THE Banana and Nutella Cake

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I might, just might have put a teaser on Twitter a couple of days ago about the delicious Banana and Nutella cake I made for the kids.  Cue frantic hits to my blog and messages of ‘I don’t just want it, I NEED it’.  So, a little earlier than planned I am going to give you this recipe so you can make it for the weekend.  This is great warm, with the Nutella still gooey, or as my kids say ‘we can have it for breakfast, it is one of your five a day as it has banana in it’.  So fill your boots, but note to Slimming World followers, I take no responsibility for the syns, if I can resist it then so can you.

Banana and Nutella Cake – serves the number the knife cuts really – SYNS (not going there)

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarb of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup soft, dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Nutella (however much you want, I use about 1/3 jar)

Heat oven to 180 degrees celcius

Wrap bananas in foil and put in hot oven for about 15 mins (until skin is blackened and bananas are soft)

Mix together flour and bicarb and salt

In separate bowl mash banana, then add oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla and whisk

Add this to the flour mixture and whisk until combined

Grease and line a square tin (mine is 8 in sq but use whatever you have)

Pour in 1/3 of the mixture then dot this with spoonfuls of Nutella (you could be a bit chefy and put this in piping bag to spread it evenly, but why when you can have big pockets of gooey chocolate)

Place rest of batter on top and again, dot with Nutella

Bake in oven for around 30 mins (or until cooked in centre)

See how long it lasts…..

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Hot Chocolate for the Gods

 

This hot chocolate recipe has to be tasted to be believed although it’s another one of my ‘off Slimming World’ recipes – it’s just great so I had to share it.  When I first saw it I thought ‘that sounds like an awful lot of stuff for a hot chocolate even if you do just throw it altogether’, however, I was proved wrong. I first made a massive batch of it and sent it home as last minute party favour for one of the kids birthdays (I’m not keen on party favours so at least give them something that won’t break within 3 minutes or be discarded on the floor), a few marshmallows thrown on the top and a ribbon and the reviews that came back on the Monday from school were that this was THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE THEY HAD EVER TASTED. Wow, not bad eh.

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But to prove I can cater for the Slimming World folks have you tried banana, split in 2, put on 1 tsp choc shot, 10 mini marshmallows and pop in the microwave to melt – yum, all of that for just 2 syns.

This batch of chocolate mix is the size you have when you have 3 children and it’s winter so they want hot chocolate constantly, although it thickens so beautifully you can drizzle it over vanilla ice cream as a sauce so it’s well worth doing. And what’s more the kids love making it, it’s messy and easy as you can see – win win!

  • 4 tbsp Horlicks
  • 4 tbsp cornflour
  • 6 tbsp icing sugar
  • 8 tbsp cocoa
  • 200g dark chocolate pieces (I use buttons as I buy them at the wholesaler like that but you can just as easily use a bar broken up, or grated)
  • 2 pinches cinnamon
  • 2 pinches sea salt

Throw everything into a jar, get the kids to shake it and put in cupboard.

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When ready to use put milk into pan and for every mug of milk put in 3 heaped teaspoons chocolate mix. Whisk until thickened and hot, put into mug, spray on some squirty cream and dot with mini marshamallows and it is hot chocolate for the gods!

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