The Ultimate Banana Bread

Banana bread, my ultimate guilty pleasure! It’s definitely my favourite cake to eat and what I find myself baking the most. What’s not to love about whipping up a fresh batch of banana bread? It’s perfect as an afternoon snack with a warming cup of tea or coffee to unwind and relax.

Nothing screams winter more than the heavenly aroma of cinnamon spice, right? So with the colder seasons fast approaching and Christmas right around the corner, what’s better than filling your kitchen with bursts of banana goodness to provide you with happiness, warmth and comfort!

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Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this delicious bread:

Ingredients

Wet:

  • 2 mashed bananas (optional, 1/2 banana to place on top of the cake before it bakes)
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil or olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk or soya/almond

Dry:

  • 2 cups of plain flour or wholemeal
  • 1 cup dark brown soft sugar (granulated/caster sugar will work but won’t give the same colour/texture as brown sugar!)
  • 1 heaped tsp cinnamon
  • 1 heaped tsp mixed spice
  • 2tsp baking powder

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and line a loaf tin with grease proof paper
  • In a big bowl sift the flour, cinnamon, mixed spices and baking powder
  • Add the sugar and stir until all the bumps from the sugar are gone and you have a smooth mix
  • In a separate bowl mash your two bananas
  • Add the vanilla extract and olive oil and give it a mix
  • Add the two eggs and mix again
  • Finally, add the milk and mix until everything is combined
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold together until everything is completely incorporated into a smooth batter
  • Pour the mix into the lined loaf tin and place in the oven for 50minutes to 1 hour depending on your oven (start off with 50minutes and check whether the cake is golden and cooked through, if not pop it back in keeping an eye for another 10 minutes until completely cooked)
  • Leave to cool and enjoy (best eaten warm!)

You can enjoy the bread fresh once cooled slightly, or if you’re feeling indulgent you can slathered a piece with some almond butter, jam or if you’re feeling naughty… some chocolate spread *inserts heart eyes emoji* mmm)

I hope you enjoyed the recipe and give it a try!!

Sophie x

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