For the second week of Bake-a-thon, i have taken "Fresh Fruits in Bakes" as my theme. The first post in this genre, is obviously banana bread. Banana bread is something that gets baked almost twice in a month, sometimes i bake it plain, sometimes add chocolate, sometimes oats and i have tried adding spices too.
This banana loaf is with oats, i have also added some chocolate chips and walnuts too.
A perfect afterschool snack for your kids, that can also be enjoyed for breakfast with some warm coffee. I have included ¼ cup of milk in the ingredients list, but sometimes the banana and oil blended together will be enough liquid to hydrate the flour mix, so if planning to make it vegan, go ahead and omit the milk. Do try and let me know how you liked it
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
3 nos bananas ( I used the Philippines banana)
¾ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
½ cup oil
¼ cup milk (optional)
½ cup dark chocolate chips
¼ cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 170C, line a loaf tin with parchment. I used a 7 inch loaf tin.
- In a large bowl take together flour and oats, to this add baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon powder
- In another bowl, take the bananas,add oil, sugar and milk to it and using a electric blender, blend it smooth. This can be done with a fork too, but i prefer a smooth banana purée, as my kids don’t like even a minute chunk of banana in the bake.
- Now to this add the dry flour mix in 3 batches and using a spatula mix it to smooth batter. Take care not mix vigorously, and mix in one direction.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake the cake in a preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Once done, remove the loaf tin from the oven, let it sit for 5 minutes then loosen the sides of the loaf from the tin, then slowly remove the loaf onto a wire rack and let it cool completely. Serve it warm