Banana bread

I love to try out different banana breads, but this is definitely one of the recipes I use a lot. It’s based on Nigella Lawson’s Banana bread. But since I don't fancy raisins in most cakes, I leave them out. I also reduced the sugar by almost half, just like I do with most recipes.

100 g spelt flour
65 g wholemeal spelt flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
125 g melted butter
80 g brown sugar
2 large eggs
4 small, very ripe bananas
80 g chopped walnuts

* Preheat the oven to 170*C
* Beat the sugar, vanilla and melted butter well. Now add the eggs, one at a time.
* Mash the bananas with a fork and fold them into the batter.
* Stir in the walnuts.
* Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and add them slowly to the mix until combined well.
* Pour the batter into a medium loaf tin and bake in the oven for 45 min to 1 hour.

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Granola bars

To me, granola bars always bring postive energy and happiness with them. When you feel like a little lift-me-up, these guilt-free snacks will definitely do the trick! All my friends know that I am obsessed with the delicious recipes of the wonderful Sarah Britton. These granola bars are inspired by her 'Tropical Chewy Granola Bars'.

2 Tbsp. chia seeds + 6 Tbsp. water
200g rolled oats
150g raw buckwheat groats
50g coconut flakes
50g sugar-free cornflakes
100g chopped walnuts
60g chopped dried banana
30g chopped dried dades
60g chopped dried mango
60ml coconut oil
80ml honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 very ripe bananas
½ tsp. sea salt

* Mix chia seeds and water and set aside for 10-15min until it becomes a gel.
* Roast the oats, buckwheat, coconut and walnuts in the oven, out on a baking tray at 170°C for 10-15min. Keep stirring every 5 min. Leave the oven on once you take out the tray.
* Melt the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla in a small bowl, over low heat. 
* Blend the peeled bananas with the melted honey/oil mixture and salt. Stir in chia gel gently at the end.
* Now combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir well until all is well combined.
* Line a baking pan (about 20x 30cm) with parchment paper and spread out the granola mixture evenly. Use the back of a tablespoon to press the mixture down to make sure all is nice and firm. Dip the spoon in hot water in between.
* Bake for 25-30 minutes at 175°C until golden. Then let it cool for about 30 minutes
* Cut into shapes of your choice. Dip the knive into hot water in between. Decorate with some melted chocolate and chopped nuts. 

Swedish cinnamon buns

We have a big love for cinnamon buns in our family.

I grew up with typical German cinnamon rolls and have been making them for our family regularly as well. But we recently upgraded to Swedish cinnamon buns. They just look so beautiful and are so wonderful to enjoy in the afternoon with a cup of tea! And everyone who ever made cinnamon buns knows that they also wrap the whole house in a wonderful smell!

I tried a few different recipes so far, but I must say I really loved the one from 'True North Kitchen'

I made the dough the evening before and let it rise in the fridge overnight which worked perfectly well. They also freeze very well which is why I like to make double and freeze half of the buns for a lazy day.


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