I’ve been experimenting recently with reducing the oil, fat and sugar in a few of my recipes.
This Banana and Ginger loaf is most certainly worth sharing!
The ingredients you will need are:
125g (4½oz) Dried dates without stones
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
200ml (7floz) Water
2 Ripe Bananas
250g (9oz) Self-Raising Flour (Click here for info on how to make plain flour in SR)
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
2 Medium Eggs (I use free-range)
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4/320°F
Grease and line a small loaf tin (approx. 9″ long x 4½” wide x 2½” deep). Or alternatively use cake release (which is amazing!).
Place the dates in a small pan with the water and ginger, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. The dates should be soft and mushy and no longer floating around in the water.
(Add an extra teaspoon of ginger if you prefer a strong ginger flavour)
Put to one side to cool.
Blend the 2 bananas until smooth.
Into a large bowl sift the flour, baking powder and bicarb.
Crack the 2 eggs into a jug or separate bowl and beat lightly.
Add to the dry ingredients.
The dates should have cooled by now. Puree them into a smooth paste and add to the large bowl along with the banana.
Combine all the ingredients together thoroughly.
The last time I made the loaf I mixed the ingredients with an electric whisk rather than by hand, and it turned out just fine!
Pour into the loaf tin and place in the centre of the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes test, the deepest part of the cake, with a cake tester or wooden (not metal) skewer to ensure it is cooked throughout. If it isn’t cooked return to oven and test every 2-3 minutes.
Leave to rest for a few minutes then turn the tin upside down to remove the loaf and place on a rack to cool.
** Please note that I am not a qualified nutritionist or professional cook. My recipes are what I put together at home and all amounts etc… are approximate. What I write is my own experience of cooking the recipe. Ovens and ingredients do vary – just go with it, have fun and apply common sense at all times! Practice makes perfect!
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