Home Cooking Adventures

Since embarking on a food plan without caffeine, additives or processed food I’ve had so much energy, my skin feels good and I’m a lot happier. It’s also spread to rest of Cooks Cabin and as a family we’re all eating better, we’re making meals from scratch again and are spending more time creating food that makes us feel satisfied. Living in a world free from processed food is difficult and we’ve found ourselves talking about how best we can get past this and have the things we love without impacting our busy schedules during the working week

To help us continue to eat homemade and nutritious food we’ve discussed purchasing a bread machine as lets face it, there’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly made bread in the house. Bread machine recipes by Panasonic have some wonderful ideas to help us make the most of one, giving us extra time to spend as a family whilst a bread machine would work it’s magic

J and I love nothing more than an adventure whether it be indoors or outdoors, and this week as the weathers been awful we decided to have an indoor adventure and set about making some homemade wholemeal banana bread. As you can see it got a little messy but we had great fun trying and we adored the smell of fresh bread in the house. This recipe is used by a few friends as it’s brilliant for using the bananas that have gone a bit too ripe and prevents waste



Wholemeal Banana Bread

  • 300g organic wholemeal flour
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 150g sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 & 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 25ml water
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds (optional)


  1. Mix the sugar and the olive oil until it’s mixed well, then add the water, salt and baking powder
  2. Peel and mash the bananas, then add to the mixture with the vanilla extract
  3. Sieve the flour and stir into the mixture
  4. Pour mix into a greased  loaf tin and sprinkle sunflower seeds on top (if using) – I used a 1lb loaf tin which worked fine)
  5. Place into a preheated oven at 170C for 55 minutes, checking towards the end

I’m also a big fan of rye bread at the moment and this recipe I would use in a heartbeat, probably with less mess in a bread maker! Have you got any kitchen essentials or a recipe that you would recommend?

*This is a collaborative post with Panasonic and their bread machines, all words and opinions are my own

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