Sleep Better Banana Bread - Eat this to help you sleep!
We've all had one of those nights where sleep evades us. We toss and we turn, we pray to the sleep gods, we count those fluffy little sheep, we try to remember the periodic table from 7th grade Science. Yet we end up all the more tired, with a brain over wired and a clock continuing to tick towards dawn without a REM in sight.
They're the worst.
But what if you had some freshly toasted banana bread with drizzled honey and a nice warm cup of cocoa? Hmmm.... Pad out to the kitchen in your bed socks and pop a piece of this recipe in the toaster and you'll be sleeping like a bear in hibernation in no time!
Recipe as found in Issue 11 of Lunch Lady magazine - go get a copy immediately! Online here.
Sleep-Better Banana Bread
Makes 12 Slices
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup olive oil (I used a 1/4 cup of melted butter)
- 2 free range eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla paste
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 cup buckwheat or plain flour
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 170 C/ 340 F/ Gas Mark 3.
- Grease and line a 22 x 12 cm loaf tin with baking paper.
- In a medium sized bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.
- Add in the oil, eggs, vanilla paste and honey, and whisk to combine well.
- Fold through the flour, almond meal, baking powder and salt until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes, or until the banana bread is golden on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Allow the banana bread to cool completely before using a sharp knife to cut it into slices around 2cm thick.
- Tear little pieces of baking paper into roughly the size of a slice of banana bread and insert them between each slice. This will make it easier to remove the slices once frozen.
- Slide the slices into a sealable bag and place them all into the freezer, ready for a night when you need them.
- When you need a little night-time snack, remove one slice of banana bread from the freezer and pop it inot the toaster.
- Toast the slice on low to medium for a few minutes to make it warm and toasty around the edges.
- Remove from toaster, spread with butter and little drizzle of honey, and serve alongside a glass of warm milk (or hot cocoa!).
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