We have a method of cooking when we are making things with our children that quite possibly won’t set them up to be rising stars of the culinary scene in years to come, but it works for us in the here and now. Sometimes we are very precise, but with our favourite well-known recipes our preparation goes something like this: weigh out the ingredients; chuck them in a bowl; mix well; bake. So, it is no surprise to anyone who has had the dubious privilege of witnessing our kitchen ‘masterclasses’ that making our banana and chocolate loaf follows the same pattern.
This is one of our favourite recipes to make together, and we have tweaked it a little over the years to get it just right.
4 x medium-large bananas, ripe and sliced
285g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
110g plant based spread
100g soft brown sugar
2 tbs sunflower oil
85 ml of soya milk (other plant based milks should work ok too!)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
10 squares of dark chocolate (or you could substitute this with approx 50g of dried cranberries)
Optional: a sprinkle of ground cinnamon
You will also need:
1 large loaf tin
1. Chuck all of the ingredients, except the chocolate, in to the mixing bowl with any degree of enthusiasm (being careful to ensure that they don’t come shooting over the opposite edge).
2. Mix together well. I use an electronic whisk, but a potato masher or hand whisk will work just as well with a bit of elbow grease. You may have lumps of banana which is fine.
3. Pour the mixture into a greased loaf tin and place the chunks of chocolate evenly through the mix.
4. Place in the oven for around 30 minutes at 180 degrees.
5. Check that your cake is properly baked (as an example, if you poke the middle of it with the blade of a knife, the blade should come out clean).
6. Remove from the oven and rest for 5 minutes before turning onto a cooling rack.
7. Once suitably cooled, ta-da! Your banana and chocolate loaf is ready to be eaten 🙂
If you liked this recipe, you might also enjoy our Apricot Oaty Bites.