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This healthy banana bread with chopped prunes and whole meal flour is packed with a good measure of fibre and nutrients. The recipe from The Australian Women’s Weekly will help you start your day with a delicious and equally nutritious breakfast especially if have GI issues like bloating or dyspepsia that refuse to get better.

WHOLEMEAL BANANA & PRUNE BREAD

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups (240g) wholemeal self-raising flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons lemon rind, finely grated

100 g unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup (165g) packed dark brown sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1 1/2 cups mashed banana

1 cup (170g) prunes, chopped coarsely

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 14cm x 21cm loaf pan; line the base and long sides with baking paper.

  • Extend paper 2cm over sides. In a large bowl, sift flour and cinnamon; add rind, butter, sugar and eggs.

  • Beat with an electric mixer on low till all the ingredients are combined. Increase the speed to medium.

  • Beat mixture until smooth. Stir in banana and prunes. Spread mixture into pan and bake about 1 hour.

  • Skewer should come out clean and dry after testing from the centre. Stand bread in pan for 5 minutes.

  • Turn, top-side up, on wire rack to cool to room temperature. Cut into a few thick slices before serving.

Wholemeal Banana & Prune Bread

“A low-fat muffin that tastes as good as it looks”, this healthy banana breakfast muffin from BBC GoodFood has the added benefit of being packed with a generous dose of antioxidants in the form of blueberries.

BANANA & BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

Ingredients:

300g self-raising flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

100g light muscovado sugar

50g oats + 1 tablespoon for topping

2 medium bananas, mashed

284ml carton buttermilk

5 tablespoons light olive oil

2 egg whites, room temperature

150g fresh blueberries

Method:

  • Heat the oven to 180C/ fan 160C/ gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases.

  • Tip the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Hold back one tablespoon of the sugar.

  • Mix the remainder with flour and 50g oats. Make a well in centre. Mash bananas until smooth.

  • Stir the buttermilk, oil and egg whites into the mashed banana mixture until evenly combined.

  • Pour the liquid mixture into the well and stir mix quickly and sparingly with a wooden spoon.

  • The mixture will look lumpy and may have the odd fleck of flour still visible. Do not over-mix.

  • Tip in the blueberries and give it just one more stir. Divide the mix between the muffin cases.

  • Sprinkle top with the final tablespoon of oats and rest of the sugar. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.

  • Muffins will have turned dark golden. Cool for 5 minutes in the tray before lifting out to cool.

  • Baked muffins will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to a month.

Banana Blueberry Muffins

These egg-free muffins will totally fool anyone who strongly believes in the myth ‘eggless cakes can only be dense and chewy, never achieving the sponginess resulting from incorporating beaten eggs into the batter’. I am almost ecstatic to share with you the results of this detectable recipe from Erivum Puliyum, a beautiful blog maintained by Julie who writes about traditional dishes from her homeland, Kerala. The puréed dates and muscovado sugar gives these muffins a faint, almost caramel-like flavour without being sickeningly sweet so be sure to use good-quality dates [I used Maître Prunille Dattes Moelleuses Dénoyautées] to get it right. With the addition of toasted walnuts and bananas, they make a healthy snack box option for kids and adults alike.

BANANA & DATE MUFFINS

Ingredients:

200g dates, pitted

1 cup full cream milk

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/3 cup butter, unsalted

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/4 cup light muscovado

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup walnuts, toasted

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of kitchen salt

Method:

  • Line 12-hole muffins pan with paper lines or grease the holes with butter and lightly flour them.

  • Cream the butter and sugar until smooth and combined. Put the dates in a microwave safe bowl.

  • Add milk and heat on high for 2 to 3 minutes until dates are softened or leave soaked overnight.

  • Cool this mixture completely and blend the mixture in the blender until it forms a smooth paste.

  • Add date paste, mashed banana to creamed butter sugar mixture. Carefully add dry ingredients.

  • Lastly add oil, mix it to form a batter without lumps. Fold in toasted walnuts and vanilla extract.

  • Pour in the prepared baking pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes till a tooth pick comes out clean.

  • Cool muffins in pan for 5 to 10 minutes before turning them out to cool completely on wire rack.

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