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Announcing Australian Bananas’ ‘Banana Bread Bake-Off’ – In search of the ultimate banana bread
Banana bread is the present ISO baking craze and as we transfer in the direction of celebrating National Banana Day (May 1), Australian Bananas is encouraging Aussies to return collectively over the nation’s favorite baked good by coming into their competitors to search out the ‘Ultimate Banana Bread’.
National Banana Day is an annual occasion held to have a good time one of Australia’s hottest fruits and to help Aussie growers. Not solely are bananas cherished throughout the nation as a consequence of their scrumptious style, however they’re packed full of Vitamin B, dietary fibre, potassium, magnesium and provide the physique a wealthy supply of slowly digested power. They additionally are available in their very own carry case, making them the excellent go-to snack on the run.
The versatility of bananas doesn’t cease there, as baking with bananas not solely provides you a naturally candy hit to your favorite biscuits, muffins and muffins, but in addition provides a tender, creamy texture which makes them the excellent baking ingredient. Even very ripe bananas are excellent for baking as they will add much more sweetness.
Naturally, dwelling baking is a a lot better choice nutritionally than selecting up processed candy biscuits, muffins and snacks. It’s even higher if you make your house baking enormously more healthy by understanding just a few nutrition secrets and techniques.
Firstly, the place you possibly can, attempt to search out a wholegrain base to your baking for instance oats, wholemeal flour and wheat bran. These can typically be integrated into the flour-base combine of most candy bread, cake and muffin recipes, and can add to the nutrient and fibre content material of the baking.
Next, maximise the sweetness utilizing pure components versus added sugars. Using overly ripe bananas in a recipe will considerably improve the sweetness of the combine, as will fruit purees or tender dried fruits, equivalent to dates. Contrary to widespread opinion, sugars equivalent to honey or rice malt syrup aren’t essentially ‘healthier’ than sugar itself. In my very own cooking, I try to restrict added sugars to ½ cup per recipe (at most) and as an alternative utilise my ripe frozen bananas together with vanilla essence or cinnamon.
When it involves the sort of fats to make use of in your baking, once more you might have tons of choices. You can certainly use olive oil or a vegetable oil to decrease the saturated fats content material of your baking. 100% nut spreads too will assist to bind components, though they could be a little dry when used on their very own. My private desire is to make use of butter in baking, however I hold the complete quantity low, with 50-70g being the most I’d use for a complete cake or banana bread. My different key trick is to utilise dairy – pure yoghurt or milk each work exceptionally effectively in retaining a mix moist, including key vitamins equivalent to protein and calcium, with minimal further fats.
Finally, I at all times search for methods to spice up the dietary profile of my baking by including nutrient-wealthy extras equivalent to berries, nuts and seeds. Not solely does this assist to create a spread of style sensations however provides further good fats and fibre to your healthy baking.
In order to assist have a good time National Banana Day whereas we’re all baking at dwelling in ISO, we need to see your banana bread creations to search out one fortunate winner who will likely be topped with producing the ‘Ultimate Banana Bread’. The competitors is open to all totally different varieties of banana bread so there’s no excuse not to participate!
To enter, head to the Australian Bananas Facebook or Instagram web page and add a picture of your banana bread creation, together with a 25-word description. All posts ought to tag #NationalBananaDay2020 to be entered into the operating to win the title and an Australian Bananas prize pack, with the winner introduced on May 8.
My favorite Banana Bread
vegetarian | dairy-free | nut-free | egg-free
Serves 12 – per serve: 120 cals | 2g fats | 2g protein | 22g carbs | 2g fibre
1/2 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 small ripe bananas, mashed
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. bicarbonate soda
1 cup water, boiling1 cup self elevating flour
1. Heat oven to 170°C.
2. Combine dates, sugar, banana, butter, bicarb and water. The combination will likely be fairly runny.
3. Add flour and prepare dinner for 35-45 minutes till cooked via, permitting that it’s fairly a dense recipe.
4. Allow bread to chill then serve.
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