Headway East London’s Banana and Chocolate Loaf

Impress your friends with your baking skills using this recipe from Kate de Syallas, Kitchen Projects Coordinator at Headway East London, a day centre for people affected by brain injury. Kate oversees the communal lunch groups at the centre which involves service users making dishes of their choice using food from FareShare London. The surplus food from FareShare is turned into delectable dishes for lunch and cooking classes to teach essential life skills.


  • 125g caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • half tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 125g dark chocolate, cut into chunks
  • 175g very ripe bananas
  • 3 medium eggs, 2 separated
  • 50ml milk
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  • Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment (allow it to come 2cm above top of tin). Mix the sugar, flour, bicarb, cocoa and chocolate in a large bowl.
  • Mash the bananas in a bowl and stir in the whole egg plus 2 yolks, followed by the oil and milk. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Quickly stir the wet banana mixture into the dry ingredients, stir in a quarter of the egg whites to loosen the mixture, then gently fold in the rest. Gently scrape into the tin and bake for 1 hr 10-15 mins, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Bon appetit!

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