Healthy living

Blueberry and banana bread

A tasty treat that fills the house with an enticing aroma.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Makes: 18 slices (9 serves)

Ingredients

  • olive or canola oil spray
  • 4 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar (60 g)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

Method

1. Preheat oven to 220 °C (200 °C fan forced). Spray a 20 x 10 cm loaf tin with oil; line base and sides with non-stick baking paper.

2. Reserve one whole banana for presentation and mash remaining 3 bananas in a large bowl (1 1/2 cups mashed). Add sugar, milk and eggs and mix with a fork until well combined. Sift flours and cinnamon on top of banana mixture, returning husks from the sieve to the bowl. Mix ingredients together until just combined, taking care not to over-mix, then gently fold through blueberries.

3. Spoon mixture into prepared loaf tin and smooth the surface. Slice remaining banana thinly and overlap slices through the centre of the loaf. Bake for 35–40 minutes then cover with foil and bake for a further 20 minutes. Centre of loaf will remain moist but not wet when tested with a skewer.

4. Allow to cool in tin for 5 minutes then turn onto a wire rack. Cut into 1 cm slices and toast before serving, if desired.

Hint

Once completely cooled, place in an airtight container and keep for up to 3 days.

Slice and freeze individual pieces in snap lock bags and keep for up to 3 months.

Notes

You may like to try the following variations:

  • replace blueberries with raspberries or dried fruit such as figs, cranberries, currants, sultanas, apricots or chopped dates
  • substitute a grated apple or pear for one of the mashed bananas to vary the flavour.

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