Who else is playing along with The Great British Bake Off?! This week is cake week and I believe banana bread counts because well banana bread.. You agree? Plus it takes about a quarter of the time it takes to make a whole big cake. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy baking a showstopper cake from scratch and I'm a big cake lover but home from work, the bake off starts in two hours, what you going to do?!?! Whip up a banana bread is what! I've got your back with this recipe. Thank me later x (Vegan? Swap the eggs for flax eggs or try these!)
Ingredients - makes one loaf
3 large really ripe bananas
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
a big pinch of cardamom
a pinch of nutmeg
0.5 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cacao powder/cocoa powder
140g ground almonds
105g plain flour
3 medium eggs
100g chocolate chips - I used my chocolate orange bars!
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and line a loaf tin with parchment.
Mash the bananas in a large bowl with the back of a fork until smooth. Stir through the oil, vanilla and maple syrup.
Fold through all the remaining ingredients except the eggs and chocolate chips. Keep folding and mixing until everything is combined.
Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and then pour into the bread batter and mix until combined.
Fold through the chocolate chips so that they're evenly distributed through the batter.
Pour the batter into the lined tin.
Pop in the oven for 45 mins - 1 hour.
Check the cake at 45 minutes by using a knife/cake tester to see if it comes out clean. Also check by gently pressing on the top of the cake, it should bounce back.
Remove the cake from the oven and leave to sit for 10 minutes before removing from the tin and placing on a wire rack to cool fully.
This is incredible on its own, with ice cream/yoghurt/custard, smothered in nut butter or grilled and simply enjoyed with butter.