Banana Walnut & Date Cake

Is this a banana cake or banana bread? I’ve done some reading and I don’t think there really is a clear divide or definition. Whatever it is, this is a wonderful recipe, taken from Anita Bean’s The Runner’s Cookbook, which is healthier (on account of the wholemeal flour, lower amount of brown sugar and vegetable oil) moist, tasty, and it keeps for a long long long time. I freeze mine and take it out over a few weeks  to refuel after my runs, or to enjoy with my cup of tea.

  • 125g wholemeal plain flour
  • 125g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp light olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 100g dates, chopped
  • 100g walnut pieces
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C.
  2. Line a 900g loaf tin with baking paper.
  3. Place the flour, baking powder, oil, Greek yogurt, sugar, vanilla & eggs into a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add bananas, dates and walnuts.
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared tin and level the top.
  6. Bake for 60 min or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. If not clean, bake for a further 10 min. Leave in the tin for 15 min, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

The Changing Seasons: December 2018

My excuse for this late post (for which I beg your forgiveness & indulgence) is that it has been a whirlwind of a month, filled with hearty eating & congenial revelry in London.  It has been a precious time with adventuresome Older & Younger Daughters, in part with Loving Husband: enjoying catch-up with family & old friends, delighting in the festivities of the season, and welcoming the Christ-child into our midst. Continue reading “The Changing Seasons: December 2018”

Homemade Muesli

It all started when the store ran out of my regular muesli. After several trips to check on availability of My Favourite Brand, I decided to take the matter into my own hands and research making my own muesli. To my surprise (and delight!), I discovered just how easy it is to throw together my personalised concoction. I don’t know if My Favourite Brand ever came back onto the shelves; I haven’t looked. Continue reading “Homemade Muesli”

Granola Baked Apples: Simple Healthy Dessert

I have a bag of granola which I tired of and has been sitting in my larder. When I came across this recipe in Anita Bean’s The Runner’s Cookbook, I just had to try it: after all, I love apples, cinnamon, and it was a chance to use up some of the granola!

Anita says this dessert is low in sugar and a good source of fibre, Vitamin C and quercetin (a plant compound with potent antioxidants which helps to reduce inflammation and promote muscle repair). If you have plenty of apples to use up, make a bigger batch – reheated leftovers taste wonderful, or just eat them cold! Continue reading “Granola Baked Apples: Simple Healthy Dessert”