This Banana, Carrot and Sultana Loaf is sort of banana bread, sort of carrot cake, and studded with juicy sultanas for a burst of sweetness. You can keep this purely fruit-sweetened for a low-sugar and toddler-friendly option. Perfect with your favourite cuppa!
1/4 to 1/2cupcoconut sugaror rapadura sugar or brown sugar
Preheat oven to 180C (350F) and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Grate the carrots and set aside. Place the sultanas in a small bowl and cover with boiling water so they soften, and set aside as well.
Combine the almond meal, plain flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. If you are using any type of sugar in the loaf add this in now.
Separately, mash the bananas into a puree and then whisk in the eggs, olive oil and vanilla. If you are using a liquid sweetener in the loaf, whisk it into the wet ingredients now.
Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients and combine. Drain the sultanas out of the hot water. Add the sultanas and grated carrot into the batter.
Scoop the mixture into your lined loaf tin, smooth down the top evenly and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the loaf is golden brown and firm to touch across the top. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin and slicing.
*Using a liquid sweetener obviously affects the moisture content of the loaf and if you use too much I find it gets too wet. If you use a granulated sweetener i.e. some form of sugar you can get away with adding a bit more! You could also use a combination of both :)*You can also add some chopped walnuts or pecans into the loaf for a bit of crunch and texture. I haven't been adding in chopped nuts as I'm sharing this loaf with my toddlers and large pieces of nuts aren't safe for them to eat. You can also add more spices besides cinnamon - I like to add 1 teaspoon of ground ginger and a pinch of nutmeg.*You do not have to use gluten free plain flour, you can use regular plain flour if you don't need this to be gluten free. Spelt or buckwheat flour will also be fine.*While I think this loaf is nicer with the more caramelised flavour you get from coconut or brown sugars, if you don't have any you could just use standard white sugar or caster sugar in this loaf. *If you are feeling fancy, soak the sultanas in black chai tea (without milk) instead of hot water!*Nutrition Facts are calculated with 1/4 cup of coconut sugar added to the loaf. Total sugars, calories and carbs will be lower if you leave this out.
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