Banana Bread

This is a tasty basic cake that has many uses – in a trifle, lunch boxes, as muffins, party food and even for breakfast.

Cuts into 16 slices, or makes 16 muffins

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) oil, canola, macadamia or avocado
  • 190ml (3/4 cup) soft brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, preferably omega-3 rich
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) skimmed milk
  • 1 apple, grated finely (with or without skin)
  • 3 ripe medium bananas
  • 295ml (1 cup + 3 tbsp) cake flour
  • 10ml ( 2 tsp) baking powder
  • 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) salt
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) oat bran
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) ProNutro, whole-wheat, original or apple bake
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease a bread pan (10cm x 20xm).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the oil and sugar together.
  3. Add the eggs and milk and beat well.
  4. Grate the apple, mash bananas with a fork and add to the oil and sugar mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add the oat bran and ProNutro and mix well.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the fruit and egg mixture.
  7. Mix throughly, using a wooden spoon. Do not overmix, but make sure that all dry ingredients are moistened.
  8. Spoon into the greased bread pan.
  9. Bake for 70 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 10-15 minutes before turning the loaf out. Leave to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Cook’s Tips

  • To make banana peanut butter muffins, spoon a little batter into each individual muffin cup, add a small blob of peanut butter (1/2 t), then spoon more dough on top, to make it almost full. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Leftover banana bread can be used to make trifle.

Dietitian’s Notes

  • Overmixing any cake batter increases the digestibility of the cake, which in turn increases the absorption rate of glucose or GI.
  • Please note that the GL per slice of cake is 14, so make sure that you slice the banana bread thinly and eat not more than one thin slice.
  • This is a very moist cake and does not need any buttering.
  • The peanut butter muffins will be higher in fat than the loaf because of the added peanut butter. Peanut butter is a monounsaturated fat, however, which is a healthier choice of fat (2g fat more per muffin).

Nutritional Information Per Slice
GI lower 61
Carbohydrates 23g
Protein 3g
Fat 3g
Fibre 2g
Calories 120kcal
GL 14