A typical Banana Bread, although packed with lovely Bananas, it’s usually sweet and very buttery. It’s delicious, but in my opinion breakfast should not be dessert. Still, sometimes it’s nice to have a treat at breakfast especially when you have a guest! This Banana Bread is packed full of Seeds, Nuts, Oats, Fruit Puree and Bananas that it is basically your breakfast standards warped into a something a little extra special. It freezes well, so slice it up and store for another day. Or if you fancy something a little sweeter spread a little Honey on it. If you don’t have Cashews use Walnuts, if you don’t have Sesame Seeds, use Pumpkin Seeds. Interchange the Nuts and Seeds for what you have in the cupboard! If you have a chance to make your own Fruit Puree, that would be ideal, but if not look for an Apple Puree without any added Sugar. It’s also Plum time now, so I made a quick Plum Puree by pureeing 2 handfuls of pitted Plums with a pinch of Salt using a hand blender.
Makes about 12 Slices.
4 very ripe Bananas
250 g Oats
100 g Cashews
70 g Sunflower Seeds
30 g Sesame Seeds, plus extra to sprinkle
160 g Apple or Plum Puree
40 g Maple syrup
70 g Sunflower or Raps Oil
2/3 Tsp ground Cardamom
100 g Dark Chocolate, I used a 70 % Cacao
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Pinch of Salt
Preheat the oven to 170 ° C. Take a bread tin, and line with baking paper.
Using a blender or hand blender, blend the Oats until they are like a rough flour consistency. Put them into a large bowl. Do the same with the Cashews, Sesame, and Sunflower Seeds. Don’t worry if there are still a few chunks in it, it will just add a little bite to the slices. Add the ground Nuts and Seeds to the Oats. Peel and mash the Bananas using a fork or potato masher and add to the bowl. Roughly chop the Dark Chocolate into smaller pieces, and add them to the bowl along with all of the remaining ingredients. Mix well until everything is combined.
Pour the mixture into the bread tin, even out the mixture and sprinkle with a few Sesame Seeds or any other Seed of your choice. Bake in the oven for about 30 – 35 minutes, test with a skewer to know when the Banana Bread is ready. If it comes out clean when inserted into the Banana Bread, it’s ready. Allow to cool and serve with your favourite cup of Tea.
If you made this recipe let me know what you think in the comments below!