Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Coconut Banana Bread (and a new member of the 'Cooking with Arthur' family)

Since my last post, I've gained a wonderful 4 week old daughter who is filling my days (and nights) with lots of joy. However, feeding her is leaving my stomach feeling perpetually empty! I can only compare it to having the munchies with a massive arthritis flare or a course of steroids. Every time a visitor comes I secretly hope they have brought cake; but, whilst we have had many incredibly thoughtful baby gifts, there still hasn't been enough cake delivered for my midnight snacks. So, I whipped up this quick, healthy-ish coconut banana bread - it's easy to make, even when your hands are aching with arthrits (or you are juggling life with a newborn), as you simply throw all the ingredients in a food processor and blend.

Ingredients:
250g ripe bananas (about 3 medium ones)
200g  flour
100g soft brown sugar
3 large eggs whites
50g dessicated coconut
100ml milk 
1tsp  baking powder
1tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Grease a 1lb loaf tin.

Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blitz until well combined and no large pieces of coconut remain.

Pour the batter into the greased loaf tin and bake for around 30-35 minutes or until well risen. lightly browned and firm to touch. If the cake looks like it is browning too quickly during cooking, cover with tin foil for remaining cooking time.

Leave to cool in tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool fully.

Arthritis diet notes:
If you prefer to eat a gluten-free diet for your arthritis (and you can read my views on the pros an cons of gluten-free and arthritis here) , then simply swap the flour and baking powder for the gluten-free variety. Gluten-free baking can be a a bit tricky and often cakes turn out very crumbly or dry, however most cakes that contain fruit or vegetables can be adapted very successfully because the added fibre and moisture helps keep the texture firm.

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