Vegan Banana & Courgette Cake Recipe

Ah hello my beautiful loaf cake.

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I’ve tried loaf cakes before but often experienced the dense soggyness of disappointment. Not this time, this vegan banana cake came out with a beautiful texture and lightness. Yum nom nom.

Let’s get started!

You will need:

2 overripe large bananas

½ average sized courgette grated finally

75g coconut oil (or vegetable oil if you prefer)

75g brown sugar

225g self raising flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tsp mixed spice

handful of chopped nuts (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius and line a 2lb loaf tin.
  2. Mash bananas well. Grate courgette straight into the bowl and then mix well with the oil and sugar.
  3. Fold in flour, baking powder and spices and then the chopped nuts if you are including these.
  4. Pour mixture into your lined loaf tin. I like to sprinkle pumpkin seeds on the top for added crunch and joy. You can omit these or sprinkle with a topping of your choice.
  5. Bake for 20 mins initially. Remove from oven and cover with tin foil to prevent the top from burning. Bake for further 40-50 mins until skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool for 10 mins before removing from tin and leave to cool completely on a rack or on top of the tin. (Alternatively lose all self control and immediately slice and devour.) Tastes excellent by itself or even better with a generous slab of soya spread.

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There you have it, super easy, delicious and earth friendly vegan loaf cake.

Have a great week

Jessica x

Sources: I got the original recipe from BBC Good Food here (that website is such a lifesaver) and this recipe is a modified version of it. 

9 months say what???

I’m reliably informed by the date stamps on wordpress that I haven’t blogged in 9 months. Basically what this means is that it has been 9 months since we listed our flat for sale and it is now sold (nearly…paperwork’s a b***h)

I’ve found the whole process quite energy draining and all consuming. Every week the little calendar alert would pop up **write blog post** and inwardly I would sigh and promise myself next week.

Ah well, I’m back now! Even though I haven’t been blogging, I have still been doing all my sustainable things and trying out some new things too. I’ve also figured out I can schedule posts which means things will appear on the blog with a bit more regularity now (can’t believe I missed this vital lesson in blogging!)

Just to bring you up to speed here’s what’s been going on behind the scenes at reloved 52 headquarters…

Im still vegetarian and with 9 months practice behind me I’ve now got a glut of recipes to share with you!

We’re still using reusable nappies at home but we had to relent and send disposables to nursery and the nana’s because nappy rash was too much of a battle. However we never ever use disposable baby wipes and use our reusable cheeky wipes instead. I’m also making my own “baby bum spray” which I’ll share the recipe for soon.

I’ve been doing a lot of crafting, sewing and general upcycling and reusing of things. There’ll be a lot more of that to come too with moving house I need to save the family budget money at every turn! I’ll try to get in better habits with my camera so I can share proper photos with you. All being well we will be moving to a victorian terrace so plenty of opportunity to use old stuff for new 🙂

Spring has sprung and I wish you and yours a happy weekend

Jessica x