Healthy Banana Bread – A Homemade Gift Solution

We all want to live happier, healthier lives, but sometimes there isn’t enough time to eat a banana, is there? Well, that’s what happens in my life. So, like many before me and a great many after me, I had a few very squishy and inedible looking bananas in my kitchen this morning. Fortunately, I took the easy way out by making healthy banana bread!

A birthday is also looming on the horizon, which led to me hitting two seemingly problematic birds with one delicious banana stone (gift edition)!

If you want to go the gift-giving route too, bake healthy banana bread, let it cool, and then wrap it in brown paper tied with a piece of twine.

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YOU WILL NEED

Equipment: An Electric or hand mixer and a loaf tin.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 eggs separated (room temperature)
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup milk of your choice
  • ¼ cup olive or coconut oil
  • 1 cup raw oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pinch of clove powder

Optional: Add ½ cup chopped nuts of your choice and ¼ cup peanut butter for extra indulgence.

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METHOD

Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC and grease the bread tin.

  1. Mash the bananas and set to one side.
  2. Mix the honey and oil until combined.
  3. Blend in the eggs, mashed banana and milk.
  4. Blend in dry ingredients and any extras like nuts and peanut butter.
  5. Whisk the egg whites until the soft peak stage.
  6. Fold in the egg whites and try to keep the fluffiness within the batter, which means don’t beat it until it is no longer breathing bubbles.
  7. Pour into your bread tin and place in the oven.
  8. Bake for 60 minutes. Remember to check on the bread after 40 minutes. *
  9. Once the bread passes the toothpick test, you can remove it from the bread tin to cool down.
  10. Finally, slice the banana bread and pair with cream cheese or even better, butter!

*Baking times depend on your oven above all. The tiny thing in my kitchen just passes for an oven, and it took almost two hours to bake my banana bread!

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Happy Gift-Baking!

 

Light & Crispy Sweet Potato Rolls

Since Spring is in full swing, I thought of making something for a lazy warm weekend. However, it doesn’t look like the weather’s letting up! So, while it’s still feeling a bit like winter, the bready goodness of these crispy sweet potato rolls is comforting enough. Especially with a little bit of cheese and loads of butter!

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Crispy Sweet Potato Rolls with Herby Toppers

Makes 12 buns

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Bread Flour
  • ¾ cup Sweet Potato (cooked & mashed)
  • ½ cup Coconut Flour *
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Warm Water (not too hot)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Sugar**
  • 10g Yeast Sachet (active or instant)
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • Extra Flour for kneading (I used 1/2 cup)
  • Olive Oil for coating
  • Toppers:
  • Fresh herbs like organum, thyme and parsley
  • Sea Salt
  • Butter, always butter

* You can substitute the coconut flour with more bread flour and add another egg. Coconut flour gives a fluffiness to the bread.
** You can also use brown sugar. Coconut sugar has a lovely treacly taste that I like.

How to Make Crispy Sweet Potato Rolls:

  1. Combine the white sugar, yeast and warm water and leave until bubbly (about 5 minutes).***
  2. Blend in mashed sweet potato, coconut sugar, and egg.
  3. Add in the coconut flour, bread flour, and salt. Mix slowly until it just comes together. You can use an electric mixer or spoon. The dough shouldn’t be too sticky, so add more flour if you need to. I added about half a cup extra.
  4. Dust a clean surface with flour, flour your hands and place the dough in the centre.
  5. Knead the dough for roughly 5 minutes. Yay for elbow grease!
  6. Lightly oil a bowl, put the ball of dough inside and cover it with a damp cloth.
  7. Leave to proof for 1 hour. In the meanwhile, butter a baking tray.
  8. Set the oven at 180°C.
  9. Give the dough a last quick knead and roll into small balls and place onto the baking tray.
  10. Arrange a variety of herbs on top of the rolls and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
  11. Place in the oven and bake for 20 – 30 minutes until a knife comes out clean.

*** If you’re using instant yeast you can just mix all the ingredients together as the yeast will activate during the kneading process.

Snack Buns with Edible Flowers

Serve with cranberry cheese (I love Fairview’s cheese!), mixed leaves and julienne cucumber.

Happy eating!