Dairy Free Banana Bread Cafe Style
Top of the morning to you Beach Dwellers
For some time now, I have been trying to nail a great recipe for cafe style banana bread. My mum has been baking banana bread since I was a child, but her version was a paler cakey style, with lemon icing. Although lovely, it was really nothing like the banana bread I grew to love when I began to frequent cafes on a daily basis, 11 years ago with my first new born and a big dose of the baby blues.
To say I ate my way back towards good mental health, is probably only part of it, but I did grow to love the stuff and came to realise all too soon, that if I continued to eat this cafe staple on a daily basis, my butt, would grow as quickly, as my new little bundle of joy.
That being said, it is nice to have finally found as close a version as I have to date, to cafe style banana bread, in Donna Hay's easy recipe. Yet again Donna has given her readers a simple, yet fool proof recipe. This time in the form of this cafe style banana bread, which is not only delicious, but actually tastes and resembles its cafe cousin.
I love Donna's simplicity and her use of every day ingredients to create wholesome and delicious food, which really appeals to a home cook like me. I can highly recommend this recipe as fabulous, fool proof and very authentic to it's cafe roots.
Fear not the visible oil droplets, it's just oil spray residue I used on the loaf tin.
Dairy Free Banana Bread
4 ripe bananas
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1.5 cups loosely packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.5 cups self raising flour sifted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
cooking olive oil for spraying
Preheat oven to 160 C or 325 F.
Grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Put the banana flesh into a mixing bowl and mash with a fork.
Add the oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla and mix well to combine.
Add the cinnamon and flour and combine well.
Pour into the loaf tin.
Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Cool in tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
Allow to cool completely, before slicing.
Slightly adapted from Donna Hays Simple Banana Bread
Mr Beach House's verdict: He thought I had bought it and said "It's not as good as yours darl." But he had to say that, didn't he? He never held back in eating it though. I think it is the best one I have made so far and probably the one I will continue to make, as it is as close to professional as I have ever got banana bread.
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Have a good week Beach Dwellers.
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