Ain’t no Hollaback girl, this sh*t is BANANAS!

I realised that the title has made my post not so family-friendly but who are we kidding really? You’d need to censor the whole internet for the kids to not learn any colourful language. The song is all I can think of while I was trying to type this post up. I might have been possessed by Libby too. Anyway, I digress. This post is about the wonderful banana bread that magically emerged from my oven, inspired by Daisy, and uhh… my cold virus. Who else has the urge to bake whenever they are sick? Apart from Izzie Stevens from Grey’s anatomy.

It wasn’t the first time I’ve baked a banana bread, as I always seem to have bananas going black on me. But during our trip to Melbourne, Daisy (who is always baking at odd hours) gave us a piece of her banana bread and I was amazed by how moist and tasty it was. Turns out the recipe is from Taste. I think it must have been the maple syrup that made this particular banana bread special.

Yesterday I woke up with sandpaper in my throat. It’s the worst. Kinda like a footballer with an ankle injury, or a cook with Colles’ fracture. Luckily my next gig isn’t until next Friday… which means plenty of rest until then. And while I nest, I bake.

As usual when I make anything sweet I like to change the recipe to suit my taste. I’ve reduced the sugar, increased the maple syrup, changed half the flour to wholemeal, and added some flaxseed. I’ve also used a large loaf pan (the only one I’ve got) which explains the shape.

Banana Maple Syrup Bread with Flaxseed

Adapted from here

125g Butter, softened
3 tablespoons of Brown Sugar
3 tablespoons Organic Maple Syrup
2 eggs
3 large Bananas, mashed
3/4 cup Wholemeal Flour
3/4 cup Self-raising Flour
1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
3 tablespoons Flaxseed

Preheat oven to 170 degree Celsiuc. Grease the loaf pan.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and maple syrup in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition until just combined.

Transfer butter mixture to a large bowl. Add banana. Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Sift flours and bicarbonate of soda over butter mixture. Stir until just combined. Add the flaxseed and mix well.

Spoon mixture into prepared pans. Smooth top. Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre of loaf comes out clean. Stand in pans for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool. Serve warm or toasted with spread.

You can’t smell it from here but the aroma was amazing!

I felt instantly better. It’s wonderfully soft with just enough resistance to not break away under my touch, and the flaxseed oil and wholemeal flour added a bit more texture too. Even though I’ve only used very little sugar, the natural sweetness of bananas was sufficient. Now if only I could spread Nutella on this. Must. Resist. Hide it from me!

Thank you Daisy, I’ll be sticking to this recipe from now on!

17 Comments Add yours

  1. missyblurkit says:

    This is such a yummy and healthy recipe. Anymore left for my tummy? Its definitely yummy with Nutella.

    1. kellysiew says:

      Still got about half a loaf… if you can be bothered picking it up…. or maybe if you come to the pub over the weekend? The fresher the better of course.

  2. Baby Sumo says:

    I love banana loaf…. and my kids too, the other day I made a loaf for them and they finished it in 10 mins. ;P

    1. kellysiew says:

      There’s something about them…. so comforting!! And relatively guilt free too.

  3. Norma Chang says:

    Love banana bread. I would also add some walnuts.

    1. kellysiew says:

      Everytime I bought walnuts they always disappear very quickly… that’s why I used flaxseed haha

  4. theragingcook says:

    Yum!!! Haven’t had this since I was a child – lol to quote gwen, b-a-n-a-n-a-s!! Ah childhood and uni memories (hollabackgirl reference to uni ball lol)

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yeah it brings back the clubbing memories for me!

  5. CK says:

    I will go with my favourite peanut butter! Hahaha 😀

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yeah peanut butter would be lovely too! But detrimental to my sore throat 😛

  6. Hahahahaha… Who cares about the kids 😛 Go Bananas!!! And add a spread of delicious Nutella 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      I’m saving some for when I get better so I can slather Nutella all over!!

  7. that banana bread looks like it’d be a great breakfast treat! along with some hot chocolate and maybe some marmalade, it’d kick off the day on a very positive note! 😀

    1. kellysiew says:

      It’s great anytime of the day really. But lovely with hot beverage be it coffee or hot chocolate like you said.

  8. bluredfrank says:

    Never thought I would either like or eat something so mad and ‘exotic’ as Banana Bread! It was success at every bite. Very tasty. Soft and fluffy. Probably fattening. But I don’t care. It’s worth it. A very special and interesting adventure for tastebuds.

    1. kellysiew says:

      Not too fattening.

  9. dolphing says:

    Awesome! Banana cake is my fav all the time. 🙂

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