Banana & Walnut Loaf with Blueberry Compote

Yesterday our blender broke and so, obviously all I have been craving yesterday and today was anything that is made with the aid of a blender. Especially this morning. All I wanted for breakfast was a smoothie or blender pancakes (the BEST pancakes). I can tell I will probably (and very annoyingly) feel this way until we have the time to buy a replacement one.

To solve the problem in the meantime I decided to make a banana loaf. It’s a favourite around here and will do us for breakfast for the next few days (and possibly some afternoon snacks). Packed with lots of goodness from the oats, banana, coconut oil and walnuts it is a great choice to start the day. Especially with the last-minute decision to make a blueberry chia compote. So simple. So good!

As well as the taste and all the goodness inside this loaf who doesn’t simply love the smell that comes from the kitchen when a banana loaf is baking? It is definitely one of the more comforting things I can think of. Also, this loaf is super customisable. Chocolate chips? Almonds? Nut butters? Dried fruit? All welcome here! But it is definitely a good enough loaf to stand alone.

I am still to figure out just how on earth I am going to manage even one day without humous but this loaf has definitely started my day on a bright note. Already looking forward to having a slice later with a cup of tea, so comforting.

Banana & Walnut Loaf with Blueberry Compote

Makes one loaf and one cup of compote

Ingredients

For the Banana Loaf

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup ground oats (you could also use them not ground)
  • 2 medium size bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, as a liquid
  • 1 cup plant-based milk (I like to use almond)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp water

Method

  • Pre-heat oven to 180C and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  • In a small bowl or cup, mix the chia seeds and the water together. Stir and set in the fridge to cool for 10 minutes.
  • In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas and add the almond milk, maple syrup, coconut oil and the chia seed mix from the fridge.
  • Add the buckwheat flour, the oats, baking soda, baking powder, walnuts and cinnamon.
  • Mix well until everything is combined and has a smooth consistency.
  • Pour into the loaf tin and bake at 180C for 40 minutes.

For the blueberry compote

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • small wedge of lemon
  • 2 tsp chia seeds

Method

  • In a small pan on a low heat add the blueberries, chia seeds and squeeze the juice from the lemon.
  • Keep stirring and cooking until the blueberries have started to break down.
  • You can either serve this warm or chill in the fridge where it will firm up a bit to be more like a jam consistency due to the chia seeds.

Enjoy!

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