Banana bread - before and after

Being in a third lockdown, I’m sure people will be looking for new things to do to keep them busy. Baking is something that can be as easy or as hard as you like and can be fun for the whole family!

Sometimes baking can be a tedious task which requires a lot of ingredients and time but the Pinch of Nom website and recipe books have made it a whole lot easier.

They like to provide “minimum fuss, maximum flavour” to their easy recipes which are straightforward and include many healthier alternatives to other recipes.

Banana bread became quite the craze in the first national lockdown, with people posting it all over their social media.

So, why not bring it back but try a healthier version?

This is perfect for kids, requires only seven ingredients and can be made in only eight steps  – which sounds perfect for a rainy afternoon activity!

56g self-raising flour
4 eggs
1tsp vanilla extract/essence
1tsp baking powder
2 bananas (as ripe as possible), mashed
2tbsp granulated sweetener
25g dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat your oven to 180° (fan)/gas mark 6.
2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.
3. Add the vanilla essence, granulated sweetener and mashed bananas.
4. Add two of the eggs and mix well.
5. Separate the remaining two eggs, add the yolks to the mixture and mix again.
6. Whisk the two eggs whites until very stiff and gently fold these into the mixture.
7. Add a handful of the chocolate chips to the mixture and carefully mix then in.
8. Pour the mixture into a lined loaf tin, sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on the bread and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

You could serve it with some ice cream, cream or melt some chocolate over it!

A look inside the completed banana bread

To adjust the serving size, see pictures at each stage of the method or get more nutritional information, check out the recipe on the Pinch of Nom website here.

By: Emma de Duve