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Hidden Veggie Tuna Bake even the kids will eat!

Hidden Veggie Tuna Bake even the kids will eat!


This veggie Tuna Bake is a regular on the menu in our house, it is a dish that I know even the fussiest of eaters will consume.

I love that I can use whatever veggies I have in the house, I have made this with peas and spinach, pumpkin and sweet potato you name it I have used it. the trick is to make sure the veggies are blended or diced very finely so they are well hidden from little ones eyes haha.

Ingredients:

1 Pack cooked as per instructions Spiral or Penne Pasta

1 grated zucchini

1 cup mashed cooked pumpkin or sweet potato

1 grated carrot

1 Large Tin Tuna

500ml Milk

300g grated Cheese

2 Tablespoons White Flour

1 Tablespoon Butter

 

Instructions:

In a saucepan stir butter and flour together to make a paste.  Add milk quickly and keep stirring until sauce thickens up, similar to a white sauce.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Once thickened, add 200 grams of grated cheese, setting aside the other 100grams for the topping.

Add the tuna, zucchini, pumpkin and carrot

Add the cooked pasta and stir though well

Add mixture to a greased baking dish

Defrost the spinach in the microwave and pop on the top of the pasta.

Add left over grated cheese across the top

 

Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes mins until the top is golden and crispy

 

Serve and enjoy!

 

Serves 6

 

Tip: Substitute the tuna for chicken if you are not a fan of tuna.

 

 

 

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad

This creamy cucumber salad is a lovely refreshing side dish especially in summer months.

Ingredients

  • Cucumbers sliced 2

  • Sour cream 1/2 cup

  • Onion sliced in rings 1

  • 1/4 cup dill

  • White vinegar 1 tablespoon

  • Salt good pinch

  • Pepper pinch

Instructions

  1. Mix sour cream, white vinegar, salt and pepper together.

  2. Place Cucumber and onion on a plate or bowl.

  3. Pour dressing over the top.

  4. Serve as a side and enjoy!

  5. Sprinkle with your favourite spices for different flavours.

Serves 6

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The Best Banana Caramel Slice Ever!

The Best Banana Caramel Slice Ever!


This Super easy yummy banana caramel slice will get the neighbours sniffing out the door it smells so good while cooking and tastes even better.

This slice is great for when you need to take a plate to a function and doubles as an awesome dessert with vanilla ice cream < drooling!

Ingredients:

Base

Butter 90 grams

Caster sugar 90 grams

Egg 1

Custard powder 1/2 cup

Self raising flour 1 cup

Filling

Condensed milk 1 can

bananas 4

Golden syrup 2 tablespoons

Butter 1 tablespoon

Cream 300 grams

Vanilla essence 1/2 teaspoon

Icing sugar 1 tablespoon

 

Instructions:

 Base

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar until soft and fluffy then beat in egg.

Sift flour and custard powder and beat into mixture.

Line a baking tray with baking paper.

pour mixture into tray and pop in oven for 15  - 20 mins, then let cool.

 Filling

Simmer condensed milk and golden syrup and butter until mixture turns caramel.

Spread over base and top with sliced bananas.

Whip cream, icing sugar and vanilla essence. and spread over bananas and dust with cinnamon.

slice into squares and enjoy!

Serves 16

 

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Easy Orange And Poppy Seed Cake

Easy Orange And Poppy Seed Cake

I normally add almond meal to my orange cakes but this recipe is a super easy take on the traditional orange cake.

It smells great while cooking and tastes amazing, eat on its own or with icing yum!

Ingredients:

225 grams Butter

1 cup Sugar

3 Eggs

1 1/2 cup Self raising flour

1/4 cup Milk

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup poppy seeds

1 Orange rind grated

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar

Add eggs one at a time and beat continually.

Fold in orange rind, poppy seeds, flour and then milk and orange juice and mix gently.

Line a 22 cm cake tin with baking paper.

Pour mixture into tin and bake for 30 mins. Cake is cooked when you can insert a skewer and it comes It comes out clean, the top of the cake should look slightly golden.

Ice with basic icing or eat on its own delicious!

Slice and enjoy!

Easy Icing:

2 tablespoons icing sugar

3 tablespoons orange juice

Mix together and pour over the top of cake once cooled.

Serves 8 – 10

Tip: You don’t have to add the poppy seeds, my husband doesn’t like them as he says they get stuck in his teeth lol

This also works with Lemons as well!

 

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Easy Chocolate Chip Muesli Slice

Easy Chocolate Chip Muesli Slice

This is great for a treat and perfect to make as a plate for an afternoon or morning tea.

Ingredients

155 grams Butter melted

3/4 cup Choc chips, we used Cadbury

1/2 cup Raw Sugar or coconut sugar

1 tablespoon Honey

1/2 cup Coconut

1/2 cup Whole meal flour

1 cup Sultanas

1 cup Rolled oats

Method

Preheat oven at 180 degrees.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well mixed.

Place in a 20cm tray lined with baking paper.

Press mixture into tray evenly.

Bake on 180 degrees for 15- 20 mins until slightly golden.

Once cooled cut into slices.

Enjoy!

For a thicker slice double the mixture!

Makes 16

 

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Chocolate Coconut Slice

Chocolate Coconut Slice

This Chocolate Coconut Slice is an oldie but a favorite in our house, my nan has been making these for me since I was little.

Great with a cup of coffee!

Ingredients Base

  • Butter melted 125 grams
  • Brown sugar 1/2 cup
  • Coconut 1 cup
  • Rolled oats blitzed 1/2 cup
  • Plain flour 1/2 cup
  • Self raising flour 1/2 cup
  • Cocoa 1 tablespoon
  • Egg lightly beaten 1

 

Icing

  • Icing sugar 1 cup
  • Cocoa 1 tablespoon
  • Soft butter 1 teaspoon
  • Milk 1 tablespoon

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Method Base

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Line a 28cm by 18cm tray with baking paper.
  3. Add the melted butter, flour, coconut, oats, cocoa and sugar to a bowl and mix well.
  4. Stir in the egg and combine well.
  5. Pour mixture into a tray evenly and then bake in oven for 20 minutes.

Icing

  1. Add all ingredients to bowl and mix well.
  2. Once slice is cooked, spread with icing immediately and let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Take slice out of the tin and cut into slices.

 

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Corn And Bacon Bread

Corn And Bacon Bread

I love corn bread slightly toasted with avocado, bacon and sour cream on it, it is so good. This is my go to corn bread recipe, the whole family will love it, I also make muffins with this recipe as well.

Ingredients

  • Onion 1
  • Garlic clove crushed 1
  • Bacon rashes fat trimmed 4
  • Zucchini grated 1
  • Corn kernels 1 cup
  • tasty cheese grated 1/2 cup
  • Self raising flour 1/3 cup
  • Eggs 5
  • Olive oil 1 tablespoon
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees
  2. Line a 10cm x 21cm loaf tin with baking paper.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat and cook bacon pieces and onion until starts to brown.
  4. Transfer to bowl and add all other ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour mixture into loaf tin and bake for approx 50 - 55 minutes until top is golden colour.
  6. Slice and pop into lunch box, perfect with some cherry tomato's and cucumber.

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Cauliflower Gems

Cauliflower Gems

I don't know about you but my kids love potato gems and to be honest so do I. These are a healthier take on the traditional gems and a lot lower in carbs. They are always a hit in our house!

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower head and leaves removed 1

  • Greek yogurt 1/3 cup

  • Garlic cloves minced 2

  • Cheddar cheese grated 1/2 cup

  • Eggs 2

  • Egg whites 2

  • Salt pinch

  • Pepper pinch

  • 1 cup bread crumbs or rice crumbs blitzed fine < optional

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees

  2. Boil or steam cauliflower until soft and tender, drain any liquid and transfer to a food processor. Make sure all liquid is drained otherwise your mixture will be to moist.

  3. Add garlic salt and pepper and blend until smooth.

  4. Transfer to a large bowl and add yogurt whole eggs (not egg whites) and cheese and mix through well.

  5. In another bowl beat egg whites until stiff and gently fold through the mix.

  6. Add bread crumbs and gently form into the shapes you like.

  7. Transfer mixture to a line tray.

  8. Cook for 20 - 25 mins until golden brown.

  9. Once cooked serve warm or let cool and store in sealed container in fridge for lunches.

  10. Freezable for up to 4 weeks.

 

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13 Healthy Ball Recipes, that will curb any sweet craving!

13 Healthy Ball Recipes, that will curb any sweet craving!

Balls are the ultimate healthy snack. They are quick and easy to make, usually only contain a few ingredients, and most recipes freeze extremely well. Make a big batch, pop them in the freezer and you always have healthy snacks on hand. Some are so healthy they even make a great breakfast.

No bake oatmeal protein energy balls from The Healthy Maven

These tasty no bake balls have an added boost of protein thanks to the vanilla whey protein powder. You can add chocolate chips to make these balls even more delicious, or instead add raisins for healthier oatmeal balls. 1

Chocolate date balls from Cake Whizz

These chocolate date balls are much healthier than just eating squares of chocolate. They are extremely easy, with no baking involved, and look fun covered in sprinkles. 2

Heavenly coconut bliss balls from Danette May

These coconut balls are the perfect on the go snack. They are filled with healthy fats and filling fibre, making them great for an energy boost. 3

3 Ingredient apricot balls from Bargain Mums

It does not get any simpler than these 3 ingredient apricot balls. These are so good, you will find it impossible to stop at one. 4

Apple cinnamon energy balls from Frugal Coupon Living

These apple cinnamon balls use only 4 ingredients, that you might just already have sitting in your cupboard. They are great for those times you feel like something a little sweet, but healthy at the same time. 5

Raspberry zinger energy balls from The Wholesome Dish

These raspberry zinger balls contain nothing but fruit and nuts; perfect for a quick energy boost.

6

Blueberry muffin energy bites from The Healthy Maven

Next time you crave a sugar filled muffin, try one of these blueberry muffin bites instead. They are made with healthy, raw and all-natural ingredients that will satisfy those cravings in an instant. 7

Cranberry vanilla energy bites from Recipe Runner

These tasty cranberry vanilla balls are perfect for curbing sugar cravings, and are also gluten-free, vegan and paleo.

8

Brownie cookie dough swirl protein balls from Fit Foodie Finds

These healthy treats include brownie and cookie dough flavor's swirled into one protein ball. Perfect for those times you can’t decide between vanilla and chocolate. 9  

Fruit and nut trail mix energy bites from With Salt and Wit

These healthy no bake trail mix balls are filled with dried cranberries, oats and pistachio nuts. They make a great snack or even breakfast on the go when you are short on time.

10

Pink chocolate chip cookie dough balls from Super Healthy Kids

These pretty cookie dough balls get their pink colour naturally from beetroot, which also makes these balls super healthy. 11

Sea salt dark chocolate quinoa energy balls from Simply Quinoa

These simple quinoa energy bills are turned into something special by adding a layer of dark chocolate and sprinkling of sea salt.

12

Salted caramel snickerdoodle protein bites from Cotter Crunch

While these balls do contain caramel chips, the rest of the ingredients are completely healthy, making them a great healthy dessert.

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Hidden Veggie Weet – Bix Balls

Hidden Veggie Weet – Bix Balls

These Hidden Veggie Balls are almost like big nuggets, kids love them and you can be creative and hide whatever veggies you like in them. I have also added both chicken and tuna in them in the past yum!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 grated zucchini
  • 1 Cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1 Grated carrot
  • 1/2 Diced onion
  • 1 Cup uncooked cauliflower blitzed to a fine crumb.
  • 1 Clove Garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 Cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 3 Cups of blitzed Weet - Bix
  • 1 cup Plain flour, Gluten free
  • 2 Eggs
  • Good pinch of salt and pepper
  • Butter or olive oil to cook

  Method

  1. Add all veggies to a bowl and mix well along with salt and pepper.
  2. In another bowl add he parmesan and Weet - Bix crumbs and set aside.
  3. In another bowl add the flour and set aside.
  4. Whisk the eggs.
  5. Roll veggies into 2 inch balls, roll in flour then dip in egg and then roll in parmesan mix.
  6. Repeat until all mixture is used up.
  7. Add oil to frying pan and heat on high.
  8. Pop the balls in the frying pan and turn as they cook, you want a really golden crispy outside.
  9. Pop on paper towel on a plate to drain any excess oil.
  10. For extra thick crunchy coat, repeat the coating twice.

Makes approx 10 large or 20 small balls.

 

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Lunch Box Honey And Oat Bars

Lunch Box Honey And Oat Bars

These Honey Oat Bars are so good, perfect for morning or afternoon tea yum!

I make these for lunch box treats as well, I replace the sugar with an overripe mashed banana and the honey with rice malt syrup for a healthier option.

Ingredients

  • 170 grams Butter melted
  • 1/2 cup Raw Sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 cup Coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup Self raising flour
  • 1 cup Sultanas
  • 1 cup Rolled oats

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well mixed.
  2. Place in a 22 cm tray lined with baking paper.
  3. Press mixture into tray evenly.
  4. Bake on 180 degrees for 15- 20 mins until slightly golden.
  5. Once cooled cut into slices.
  6. Enjoy!

Makes 12

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Chicken And Haloumi Patties

Chicken And Haloumi Patties

Who doesn't love Haloumi and what better way to eat it then in a Pattie. I make these for my husband to take to work, I make a batch and freeze them in bags of three and he grabs a bag out as he needs them. They are really delicious and you can also hide extra veggies in them.

Ingredients

  • 200 grams of Haloumi grated
  • 500 grams of chicken mince
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup bread crumbs ( use gluten free crumbs if wanting gluten free)
  • Olive oil to cook with.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Method

  1. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine well.
  2. Roll into approx 1 1/2 inch balls and pop on a tray or plate. If you are not going to be cooking them straight away pop them in the fridge .
  3. Heat oil in frying pan until hot and balls, press down gently on each ball to make a Pattie.
  4. Cook on high for approx 2 minutes and then turn over continue to cook on high for another 2 minutes and then reduce heat so that they cook through without burning. The patties may stick slightly due to the cheese just gently lift them and turn over.
  5. Once cooked place on paper towel on a plate to drain any excess oil.
  6. Serve with your favourite side or eat on their own yum!

Makes 10

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Hidden Veggies Tuna Patties

Hidden Veggies Tuna Patties

These Hidden Veggies are my go to mid week meal, they are super tasty and you can pretty much use whatever you have in the fridge.

You can add more Tuna, I find that my kids don't eat them if they have to much tuna in them, if you do add more tuna use less tin tomato's. You can change these up by using left over chicken instead of tuna, and add your favorite herbs and spices yum!

Ingredients

6 Potato's boiled and mashed

8 Weet - Bix crushed fine

150 grams Tuna

1 Egg

1 1/2 cup crushes tin tomato's

1 celery stick finely diced

1 Carrot grated

1 onion finely diced

1/2 zucchini grated

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon Vegetta

Oil for frying

  

Method

Add all ingredients except the Weet - Bix to a mixing bowl and combine well.

Place the Weet - Bix crumbs in a separate large bowl.

Roll mixture into approx 11/2 inch balls and coat in the Weet - Bix crumbs.

Heat oil in frying pan and place balls in, gently flatten with the back of a spatula to form a patty shape,

Cook for approx 2 mins each side and set aside on a plate lined with paper towel to drain any excess oil.

Makes 12


 


 

 

       

 

 

       

 

 

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Rocky Road Chocolate Crackles

Rocky Road Chocolate Crackles

These Rocky Road Chocolate Crackles are so easy to make and perfect for a kids party or a treat.  You can use whatever nuts you like or leave them out all together if it's for a kids party. Give them a go at your next event!

 Ingredients

6 cup rice bubbles

1 cup icing sugar

3 tbs cocoa powder

100 gms Coconut Oil

20 Marshmallows roughly chopped

20 Jube lollies roughly chopped

1/2 cup crushed nuts, I used cashews, almonds and peanuts.

 

Method

Melt Coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl for approx 30 seconds and stir.

Place the Rice bubbles, cocoa, icing sugar in a large bowl and combine well.

Add the Jubes, Marshmallows and nuts and stir well.

Add the Coconut Oil and mix well, it should now look like a wet mixture, don't worry it will set.

Place 12 cup cake cases on a tray and fill each case.

Pop in the fridge to set for 2 hours.

Take out of fridge 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 12 large crackles or 20 small.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Curried Beef and veggie patties

Curried Beef and veggie patties

These are a great Pattie to whip up in advance as they freeze well and make easy mid week meals. You can adjust the curry flavour to your tastes or even experiment with your favourite spices.

Ingredients

500 g beef mince

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 cup sweet potato blitzed fine so it cooks through in the pan easily.

1 carrot blitzed fine

1 egg beaten

1 clove garlic minced

1 onion large chopped fine

1 cup bread crumbs

1 tbs curry powder

2 tbs oil for frying

 

 Method

Add the sauce, curry powder, egg, garlic, salt and pepper to a large bowl and mix well.

Add the mince, bread crumbs and veggies and combine well.

Roll into approx 2 inch balls and pop on  a plate.

Heat a large frying pan on high and add oil, once oil is hot start adding the balls pressing down slightly on them to form Pattie shapes.

Brown on one side then turn over and reduce heat to medium and proceed to cook for a few minutes until cooked through.

Once cooked serve with your favourite side or let cool and freeze in portions ready for lunches and dinners.

Makes approx 12

 

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LCM Crackles

LCM Crackles

The crackles are a take on the good old chocolate crackles, they taste like LCM bars only better, great for a treat or a kids party. Super easy to make!

Ingredients

1 Packet of marshmallows  approx 400grams( I used Allen's)

80 grams of butter

5 Cups of Rice bubbles

100s and 1000s to decorate

 

Instructions

Place marshmallows and butter into microwave bowl and cook on high for 50 seconds.

Add the rice bubbles to the marshmallow mix.

Pop 12 cup cake cases on a tray and fill with approx 2 tablespoons of the mixture.

Sprinkle 100s and 1000s on top to decorate.

Pop in fridge and let set for 3 hours before eating.

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Gluten Free Apple And Pork Rissoles

Gluten Free Apple And Pork Rissoles

These Gluten free chicken Curry Rissoles are a perfect cook ahead meal, I make them in bulk and then freeze them into separate containers for easy pull out meals or lunches. If you don't have Gluten free rice crumbs, bread crumbs will work the same but they won't be gluten free.

Ingredients

500 grams Pork mince

1 carrot grated fine

1 Apple grated fine,I used granny smith.

2/3 cup of Rice crumbs < we use Casalare premium gluten free.

1 Onion diced fine

sprig of parsley finely chopped should be approx 2 tablespoons.

1 egg beaten

Good pinch of salt and pepper

Olive oil to cook in

 

Method

Add the onion, pork mince, carrot, apple, parsley and rice crumbs to a bowl and combine well.

Add the, salt, pepper to the beaten egg and mix well.

Pour the egg into the pork mixture and  combine well.

Heat a large frying pan on high and add oil.

Once really hot add approx 2 inch balls to the pan and press slightly to form a Pattie shape.

Let cook until golden and crispy then turn over reduce heat to medium for another 2 minutes.

Reduce heat to low and let them cook through, making sure the middle is cooked but still juicy, if you over cook them they will dry out.

Once cooked let rest on paper towel to remove any excess oil.

Enjoy!

Tip:  you can hide any veggies you like in these, mashed pumpkin corn etc. Just adjust rice crumbs accordingly.  You can also substitute the egg for your favourite sauce.

 

 

 

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Hidden Veggie Pasties

Hidden Veggie Pasties

These make nice big pasties for a main meal, you can use the same mixture to make smaller ones which are great for entertaining and kids parties. You can hide whatever veggies you like inside them just make sure the mixture is not to wet when assembling.


Ingredients

500 grams Beef mince, chicken mince is also good.

1 onion diced fine

1/2 cup peas

1/2 cup corn kernels

1 carrot grated fine

1/2 cup broccoli heads diced really fine (really fine so kids can't see ha!)

1 large potato diced into approx half cm pieces, you want it nice and fine

 1 garlic clove crushed

 1/4 cup tomato sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1 egg beaten

4 sheets puff pastry, short crust works fine as well.

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 220C

Line a tray with baking paper

Add all ingredients except the egg and pastry to a large bowl and mix well.

Thaw out 4 sheets of pastry and place mixture into the middle of the sheet.

Roll pastry so that all edges are closed, brush with egg to seal.

Brush with more egg on top so that pastry goes a golden colour when cooking.

Gently prick a few times with a fork to allow steam out as they cook.

Cook for approx 20 minutes until the outsides are golden brown in colour.

Serve with your favourite sauce, on their own or with more veggies.


 

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Egg And Refined Sugar Free Chocolate Muffins

Egg And Refined Sugar Free Chocolate Muffins

These muffins are egg and refined sugar free, they are very moist and kids love them!

Ingredients

1 Banana

400 grams of butter beans drained and rinsed well

3 Tablespoons of coconut oil

4 tablespoons of almond milk

1/2 cup Cocoa We use Loving Earth 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

150 grams Self raising flour

3/4 cup coconut sugar we use global organics, you can use brown sugar but they wont be refined sugar free.  

Method

Preheat oven to 160 degrees.

Place 12 cupcake shells in a muffin tray.

Place butter beans, coconut oil, almond milk, banana and vanilla extract into a blender and blitz until smooth.

Add mixture to the bowl along with all other ingredients and mix well.

Add approx 2 tablespoons of mixture to each cupcake case.

Pop in the oven for 20 minutes and cook until they slightly spring back in the middle of cupcakes.

These have a moist soft consistency and are really yummy.

makes 12 

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4 Ingredient Banana bread

4 Ingredient Banana bread

This banana bread is really quick to make and great for afternoon tea. I often make this when I know I have visitors coming over.

Ingredients

  • 3 Ripe bananas mashed
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups Self raising flour

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Beat the eggs and sugar together.

Add the mashed banana and mix well.

Stir in the flour until combined well.

Line a loaf tin approx 22cm with baking paper.

Cook for approx 50 minutes until the top is golden.

Slice and enjoy!

 

 

 

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