Chocolate chip banana bread
A brilliant way to use up over-ripe bananas
Hello everyone. I'm really sorry for not hubbing recently, but work has been mad. Anyway, I just finished baking this wonderful cake and I thought I really should share this recipe with you. It is very simple to make and is so full of healthy, nutritional goodness. I do hope you'll try it and let me know what you think.
This type of banana bread [you can omit the chocolate chips if you want to be super healthy] is ideal to eat while you're working on the computer. It doesn't crumble like normal cakes and if you can spread it with butter or low-fat cheese and honey to make it even more delicious.
2 large ripe bananas
1 egg large
1 tbsp runny honey
50 g softened butter
75 g caster sugar
225 g self-raising flour, sifted
3 tbsp natural yoghurt
pinch of salt
100 g chocolate chips [if using]
Pre-heat the oven to 180'C/350'F/gas 4.
Use a bit of extra butter to grease a 1 kg/2 lb loaf tin or cake tin.
Line the bottom of the tin with greaseproof paper and then grease the paper as well.
Then mash the bananas until nice and smooth.
I use a potato masher to get the job done really quickly.
Once that's done, lightly beat the egg and add it to the mixture.
Next add the honey.
I sometimes add more than just a tbsp, depending on how sweet I want the cake.
Do not use more than 2 tbsps though for the bananas when over-ripe are very sweet.
Next, mix the softened butter and sugar together and beat well until pale and light.
The trick is to soften the butter in the microwave for a bit, it makes it so much easier to beat, if like me you are using a wooden spoon.
Tip the banana mixture into the creamed mixture.
Beat them together. Sift the flour and the salt.
Then slowly add the flour and the yoghurt into the beaten mixture a little at a time.
Once that is done, mix in the chocolate chips if using.
You can also use chopped dates, finely chopped mixed peal or walnuts instead of the 100g of chocolate chips.
Bake for about 48 - 60 minutes, depending on your oven.
Skewer the cake to check if it is cooked. If it is done, it should come out clean.
Remove from your tin and allow it to cool on the rack.
I do hope you enjoyed my very simple yet supremely delicious banana bread recipe.