Yesterday we had a working bee at the marae. I made two vegan banana breads, and a double batch of anzac bikkies for the whakanoa morning tea. The whakanoa is the final part of the powhiri process where we “break bread” together. In this way we go from a state of tapu back to a state of noa. Manaakitanga is one of the underpinning protocols of most marae which means that all visitors are welcomed as esteemed guests. It is always a heart warming experience to be a part of these occasions.
Ingredients for one loaf;
3 large very ripe bananas, 75gms coconut oil, 100gm brown sugar, 225gm spelt flour, 3 heaped tsp BP, 3 tsp cinnamon, a small handful currants, 30gms chopped walnuts ( walnuts are primo but we used macadamias this time).
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
Use a fork to mash the bananas. Mix well with the coconut oil and sugar.
Add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
Mix in the currants and walnuts.
Oil and flour a loaf tin, pour in the batter and cook for 45 minutes. Check with a skewer whether any more cooking is needed.
Remove from the pan and slice when cool. Yummy spread with butter for the non-vegans amongst us.