Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Banana Date and Walnut Loaf - Paleo and Gluten free options.


Banana Cakes have to be an all time favourite. Even for those that don't like bananas or fruit for that matter. I've been concentrating on making up treats using natural sweeteners with no processed sugars which I have never used anyway so I suppose what I'm saying is, no coconut sugar. This cake is sweetened entirely with dried fruit and a splash of honey or maple syrup.

I find I often come across people large and small that don't like lumps in their cakes!! Things like dried fruit. Most will do nuts but for some reason they bork at nice juicy dates and sultanas. So to get around that and to maintain the delicious flavour and to keep everyone happy I often make cakes like this one. I also find them very easy as you just keep adding the ingredients to the blender or food processor and tipping it into the bowl. It creates great texture and distributes the flavours really well. It does make the cake quite dense though making it sort of like a fusion fruit cake, banana cake. What ever it is it's delicious and a good staple recipes for using up nice over ripe and gooey bananas. Perfect snack for lunch boxes, snacks and picnics. 

Banana Fruit and Nut Loaf 
for fussy eaters! 

Makes: 1 medium loaf

Ingredients:

Dry Mix:

120 ml rolled oats or almonds for Paleo
120 ml rolled almonds
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup natural sultanas
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup dried coconut
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
zest from 1 fresh lemon

Wet Mix:

2 eggs
1 1/2 ripe bananas
2 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs honey or maple syrup
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla paste

Streusel Topping:

3 tbs dried coconut
2 tbs rolled oats or almonds for Paleo
2 tbs honey or rice syrup
2 tbs coconut oil

Preparation:
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line a loaf pan with non stick baking paper
  2. Add the oats and almonds to a blender or food processor and blend until fine. 
  3. Add the dates and coconut to the same blender or food processor and blend until it is fine but not sticky then add to the ground oats and almonds.
  4. Add the sultanas, sunflower seeds and walnuts to the same and blend until course then add to the rest of the dry ingredients. 
  5. Throw in the cinnamon, baking powder and zest then stir to until thoroughly combined. You may need to break it up and separate with your finger tips as some of the fruit tends to stick together. 
  6. Add the wet mix ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth then pout into the bowl with the fruit, oats and nut mix then fold through. 
  7. Spoon into the loaf pan and flatten the top with the spoon or spatula.
  8. Add all of the streusel ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth and thick then spread over the unbaked loaf and place in the preheated oven to bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out dry.
  9. Allow loaf to cool before slicing and serving. 

Enjoy! :-)

NOTE: 

I added extra coconut to the top before baking. 


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