I start my new job tomorrow so I wanted to do something nice with Sausage  today, but while we were getting ready to go out, the sky went black and didn’t fill me with much of a desire to go out and get tiddled on, so I suggested we do some baking instead. The trouble is, I’m trying to lose weight, so I had to find something vaguely healthy for us to make. My friend Kerry (And Then All I Thought About Was You) mentioned that the Slimming World banana cake recipe was nice and low-fat, so I found it online and decided to experiment by adding a few things. It also uses sweetener rather than sugar which, as a diabetic, makes it perfect for me. Here’s the recipe:

Banana, blueberry and walnut cake. Ingredients (Makes a 9 slice loaf)

  • 2oz/half a cup/57g of self-raising flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 0.85oz/one cup/24g of powdered sweetener (we used Stevia as it’s what we had in the cupboard)
  • 1 and a half teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 120g blueberries
  • 80g walnut pieces (obviously, if you can’t find walnut pieces, just roughly chop some whole walnuts)

1. Preheat the oven to 180c/300F/gas mark 4
2. Peel the bananas and mash them in a bowl (or better yet, let your kid mash them, they love this part!)
3. Separate two of the eggs and whisk the whites until soft and fluffy (not quite meringue stiffness, just very aerated)
4. Place the flour, mashed banana, 2 egg yolks, 4 remaining eggs, cinnamon and sweetener into a large bowl and mix well.
5. Fold in the whipped egg whites, gently so as not to bash the air out of them. Don’t over mix, you want the whole thing to look kind of frothy.
6. Add the blueberries and nuts, mixing in well but not disturbing the air in the mixture too much.
7. Place into a medium loaf tin and cook for 40 minutes. If it starts to catch on top, cover with tin foil or grease-proof paper.
8. Once finished, stick a skewer into the middle to make sure it’s not raw in the middle.
And hey presto! Healthy cake does exist (obviously, not if you eat the whole thing…moderation is key…or so I’m told) It’s got a consistency not dissimilar to bread pudding, because of the moisture from the fruit, but it’s absolutely delish!
 Banana, blueberry and walnut cake.