Whether you call it Banana Bread or Banana Cake depends upon which side of the ocean you do your baking but either way it’s delicious! In the US we make ourselves feel better by referring to it as a bread and not a cake. This way we are allowed to eat it for breakfast. In England they call it a cake, feeling oh-so-indulgent as they nibble on it with a cup of tea mid-afternoon. You say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to….
There are many ways to make banana br-ake and one day soon I will publish my naughty version which is to die for. But it is only a Tuesday and we are still trying to be healthy and this sugar-free version is gorgeous too. I make it for the children (and myself) to enjoy for breakfast or an afternoon snack because a) they love it and b) it has nothing but goodness in it so…. let them eat cake!
I sometimes throw some flaxseeds into this version because they are a superfood and I’ll throw them into baked goods as much as I can to have my kids eat them. They don’t even notice and the bread usually does not last 24 hours in our house before it is all eaten up!
- 2 cups (255g) whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons (10ml or 10g) baking powder
- ½ tsp (2.5ml or 2.5g) baking soda
- ½ teaspoon (2.5ml or 2.5g) ( cinnamon
- 4 medium/large really ripe bananas
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup (78 ml) vegetable oil
- ½ cup (120ml) freshly squeezed orange or clementine juice
- 2 Tablespoons (30ml) Maple Syrup (optional)
- ½ cup (65g) raisins
- ½ cup (55g) walnuts, chopped
- a good handful of flaxseeds (linseeds) (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl mash up your bananas with a potato masher until they are completely puréed and liquidy.
- In another large bowl combine egg, oil, juice and maple syrup if using. Alternatively stir your banana and dry ingredients into the oil mixture. Stir until well combined.
- Stir in raisins, walnuts and flaxseeds.
- Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake 50 minutes to 1 hour (all ovens are different).
- Test the bread with a wooden skewer to make sure it is done.
- Allow to cool before slicing.