Category Archives: Baking

Protein-Packed Banana Bread // GF & DF

I love having a good bake but really struggle to find the time these days. It always get pushed to the bottom of my list because we don’t really eat that many cakes or biscuits in our house. I am also trying to ‘clean’ up my diet – removing refined sugar because too much sugar can raise your blood fat and increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes, in addition to filling your mouth with cavities. It also has no nutritional value. We all know sweet treats are full of things like sugar, flour and chocolate – all of which contain sugar! But I’m going to share a sugar free, flour free, gluten free and dairy free recipe with you which should satisfy your cravings for something sweet. This recipe is packed with protein, balanced with complex carbohydrates and can be easily made gluten free! The wonderful thing about protein is, it works hard to keep blood sugars stable which really prevents sugar cravings – if you’re protein intake is low, try to add some/more to each meal as it can help reduce cravings and mindless snacking.

If you love banana bread as much as we do and want to increase your protein intake to ward off sugar cravings. Here’s a perfect way to do it!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup of oat flour (gluten free if needed – I blended oats in my nutribullet)
  • ¾ cup plant based protein powder (or any type you like)
  • 1 cup of plain coconut yoghurt (full fat or 0% greek yoghurt can also be used)
  • ⅓ cup egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Place bananas in mixing bowl and mash until you have a thick consistency
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to bowl and mix really well
  4. Grease your loaf tin with coconut oil or line with parchment paper
  5. Pour the batter in your loaf tin and bake for 35 minutes
      1. Using 0% Greek yoghurt it will take around 25 minutes to bake 

     

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Serving size: 1 slice/square
Calories: 75kcal F:1g C:9g P:12g

The bread turned out delicious! It was moist, dense, and just how a banana bread should be. Best enjoyed with a cup of tea x

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Cake cake and more cake

There seem to have been so many birthdays recently which means a non stop supply of cake!

I made a marble cake this weekend by following this BBC good food recipe. Although I enjoy the process of making a cake, mixing all the ingredients together (its quite therapeutic), I think I  most enjoy receiving compliments! When my baking turns out good, its marvellous but when its bad, thats where I think having a dog would come in handy! There is no middle ground?!

I tried to save a bit of time by doing exactly what the instructions said…

“If you want to make life easy, simply put all the ingredients (except the cocoa powder) into a food processor and whizz for 1-2 mins until smooth.”

How wrong I was to do this! After about 5 mins of “whizzing” my ingredients were  not fully mixed and attempting to transfer the ingredients into a bowl so I could mix by hand was proving difficult. All my ingredients got stuck to the sides of the mixer and I had a mission trying to get it all out (I hate wasting stuff!) Every time I bake, I do something new (and stupid) and think “why did I do that?!” Panic over as my cake mixture smelt and tasted good.

Whenever making marble cake, I split the mixture into half and add cocoa powder to it then mix back in with the plain mixture. But I always feel tempted to have the ratio of chocolate : plain to about 70 : 30! Which meant I had to leave some of the chocolate out otherwise I was in danger of ending up with a pure chocolate cake.

Cake going in oven

Cake going in oven

Cake coming out of oven

Cake coming out of oven

I added decorations by melting white chocolate and spreading it all over the cake (less sickly than icing) and sticking wafer biscuits around the top. Im always apprehensive when people eat my food because, a) I know how fussy I am, b) my family are a critical lot and not afraid to voice their opinion and c) everyone has different tastes and ideas of whats nice. Saying that, I got compliments all round, which always makes it worthwhile.

Final decorated cake

Final decorated birthday marble cake

No doubt I will be baking something similar again for  my dads birthday as he loves marble cake too. Whats your favourite cake?

It’s been a long time coming…

This weekend it was my mum’s birthday, being the baker in the house, she put in her order a week in advance, of the cake she would like me to make her – a victoria sponge. After a good gym session, some food, a much needed nap and a last minute decision to scrap the car I was going to buy :-( I set out to bake :-)

Gathering up all my ingredients for the cake, I began to follow these instructions . I’ve made Vicky sponge before, it is one the favourites in my house and made a beasty looking one for my eldest brothers 26th birthday with strawberries and cream in the middle and chocolates on top.

2 layered Beasty Vicky sponge

2 layered Beasty Vicky sponge

I began measuring the flour first as its the main ingredient but instructions say you need to mix sugar and butter first. Pay attention baker! So after telling myself off I do exactly what the recipe says. Using my new Cook’s digital scales that my little brother got me for Christmas too. I found these scales really made a difference as they are so much more precise than just using your eye and thinking “yeah that looks like its on 75g”.

Pink weighing scales :-)

My pink weighing scales :-)

My sponge mixture was made and ready to put in the oven. The recipe says to cook for 20-25mins but once we smelt cake, after 20mins exactly, we took it out the oven to cool down. I struggled to get the cakes out of the tins (they were greased) but with some help from my commis chef we got them onto a wire rack to cool.

I was supposed to be making a double layer sponge cake like shown in the recipe, but it smelt and looked so yummy we decided to have 1 layer on Sunday and 1 on Monday. We applied the toppings of mascarpone cheese, strawberries and grated dark chocolate on top to finish it off. It went down well with a weird film and some indian tea.

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Victoria Sponge on Sunday

And this is the what we had on Monday (my mums birthday). The same toppings were used with the addition of grated almonds and candles.

Real birthday cake

Real birthday cake

I will be making not one but two marble cakes next week, so watch this space for more on that.

Are you doing any baking soon?