- Large ripe FAIR TRADE bananas x 3 (When mashed, there should be 12 fl oz.)
- 375g Plain flour
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 2 tsp Ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp Salt
- 3 eggs
- 125ml Vegetable Oil
- 200g Granulated sugar (unrefined)
- 100g Soft brown sugar
- 2 tsp Vanilla Flavouring
- Tbsp Lemon Juice
Take 2 loaf tins, or a couple of bun tins and wipe with butter, then sprinkle with flour. (Or line with foil)
Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until just mixed. Add the oil, sugars, vanilla, lemon juice, and mashed bananas.
Pour three-quarters of the banana mixture into the well in the flour, and stir with a rubber spatula.
Gradually draw in the dry ingredients, adding the remaining banana mixture, and stirring to make a smooth batter.
TAKE CARE: Do not overstir the batter or the bread will be heavy.
Spoon the batter into the prepared tins. The tins should be about half full.
Bake the loaves in the heated oven until the loaves start to shrink from the sides of the tins and a metal skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, 40-60 minutes.
Let the loaves cool, then you can eat!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.