Passion fruit Banana Bread

WARNING: This blog post is a haven for the avid sweet tooth. Be careful.IMG_3068

I don’t know about you but whenever I wake up in the morning I crave something sweet. Don’t get me wrong every other time of the day I’m all for savoury. But when it comes to breakfast there is nothing more comforting than a nice big bowl of warming porridge or some yogurt and muesli with fruit. Some very rare days I’ll crave a savoury breakfast, say fritters with some form of vegetable (or two) or a nice slice of sourdough with smashed avocado, poached eggs and haloumi. But today was not one of those days.

So you’re probably thinking, where’s the banana bread? I mean you came here for the recipe obviously?! Well if you look really closely underneath the mounds of blueberries, Greek yogurt, banana and peanut butter there are actually two slices of banana bread there. SHOCKING!! It may not look all that pretty; more like I just chucked a few random ingredients on the plate and called it Passion fruit Banana Bread but this is actually really good! I warn you though, this is quite a sweet dish so if you don’t have a sweet tooth then please be cautious.

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Recipe

Passion fruit Banana Bread

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 4 mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 passion fruit pulp
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 4 tbs honey
  • ¾ cup natural/Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Mix wet ingredients and add to dry ingredients.
  3. Pour into loaf tin lined with baking paper and bake at 160 degree for about 1 hour.

Notes

Tip – wet the baking paper with water, squeeze out the excess water and then line it in the tin. This is Jamie Oliver’s trick for making the baking paper easier to manage, that my mum told me about.

For plain banana bread you can just take out the passion fruit.

P.S. I used homegrown passion fruits

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Adapted from: its.only.food, one of my favourite healthy food blogs ever that my mum introduced me to!! You should check it out

So, if you’re a smart cookie (or really just an average person – I mean anyone could figure this out!) you would have realised that I only put the banana bread recipe above but there appears to be a lot more than just plain old banana bread (which is perfectly acceptable) in the pictures. Well, you are correct! So, without ado I will put some instructions for the dish in the pictures below, which by the way, I have decided to call Banana Bread Stack for Sweet Tooth’s!

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Banana Bread Stack for Sweet Tooth’s!

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of Passion fruit Banana Bread
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 3 tbs Greek yogurt*
  • 1 banana halved (lengthways)
  • Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • Peanut butter
  • 1 tbs honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat the blueberries and 2 tbs of water in a small saucepan. Once the blueberries are heated through mush them with a fork and take off heat.
  2. Toast the banana bread and top with the desired amount of peanut butter – the more the better!!
  3. In a pan melt a tbs of coconut oil. Add the halved banana and top with coconut sugar. Turn over banana once caramelised.
  4. Put one slice of the banana bread in a plate, on top put half of the grilled banana, and then the other slice of the banana bread. Top with some Greek Yogurt and blueberry compote. Serve with a drizzle of honey and the other half of the grilled banana.

Notes:

*The Greek Yogurt is an important component of this dish because it reduces the sweetness of the dish so please try to use it. IMG_3076

The lowdown:

This dish is a great breakfast or dessert idea if you’re feeling a little naughty but want something healthy. The banana bread itself is a great high energy snack for before a competition or training if you’re feeling a little puckish. If you have a competition on early in the morning and you’re one of those people who find it hard to eat so early, then I highly recommend this recipe because it is nice and light, but full of energy.

Homemade banana bread is so much healthier than the ones you buy at cafes and shops that are loaded with sugars and fats. This recipe is sweetened with honey, which is a great natural sweetener alternative to sugar (see below). Be careful though, honey is not suitable for a vegan as it is produced by bees.

Honey actually has more calories then that of sugar BUT most people use less than they would with sugar as it is much sweeter. So in the end you are really getting the same amount of calories. Honey also contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals, and can aid in digestion so it is much beneficial and healthier than table sugar, which is highly processed.

Tanisha xx

Reference: The West Australian, March 31 2015

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