Super Healthy Eggless Choco-Nut Banana Bread

Banana Bread, that innocuous looking cake-masquerading-as-bread breakfast choice has eluded me for a while now. But when I saw this, it took me less than five minutes to assemble the required ingredients and a very short while later I had a wonderful banana bread that my family and I absolutely loved. And here’s the bonus- Its low fat and very healthy( flax seeds, almonds..and what have you…).

Go ahead, make some now…….

Eggless Choco-Nut Banana Bread


Ingredients:
(yields one loaf in a 9 X 12 pan)

1. 2 cups whole wheat flour + 1 cup all purpose flour plus more for dusting
2. a pinch of salt
3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
4. 1/3 cup flaxseed powder
5. 1/3 cup + 1 cup milk
6. 1/4 cup oil
7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8. 1 cup sugar
9. 1 cup mashed banana, about 3-4 bananas depending on the size
10. 1/2 cup chopped semisweet chocolate
11. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
12. 1 cups chopped almonds

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Lightly grease a 9 X 12 loaf pan.

First sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.

Take 1/3 cup of the milk and add the flaxseed powder to it.Keep it aside for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile in another bowl combine the oil, sugar, vanilla essence ,mashed banana, and the remaining milk.

Add the flaxseed powder-milk mix to this and stir to combine.

Add the flour mix to this wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just blended. Dont panic if its a sticky dough. Thats the way its supposed to be.Thrwo in the chocolate chips and the chopped(or powdered in my case) almonds. Fold it it.

Spoon the dough into the loaf pan and bake for about an hour to hour and a half or till the toothpick comes out clean .

Cool completely for about 15 minutes before turning the bread over. Slice only when completely cool or it will fall apart.

When I Took the Plunge and some Eggless Chocolate Cake

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?”
— George Carlin
Driving me crazy

While technically I do know how to drive, I’ve never really ventured to take the car outside of our colony without my M. I’ve always maintained that the world is a happier and safer place without me driving. So I happily drop/pick up my son from his million classes , meet friends who live nearby, pick up an occasional DVD from the store here…But drive OUTSIDE the gate..That i would NEVER NEVER NEVER do.

Or so I thought.

When a friend had some important work asked me to go along I happily agreed. I assumed i just had to accompany her. Its only once she came home that I realized I was supposed to drive her to Vasco- outside the forbidden gates. Well I was forced to take the plunge. .

Driving a manual car requires a long attention span, even more patience and sturdy feet. Its unnerving having to do so many things at once- change the gear, look into so many mirrors(and not to check my make-up), prevent son from jumping out….it was crazy.and the roads. Although Goa has by far the bestest-est-est roads and traffic in the entire country but that day it seemed the Gods were scheming against me- there were cows, small children, people holding protest marches, and to add to it all, my son was creating a racket; screaming, throwing stuff- it was a nightmare. My hands immediately broke out in cold sweat for fear of running over an innocent, roaming seven-year-old. But thankfully I left everyone in Vasco and everyone in my car, safe and sound.….and I’m happier for it. I’ve been to Vasco many times since and although I’m nowhere the close to being what anyone would call a good driver- it’s a start.

In the same vein of trying out something new I decided to try out this eggless cake. Never been into anything eggless, and definitely not cakes. But this one turned out great. Was happy with the results so try it out all you egg-filled cake eaters….“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”

Eggless Chocolate Cake
Eggless Super Quick Chocolate Cake

1 ½ cups flour
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup plus 2 tbsp powdered sugar
6 tbsp oil
1 cup milk
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla essence

ICING

I’ve never had icing so quick ….
2 tbsp melted butter
6 tbsp cocoa
1 cup sifted icing sugar
½ tsp vanilla essence
3 tbsp hot hot hot water

Sieve the flour with the cocoa and baking soda.
Put the flour in a bowl. Add in the sugar, oil, milk, vinegar and the essence. Mix well. That’s it, you are ready to go.
Just grease a baking tin (8”) and dust it well.
Pour the prepared batter and bake for 40 minutes or until done.

For the Icing– Mix the melted butter, the vanilla and the cocoa. Sift the icing sugar and add it in. Mix and add the hot water little by little till you get the desired spreading consistency. Spread on cake and allow to set (which I didn’t do..as you can see from the pictures.

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