Healthy(ish) Banana Bread Recipe

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This week I've been having a lot of days off, and I fancied some baking. I wanted to try and figure out a way to bake something that was tasty yet quite healthy. My first thought was banana bread. It's fruit, so it must be healthier at least, right? and I had some ripe bananas that needed using so I started to research. A lot of the recipes had quite a bit of oil or butter in them, but I wanted to try and make some without using these.
Here is my banana bread recipe without oil or butter that I kinda made up and it actually turned out nice, yayyyy!


4 ripe bananas
2 eggs
2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of milk 
(I used semi skimmed, but feel free to try skimmed or soya)
1 tsp baking soda OR 2 tsp baking powder
1 - 2 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)

Step one

Preheat oven to 175 degrees C  (350 degrees F)
Peel and mash your bananas into a bowl and combine with the 2 eggs (beaten) the vanilla extract and the milk. Mix them all up until they look combined.

Step two

Put your flour, sugar and baking soda (or baking powder) into a bowl and mix together.

Step three

Mix the two separate bowls (runny and powdery) together into a big bowl, to get the mixture for your banana bread!

Step four

Find a tin that you want to use. Usually it's supposed to be a bread tin, hence the name but I didn't have one, so I used two cake tins. You could also use little muffin cases and have loads of little mini banana cakes!
Line your tin with some baking parchment and push down into the hollow of the tin and then cut roughly around the edge with the shape. This will stop your creation from getting stuck inside the time and makes it a lottttt easier to get out!
Remember to not go too close to the top of the tin, as it will rise.

Step five

Put your tin / tins into the preheated oven and bake for 25 - 35 minutes, depending on the size shape and depth of your tin. Keep checking back after 20 minutes every 5 minutes to see if they are done. A trick to tell this, is to poke a skewer through the middle, and if it comes out clean then it's done!
Once they are cooked, take them out of the oven, pull the baking parchment out of the tins and leave on a plate to cool. 

Step six

Once they are cool enough to touch, slowly pull the baking parchment away from the sides of the bread, flip it upside down and peel away from the bottom.
Cut into whatever kind of shape or size you want (I went for traditional slices) layout on a plate, and admire your baking skills.
Obviously it is now time for the taste test, so enjoy!

Tasty an fairly healthy for you too! at least for a cake :)

You can always add any extras as well if you wanted, such as extra chopped up fruit or nuts, honey or yoghurt instead or milk!

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