Is there anything better than banana bread? This recipe is super delicious, incredibly cheap and freezes beautiful! It's the perfect recipe to use up and bruised or battered fruit left at the end of the week (or any frozen ones lurking in the freezer!). It's also a good ones to get your kiddies to help with.
This recipe is adapted from a Live Lighter recipe, the original of which you can find here. I've altered it slightly to suit my own tastes (and the ingredients I had on hand!)
3 ripe bananas (overripe is good too!)
1 pear (apple would work well too!)
1/4 cup of sugar (white is just fine!)
1/2 cup of milk (I like HiLo)
1 cup of SR flour
1 cup of wholemeal SR flour
1 tsp cinnamon
handful of chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat a fan forced oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Spray a 20x10cm load tin with canola oil and line the base with baking paper (I am pretty haphazard with the baking paper, so don't waste too much time with this!).
Mash the bananas in a bowl, grate the pear (or apple) and mix together.
Add sugar, milk, eggs and mix.
Add both flours, cinnamon and nuts to the mixture and stir until just combined (don't be too rough with your mixing here!)
Put mixture into baking tin and pop into the oven for 40 minutes.
After the 40 minutes, cover the loaf with foil (this stops it getting too brown). Bake for another 20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
Allow to cool for a few minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack.
Cut into slices and enjoy.
If you're freezing this bread (I highly recommend!) then pop a small bit of baking paper between each slice before wrapping the whole loaf in al foil and putting in the freezer. Defrost briefly in the microwave and finish off in the toaster.
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Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla and Lauren on their website and sign up for their newsletter, and the Facebook page or on the Instagram page.