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Banana, chocolate and cardamom cakes

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One of the (several) cookbooks I received for my birthday/Christmas was something I never would have chosen for myself – Fruit by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Despite my hesitations (not even sure why) we have made at least 3 recipes from the book already, with great results. Most are simple (we aren’t talking Ottolenghi here) but with out-of-the-ordinary flavour ideas.

We had more bananas turning very ripe in the fruit bowl, and we thought we’d try something new. As usual, I changed a few ingredients to suit what we had at home, and loved the results.

[Need some more recipes for ripe bananas? Try these naturally sweetened treats – loaf cake and baby friendly snack bars!]

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The original recipe (can’t find online, but similar to this one) makes a large loaf, but we wanted some smaller cakes that could be taken to work or shared with C – as you can see, he was delighted :)

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Banana, cardamom & chocolate muffins
makes approximately 18 small cakes

Ingredients:

100ml coconut oil, melted to liquid (or sunflower oil)
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
150g light brown sugar
2 medium eggs
3 medium bananas, mashed
75g plain yoghurt
200g wholemeal flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
100g dark chocolate, chopped
Method:

Preheat oven to 180degC

In a large bowl or mixer, beat the coconut oil and sugar, then add the eggs.

In a separate bowl, combine the mashed bananas, yoghurt and cardamom. Add this to the coconut/sugar/egg bowl and thoroughly combine.

Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl and gently stir to combine.
Stir through the chopped chocolate.

Fill muffin/cupcake cases 2/3 of the way and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, until cakes are springy and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Enjoy!

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xoxo

 

Baby bakes – easy snack bars

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When I find time, little snippets here and there, I bake something baby-friendly for C.

I feel less guilty when we are out and about if he has a snack, as anyone who knows me well will confirm I am grouchy if I don’t eat often enough. There’s always something in my bag to keep me going , so it’s only fair for C to have the same, although there are always boobies…

This morning I threw these “snack bars” together pretty quickly with whatever I found in the cupboard – nothing fancy or complex.

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Baby bakes
makes approximately 9 bars

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 banana, mashed
1/2 teaspoon four spice (or cinnamon, ginger…)
1 cup shredded coconut
handful oats, blended a little if very large
handful sultanas, diced
handful dates, diced
1 teaspoon agave/maple/honey(if older than one) if desired. Still tasty without!

Mix ingredients together, spoon into muffin pan or loaf tin and bake for approximately 15 minutes at 170degC.

If made in a loaf tin, leave to cool before cutting into bars.

They smell really great, but I manage to save them for C (we have home-made doughnuts, shhh!).

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Banana, date and yoghurt loaf

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My nutrition course  has inspired me to reduce the amount of sugar we consume. I also want to be able to offer baby (let’s call him C from now, he’s almost a toddler!) something that I bake without worrying about what’s in it.

As I type this, I’m eating Smitten Kitchen’s cocoa brownies, they are amazing but there’s certainly sugar in there!

We typically have a banana or two left over by the end of the week so I happily used them as the base for the cake. I also had date pate in the cupboard after buying several packs when they were on offer (€0.99 per kg!) which I wanted to use as the sweetener.

With little butter left but a few tubs of yoghurt in the fridge, the rest of the cake was more or less created.

I topped the cake with some granola just for some texture, but it would be perfectly fine without.

This is a super moist cake, but both of my boys loved it so that makes a happy Bake :)

Banana, date and yoghurt loaf

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas, mashed
300g yoghurt (I used greek)
60g dates (I used date pate mixed with a teaspoon of hot water)
2 eggs
1.5 cups wholemeal flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Method:

Preheat oven to 190degC

In a large bowl combine the flour with baking powder and cinnamon

Using a separate bowl mix the bananas with dates and blend well

Add the eggs one at a time to the bananas, beating in thoroughly

Stir the yoghurt through the banana mix until just combined

Slowly add the dry ingredients from the first bowl and stir in thoroughly.

Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour (until knife inserted comes out clean).

Enjoy!

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xoxo