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Chocolate, Banana Oat Bread


3/4 cup porridge oats

1 cup of wholemeal flour

1/4 cup demerara, brown or rapadura sugar

2 heaped tablespoons cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 heaped teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

3/4 cup buttermilk or natural, unsweetened yoghurt

2 1/2 cup mashed, ripe bananas

1/4 cup maple syrup or honey

2 eggs

1/2 cup chocolate chips


25-30gm chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 180C.

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.

Mix all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Add wet to dry ingredients, mix and lastly fold in chocolate chips.

Pour into greased and lined loaf tin. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

Bake at 180C for a minimum of 50 minutes. Check after 45 minutes using a skewer and, if it looks like it's burning on top but still raw inside, cover with a piece of baking parcment and keep cooking till skewer comes out clean when inserted.