Brilliant banana bread

A delicious banana bread recipe that is perfect for lunchboxes, after school snack attacks or for big cooks to enjoy with a cuppa!

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15 minutes
30-40 minutes

This recipe is made with gram flour which is chickpeas ground into flour. It is available to buy in big supermarkets or you can buy a bag of dried chickpeas and blitz them in your blender to make your own gram flour. It is a fabulous fibre rich flour which works well in so many recipes.

Fibre is an absolutely crucial part of our diets but sadly one we are often low in. One study found that only 4% of adult women eat enough fibre and 2% of girls aged 7-17 years! We need fibre for a balanced micriobiome (gut bacteria) because it is their food! A lot of fibre is indigestible to us but feeds billions of bacteria in our gut. And those bacteria play a crucial role in our health – they help regulate the immune system, digest food, remove toxins, synthesise vitamins, produce serotonin, regulate metabolism and therefore play a key role in obesity…and so much more. Low fibre = less food for bacteria = reduced numbers and diversity of bacteria = poorer health!

Ingredients

  • 180g gram flour
  • 60g honey
  • 50g cacao nibs/choc chips
  • 50g raisins
  • 40g desiccated coconut
  • 30g butter or coconut oil – melted
  • 3 ripe bananas (+ 1 extra for decorating – optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp bicarb of soda

Equipment

  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Measuring scales
  • Small saucepan
  • Sieve
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fork/masher
  • Loaf tin – approx. 20cm (l) by 10cm (d) by 7cm (h – or a small cake tin works well if you don’t have one

Allergens

Eggs

Dairy (optional)

Directions

1 Preheat the oven to 170c (180c if not fan assisted, gas mark 3)
2 Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl until there are no lumps left
3 Stir in the eggs, melted butter/coconut oil, honey and vanilla and mix thoroughly
4 In a separate bowl sieve the gram flour and cinnamon and then stir in the cacao nibs and desiccated coconut
5 Add the wet banana mix into the flour mix and stir thoroughly
6 Pour the mixture into a loaf tin lined with parchment, decorate with banana slices and bake for 40 mins (though check after 30 mins - some ovens are hotter than others!)
7 Allow to cool before slicing. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days

Fun fact! We share around 50% of the same DNA as bananas! Bananas can help us to feel happy because they contain something called tryptophan and vitamin B6 which helps the body produce a happy hormone called ‘serotonin’

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