I went to visit my lovely friends Christine and Nathan at their allotment on Thursday. Christine can’t eat butter or sugar so I looked around for a suitable cake to make. As luck would have it my friend Carrie from dog training has a fantastic recipe for a vegan, sugar-free banana cake and she kindly gave it to me. I have to say that my general take on cakes is that they should be tasty and that butter and sugar really help achieve this goal. However, this cake is delicious and because it is so good for you, you can have it for breakfast – in fact you could easily have two slices. It is also super-easy to make. It takes less than 5 minutes – so it is quicker for me to make this than go to the shops!
I was intending to post some pictures from Christine and Nathan’s wonderful allotment but when I got there (deep in SW London about 4 hours from our house) they told me that James had been rushed to hospital (in an ambulance with sirens and everything!) with a sudden onset very severe headache. So I had a quick bite of lunch, picked up the young vegetable plants they had set aside for me and set off back to Suffolk and the hospital. James had a CT scan which was clear and then eventually on Friday a lumber puncture which relieved some of the pressure and reduced his headache. He is now back home and feeling much better. We are waiting for test results and an MRI scan.
Carrie’s super-healthy banana, walnut and raisin cake: 450g of ripe bananas, mashed (about 5); 50g chopped walnuts (I used almonds as we had run out of walnuts!); 100ml cold-pressed sunflower oil; 100g raisins; 75 g rolled oat flakes; 150g wholewheat flour; 1tsp vanilla essence; pinch of sea salt. Mix all the ingredients together. Line a loaf tin with baking parchment. Put cake mix in loaf tin. Bake at 190C for about 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in tin then turn out and eat.
N.B. the plants included: peppers, aubergines, courgettes, cucumbers, cavelo nero, and purple sprouting broccoli (+two lettuces to eat now) – how lucky am I? Thank you Christine and Nathan.