Most kids I know love bananas. Aristotle, unfortunately, is not like most kids. The only way Aristotle will eat his bananas is in this form:
But that’s okay because we have a really hearty banana loaf recipe packed full of wholesome goodness! And we got Aristotle to make it himself!
Hearty Banana Loaf
- 300g wholemeal flour
- 225g raw sugar
- 3 eggs
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 5 medium bananas, mashed
- 175ml canola oil
- 125ml almond/rice/oat milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Add all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well.
- Add all wet ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix.
- Pour mixture into a 30cm long loaf pan.
- Decorate with walnuts and/or sprinkle rolled oats on top (optional).
- Bake in a moderate oven for 1 1/4 hours or until cooked through.
- Wholemeal flour – we’ve already covered the health benefits of wholemeal flour in an earlier post so we won’t go on about it.
- Raw sugar – well, sugar is sugar and it’s always best to limit how much of it you consume but raw sugar is still a tiny bit better for you compared to white sugar. Aside from that, raw sugar has a warmer flavour whereas white sugar is just sweet.
- Bananas – if you have to pick one fruit to eat, you can’t really go too far wrong with bananas. It’s a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and Vitamin B6. It is also said to have antibiotic properties and are great for stomach upsets (great for hubby who suffers from a lot of stomach problems); they also help to strengthen the stomach lining against acid and ulcers. When I was pregnant, eating bananas helped ease the morning sickness because of the potassium content.
- Almond milk – contains fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, phosphorus, tryptophan, copper and calcium.
- Rice milk and Oat milk – although these are usually fortified, they probably aren’t as beneficial as almond milk. They are still a good substitute for cow’s milk because they contain less fat and they are a good milk alternative for individuals with lactose intolerance.
For an even heartier banana loaf, you can add a topping of rolled oats or walnuts.