I have a very nice Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe here on cozebakes which is made using only ground almonds. I wanted to make one which used Gluten Free flour and to include dates and walnuts for extra flavour and crunch.
I’ve adapted this great basic banana bread recipe and it’s worked really well. Banana Bread can sometimes can bad press but it’s a great stand by recipe and this one uses no added sugar so it’s a healthier option to bake. Using very ripe bananas adds a natural sweetness which removes the need to add processed sugar to this recipe.
I had such wonderful nostalgic memories flooding back when I made and ate this gorgeous Malt Loaf. Some of you might remember the Maltana Loaf? Good old Johnston Mooney & O’Brien. A slice of Maltana with butter was such a treat and when you toasted it …. oh now that was perfect!
Well it had been on my mind for months now to make one and I wanted to try and put together a recipe that was low in fat and with no processed ingredients and this is definitely it. With less than 90 calories per slice combined with organic malt extract, juicy sultanas, dates and other good stuff, it’s positively good for you 😉
Make this recipe 2/3 days before you want to eat it (I know it won’t be easy) as it is best allowed to mature beautifully into a sticky, delicious cake.
I first sampled this delicious cake at a Neff Cooking Demonstration to help me understand my new cooker better and not use just 3 settings! After tasting it I asked for the recipe and the ladies very kindly gave it to me.
I made it in an 8″ / 20cm round tin but ideally if you want it to do the same, you need to use a 9″ / 23cm tin or as a traybake, use a 30cm x 20cm rectangular tin. You can serve up to 16 people so it’s a great crowd pleaser.
Don’t worry at all if you don’t like dates; one of my friends is not a fan so I blitzed the dates in a blender before adding them but you can of course just mush them with a fork or potato masher. Continue reading
Shop bought energy bars can be expensive and sometimes contain processed ingredients so these home made ones are a perfect solution. You can use the same basic ingredients and tweak to suit your tastes and needs.
As this was my first time making them, I changed only a few bits from the original recipe but next time, I will be making them with added seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds. I would prefer dried cranberries to raisins, but that’s a personal choice. The dates are the one ingredient you can’t change as they create the bind you need to make the bars.