Banana bread

Serves ~ 10 slices

2 small just ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 eggs
¼ cup natural yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 ½ cups self raising flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
Pinch salt
4 tblsp ground linseeds
Icing sugar for sprinkling


• Preheat the oven to 1700C.
• Grease and line with grease proof paper, a standard loaf pan
• Mash the bananas in a small bowl
• In a large bowl place the banana, oil, yoghurt and vanilla and mix until it turns creamy
• In a separate bowl sift together the dry ingredients; flour, soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the linseeds after the rest has been sifted and gently fold them through the other dry ingredients
• Add the bowl of dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir gently until combined
• Pour the mixture into the loaf pan
• Cook in the oven for 1 hour
• Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack
• Sprinkle with icing sugar to serve

NB: The linseeds can be left out of the recipe. They have been added to contribute omega 3 fats to the diet but they will also add some moderate salicylate.

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