Its been really long since I posted a recipe. I have been cooking some amazing food but I got lazy in posting it all. My baking adventures have become few and far in between 'cos of PCOD. Over the next couple of months, I will shift the focus of the Two Megapixel Food towards healthier alternatives which taste good and are great for losing weight and staying fit. Let me start with this great tasting super moist banana bread (makes one loaf, will last you a week if kept refrigerated, wrapped in butter paper or cling film.)
Low Fat Banana Bread (adapted from Joy The Baker)
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup quick oats (I used Quaker)
1/2 cup brown sugar (can be replaced with honey and/or shakkar)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup yogurt (home made or store bought, both work fine, should not be too watery)
3 tbsp rum (optional)
2 medium size eggs
3 ripe bananas
Preheat oven to 150C. In a large mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients including cinnamon and oats. Mix all of them together. In another bowl, mash the bananas and add the wet ingredients to this (rum, yogurt, eggs).
Add the wet ingredients to dry and mix it well. The resulting batter will be a little thick. If you want to give it a cake like consistency, you can add butter but it wouldn't be low fat anymore then.
Grease and flour a loaf tin and pour in the batter. If you want the bread to have a crunchy top, you can sprinkle sugar on top of the batter before keeping it in the oven. Mine took about 50 minutes to bake but the time depends on the type of oven you are using and environmental conditions so make sure that you keep checking on your bread while it is baking.
Serve warm! It is a great breakfast and doubles up as a perfect accompaniment with evening tea. You can even add grated carrots or strawberries to increase the nutritive value of the bread.
1. When making bread or cake without butter, make sure you use fruits which have a high moisture content like bananas and carrots. If you want to make this bread with apples or berries, add 1/2 cup of butter.
2. Adding flax seeds or nuts makes it super rich in healthy omega fatty acids making it great for your heart!