I don’t….or rather, won’t eat. I’m told this is down to me not thinking I ‘deserve’ to eat my favourite foods, a lack of self love.. It’s something I’m working on. Still. So in a big F*** YOU to that, I baked not one, not two, but THREE little banana cakes. And oh.hot.DAMN. THIS. THIS is the deliciousness I’ve been depriving myself of for all those years? Silly, silly girl.
So easy, so quick and if you’ve read my blog posts at all instead of just skipping to the recipe part, (I know you do it..I do it too) you’ll know I love a bargain. And when I got over 1kg of bananas for a mere 14p, well, what was I supposed to do other than bake with them? And aside from the protein powder, which I know, is a bit of an expensive commodity for most, the remaining ingredients are cheap as chips! Well, cheaper in fact because have you seen the price of chips from the chip shop?! They aren’t so cheap anymore. Then again, is anything these days?!
- 60g banana, mashed
- 20g spelt flour
- 15g vegan protein (I used Vivo Sport Perform Salted Caramel Maca)
- 30g soya yoghurt
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- 15ml milk
- 1/4 tsp caramel extract (opt)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (opt)
- 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ACV
- 3 banana coins
- 1/4 tsp coconut sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Oil and line a mini loaf tin.
- Combine all of the ingredients, apart from the banana coins and coconut sugar, together in a bowl. Mix until smooth and lump free – use a hand held blender to blend if desired.
- Scrape the batter into the loaf tin, top with the banana coins and sprinkle with the coconut sugar. Bake for about 40 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.
Macros: 212 calories, 26.6g carbs (8g sugars), 16.2g protein, 5.2g fat, 3.5g fibre