Ok I’m still on the diet (umm, sort of) but I needed to celebrate losing 5 kilos! Besides, I’m still cooking regular food for my husband and son who are quite happy not to be on a low carb diet and they need a home baked treat from time to time all for just being there for me. Hence I made this cake for my two champion supporters!
This is a real good recipe to use up blackened bananas and dare I say better than the ever popular banana bread recipe. I’ve taken the recipe from here, but the only change I made is that of adding walnuts instead of chocolate chunks.The cake turned out fluffy and rather scrumptious. The taste of the bananas is really subtle and the walnuts add a nice crunchy interlude to the texture. I must add however that being on a strict low carb diet has made me lose my sweet tooth and I was feeling rather full and satisfied after having just a tiny sliver of this cake.Here’s the recipe
CHOCOLATE AND BANANA CAKE
- 100 ml sunflower oil
- 175 gr self raising flour
- 175 gr sugar
- 1/2 top bicarbonate of soda
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 100 gr chopped
- 3 ripened bananas (about 175 grams)
- 3 eggs, 2 separated
- 50 ml milk
- Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder together and mix it with sugar and chopped nuts in a large bowl
- Mash bananas in another bowl and add the separated yolks, the whole egg, oil and milk to it and mix
- Whisk the egg white in another bowl until stiff peaks.
- Add the egg,oil and milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir well
- Add a third of the word egg whites to the flour and egg yolk mixture and lighten the batter.
- Carefully food the remaining egg whites into the bowl and transfer contents into a greased and lined loaf tin and bake at 160 C for 1 hour and 10 minutes
I found a really good use for the garden stakes that I picked up at the pound shop.
Look what I made with it!
A tent or a tepee if you will!
Instead of the standard teepee design I basically vent for a pyramid shaped tent as an experiment and it looked really good, so I went with it. I used rough tying techniques with my poles and cord although I suppose if you are bit more patient than I am, you could look up some proper lashing techniques on YouTube to tie your knots. Finally I draped an old stole I had lying around in my wardrobe and Voila, its a tent!
My little boy loved playing in it and I thoroughly enjoyed building it for him. No ready pop up play tent can compare with this mummymade-hotchpotch-gardenstake tent!
I’m back on the diet soon after a short intermission mainly because I had a couple of happy occasions to celebrate with my family. I still have another 10 kilos to lose until I reach my goal weight. Being on the diet has helped me greatly so far in the two last weeks. I still have loads of energy, have little to no cravings and have no afternoon energy slump. Although I must say it would be far easier to follow the diet if I didn’t have to cook separately for my family. Nevertheless, I must trudge on and I will update you all on my progress in my next blog post. Hope you all have a blessed weekend.
Food for the stomach and the stomach for the food, but God will destroy them both
1 Corinthians 6:13