When I (Steph) was growing up, my mom used to make banana bread once every week or two. She'd bake it at night, and then she would allow it to cool under tea towels until breakfast in the morning. When I finally was gifted her recipe for my own, I shouldn't have been surprised to discover it was actually banana cake that we were lucky enough to eat for breakfast smothered in butter and honey. I have taken this entirely to mean: if we cook it in a loaf tin, we can call it bread and eat it for breakfast. 

This recipe is originated with my mother's, but Chef's jazzed it up to bring a bit of summer and brightness... and if we throw in extra fruit, we can definitely call it breakfast, right?

 

Island Banana Bread

Ingredients:

1 banana, mashed

250g self-raising flour

225g sour cream

115g coconut oil, melted

200g caster sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

The juice of 1 lime (about 1 Tbsp)

25g desiccated coconut

60g chia seeds

500g frozen mango, defrosted and drained

for top: flaked coconut, chia seeds, and sliced banana

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Butter and flour 2 loaf tins (or cake tins if you like, I used one loaf tin- for breakfast and one small 6-inch cake tin, for slices with my cuppa. The only variation to watch out for is the cooking time).

2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except desiccated coconut, chia seeds, and mango. Once combined, fold in desiccated coconut, chia seeds, and mango until even throughout.

3. Pour mixture into prepared tins about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle the top with flaked coconut and chia seeds and decorate with sliced banana. 

4. Cook at 160C for 1 hour and 15-30 minutes (loaf tin). (nb: the 6-inch cake tin took 40 minutes in our home oven. Our recommendation would be to check every 10-20 minutes by inserting a sharp knife or cake tester. When the cake is cooked, the knife should come out clean).  

5. Allow to rest 10 minutes, then gently tip from loaf tin onto a cooling rack.

6. Serve slightly warm with butter or at room temperature (also with butter if you like! Or honey... or nutella... or maple syrup... or more banana!).