Chef Ray – Banana, Raspberry & Walnut Loaf - Coach Ray

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Chef Ray – Banana, Raspberry & Walnut Loaf

This is the perfect snack post training or to get your through the afternoon.

From: Cameron-Lee, Megan; in Healthy Food Guide Healthier Baking & Sweets (2019) Healthy Life Media

Serves 12 slices

  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped pitted dried dates
  • 2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts, plus 1 tablespoon extra
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (2-3 banana’s)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or essence
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  1. Heat oven to 180°C/355°F. Grease a 9cm x 19cm x 5.5cm load tin and line with baking paper.
  2. Set a medium saucepan over a low-medium heat. Add dates to pan with 1 cup of water and simmer for 5 minutes, or until dates soften and start to break down. Remove saucepan from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and walnuts. Add date mixture, banana, vanilla and eggs. Sir until just combined. Fold raspberries through mixture.
  4. Spoon mixture into the prepared tin. Smooth surface with the back of a spoon, scatter with extra nuts and back for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into centre of loaf comes out clean.

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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