It is Infant Massage time again and that means bringing out the old favourites as well as a few new recipes to keep those parents nourished. I love teaching the classes and seeing all the little ones soaking up good massage vibes as well as the parents enjoying my baking. It is definitely one of the best bits of my job ……. and as for themselves as they always get the left overs, so they think it is the best bit of my job too!
Last week was the first session and I decided to go for good old Banana Bread (Paraoa Panana in Māori). This recipe is a repeat however it really is so easy and so yummy that it is worth bringing it to the foreground again 🙂 I found this particular little treasure in a free magazine from a local health shop a few years back and since our bus-hold (thinking this is our version of house-hold) love banana bread it has been a very well used recipe.
It comes from a book by Daisy Dagg and Amber Vito called Kai for Kids eBook and while the original recipe had half honey and half maple syrup in it we have just replaced the honey with all Maple Syrup without much change to the flavour. I’m sharing the gluten version this time however we have used GF flour with success in the past (see post from Feb last year) …. in fact the only reason I’m not baking it for the class with Gluten Free Flour is so that I won’t scoff all the left overs this time!! 😉
Paraoa Panana (or Vegan Banana Bread)
1 Cup Wholemeal flour
3/4 Cup self raising flour (or regular white then add 1 tsp baking powder to the recipe)
1/3 C melted coconut oil
1/2 C pure maple syrup
4 mashed bananas (large)
1/2 C shredded / desiccated coconut
2 Tb chia seeds
1/2 C rice milk (or other milk alternative)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Melt coconut oil in a pot and stir in the maple syrup, rice milk, vanilla essence and mashed banana
- Add in the chia seeds and stir well
- Add in all the other dry ingredients and mix until blended well
- Pour into a baking paper lined tin and bake at 180 Celsius for around 35-40 mins or until a cake-tester (skewer) comes out clean.
- Cool and Enjoy 🙂
Hope this finds you surrounded by those who love and believe in you, enjoying the present moment and nibbling on something nice.