This is not a food blog

Just so we’re all clear ok? I am not a foodie. And my photo skills are negligible. If you are looking for amazingly shot, tasty looking recipes please keep on moving. Well from the antipodean end anyway. Ellie may have a few recipes up her sleeve.

It’s Sunday here in Perth + I’ve done my recovery run + Franman is out mountain biking + I have no plans = baking on the menu. There are bananas and pears going off in the fridge so I wanted to use those up. Besides a pretty basic fruit salad I couldn’t think of anything for them together.

I tackled the bananas first. Over ripe bananas always shout banana bread to me. But let’s be honest and call a spade a spade. It’s not bread. It’s cake. So I wanted to try a healthy version with ingredients I had in the house. I mixed and mingled a few and came up with a healthier version.

You can play around with substitutions quite easily in this recipe. Like swap the flour out for almond, white etc.

– 1 cup sugar – I used stevia.
– 1 tablespoon butter – I used a nondairy alternative.
– 2.5 overripe bananas.
– 1 egg
– 1 tsp real vanilla extract
– 1 cup wheat flour.
– 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup chocolate chips – I only had white.

Mix everything together (it’s easier if you smash up the bananas first). Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and oil the tin. Cover lightly with tinfoil.

Bake @ 180C for 30 mins. Remove the tinfoil and cook for another 20 minutes. It is ready when a knife comes out clean. Let it cool and try not and eat too much!

  Stats per slice: 125 calories, 3 gms of fat and 9gms (Based on 10 slices and my modifications)

The cake turned out surprisingly tasty for a low calorie recipe. And most importantly Franman likes it and requested that I stick with this version. Praise indeed. J

With the pears I decided to just roast them and have them for desserts and porridge during the week. I didn’t do anything too elaborate. But OMG they are tasty! I used this recipe from – Smitten Kitchen – Vanilla Roasted Pears. On a side note, this website is amazing. Her recipes are fab and the writing and photography are excellent. I’m embarrassed posting my pictures after looking at how beautiful hers are!


Pears or Roast Potatoes?

I’ve already had some with yoghurt and can’t wait to have them in my porridge tomorrow morning.

Happy eating,