I bake cookies, bars, traybakes and cakes when I can so that I know what we are putting into our bodies. We eat a sizeable quantity of fresh fruit too, especially the children, but we buy a good amount of snack food too. One of our favourite store cupboard must-haves is malt loaf. It doesn't ever last for very long, and until recently I didn't really know that there were several different flavours available. In fact it was only when I received an email from Soreen, who by happy coincidence are the brand of malt loaf we favour, that I discovered them all. The email asked if I would like some Soreen to create some recipes with. And so a sunshiney yellow box of Soreen arrived, full of malt loaf and their banana fruit loaf.
Now a quick peruse of the Soreen website gives you all the yummy facts on the different flavour loaves available, along with some recipes for you to try. I'll be brutally honest and say that the loaves don't usually last long enough in our house to make recipes with, so I was *really* stringent this time (also, I hid the loaves from the rest of the family).
Mr L is a flapjack fanatic; which has passed on to our children, so when I saw that recipe on the website it was too good to resist making it. You can find the recipe here and there's also a video here
The children devoured them pretty quickly, and our resident flapjack connoisseur, AKA Mr L, said they were very tasty and that the malt loaf added a lovely texture. Here they are in all their chocolatey, oaty, soreeny glory:
I had high hopes for the banana loaf, with several ideas floating around in my head for fancy concoctions. However, one didn't turn out as I imagined and then the kids kept nicking the bits that were left. We had great fun however, making fruit kebabs with cubes of the banana loaf which the children thought would be great fun in their lunchboxes. We used blueberries, strawberries, bananas, grapes and the banana loaf and the children liked making them look like traffic lights.
We also played around with an idea which we thought might work as either a fruity pudding or even a breakfast idea. Cut the banana loaf into cubes, or tear into lovely squidgy pieces, and place into a bowl. Then pile on whatever fruit you like; we chose strawberries, fresh banana, grapes and blueberries, and added them. Then we topped it with yogurt. We used plain, but Greek yogurt with honey would taste DIVINE with it (I just didn't have any at the time) - it was devoured in short order and I thought it was fruity and filling.
My children all said they'd eat the banana loaf just as it was, as they do the malt loaf, and we've now got to try some of the other variations too, as they've investigated the list and seen all the different loaves available. It's also spurred them on to think about using these loaves as ingredients rather than as the final product. And HOPEFULLY I'll get the recipe idea for the banana loaf to work and then I can post a follow up recipe for you all to try.
*Disclaimer: Soreen provided me with the loaves, but the opinions are that of mine and my family*