Come join me for tea..

and help yourself to some banana bread 🙂

Don’t worry – it is a low fat one and I am so delighted with it that I have even had a slice for breakfast 🙂 I am normally, never modify cake recipes unless others who have made the cake suggest modifications. This time, however, I took a chance and experiemented. You see, I was keeping away from baking after all the holiday weight I had put on. Yesterday however, in order to keep Poohi entertained, I made a rather rash promise that we would bake a cake – and she ensured that I did not break my promise- try as I might. So if I had to bake, I decided to bake something low-fat and guilt-free( or atleast less guilty).  And here is the recipe in case any of you are interested. I got the recipe from here, but made the following modifications.

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 large over-ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spoon flour gently into measuring cups and level with a knife. Stir flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. Put aside. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat at low speed with a mixer until well blended. Add one egg at a time and blend well after each one. Add in mashed banana, yogurt and vanilla extract, beat until blended. Add flour mixture and blend until just moist. Do not over-mix. Spray an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes (until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean). Remove from pan after 10 minutes or so and cool on a wire rack.

53 thoughts on “Come join me for tea..

  1. I will stick to coffee. 😛
    At the danger of sounding stupid; I am asking this, it is required to add eggs and oil together ? I have seen most of the eggless cakes recipes have oil in them. I think for that moist cake.

    I haven’t the slightest clue, to be honest 🙂 Will check it out. I am no good at eggless cakes. I tried adding oil to avoid using butter and it turned out quite moist and yummy:)

    I am too naive when it comes to baking. Baking Gods are angry with me 😀 😀
    Is it? I started baking properly only about 2.5 years back – when I took a break from work. Give it a shot – try a recipe with lots of good reviews and follow it to a T. – should work 🙂

  2. Oooh! lovely! it looks lovely!!! 😀

    I don’t drink tea…. HOT CHOCOLATE WILL DO!! :mrgreen:
    Hot chocolate is right here 🙂 Poohi’s favourite 🙂 Hot chocolate for you and Poohi 🙂

    must try this!!! whenever i bake that is! 😐

    It did turn out better than I expected 🙂

    BF has been asking for more batches of chocolate fudge i made like a year back… now has given up asking.. 😥

    Chocolate fudge!!! I want some too! Pretty please – whenever you bake 🙂 Poohi will worship you if she knows that you make chocolate fudge 🙂 Poor BF of yours! Go bake some for him 🙂

    my mom will love this!! next time she tries to persuade me to eat an overripe banana coz she doesn’t wanna throw it…. hee haw haw haw!! :mrgreen:

    Yes – the two children in my house – hubby and Poohi – refuse to touch bananas that are ever so slightly yellower than ripe 😦 So I am constantly on the hunt for banana recipes 🙂

    smithu, do u follow Homecooked’s blog? she has a recipe for Low-fat Lemon Cake! 😀

    a back-up for the next time u promise darling poohi that u will bake 😆

    Wow! That sounds interesting! Will try it out! Although I am going to stay away from rash promises like this 🙂

    hugsssss & ummas!!! 😀
    hugsssss and ummas to you too, Crafty sweety!! It is WONDERFUL to see a comment from you 🙂 Are you back? Is everything sorted out?

  3. Smits next time add chocolate chips and well you can’t eat it 😛 The cake looks lovely. But make a post on how Poohi helped u with pics and all I would love to see it 🙂

  4. Yummy! Thanks for inviting me to tea :D. So it does take 60-70 mins baking time, eh? I had a recipe, somewhat similar but the time was a mere 45 mins and I’d usually end up with half cooked banana bread, wondering what I was doing wrong :(.

      • No..its not because of that !! I have had enough titanics sinking in my mouth already !!! All you guys are publishing recipes and making me look like a 24/7 drooler ! 😀 😀 😀

        LOL! Titanics sinking 🙂

  5. Hmm I will skip the tea and coffee if I can have the bread with a generous topping of ice cream, some nuts on it and garnished liberally with chocolate fudge 😳

    Absolutely! As far as you stay away from me and do not let me come near it 🙂

    Will share it with poohi kutty though :mrgreen:

    🙂 That should be fine – as far as you ensure that Poohi’s mum does not taste it 🙂

  6. Oh yum! I love banana bread. Will definitely try this one out! Have you ever toasted a slice of banana bread and had it with butter? It’s so delicious…and so bad for your weight…but once in a while it’s amazing! 😀

    That sounds yummy! I will try it for sure 🙂

  7. Wow! I’ve just got up, so will u give me bread for breakfast Smitha:)))) I’m coming and will bring along some baked bread toooooo …. I’m gonna bake today :)) cya

    Absolutely! Home made bread!! Please come over 🙂

    • Between I baked the banana bread ur way, and we all loved it! And yes coffee for me too with of course ur bread, mine’s over :)))

      I am so happy 🙂 Your bread is over??? Here I was drooling over the thought of yummy homemade bread 🙂

  8. wow i am going to try this one in the weekend…. might replace maida with atta though…. i am into healthy baking these days 😀

    looks so damn yummy

    You know Monika -I wanted to make that modification too – but did not want to try everything at one go – my next try would be that 🙂 If you make it before I do – do let me know how the atta substitution works 🙂

  9. i have 4 ripe banana at home which nobody want to eat :-) this seems to be perfect utilisation of that 🙂

    Yes it is 🙂 I have over-ripe bananas quite regularly so I make banana bread or banana cakes and muffins quite regularly 🙂

  10. Somewhere in your recipe, try adding 2 teaspoons of ground roasted flax seeds. Gives a nutty flavour, as well as keeps your HDL cholesterol at a decent high level. (Thats the jhadoo-pochha cholesterol that helps tae away the accumulated plaque). That way, you can always eat one more piece !

    That is an wonderful tip!! I will definitely try it the next time! Thank you!

      • Be careful you dont overdo the flax powder as you may be running frequently to the loo. Should be Ok in a biggish cake though.

        And make sure the flax seeds are nicely roasted before you grind them. (Raw are difficult to digest). About a couple of flat teaspoons a day is what you can have.

        Incidentally this roasted powder with garlic and ground red chillies makes an awesome dry chutney. Can replace garlic with tons of kadhipatta also. But you need to make small amounts at a time, as it spoils easily.

        Goes well on salads, and even toast. With curd-rice, it reigns supreme 🙂

  11. This looks so tempting that I am tempted to try it right away!!! I seriously am contemplating!!!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

    Try it and do let me know if you liked it – see, low fat is the main tempting factor 🙂

  12. All the ladies going ga ga over flax, please ensure that the flax seeds are well roasted. They crackle like sesame seeds when you dry roast them. Thats a sign that you are doing the correct thing.

    (flax contains very small amounts of cyanide compounds, especially when consumed raw. Heat, especially on dry flax seeds, breaks these compounds down.)

    hence the emphasis on roasting properly.

  13. I’m hungryyy!!! wahhh 😦 me wanna actually eat that!!!
    I will make sure to have ur baked stuff… will come to ur place exclusively to have that when i come to UK!! 😀 😀 😀

    Yes, absolutely! Just come here quick 🙂

  14. oooh nice looking loaf u have there, smitha… u used yogurt?and it turned out well? it must be me then… whenever i try using curd, something goes wrong with my cakes…

    • I have used it a couple of times and it seems to work fine.. What exactly goes wrong when you use curd? I use the fat-free ones we get here. For some reason, that seems to be the ingredient in most cake recipes that use curd..

  15. 50th!
    Isn’t that a new benchmark 🙂
    Yummy post, Smitha. Could you send some over please?

    50th is definitely a new benchmark 🙂 Atleast it has not been claimed so far 😉
    Sure thing 🙂 Plan to come here and I will bake exclusively for you 🙂

  16. ok I made it today replaced maida with 1.5 cups of multigrain flour and .5 cup of maida, added a tsp of roasted flax seeds but I used cholesterol free low fat butter and its abs yummy

    I think u can surely give it a try with atta 😀

    • Wow Monika! I will try this out too. I have not tried baking cakes with atta yet. I made orange cake on Saturday with just oil – no butter and it came out yum! But I was in a hurry so tried taking it out before it cooled down properly and it broke 😦 But that did not stop anybody from polishing it off – it was yum!

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