Monday, 18 October 2010

Get Organized to make Banana Bread in your kitchen and learn about easy cooking with '4 Ingredients"

 4 Ingredients Book Series .......and did you know Banana Bread is the most commonly searched recipe of all time!? 

Many of you will have heard of the smash hit books series ‘4 Ingredients’ by Rachel Birmingham and Kim McCosker. I was fortunate to meet Rachel a few years ago for a one on one business coaching session.
The girls even have a fabulous gluten free version of 4 Ingredients which for anyone with a family member newly diagnosed as gluten intolerant is a must –have. We have 2 gluten intolerant kids in our household so are always open to new gluten free recipes - that actually taste good!

The girls latest book is co-authored would you believe with Deepak Chopra which is called ‘4 ingredients- Fast, Fresh and Healthy - but of course with Deepak Chopra’s name to it! Being organized in the kitchen is a must as it can so easily get out of control if you don’t keep on top of the mess by cleaning as you go.

Kim and Rachel Birmingham wrote an interesting tit bit in a recent newsletter of their about Banana Bread. Apparently Banana bread is the most commonly searched recipe in google. Rachel and Kim have a banana recipe in 4 ingredients with guessed it only 4 Ingredients!!! Banana Bread is an easy recipe to substitute wheat flour with gluten free flour which is what we do at home. Banana bread is such a quick, easy recipe and practical to use up old bananas that would otherwise be thrown out and wasted. So how about baking some banana bread next time you have some old bananas that need using instead of putting them in the bin. They are a great snack and fun to make with the kids....

On the topic of cooking / baking in the kitchen...

When I bake / cook with the kids I am sure to get them to clean up as they go, so they learn to keep the mess to a minimum. Otherwise it’s easy to become overwhelming and harder to tackle all the mess and dishes at the end. If you leave it until the end, lots of people feel ready for a break and tell themselves they will do it later..often the next day which only makes it worse. Waking up to a messy kitchen is the worst thing!!!

My mum taught me to clean up in the kitchen as I went and I am so glad she did. Considering a lot coupes share the cooking and washing’s not great for the washer to have to clean up after a messy cook has been in the kitchen. It can be like a bomb has hit it!! It’s easier for everyone all round and a good lesson to pass onto our kids. For more kitchen organizing tips check out more organizing articles on our website below. Here is a popular recipe for banana bread / banana cake or turn it into a banana muffin recipes if you prefer.

Preparation Time

10 minutes

Cooking Time

45 minutes


10-12 slices


• 1 cup (150g) plain flour  (simply swap with gluten free flour if need be)

• 1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour (simply swap with gluten free flour if need be)
• 1 cup brown sugar

• 1 tsp ground cinnamon

• 125g butter, melted, cooled

• 2 eggs, whisked

• 3 ripe bananas, mashed


1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line the base and side of an 11 x 21cm x 6cm deep (base) loaf pan.

2. Combine flours, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Whisk butter and eggs together. Stir in banana. Spoon into prepared pan. Smooth the surface.

3. Bake for 45-50 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 10 mins before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve warm spread with butter.

Remember to get and stay organized in the kitchen to cook more calmly and ultimately have a better finished product cooked with more love and less angst!

Claire McFee Author and Creator Organize Your Life Organizers

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