Banana, Prune & Walnut Loaf

Banana Bread.  Banana Loaf.  Banana Cake.  Some people will tell you there is no difference between them, that they just have different names.  I like to think that Banana Bread is more ‘bread’ like (meaning you can eat it with a slather of butter), whilst Banana Loaf is a healthier option to Banana Cake!

I have tweaked a recipe here to make it a little more interesting.  I added prunes & walnuts, and sprinkled seeds on the top.  I would have added coconut too but at the time of baking there was none in the house.

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Ingredients

  • 125g butter, at room temperature, chopped
  • 100g  dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 350g mashed banana (I used 3)
  • 265g (1 3/4 cups) self-raising wholemeal flour  (Or self raising white flour)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g chopped walnuts
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) milk
  • 100g pitted prunes, chopped roughly
  • sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds & flaxseed
*Grease & flour a loaf tin measuring 25cm x 11cm, deep 7cm
Preheat Oven: 180°C
  1. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl for 5 minutes or until     pale and creamy.
  2. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add banana, flour,  milk & bicarbonate of soda and mix well.
  4. Add walnuts & prunes.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and smooth the surface.  Sprinkle flaxseeds, sunflower & pumpkin seeds over the top & bake for circa 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 10 minutes to cool. Turn onto a wire rack over a baking tray and set aside to cool.

* Make a lemon glaze with icing sugar & lemon juice and drizzle over the top.
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