Banana Loaf

Banana bread is the perfect recipe for those black and bruised bananas which you think that you need to chuck out. But don't throw them out, use them to make this lovely tea bread which is so perfect for every occasion. My version is low fat and can be enjoyed on every occasion. I often take this bread on hikes and it always goes down a treat. This is one of my most popular recipes.

Add a handful of chopped walnuts or pecan nuts for a delicious and healthy treat. You can also add a handful of dark, organic chocolate.


The perfect recipe for those old and battered bananas lying around!

This recipe is:

  • Lactose (dairy) free
  • Nut free

Banana Loaf

Makes one loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 egg (please use free range eggs)
  • 80 grams (3 oz) Rapadura (or other raw cane sugar)
  • 5 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 200 grams (7 oz) spelt flour
  • 25 grams (¾ oz) rolled oats
  • 25 grams (¾ oz) rolled oats (for sprinkling)
  • 2 teaspoons aluminium free and gluten free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt (Himalaya or sea salt)

Preparation

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the egg and the 90 grams raw cane sugar.
  2. Peel the 5 bananas and mash them with a fork (or mix them in the food processor for a couple of seconds).
  3. Transfer the bananas into a medium bowl and add the 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Add the eggs and raw cane sugar.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together the 200 grams spelt flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt. Add 25 grams rolled oats.
  5. With a large wooden spoon, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Do this swiftly and do not stir, only fold approximately 8-10 times.
  6. The batter will look fairly ugly but this is fine since it will ensure that the loaf will be light.
  7. Lightly grease silicon loaf tin with a few drops of coconut oil.  
  8. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and make sure that the corners have batter as well.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining 25 grams oat meal on top of the loaf.
  10. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius/350 Fahrenheit/Gas Mark 4, for 40-45 minutes.
  11. You can tell if the loaf is ready when sticking a sharp knife into the middle. If it comes out clean, it is ready. It will also sound hollow when tapped underneath with your knuckles when ready. I prefer the loaf a little sticky however so it might not be completely ready in 40 minutes, bake for longer if you prefer.

Tips

  • If the coconut oil is cold (in which case it becomes solid), place the jar in a bowl filled with hot water for a couple of minutes.
  • You can use whole wheat flour instead of the spelt flour.
  • You can use regular baking powder instead of the aluminium and gluten free one.
  • For a spicy twist, add a little ground nutmeg or cinnamon to the batter.
  • If you don't have a silicon loaf tin, you can use regular loaf tin and line it with baking parchment.
  • You can use black and bruised bananas with spots, they are perfect for this recipe.
  • Add a handful of chopped walnuts or pecan nuts for a healthy treat.
  • Add a handful of chopped, dark chocolate for an extra special treat.
  • The loaf freezes well.