As I write this article I have my morning cup of coffee and a slice of banana bread. It is still early morning just as the sky changes color and the light starts to spread. I enjoy the banana bread and think to myself.
My favourite fruit is a banana!
Surprisingly I have yet to come across a person who doesn’t like a banana. It is the world’s most consumed fruit and spans generations as food for both toothless babies and the toothless geriatric. It’s soft, sweet, and easy to digest.
I had often wondered why eating bananas made me happy. Today I looked it up on Google. Bananas have high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, a mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter. Plus, vitamin B6 helps one sleep well, and magnesium helps to relax the muscles. Pure bliss!
Banana is very versatile, it works well in smoothies, desserts and in some cuisines it is even used to make curries.
“If fruits were countries, the banana would be the world’s superpower. If fruits were pop stars, the banana would be Beyoncé” writes Daniel Stone in his article “The Miracle of the Modern Banana”.
Beyoncé – cool! The recipe i share today was given to me by a friend. Over the years I have made some changes to it. It barely takes anytime to put together and is perfect for breakfast. The healthy way to start your day!
Cinnamon Walnut Banana Bread
1 cup all-purpose flour (Maida)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup brown sugar*
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup walnuts (crushed)
Preheat the oven to 180C.
In a separate bowl add flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon powder. Mix with a spoon.
Mash the bananas. The key to the sweetness in this cake is too have extra ripe bananas.
Beat the eggs and the brown sugar for 2 minutes till mix well with a hand beater at medium speed.
Add oil and beat well for 1 minute. Add vanilla essence and beat for 30 seconds.
Slowly add the flour and beat for 1 minute till all is incorporated. Now using a spatula stir in the mashed bananas and then the walnuts. Save some walnuts to put on the top
Pour in a loaf pan till 3/4 of the pan. It fits nicely in 8 inch pan. Sprinkle the remaining walnuts.
Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 40 mins or till done. Check with skewer inserted in centre of bread it should be come out clean.
There may be some batter left, pour in cup cake holder and decorate with Walnut or slices of banana.
*if brown sugar is not on hand use white sugar.