A Great Lunch Box Filler: Wholemeal Banana Bread

I’m always on the lookout for lunch box fillers and by that I mean something in addition to the staple 2 pieces of fruit included in Zakidlets lunch boxes. The standard arrangement  for the big kids is 1 sandwich, 2 pieces of fruit, something sweet and something savoury. Alani gets much the same plus a yoghurt and maybe a few other little snacks.

We recently had 2 very ripe Bananas sitting in our fruit bowl and they soon got turned into the ‘something sweet’ for the lunch boxes. Wholemeal Banana Bread it was and it went down an absolute treat with all 3 kidlets, big, big TICK from them and me!!! I have adapted this recipe from taste.com, tweaking a few ingredients, I wanted something that was just a little bit more wholesome and healthy.

Banana Bread

I don’t think there is a cake/bread much simpler to make than this one. You do not require electric beaters, just a good old wooden spoon, perfect for when you have a sleeping baby!

You Will Need:

1 ¾ cups wholemeal Self-raising flour

1/4 cup Coconut flour (I get this from my local health food shop) you can just substitute plain flour.

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup, firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup milk

2 eggs lightly whisked

50g melted butter

2 ripe bananas, mashed (Blake’s favourite job).

Ingredients

Preheat oven to 180 C (I do 170 C fan forced). Grease and line a loaf tin approx 11x21cm (or close to that), you can pretty much use any tin you like, you will just need to adjust temp and cooking time accordingly.

Sift the combined flours, cinnamon & salt into a large bowl, tip the remaining unsifted husks into the bowl too. Stir in the sugar and make a well in the centre.

Dry ingredients

Place milk, eggs, melted butter and banana in a Jug/medium bowl, stir to combine.

(I have also tried the throw it all in the one bowl together technique and it still turned out for me).wet ingredients

Add banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

cake mixture

Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface.

Mixture in pan

Bake in oven for 35-40minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Remove from oven and set aside in pan for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Cut into slices to serve. if you’re feeling like an extra treat pop a bit of butter on a warm slice (that’s a Zagrandma trick!).

Banana Bread

NOTE: this mixture will also bake up into 18 standard 1/3 cup size muffins. Line muffin tin with patty pans, spoon mixture evenly amongst the 18 pans and bake for about 20 minutes.

I package half slices/muffins in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container to freeze, they thaw perfectly in the kids lunch boxes.

That my lovelies is one my ‘Great Lunch Box Filler’ choices!

This little treasure is proving to be very popular with Zakidlets, satisfaction guaranteed for all Banana lovers!

Get yourself in the kitchen and have some fun.

Do you have a favourite  lunch box filler recipe? I’d love to hear from you.

Until then,

Zamamabakes

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I’m always on the lookout for lunch box fillers and by that I mean something in addition to the staple 2 pieces of fruit included in Zakidlets lunch boxes. The standard arrangement  for the big kids is 1 sandwich, 2 pieces of fruit, something sweet and something savoury. Alani gets much the same plus a yoghurt and maybe a few other little snacks.

We recently had 2 very ripe Bananas sitting in our fruit bowl and they soon got turned into the ‘something sweet’ for the lunch boxes. Wholemeal Banana Bread it was and it went down an absolute treat with all 3 kidlets, big, big TICK from them and me!!! I have adapted this recipe from taste.com, tweaking a few ingredients, I wanted something that was just a little bit more wholesome and healthy.

Banana Bread

I don’t think there is a cake/bread much simpler to make than this one. You do not require electric beaters, just a good old wooden spoon, perfect for when you have a sleeping baby!

You Will Need:

1 ¾ cups wholemeal Self-raising flour

1/4 cup Coconut flour (I get this from my local health food shop) you can just substitute plain flour.

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup, firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup milk

2 eggs lightly whisked

50g melted butter

2 ripe bananas, mashed (Blake’s favourite job).

Ingredients

Preheat oven to 180 C (I do 170 C fan forced). Grease and line a loaf tin approx 11x21cm (or close to that), you can pretty much use any tin you like, you will just need to adjust temp and cooking time accordingly.

Sift the combined flours, cinnamon & salt into a large bowl, tip the remaining unsifted husks into the bowl too. Stir in the sugar and make a well in the centre.

Dry ingredients

Place milk, eggs, melted butter and banana in a Jug/medium bowl, stir to combine.

(I have also tried the throw it all in the one bowl together technique and it still turned out for me).wet ingredients

Add banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

cake mixture

Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface.

Mixture in pan

Bake in oven for 35-40minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Remove from oven and set aside in pan for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Cut into slices to serve. if you’re feeling like an extra treat pop a bit of butter on a warm slice (that’s a Zagrandma trick!).

Banana Bread

NOTE: this mixture will also bake up into 18 standard 1/3 cup size muffins. Line muffin tin with patty pans, spoon mixture evenly amongst the 18 pans and bake for about 20 minutes.

I package half slices/muffins in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container to freeze, they thaw perfectly in the kids lunch boxes.

That my lovelies is one my ‘Great Lunch Box Filler’ choices!

This little treasure is proving to be very popular with Zakidlets, satisfaction guaranteed for all Banana lovers!

Get yourself in the kitchen and have some fun.

Do you have a favourite  lunch box filler recipe? I’d love to hear from you.

Until then,

Zamamabakes

(Visited 716 times, 1 visits today)

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