I've been baking with bananas.... again! I still have at least 2 more banana posts to share with you when I get round to it. I discovered a new blogging challenge hosted by turquoise lemons called the No Waste Food Challenge and the theme for this month is... yes you guessed it... bananas!! How could I possibly not enter? So here's my first entry which is a recipe I saw on Rolling Pin Tales which was adapted from Joy the Baker, another awesome blog.
The changes I made were to use dried cranberries as I didn't have any fresh ones (note : reduce sugar amounts slightly as dried cranberries are usually sweetened) and to add a sprinkling of oats on top for a healthier look and taste :) Everyone really enjoyed this bread. The spelt flour and the oats definitely made it seem very healthy and the cranberries paired well with the bananas.
3 large or 4 medium bananas, mashed
70g butter, melted and cooled slightly
40g white sugar *
60g brown sugar*
1 egg beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
120g plain flour
115g spelt flour
100g dried cranberries
Handful of oats for the topping (optional)
* sugar amounts are slightly reduced from original, if using fresh cranberries, I would recommend adding 10-20g sugar depending on taste.
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Mash the bananas and stir in the butter.
- Add the egg.
- In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together, adding the flours at the end.
- Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture until combined.
- Pour into a loaf tin and sprinkle the oats on top if using.
- Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- If the loaf browns too much, cover with foil after about 45 minutes.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack.