We’re only a week into autumn and already the mornings are colder. I’ve started wearing socks around the house and the air-conditioner is enjoying a well-earned break.
I usually prefer the colder weather, but the briskness in the air has left me feeling a bit flat. I’m already looking forward to spring again. And it’s usually at this time of year the comfort food tends to become even more appealing as we prepare to hibernate in the dark for months on end (see – told you I was feeling flat).
But eating high-calorie and high-GI stuff with no nutrition makes me feel (initially amazing for about five minutes, then) worse. So. I have come up with the perfect comfort food.
This super-healthy recipe has hardly any sugar, no butter and tastes amazing. It’s highly adaptable, so you can really personalise it with whatever you have in your cupboard. The fruit gives it a natural sweetness and the chia sets as a gel and makes it super moist.
Plus, it’s so easy to make – just mix all-in-one, pour into a pan and bake. Done!
- 2-3 ripe bananas, mashed (overripe is best)
- 1 apple, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup raw sugar (I used less – 1/4 cup) (you could also substitute a natural sweetener)
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup applesauce (I used homemade – just apples, nothing else!)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon fresh sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon black chia seeds
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut (optional)
- 1 tablespoon raisins (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly spray and line a loaf pan with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix well. Pour into greased pan.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out dry.
Cool in pan for 15 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy!