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Banana and Coconut Loaf
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Chef Ray: Banana and Coconut Loaf

This is a such a great way to use up those leftover bananas and turn them into such a delicious snack.

From: Turnbull, Clare (Sep 2016) in: Healthy Food Guide

Serves: 12

  • 1/cup oil (canola, rice bran or olive)
  • 1/cup honey or maple syrup (can use less if you prefer)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana (approx. 2 large bananas)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened natural yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and ½ teaspoon mixed spice (or 1 teaspoon of either if you don’t have both)
  • ½ cup high-grade wholemeal flour (or alternative flour of your choice)
  • 1¼ cups rolled oats
  • 1/cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 170ºC. Grease a 12cm x 20cm loaf pan
  2. Place oil, honey (or maple syrup), eggs, banana and yoghurt in a food processor and blend.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to food processor and blend until combined.
  4. Pour mixture into greased loaf tin and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon or mixed spice. Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.  If it needs longer, cover loaf with foil so the top doesn’t burn.
  5. Let loaf cool in pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool, then slice.

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.

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