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Wholewheat Banana Bread

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Banana bread. Photo by Thinkstock

Banana bread. Photo by Thinkstock

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Banana bread. Photo by Thinkstock

Makes 1 medium loaf or 12 muffins or mini-loaves

This is a healthier version of a family favourite using fibre-rich wholewheat flour, dried fruit and nuts. Excellent for breakfast, lunchboxes and picnics. Bake as a loaf or muffins in a hurry. Ideal for kids to bake on their own.

Wet mixture

* 375ml buttermilk

* 1tsp bread soda

* 1 large egg

* 2 ripe bananas

* 60ml sunflower oil

Dry mixture

* 200g plain flour

* 2tsp baking powder

* 1tsp salt

* 200g wholewheat flour

* 150g soft brown sugar

* 150g seedless raisins or sultanas

* 100g chopped nuts (optional but nice)

Method

* Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a medium loaf tin or a muffin tray or mini loaf tin.

* Add the bread soda to the buttermilk. Mash the banana and egg in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the sunflower oil and buttermilk.

* Place a sieve over the mixing bowl and sift in the plain flour, baking powder and salt.

* Remove the sieve and stir in the wholewheat flour, sugar, raisins and nuts.

* Spoon the batter in the loaf tin or muffin tray.

* Bake the loaf for about an hour until cooked through or 20 to 25 minutes for the muffins.

Irish Independent