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Banana Cake, Take 2

I scoured the internet looking for a Thermomix banana cake recipe last week, completely forgetting that I had already cooked this once before! And better yet, I followed the exact same recipe this time. Fail.

Unfortunately this time the bananas weren’t as ripe as I would’ve liked, and so the flavour wasn’t as intense. Next time I’m going to make sure I use super ripe fruit. Also, I’ve stopped using vanilla essence and started on extract for a less artificial flavour, so I tweaked the recipe accordingly.

I’ve got a tupperware of ripe banana sitting in the freezer, and so shall give it another shot soon.

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Practicing my Thermomix smoothies – Berry, banana and oatmeal

With bubs on the way, I’m looking for easy ways to add more veggies and fruit into my diet. I’ve been shovelling grapes down like there’s no tomorrow, and can’t wait for mango season to arrive. I do lack a little bit in the green veggie department though, so when a friend told me she’d made a yummy spinach and strawberry smoothie I thought “JACKPOT! BLEND ALL THAT STUFF INTO ONE GLASS!” (I’m really not sure why it didn’t cross my mind before. How sad.)

Anyway, the idea of throwing a massive handful of spinach into a brekkie drink was in equal parts tempting and off-putting. So I decided to perfect a base TMX smoothie with more palatable ingredients first, before moving on to the hardcore stuff. It’s just the right time as well given that we’ve had our first 24 degree day in FOREVER! This combination of ingredients is based off Boost’s brekkie to go, which was my go-to smoothie when I used to work with the company.

I’m going to put down exactly what I used here (and I used the TMX MC cup as a base measurer), but I want to also preface this by saying that it’s not the right mix yet. I’ll include my thoughts on what I’d change at the end. I would also love any suggestions anyone has!

Ingredients

1.5 MCs of frozen berries

1 ripe banana, broken into chunks

1/2 MC rolled oats (I like Coles Organic brand)

2 MCs milk

Honey to taste (I added about 3 squeezes)

1.5 handfuls of ice

Method

Chuck everything into the TMX blender, and blend for 30 seconds/speed 9. Check the mix, and add milk/blend longer until desired consistency is achieved.

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The taste was lovely and I downed my whole smoothie (not to mention a little pat on the back for such a healthy brekkie. Sure beats French toast and bacon!) but this is what I think I can improve on:

– Didn’t blend long enough, there will still a few chunks of ice in there

– Could do with more oats, maybe 3/4 MC’s worth (but I do like a bit of texture in my smoothie so this is up to you)

– I’m going to freeze my banana chunks next time, that with the frozen berries should mean I don’t actually need any ice in the mix.

– I might go half yoghurt and half milk to up the creaminess factor.

Actually looking really forward to my next attempt! Hopefully by the time December rolls around I’ll have graduated to veggie smoothies!

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Banana Cake

Recipe adapted from this blogpost

I have been trying to incorporate more fruit into my diet recently. But for me, it really is more fun to have fruit in a baked treat (hello apple turnovers, berry muffins, lemon meringues) most of the time!

I am a big fan of cooked banana and have been going through a phase of grilling the fruit and serving it with french toast. I was at the markets the other day and bought a few extra, so I decided to make an easy banana cake. I made a rookie mistake though, with a little bit of my Thermomix wire hiding under the machine, so the scales were a bit off balance and i ended up with a bit too much flour in the mix. It ended up being a bit dry but if you stick to the recipe (plus my added banana) you should get an amazing moist cake. As usual, I took out a chunk of the sugar from the original recipe so feel free to add a little bit if that suits your tastebuds.

Ingredients
3 ripe bananas (I used four medium sized bananas to max out the fruit content)
90g caster sugar (I just used raw brown sugar)
150 g butter, room temperature
2 eggs
240 g Self Raising Flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
30 g milk
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method

– Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celcius.
– Place bananas and vanilla essence in the bowl and mix for 5 secs/speed 4.Set aside.
– Add butter and sugar, and mix for 20 secs/speed 5
-Add the eggs one at a time and combine each for a few seconds on speed 5.
– Add the banana mixture and mix for 3 secs/speed 5
– Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and milk, and mix for 15 secs/speed 5. Check the mixture to ensure the dry ingredients are well incorporated, otherwise use your spatula to give it a quick stir and mix again for a few more seconds.
– Pour into a lined cake tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour. Poke the cake in the middle to make sure it’s cooked through, otherwise cook it for an additional 10-20 mins, checking at 10 min intervals.
– Let the cake cool, cut into slices, enjoy!

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