Food for the outdoors: Beautiful banana bread

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Beautiful Banana Bread 

GF, DF, NF & no added sugar

Serves 4-6

Mmmm.. Banana bread dreaming.

Pre-hike snack? Mid hike snap? Midnight camping feast? Any time is a good time for banana bread. Packed with energy and easy to bake and carry in your day pack - it’s a great treat to take on hikes or camping trips.

Bake this little treat at home, but if you like your snack warmed after a hike, pack some aluminium foil so you can wrap and place it by the fire at your day’s end.

How to: Pack some banana bread into some aluminium foil (wrap it a few times over). Place near the fire or on a grill (if available) and let it sit for a few minutes. Making sure to turn it, so it doesn’t burn. Once warm, unpack and enjoy.

Ps. also great with a dollop of (peanut) butter. YUM!

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 good sized dates (the more the sweeter the banana bread)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • ¼ cup of date-sweetened water (see below)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (and some, if you love cinnamon like me!)
  • 1¾ cups of GF or whole wheat flour

Method

  • Pre-Heat oven to 200C
  • Chop your dates and place them in a cup of hot water. Make sure the dates are covered in water. Let them sit whilst you carry on with the below:
  • Whisk the 2x eggs in a bowl
  • Mash the bananas until smooth (or place them in the microwave for approx 60 secs. Lazy McLaze.)
  • Mix the beaten eggs with the bananas
  • Add flour, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, coconut oil and add ¼ cup of your sweetened date water.
  • Stir, baby stir.
  • Add your dates and stir some more.
  • Place baking paper into your baking tray or make sure the baking tray is well 'oiled' with coconut oil/butter
  • Empty all ingredients into baking tray
  • Cook Banana Bread mixture in the oven for 50 mins
  • To test, stick knife into middle of bread - if it comes out clean. It’s ready