March 19, 2014


Ok, so this is a bit of a weird way to open a food post, but I hate to bake. There, I said it (again).
I don't know if it's because we inherited our oven from the previous owners and it's a bit crap (they didn't leave it because it was the best oven in the world, did they now?) or just because the whole process is so exact and regimented. I find the fact that you do a little bit, then have to wait sometimes up to an hour to see a result, really, really frustrating. I'm an impatient soul by nature, something I wrote about briefly in 2012 (whilst posting photo's of food with god-awful graphics), so I like to see results fast! I guess that's why salads are my favourite thing ever, and why hob-top cooking appeals so much.

So, where's she going with today's dose of inane babble you may be asking yourself at this point? Well, I made you a cakey loaf type thing. A banana & polenta cakey loaf type thing, to be exact. AND it wasn't rubbish! Hurrah. It's semi sweet and it's fairly dense, and when cooled goes insanely well with a big spread of salted butter (says's she who isn't meant to eat too much dairy - ssssshhhh)!

Hope you like :)

- 3 eggs
- 2 over ripe bananas - mashed
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 100ml coconut oil / light olive oil
- 1 cup SR flour
- 1 cup polenta
- maple syrup for brushing (optional)

1. Pre-heat your oven to 170c / 325f / gm3.
2. In a large bowl whisk together your eggs, mashed bananas and sugar. Slowly add the coconut oil and sift in the flour. Add the polenta & mix well.
3. Pour into a greased loaf tin (or silicone equivalent) and bake in the middle of the oven for 45 - 50 minutes.
4. Once open, transfer to a cooling rack & brush with a little maple syrup (optional, but I like the sheen it gives!) and leave to cool.
5. Slice and enjoy :)

You're welcome ;)


  1. looks amazing! I tried to make a vegan banana loaf (twice) last month and it didn't work! Wilf keeps talking about it 'mummy and me baked a nanna cake and then we put it in the bin!' Maybe I'll give this one a go! x

  2. Ooh, I made something similar recently and it was so good. Really, polenta in everything, right? I just love it.

  3. This looks delicious, we love banana bread in our house so this would be fun to try. x

  4. I'm definitely making this! Looks amazing!

  5. yum!! I do love banana cake :D

  6. This looks amazing! I do lots of baking, although I hate the exactness too so tend to get it either really right or totally wrong. I've never tried a cake using polenta before though so think I will give this a go x

  7. This cake looks super yummy and I love anything with Polenta in it!

    Laura x

  8. I was just typing out a comment saying 'what's sr flour' when I suddenly twigged - self raising! I was thinking it was some cool new kind of hippy flour...

  9. Oh yummmmmmm! Another amazing recipe i can add to my recipe book :) x

  10. Looks scrumptious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. :)