2020 saw the rise in popularity of Banana Loaves thanks to lockdown across the country, and it hasn’t seemed to die down. When those bananas are looking a litle of the browner side, it is time to whip up a gorgeous Banana Loaf for the whole family to enjoy. We’ve got one that is that little bit healthier, filled with natural sugars and wholesome ingredients from the SuperFastDiet book.
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¼ cup (60ml) pure maple syrup, plus 2 teapsoons extra to serve
3 medium overripe bananas, mashed
2x 120g tubs unsweetened apple puree
½ teaspoon mixed spice
¼ cup (50g) dark choc chips
2 cups (300g) wholemeal self-raising flour
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line the base and sides of a 21 cm x 11 cm loaf tin with baking paper.
Place the butter, maple syrup, banana, apple puree and mixed spice in a bowl.
Using a hand-held electric mixer, mix on high speed for 1–2 minutes or until well combined and lighter in colour.
Add the choc bits, flour and bicarbonate of soda and stir until just combined – don’t overmix as this will toughen the mixture.
Spoon into the prepared tin and level the surface. Bake the loaf for 55 minutes or golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and immediately brush the top with the extra maple syrup.
Allow to cool in the tin for 20 minutes, then turn out and slice. Serve warm, or cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days (toast before serving), or freeze for up to 2 months.
Calories per serve: 296 calories