Vegan Super-fruit Protein Happy Loaf! (and why bananas are generally awesome)

I love bananas, most foods can be made better by putting bananas in it (that’s probably not true but it illustrates my love for them).

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They’re not only tasty but they’re good for you (win,win!). They’re good for your heart because of the potassium in them; potassium is a mineral electrolyte which helps keep electricity flowing throughout your body and is required to keep your heart beating (quite an important job when you want to stay alive!).

They also contain tryptophan, which the body turns into serotonin (a mood regulating chemical). This along with the vitamin B6 to help you sleep and the magnesium that helps to relax muscles could mean that bananas can help with mild symptoms of depression too. Most anti-depressants work by boosting the serotonin levels in the brain, so if you’re feeling a bit low, it may be worth introducing a daily banana or two into your diet to blow away the grey cloud naturally. You can read more about serotonin here.

Another benefit of this super-fruit is that it’s sweet and filling, this can help get rid of cravings when you’re in the early stages of changing to a more healthy diet.

A single banana will provide an average adult with about 2% of their daily recommended intake of protein, so for this vegan banana loaf recipe I have added half a scoop of hemp protein powder – making it a perfect snack for at work or for after the gym. It’s really simple and super tasty!

Vegan banana cake

Ingredients 

  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 3 black bananas
  • tbsp caramel syrup
  • 50g brown sugar
  • tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tsp baking powder

Method

Preheat the oven to about 200c (gas mark 6).

Mash the bananas, then add all the other ingredients. Bake in a loaf tin for about an hour – check every 15 mins to make sure it’s not browning too much on top, I usually cover mine with cooking foil after about 15-20 mins.

Vegan Banana Protein Loaf

Variations – you could pretty much add any fruit or nuts that you want to this one, let your imagination go wild and make sure you tell us about any awesome variations you have come up with!

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