I feel like I haven't posted in a while! I've been so busy. I feel like I've finally got time to do the things I've wanted to do. I've been gardening, riding bikes, socializing and reading. I've also enrolled in my uni course! In March I'll be studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. It's all very exciting.
Admist all this excitement and fun, I've had little time for baking. This is a bit strange for me because, like many of you, I bake almost daily. Luckily, I've now found the time to bake this delicious 'Date, Nut and Banana Bread' for Australia Day tomorrow. It is seriously delicious - both dense yet light at the same time. I think the dates gave it that dense buttery flavour whilst the egg whites lightened it.
1 1/2 cup white self raising flour
1/2 cup wholemeal self raising flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 egg whites
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup low fat milk
1/3 cup almonds, chopped
1/3 to 1/2 cup dried dates, chopped
+ margarine or butter, to serve, if desired
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced) and prepare a 22 x 11 x 6cm loaf tin. Place flours, cinnamon, sugar, oil, egg whites, water, bananas and milk in a bowl. Using electric mixers, beat until smooth and combined. Fold the nuts and dates through the mixture and pour into the prepared tin. Bake for 1 hour of until skewer comes out clean.