Wednesday, 6 May 2015

BAKED: Coconut and Banana Bread

Banana bread is something I've always really liked but something I never make often. I teamed this one with some coconut and topped with some crumbled walnuts for a little bit of texture.

This is a great snack, lunch or even breakfast. For breakfast it could be served with a little bit of yoghurt and some fresh fruit. It could be toasted and spread with a generous helping of Lurpak or it could be eaten untoasted with no extras.

It really is as versatile as that!

All you need for one loaf is:
3 overripe bananas, mashed
3 eggs, whites only
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp bicarb of soda
1/2 cup flaked coconut 
1 3/4 cup plain flour - can use gf if preferred or wholemeal
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
2 tbsp almond milk - or normal skimmed milk
1/2 cup fat free plain yoghurt - natural, greek or greek-style
1/4 cup orange juice (not from concentrate)
A few walnuts, crushed (optional)

1 x 2lb loaf tin
baking parchment
2 x large bowls

Lets get started...

Preheat your oven to 180 (fan assisted) and line your loaf tin with baking parchment.

Mix together flour, baking powder and bicarb in a large bowl.

In your other large bowl - mix together the mashed bananas, brown sugar and vanilla.

Add the egg whites and combine until smooth. Once smooth, add the oil and mix again.

Slowly add the flour, a little at a time and mix.

Once the flour is combined well, add the greek yoghurt, orange juice and coconut.

If you want a more dense bread, do not at the milk but if you want it light, add it now and mix.

Now everything is mixed well, pour the mixture into your lined loaf tin and sprinkle the walnuts over the top - and also a little extra flaked coconut, if you like.

Bake for 50-60 minutes. Test with a cake prong to check it comes out clean - the sign that your loaf is ready!

You can also add walnuts into the loaf mix as well as sprinkling them on top if you wish.

It's such a tasty snack!

P.S. You'll probably have to eat this within 2-3 days because using banana may mean it will go off much quicker, even if the loaf is cooked!


1 comment:

  1. This looks delicious! I've never made banana bread myself but I love bananas and coconut right now so I'd definitely might have to try this :) x