at home yesterday i was craving something sweet but at the same time i was battling with myself about trying to eat less junk and more healthy snacks. i’m not normally that sweet toothed but i do love dark chocolate and could inhale a bar of it quicker than you can read this post.
thinking about what is in the cupboards and searching online for possible recipes i stumbled across pop sugar and a great recipe for healthy banana and apple bread that i knew i could tweak a little and attempt. the big thing that stood out to me is that the site stated that this cake is less than 150 calories per slice and i think my tweaking means that this has gone up a tiny amount.
i didn’t have apple sauce in the cupboard as the pop sugar recipe required so i decided to make my own.
apple sauce ingredients:
- 1 apple chopped into tiny chunks
- 1 tbsp of sugar – i used muscavado sugar
- 100-150ml ml water depending on the size of the apple used.
put all of the ingredients in a pan and heat through until the sugar has melted, combined with the water and the apple has softened a little.
pour all ingredients into a bowl and use a hand blender to blitz into a sauce. if you don’t have a hand blender use a potato masher, making sure that the apple is cooked for long enough to make it soft enough to mash.
now you are ready to begin making the bread which takes minutes to throw together and then 45-50 minutes to bake in the oven. so get the oven preheated to 180oC and then get started on the easiest and tastiest bread EVER! measure out all the ingredients first and then its just a case of chuck together, mash together, mix together, chuck in a baking tin and sit back and wait…
to make the bread you will need the following ingredients:
- 2 bananas – the riper the better as it makes them easier to mash
- 75g of sugar – again i used muscavado sugar as i like the flavour from it
- 195g whole-wheat flour – you can substitute this for any flour you like
- the apple sauce that you have made above or 125g from a jar
- 1 tsp of cinnamon or you could consider nutmeg or ground cardamom
- 1tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1tbsp chopped nuts or seeds as you fancy
- place the banks and apple sauce in a bowl and blitz with a hand blender or mash with a potato masher.
- add the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking soda to the fruit mix and fold in.
- make sure that all of the dry and wet ingredients are well combined and that you are left with a wet paste in your bowl.
- line a bread tin or oven dish with parchment paper and pour in the bread mix.
- if you are using nuts and or seeds then sprinkle on the top of the bread mix in a pattern as you wish. i added a few whole walnuts to the top of mine.
- place the bread tin into the oven for 45-50 minutes and set your timer, pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and sit back and wait on the timer to ring.
- remove the bread tin from the oven once the timer rings and pierce the loaf with a cocktail stick/toothpick. when removing the toothpick ensure that the toothpick isn’t coated in wet mix. if the toothpick is dry then the loaf is ready to cool.
- remove the loaf from the tin and leave the loaf for 10-15 minutes to cool down before slicing.
- then get stuck into your bread on its own, spread with butter, jam, honey or nutella and washed down with another cuppa.
this bread tasted fantastic and it was moist and light. perfect to enjoy for breakfast with a smothering of honey or jam or to snack on in the afternoon when feeling the need for a sweet treat. i want to try making this but to switch out the fruit for alternatives and i am considering trying this with pineapple, lychees, plum, peach and even frozen raspberries. i encourage you to give this a go and let me know what your switches and changes are and how they tasted.
as someone who is not much of a baker i was apprehensive in trying this recipe but i am so glad i have done it as its easy tasty and it has pushed me on to learn to bake a bit more. so have a go and share this with you friends to let them enjoy too!