Odlums Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake

Banana-Swirl

 

CategoryCakes

Cook Time45 mins

What you need:

  • 275g/10oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Shamrock Bread Soda
  • 50g/2oz Butter
  • 150g/5oz Shamrock Light Brown Sugar
  • 125g Carton Natural Yogurt
  • 2 Large Bananas (mashed)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  • 100g Packet Chocolate Chips (melted)

Icing

  • 125g/4oz Chocolate
  • 4 Tablespoons Cream

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Lightly grease and base line a 20cms/8″ round tin.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together. Add the yogurt, bananas, egg and vanilla essence. Beat until smooth.
  3. Sieve in the flour and bread soda into the mixture and mix well. Gently stir in the melted chocolate until it looks marbled۪.
  4. Transfer to the prepared tin. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes until risen and firm to the touch. Cool in tin for 5 minutes then transfer to wire tray to cool completely.
  5. Warm the chocolate and cream until chocolate has melted. Stir well, and then allow to cool and thicken.
  6. Spread over cold cake. Cut into squares or slices.

To Decorate: Add some banana to the top of the cake

 

Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake

Mary Flahavan’s Fruit Oat Smoothie

fruit oat smoothie

Fruit Oat Smoothie
Makes approximately 500ml (1 pint)
Ingredients
150g (6oz) fruit (e.g. ripe bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwis or  stewed apple)
100g (4oz) yogurt
40g (1½ oz) or 2 scoops of Flahavan’s Quick Oats
200 ml (7 fl oz) milk
Honey to sweeten
Method
  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for about 1 minute until smooth.
  2. Add more milk to adjust consistency.
  3. Pour into two tall glasses and serve.

http://www.flahavans.ie/recipes/fruit-oat-smoothie/410

Rachel Allen’s strawberry muesli

strawberries-2015-muesli

This recipe comes from the original Swiss Bircher muesli, where porridge oats are soaked in a little water, then sweetened with delicious seasonal or dried fruit, and sometimes nuts and seeds too. Strawberries and raspberries work particularly well in this muesli recipe, as does grated apple, to which you could also add a smidgen of ground cinnamon.

The recipe was created in the early 1900s by the Swiss physician Dr Maximillian Bircher-Benner, who knew that a diet rich in nutrients was essential for the recuperation of the patients in his hospital.

Place the porridge oats in a bowl with the water. Allow the oats to sit for 10 minutes, then add in the strawberries. Mash with a fork before adding enough light agave syrup or honey, whichever you’re using, to sweeten the mixture.

Serve the muesli on its own, or with cream and brown sugar; or topped with natural yoghurt and toasted, chopped hazelnuts or almonds.

Mary Flahavan’s Fruit Oat Smoothie

fruit oat smoothie

Fruit Oat Smoothie
Makes approximately 500ml (1 pint)
Ingredients
150g (6oz) fruit (e.g. ripe bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwis or  stewed apple)
100g (4oz) yogurt
40g (1½ oz) or 2 scoops of Flahavan’s Quick Oats
200 ml (7 fl oz) milk
Honey to sweeten
Method
  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for about 1 minute until smooth.
  2. Add more milk to adjust consistency.
  3. Pour into two tall glasses and serve.

http://www.flahavans.ie/recipes/fruit-oat-smoothie/410

Rachel Allen’s strawberry muesli

strawberries-2015-muesli

This recipe comes from the original Swiss Bircher muesli, where porridge oats are soaked in a little water, then sweetened with delicious seasonal or dried fruit, and sometimes nuts and seeds too. Strawberries and raspberries work particularly well in this muesli recipe, as does grated apple, to which you could also add a smidgen of ground cinnamon.

The recipe was created in the early 1900s by the Swiss physician Dr Maximillian Bircher-Benner, who knew that a diet rich in nutrients was essential for the recuperation of the patients in his hospital.

Place the porridge oats in a bowl with the water. Allow the oats to sit for 10 minutes, then add in the strawberries. Mash with a fork before adding enough light agave syrup or honey, whichever you’re using, to sweeten the mixture.

Serve the muesli on its own, or with cream and brown sugar; or topped with natural yoghurt and toasted, chopped hazelnuts or almonds.