Ok, so straight off the bat I should say there is no refined sugar/fats other than that in fruit or honey.
2 medium bananas (7" approx)
Honey - set or runny
Juice of one orange (or 50ml from carton)
3 Tablespoons Oat-bran or Porridge oats
Tsp Baking Powder
Tbsp Mixed Spice or any other flavour you like (ginger works really well especially if you swap a lemon for the orange)
250g Plain Flour or Spelt (if you use spelt this can be kinder on those who suspect wheat intolerance)
100g Chopped Walnuts
100g chopped dates
- Preheat oven to 160 or 140 (fan oven)
- Mash the bananas in your mixing bowl with a fork
- Boil the kettle and using just boiled water, add 2 tablespoons of honey to 100ml of very hot water, stir and wait to dissolve
- Add the eggs to the banana mush
- Squeeze the juice from your orange and if you like a really zingy loaf - grate the zest into your bowl too
- Add the honeyed water and using a whisk beat it all together lightly
- Now it's time for the dry ingredients, add the flour (I never bother to sift it personally), Oatbran, Baking powder and Spice - fold it all in gradually
- Give it a good stir and add in the rest of your dried fruits and nuts
- Place at the bottom of your oven and bake for 40 minutes, after this, test with a skewer to make sure cooked through - if not, allow the cake 10minutes more. The texture should be quite dense and heavy and won't collapse if you press the top.
- There are a couple of changes you can make to lower the calorie content of this (probably 3300 for whole loaf) - they are to use wholewheat flour/spelt, don't add the walnuts or dates and replace that content with skinned small chunks of apple instead - cuts out over 1200 calories wow! Although I have to say that sometimes calories isn't the whole story - there is a lot of good fat in nuts and fibre in the dates etc bleurgh to it all.
- Slice whilst still warm and serve with a lovely steaming mug of tea (the bread is lovely with a nice spread of butter - but there goes the no added fat thing)x