Tag: Banana bread

Banana and Chocolate Bread [vegan]

Pretty much everyday I get hungry around 11am, depending on what I’ve had for breakfast. I always need some kind of mid-morning snack that’s going to keep me going until lunchtime and this banana and chocolate bread has currently won me over in the snackosphere.

I’ve not been shy on the chocolate chunks, if something is going to have chocolate in the title then I’m going to want to get a massive hit of chocolateyness, and this doesn’t disappoint. I even took a little jar of nut butter into work and smothered it on a slice – I was winning in life at that point. Later in the day I definitely wasn’t. It turned out I’d not put the lid back on that blommin’ jar properly and got home to discover I was half a jar down and one tote bag was totally ruined. I would definitely put this catastrophe into a middle class problem type meme.

Banana and Chocolate Bread

3 ripe bananas
1tbsp maple syrup
1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax seed, 3 tbsp water mixed together)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tspn vanilla extract
100ml plant based milk
200g spelt flour
50g self-raising flour
1 tspn baking powder
1/2 tspn bicarbonate of soda
125g dark chocolate 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C, grease and line an 2lb loaf tin (mediumish size).
  • In a glass, mix together the flax seed and water and set aside for a few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, mash up the bananas. Add all the wet ingredients – maple syrup, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, plant milk and the flax seed egg. Stir together.
  • Add the flours, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and stir until all mixed together.
  • Chop the chocolate – I like mine quite chunky so don’t over chop, stir into the mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into the loaf tin, and pop in the oven for 45 – 50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when you insert it.
  • Remove from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack. I like to cut a slice and eat it whilst it is still warm, after all that’s when the chocolate is at its best!

If there is one thing we’ve learnt from this….screw those lids on people!

Veronica x

Don’t bin it, cook it!

We’ve all done it. Left half a bunch of fresh herbs to wilt, seen mould encroaching on some fruit and let it go beyond the point of rescue.

Food waste it a huge problem and in light of Tesco’s food waste figures, its time for us to take it upon ourselves to do our bit to make sure we are all zero food waste homes. Tesco revealed it generated an enormous 30,000 tonnes of food waste in the first half of 2013 alone.

I’ve found having a better appreciation of where my food comes from and what its taken to produce it has meant I never want to throw anything away. Knowing just what my chickens go through to make one single egg, watching the time it took for my tomato plants to germinate, grow, flower and to finally start producing tomatoes, how could I bin something that has taken so much time and energy to make?

Becoming vegan has also helped me think about food differently. Instead of getting food envy when some non-vegan snacks are passed around the office, I think, well, do I actually need any more food? Surely overeating is just the same as food waste? If I don’t need the extra calories and I’m guessing that missing out on the nutritional benefits of doughnuts won’t do me any harm, all of the sudden saying no looks like quite a good idea!

Lets be clear, I’m not saying I’m never going to indulge in a treat again. If we simply put things into perspective, it can help us all reduce food waste by not throwing food away and by cutting down on unnecessary calories.

So, lets make a start towards our zero food waste homes. 20% of Tesco’s food waste figures are made up of fruit and vegetables and more specifically one in ten bananas are thrown away. Considering that those bananas have been shipped thousands of miles to reach our fruit bowls it seems that bananas are as good a place as any to start.

When you’ve got some bananas sitting around looking like this:

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don’t dispair, they can soon look like this:

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I went to my trusted Ms Cupcake book for a banana-chocolate and walnut loaf recipe. I adapted it slightly, I had no chocolate chips so inspired by the recipe from Guac and Roll, I mixed some cocoa powder into a third of the cake mixture to make a chocolatey centre.

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We promise to keep posting recipe ideas for using up food if you guys promise to start making your home a zero food waste one.