Weekend Essentials: Banana Loaf

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People who love to eat are always the best people. – Julia Child”

After a gruelling Ultimate Circuit class in Haddins on a Friday morning or any work out in any country this little number can be celebrated. Enjoy a slice or three and kick back in a leisurely fashion.

The recipe is similar to the Porridge Bread recipe I posted a few weeks ago. It is simple to make and even simpler to eat!

Make From Scratch

10-12 slices (depending how you slice)

  • 4 large Ripe Bananas (3 to sweeten, 1 to decorate)
  • 360 grams Oats
  • 1/4 cup Buckwheat Flour ( if you don’t have it handy, you can omit)
  • 1 large tub 0% fat Greek Yogurt – I went for Glenisk
  • 1/3 Stevia ( I picked up Canderel brand in Spinneys)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. All Spice
  • 1 tsp. Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp. Shredded Coconut
  • 100% Unsweetened Hersey Cacao (purchase in Spinneys)
  • I added a mix of sunflower, pumpkin seeds to the mix for texture, you could try dried fruits like raisins or cherries.

Bake From Scratch 

  1. Preheat oven 170 degrees (fan oven), 1 hrs baking time for a nice crust.
  2. Mash three bananas.
  3. Pop yogurt in a mixing bowl add bicarb and baking soda. Allow it to fizz for a few minutes. Add the mashed banana and blend together.
  4. For the oats I added 50% to the food processor, blitzed until it resembled a flour consistency. If this is too much hassle, then you can just add all the oats to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Pop oat flour and oats in large mixing bowl – add buckwheat flour, stevia, cinnamon, all spice, shredded coconut, nut and seed mix. Mix until combined.
  6. Add the yogurt and banana mixture to the dry mixture and give it a good stir. If mixture has a dry appearance add 1-2 tbsp. liquid (I used almond milk).
  7. Pour the bread mix into a greased loaf tin. Get the fourth banana and cut in half. Press into the top of the bread. I grated 100% unsweetened cacao on top.
  8. Allow to cool before slicing and slather on the kerrygold butter like me or your favourite toppings.

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Three Seeded Porridge Bread

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All sorrows are less with bread.

MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, Don Quixote

I would like to thank my Mammy for introducing the M&B Kitchen, to this delicious creation over the festive season in Ireland. I have created my own recipe calling it “Three Seeded Porridge Bread”. Over the weekend I got my bake on and the bread was devoured. In my strongest Midlands accent “there was a grand smell wafting throughout the house”.

Grotto (2007) discusses the health benefits present in the ingredients:

  • Oats – Vitamin E, B vitamins, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Copper, Zinc, Iron and Manganese. Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fibre which have digestive benefits.
  • Natural Yogurt – calcium source and contain probiotics. Research suggests that probiotics contain immune boosting properties and enhance intestinal tract health (Grotto, 2007:353)
  • Flaxseed – Omega 3 source and contains both soluble and insoluble fibre.
  • Pumpkin Seeds – Omega 3 source and phytosterols.
  • Sesame Seeds – contain phytosterols research suggests that phytosterols might fight heart disease.

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Made From Scratch

*10-12 Slices (this will vary depending on the size of the slice you cut)

360g Organic Oats

500ml/450g Tub Non Fat Yogurt (I used Glenisk Non Fat Yogurt)

2tsp. Baking Soda

Pinch of Salt

3 Tbsp. Flaxseed

2 Tbsp. Pumpkin Seeds

2 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds

3-4 Tbsp. Almond Milk or Milk

Made

  1. Preheat oven 180 and grease the loaf tin. I used grapes oil to grease the tin.
  2. Weigh out oat mix and pop in a large mixing bowl. Add salt and seed mixture. Gently mix together.
  3. In a separate bowl pour in yogurt and add baking soda. Allow to sit for a few minutes. It will fizz up! Add 3-4 Tbsp. almond milk.
  4. Next add yogurt mixture to oats and mix until well blended and a dough like consistency is formed. Make sure the oats are well blended with the yogurt mixture.
  5. Pour porridge bread mix into the loaf tin. Pop in oven for 60 minutes. Remove from tin at 60 minutes and pop back in the oven for another 10 minutes to make it crispy. Bread cooking time 70 minutes in total.
  6. Allow to cool or not and lather with kerry gold butter.

Be sure to keep me posted if you try and test these recipes by posting on Twitter: @WhelehanLynne or Instagram @makeandbakefromscratch #makeandbakefromscratch and Facebook: Make & Bake From Scratch

Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

References

  • Grotto. D, RD, LDN. (2007) 101 Foods that could save your life. Bantam Books. New York.

Man Flu Soup

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Man flu is described as illness that causes the male species to become helpless and sicker than any other family member. In females; it is described as cold. Therefore, I concocted this “Man Flu” soup recipe to rescue the male of the house from his man flu death bed.

The Christmas holidays have come and gone. It is a time of year when us humans are suppose to chill out. However, we burn the candle at both ends; throughout the festive season trying to meet family and friends far and wide discussing the world at length. By the time New Years rolls around we have contracted head colds, snuffles, sinus, sore throats and coughs. I am guilty too. So whether you are male or female this recipe will provide you with an abundance of nutrients to rock in 2016!

Grotto (2007) discusses the benefits of the ingredients:

  • Carrots – fibre, manganese, niacin, beta-carotene, potassium, Vitamin B6 & C.
  • Peppers – Vitamin C, beta-carotene and inflammation reducing phytochemicals.
  • Pumpkin – fibre, potassium, selenium, Vitamin A, beta-carotene and lutein.
  • Sweet Potatoe – Vitamin A,C, B6, manganese, potassium and fibre.
  • Garlic – Bacteria killer properties known as “Allicin”.
  • Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory properties.

Made From Scratch

4 carrots

1 large red pepper

200grams Pumpkin

1 large sweet potatoe

4-5 garlic cloves

1 tsp. turmeric powder

1 stock cube or 1.5 litres fresh stock.

Made:

  1. Chop (wash first) all the vegetables. I leave skin on carrots and sweet potato for extra fibre. Remove the skin if it is bad.
  2. Add 1tsp. grapeseed oil to large saucepan. Saute all vegetables.
  3. Add stock cube and 1.5 water. Bring to the boil. Simmer.
  4. Once all veg is soft , blitz.
  5. I added 0% fat greek yogurt , lemon zest and toasted chickpeas on top.
  6. Serve, enjoy and take some time to reflect.

Be sure to keep me posted if you try and test these recipes by posting on Twitter: @WhelehanLynne or Instagram @makeandbakefromscratch #makeandbakefromscratch and Facebook: Make & Bake From Scratch

Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

References

  • Grotto. D, RD, LDN. (2007) 101 Foods that could save your life. Bantam Books. New York.