Its amazing how much you have to think to out-smart these tiny kids already!
If Ariana refuses to eat a banana without being a monkey about it, I have to find ways to not waste them, and make them into something she likes. And BANANA BREAD it is!
I think very soon, my oven too is gonna start spitting out the bread tins, because, all it bakes is the banana breads! :)
I am still strictly keeping her off refined flour as much as I can, and hence this recipe, again, is made with wheat flour only, and of course her new love of chocolates.
Anything with banana and chocolate, she she wouldn't think twice about gobbling it right away. Or else all the other food gets thoroughly inspected, smelled, one-finger-tasted, and then approved.
Whats with a difference -
MOST IMPORTANTLY - Wheat bread
Apple Cider Vinegar /
Maple Syrup / Honey
2 Cups OR 480 gms
1/4 Cup OR 60ml
1/2 Cup OR 120ml
2 Cups OR 240 gms
1/4th cup OR 50 gms
3 tbsp OR 15 gms
170 deg Centigrade
25 - 30 Minutes
1 Loaf / 1 pound
Pre Heat the oven to 170 deg centigrade.
Prepare the oven tin by spraying it with a non stick spray, or lining it with a butter paper, or if you are using a silicon mould, then none of the earlier said steps need to be followed.
Make sure all the bowls that are going to be used, need to be dry.
For this recipe, you would need a hand mixer / food processor, and 3 medium sized bowls. One for all the dry ingredients, one for the wet ingredients, one to divide the mixed batter into two.
All the ingredients should be at room temperature.
Keep the dry ingredients measured and ready, and then the same with the wet ingredients.
As Ariana doesn't like anything too sweet, I had to dilute the maple syrup to half water and half syrup.
Keep 1/4th cup of hot water ready for the coco powder to be mixed in.
Using a spatula, with the figure of eight, gently mix the ingredients in the bowl. Do not over mix or whisk it, this would form gluten in the batter making the bread very chewy.
Once the batter is well mixed, it will look like a muffin batter.
Do not waste too much time after this batter is ready, as the leavening agents in it are already active.
In this other half add the prepared coco powder paste and stir well with a spatula. The second batter would become a little extra runny, but that is not going to be a problem at all.
Again, do not over mix the batter.
Place the bread tin in the oven.
Just in the past week alone I have made this with variations about 3 times! Its that delicious!
You can add some nuts to it in the alternating layers, or raisins, or dates.
A nice warm slice of this and a big cup / bottle of milk - what a perfect way to start your day!