Tea loafs are a great afternoon snack, giving you a much needed afternoon energy boost when you’re flagging, but the real reason I created this recipe was to give to my teenage son to help with his exam revision. After researching the best ingredients I found that by eatting a banana before an exam you’ll benefit from the high levels of potassium and they also regulates blood sugar and produce stress-relieving relaxation.
Rather than just giving him a banana, I thought I’d use up some over ripe ones to create a healthy snack and with the addition of pumpkin seeds, this really tackles nervous irritability (or Mr Stressy Pants which it’s sometimes referred to here!) as well as tackling anxiety, not to mention being a goog source of protein and zinc which teenage boys need extra supplies of.
For the ladies (and men, that’s bad of me to stereo type!) they’re also great for making your skin glow with the antioxidant properties of both the pumpkin seeds and walnuts. I’ve been adding these to my morning muesli my nails have really started to grow.
I’ve made this using wholemeal flour as it helps you feel full for longer, real butter is also the better fat to use if you’re trying to keep the recipe as healthy as possible. It’s quite a stodgy tea loaf so will transport well wrapping slices in foil or a container and doesn’t need buttering. (Up unless you really want to!)
- 100g softened butter
- 140g caster sugar
- 1 beaten egg
- 225g plain wholemeal flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 very ripe bananas
- 85g chopped walnuts
- 50ml milk
- handful of pumpkin seeds
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
- Grease a 2lb loaf tin with some butter and line the base with baking parchment, then grease this as well.
- In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and egg, then slowly mix in flour and baking powder. Peel, then mash the bananas.
- Mix everything together, including the nuts.
- Pour your mixture into the tin and sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on the top
- bake for 1 hr, or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack before removing from the loaf tin.