Every few weeks, I find a bunch of bananas in my fruit basket that are just past their prime that my children will not touch. Banana bread to the rescue. Since I don’t use eggs at home I have used this base recipe and tweaked it to my liking.
Stuff you will need
Ripe or overripe bananas – 4 or 5
All purpose flour 1cup
Quick cooking oats 1 cup
Baking soda 1.5 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Cardamom powder to taste
Cinnamon powder to taste
Raisins a handful
Chopped walnuts 2 handfuls
1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup whole milk
Baking pan greased and ready
How to make it?
Preheat oven to 375 deg F. Mix dry ingredients (flour, oatmeal, salt, baking soda) together well and set aside. Mash bananas, add butter, milk and mix well. Add cardamom powder and cinnamon and mix. To the wet ingredients slowly add dry and fold in. When the mix comes together add raisins and walnuts and mix. If using a bundt pan, throw a few walnuts at the bottom, the pour the mix in. Tap until even and bake on middle rack for 40-45 mins or until knife comes clean.
Remove from oven when done and let cool well before slicing. Works well as a snack for school or with tea or coffee.
Makes about 16 slices.
The recipe is forgiving and amenable to changes. Sometimes I use vanilla essence instead or cardamom and cinnamon. I have tried using dates in lieu of raisins. I have baked without the oatmeal upping the flour to 2 cups instead.
I bake this cake whenever I am in the mood for a bread like cake that goes well with chai/coffee or as an evening snack or even may be as breakfast. I got this recipe from my friend Akay who I believe in turn got it from another friend who in turn got it off Aayi’s recipe blog. I have tailored it to suit my tastes and is usually a hit whenever I take it to a party. Since it is egg-less, it is appealing to sworn vegetarians 🙂
Stuff you will need:
Dates 20 – 20
Milk 3/4 cup (I used 2% milk)
Sugar 1/2 cup
All purpose flour (Maida or wheat flour) 1 cup ( I have tried it with atta and it does come out well)
Oil 1/2 cup (I used canola oil)
Baking soda 1 tsp
Walnuts 1-2 handfuls broken
How to make it?
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Warm milk for a minute in the microwave. Soak the dates in milk while prepping other ingredients like breaking walnuts or measuring out flour. Mix the baking soda with flour. Grind milk, dates well in a mixer. In a mixing bowl combine oil, sugar, the date milk mixture well. Slowly add flour and baking powder mix into the wet ingredients ensuring no lumps and an even batter. If the batter is too tight loosen with little warm milk. Once done fold in the nuts and pour into a greased baking pan and bake at 350 for 40 -45 minutes or till a knife inserted comes out clean.
Remove from over and cool before cutting into slices. Serve warm with tea or coffee.
Experiment with adding cinnamon or cardamom or even vanilla. Add a handful of raisins for a different taste and texture.