Bananas. They are such a fantastic fruit and one that little Bear really enjoys which is great as they are an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium and potassium. They also contain tryptophan which can, apparently, help to aid your little ones sleep when mixed with bread or yoghurt. My Oaty Banana Loaf is a great way to use up some of these delicious super fruits and is very simple to make. Both the bananas and oats are fab sources of slow releasing energy making this a great alternative to toast in the morning for breakfast.
This recipe will make one large loaf or two smaller loaves depending on the size of your loaf tin.
To make my Oaty Banana Loaf you will need:
2 large bananas (or 3 small ones)
180ml vegetable oil
2 medium eggs, beaten
250ml natural full fat yoghurt
Capful of vanilla extract
150g light brown sugar
250g self-raising flour
2 tbsp mixed seeds (ground using a pestle and mortar)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
A good grating of nutmeg or 1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
100g porridge oats
Firstly line a loaf tin with grease proof paper and preheat your oven to 180C.
In a large bowl, mash your bananas and then add the vegetable oil, beaten eggs, yoghurt, vanilla extract and sugar. Whisk together until the mixture is combined.
Using a pestle and mortar (or a rolling pin and a food bag) grind the mixed seeds before adding them to the mix along with the flour, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and oats. Stir to combine the mixture.
Transfer the mixture into your lined loaf tins and then bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown (when you stick a skewer into the loaf it should come out clean to show that it is thoroughly cooked).
Enjoy with your little one(s).
Mama Bear x