Banana & Almond Slice
MAKES 24 pieces PREP 20 minutes + cooling COOK 30 minutes
COST 65¢ a piece
125g low-fat dairy-free margarine 2 tablespoons maple-flavoured syrup 2 eggs, at room temperature
2 overripe bananas, mashed
1 carrot, grated (about 1 cup)
½ cup traditional rolled oats
¼ cup almond meal (ground almonds) ¾ cup wholemeal gluten-free
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice ½ cup flaked almonds
Preheat oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan-forced. Lightly grease and line a 30cm x 20cm (base measurement) slice pan with baking paper.
Using an electric mixer, gently beat margarine and maple-flavoured syrup together in a bowl. Add eggs, one by one, beating lightly after each addition. Stir in banana, carrot, oats and almond meal.
Sift flour, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda together. Fold into creamed mixture, alternately with orange juice, until combined. Pour into pan; level surface. Sprinkle with almonds.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted at centre comes out clean. Cool completely in pan (slice will firm). Cut into squares to serve.