Sweet Potato Chocolate Bread.

This is a Choco version of my sweet potato bread whose recipe I’d already shared on the blog here.

There are a few other changes. The addition of yoghurt makes it more moist for longer. It is not too sweet and has just the right amount of chocolate goodness.

Looks, tastes and smells so good!

Below is the recipe card.

This bread is so good! So delicious and moist.

You can make a smooth purée if you do not want to see the sweet potato bits but I like how they look in this cake.

You can add some chocolate glaze for added decadence but trust me it good enough as it is.

This is definitely worth a try!

Moist Lemon and Coconut Cake.

As you can tell by now, I like quickbreads. They are a great option to have on hand for tea, kids’ snack option or even dessert.

I like using self raising flour as it’s easier to find here and as a mom when baking on the go it’s a better option for me.

This cake smells and tastes so good. It’s fluffy and soft and not too sweet.

It looks, smells and tastes so good!

Give it a try if lemon, coconut and vanilla flavors are up your alley. If not, still give it a try and be amazed at how the flavors blend in so beautifully.

Ingredients.

• 2 cups self raising flour.

• 1 cup sugar.

• 1/3 cup desiccated coconut.

• 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional).

• 3 eggs

• 1 tsp vanilla flavour.

• 1 large lemon, grate some zest and also squeeze out the juice.

• 1 cup whole milk.

• 1 cup coconut oil.

Method.

• Add the lemon juice to the milk, set aside.

• Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, expect the sugar.

• Add in the sugar with the wet ingredients so it dissolves completely.

• Mix the dry to the wet and add in the lemon zest.

• Bake in a greased pan at 180 °C for about 35- 45 minutes.

Ready for the oven.

Ps: the temp and timing may vary due to differences in baking dish and even oven type. My temperamental gas oven bakes this at 40 minutes give or take.

I also love how it baked evenly and level.

Leo’s Banana Bread.

My son loves bananas. If there is one fruit that this household can never get enough of, it is this.

He likes helping me out a lot in the kitchen too and has a keen interest in how food comes together. I was therefore not too surprised when he asked to be taught how to bake banana bread.

He can fry up a mean egg. Helps in shopping (safely), stirring and cleaning up; he is my little sous chef and I am always happy to have the extra help.

So here is his banana bread Version. We used self raising flour, grated chocolate, coconut oil and love. Lots of love to make this heavenly coconut scented banana and chocolate loaf.

It is moist, fluffy, aromatic and so delish!

To make it you will need:-

  • 11/2 cups self raising flour.
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil.
  • 1-1/2 cups of really ripe mashed banana.
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 1/4 cup unflavoured yoghurt.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon.
  • 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate.

Method.

1.Mix the bananas, oil, egg, sugar and yoghurt together. Add in the vanilla and ground cinammon, then the flour. Fold in the chocolate last.

2. Pour into a greased or parchment lined loaf pan and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 35-40 minutes.

3. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, remove onto a rack to cool, and let rest 30 minutes before slicing.

The cake is moist, aromatic and so delicious, but not too sweet.

Perfect on its own, with some tea or hot chocolate, with some custard or vanilla ice cream.

It keeps well in a covered dish for a couple of days on the countertop, that is if you still have some leftover, which I doubt will happen.

Mmmh! looking at this image makes me crave it!

Blackstrap Molasses Banana Bread.

This is an easy one bowl banana bread with blackstrap molasses. The bananas are some green ones I had that ripened before I got to cooking the last of the harvested batch from our garden.

Yes. You can use green banana too if they ripen before you get to cook them. Do not throw them out. If they are more than you can use, peel and freeze them in ziplock bags.

I do the same with fast ripening yellow banana and plantains. I pack three to four at a time and they come in handy when baking quick bread, for smoothies and pancakes too.

I used blackstrap molasses to make it healthy and I need the iron boost. The flavour is not overpowering and blends well with the mixed spices and makes the bread have a dark rich colour.

This is a straightforward recipe. You will need:-

  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 5-overripe green bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil – I like using coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp mixed spices blend (mine had ground cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and cardamom).
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp caramel essence, vanilla will work too.
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional).

Method.

  • Blend the wet ingredients and pour into a bowl, add the dry ingredients to it. mix and add to your parchment lined cake pan.
  • Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about an hour, (start checking at 50 minutes mark), till skewer comes out clean.

There are green bananas that had been harvested in our garden, and ripened before I could use them all up.
The best thing about this is you can pour all your wet ingredients and whizz them in the blender, it is faster and ensures they all incorporate well.
The blackstrap molasses and dark brown sugar make the batter look a bit dark which is ok.
My son likes peeking to watch the cake rise.
Let it rest about 15 minutes in the cake pan before removing it to let it cool on a rack.
The cake is moist, has a rich colour, smells and tastes amazing.
Perfect for tea, snack or with custard as a dessert. It is soft, moist, delicious and so aromatic.

Definitely worth a try!

Plantain Bread with Chocolate and Yoghurt.

It is no secret we love plantain in our household in all its forms.

I have shared another plantain bread recipe here on the blog, but this one is a bit different. It is sweeter and has some different additional ingredients, which makes it more moist, and do not blame me when it disappears in a blink.

Look at how beautiful that loaf is!

Ingredients are:

  • 2 overripe plantains, (that are more black than yellow).
  • 2 eggs.
  • 1/2 cup of good quality coconut oil (can be alternated with unsalted softened butter).
  • 2/3 cup sugar.
  • 11/2 cup whole wheat flour (atta). You can use ordinary flour 1 cup and 1/2 cup of the atta flour too.
  • 1/2 cup natural yoghurt.
  • 1 tsp baking soda.
  • 11/2 tsp baking powder.
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon.
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence.
  • 1/2 cup grated dark chocolate.
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds.
  • 2 tbsp oats.
  • a small pinch of salt.

Method.

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  • Grease your loaf pan.
  • In a large bowl, mash your plantain and add the eggs, sugar and oil. Mix well.
  • Next goes in the vanilla, chia seeds and natural yoghurt followed by the dry ingredients and cinnamon.
  • Mix well but gently till its a thickish batter.
  • Pour into your loaf pan.
  • Top with some sesame seeds and the chocolate. You can swirl in the chocolate a bit of you wish.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes.

[PS. I use a temperamental gas oven, it took a little over 40 minutes to get it right. So, start checking at the 35 minute mark to be sure.]

The cake is moist, sweet and crumbly. This recipe is a keeper.

It tastes even better the next day, if it manages to last that long.

Beautiful, moist, delicious cake with an amazing aroma that will invite anyone around to your kitchen.

Definitely worth a try!