Orange & Cranberry Banana Bread {blogmas day 7}

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Banana bread is the ultimate deceptively healthy treat! I can easily polish off a loaf of my traditional banana bread and, as my recipe contains no oil or refined sugar, that's no problem! Now, I am a firm believer that Christmas is a time for indulging in whatever treats take your fancy, but when a healthy recipe tastes so good, it can't hurt to throw it into the mix! So I've given my banana bread a festive makeover and with the addition of some oranges and cranberries, it makes the perfect accompaniment to my afternoon cuppas in the run up to Christmas.

You Will Need:
- 250g self raising flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flax & 3 tablespoons water)
- the juice of three clementines
- 200g fresh cranberries
- 1 large orange
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 50g coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons cashew butter

Start by preheating your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and lining a loaf tin with baking paper.

Then, add your fresh cranberries to a pot along with the coconut sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and a splash of water, then place on the hob to simmer until the sugar has become syrupy and the cranberries have softened.

Whilst the cranberries simmer, mash your bananas and combine with the clementine juice, cashew butter, flax egg and maple syrup.

In a separate bowl, combine your flour, bicarbonate of soda and remaining cinnamon, then combine the wet and dry ingredients to make a batter.

Half your large orange and grate the zest from one side of the orange. Add the zest to the batter along with the cranberries, stir well and transfer to the loaf tin.

From the other half of the large orange, cut two slices and place them on top of the loaf, then sprinkle with a little coconut sugar and place in the oven.

The loaf needs to bake for 50 minutes but should be covered with tin foil after 25 minutes to prevent burning.

Once baked, allow to cool slightly before slicing, then lather with cashew butter, jam and serve with a cuppa!

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