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    Banana muesli morning loaf

    Transform bananas that are past their best for eating into this satisfying banana bread which contains no refined sugars. Instead, this recipe makes the most of the natural sweetness of fruit and honey

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus cooling
    • Cooking time: 1 hour
    • Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes, plus cooling

    Serves: 10


    175g Benecol Olive Oil spread, melted, plus extra for greasing, brushing and to serve (optional)
    3 ripe large (or 4 small) bananas
    100ml clear honey, plus extra to drizzle and serve
    ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
    3 medium British Blacktail Free Range Eggs
    150g essential Waitrose Fruit Muesli, plus extra for scattering
    100g walnut pieces
    175g self-raising flour
    Pinch salt


    1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin. In a large bowl, mash 2 or 3 of the bananas (to make about 225g). Pour in the melted spread, honey, vanilla bean paste and eggs; beat well with a wooden spoon. Stir in the muesli and 85g of the walnuts, then let the mix sit and thicken for 5 minutes.

    2. Sift in the flour and salt; fold in with a spatula or large spoon, then tip the batter into the prepared tin. Slice the remaining banana in half lengthways, then put the pieces lengthways on top of the cake. Brush with some more melted spread. Scatter a little muesli and the remaining 15g walnuts over the exposed batter. Bake for 1 hour, until risen and golden and a skewer comes out clean.

    3. Cool for 30 minutes in the tin, then remove and cool on a rack. Before the cake is completely cold, drizzle it with more honey. Serve sliced, as it is, or toasted, with more spread, if liked, and honey.

    Cook’s tip
    This recipe has no added refined sugar and is sweetened using just fruit and honey. It freezes well, either whole or in slices.

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