Go Bananas for Banana Bread!

We actually look forward to brown bananas in our fruit bowl as it means only one thing…Banana bread!

Banana bread contains bananas so it must be healthy right?! Okay so, our recipe contains both butter and sugar (guilty!) as such we cannot endorse this recipe for any weight loss programmes out there BUT recently I cut out sugar and naughty treats for 3 weeks. By the end of the third week I had a headache that I just could not shake despite litres of water, early nights and painkillers. I reached the point where I had had enough and got up to head out to the shops to buy some chocolate – if my headache was a craving for sugar then I was going to give in and give my body what it wanted.

On my way out the door I noticed two old brown bananas in my fruit bowl and inspiration hit – banana bread – not healthy but surely better for me than chocolate? I made the recipe below, greedily wolfed down 2 thick slices of the deliciously warm banana-rey cake and bingo! My headache went!

So if you are feeling a little under the weather and want to give yourself a little treat I hope you enjoy the recipe below:

Ingredients

  • 140g Butter (take out the fridge for about an hour before you bake)
  • 140g Caster sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Bananas (mashed)
  • 140g Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 100g Icing sugar
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy – I recommend doing this for at least 10 minutes as I find this added time helps the cake to rise well.
  2. Whisk the 2 eggs in a small bowl and and add to the creamed sugar and butter.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and 2 mashed bananas and stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon in the shape of a figure of 8 until all ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Grease a loaf tin with a small bit of butter and tip the mixture into the tin.
  5. Place in your oven on 160 degrees (fan oven) 180 degrees on an electric oven for approximately 45 minutes
  6. Once your cake is cooked take out the oven and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes
  7. Once the cake has cooled a little run a knife/spatula around the edge of the cake and turn the cake out onto the cooling rack, leave to cool completely
  8. Mix the icing sugar with 2 tbsp of water making a smooth and slow running icing. Drizzle over your banana cake and slice into your little piece of heaven

We hope that you enjoy this recipe. Let us know how you get on in the comments below.