Ready Steady Cook Challenge – Dessert – Beetroot and Banana Bread

Ready Steady Cook Challenge

This is my third and final course for LadyRaven’s Ready Steak Cook challenge. I’d like to thank her for hosting this fun event and I hope it gets turned into a regular feature on her blog.

Ready Steady Cook - Dessert

When I received my list of ingredients from Sam I decided almost immediately that I wanted to try and use the beetroot in my dessert course. Initially I wanted to use this beetroot cake recipe but there where so many ingredients that I couldn’t use I had to think of something else. I’ve used Browniegirl’s banana bread recipe previously with great success, so I thought with a few small alterations I could turn this into a beetroot and banana bread.

Ready Steady Cook - Dessert

I’ve included the recipe here with my alterations in brackets.


  • 180ml Milk
  • 115g Butter
  • 300g Sugar
  • 275g Self Raising Flour (Used a bran-rich self-raising flour)
  • 2 Large Eggs at room temperature
  • Pinch Salt
  • 4 Ripe Bananas (Used 2 bananas (about 90g unpeeled) and the equivalent weight in puréed beetroot)
  • 2 ml Bicarbonate of Soda (Omitted this as it was not an allowed pantry ingredient)
  • 12,5ml extra Milk (Omitted this as I didn’t use the bicarb)


  1. Preheat oven to 190oC (Adjusted this for my table top oven to 160oC)
  2. Grease & flour a large or 2 small loaf pans
  3. Heat butter and milk until butter has melted
  4. Sift flour & mix with sugar in a large bowl (Didn’t sift the flour as it had bran added to it)
  5. Beat eggs & salt together until light and frothy
  6. Mash bananas well then add to the egg mixture (Mashed the bananas with the puréed beetroot)
  7. Stir banana mix into the dry ingredients
  8. Add milk & butter and fold in to form a very soft batter
  9. Stir the baking powder into 12,5ml of milk and fold in last (Omitted this step as bicarb was not an allowed pantry ingredient)
  10. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes
  11. Change oven temperature to 180oC and bake for another 20-25 minutes until lightly brown and skewer comes out clean (Adjusted this for my table top oven to 150oC and baked for 35 minutes)
  12. Allow to cool slightly before serving

Ready Steady Cook - Dessert

The batter had such a vibrant pink colour which I had hoped would carry through to the final product. Unfortunately upon slicing the baked loaf I was not greeted with the happy pink colour I had been hoping for, but rather a pinkish-orange hue.

Ready Steady Cook - Dessert

The bread itself has a rather distinctive flavour of both beetroot and banana, perhaps an uncanny pairing but not unpleasant. A perfect accompaniment to an afternoon cup of tea and would not be unwelcome as a sweet end to a meal, perhaps served warm with custard alongside a cup of coffee.

6 responses to “Ready Steady Cook Challenge – Dessert – Beetroot and Banana Bread

  1. mm that looks tasty and sounds interesting, loving the recipe ideas coming out of this challenge, it was my pleasure to host it 🙂
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    • Nicola (Wots For Lunch)

      I’m loving the creativity too, definitely a few recipes coming out of the challenge that I’d like to try myself.

  2. What an interesting idea – I would never have thought this far out the box. I am very tempted to try this – should be nice and sweet with the beetroot and super healthy too!
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    • Nicola (Wots For Lunch)

      The beetroots I had were rather large and not that sweet, which actually suited the recipe perfectly. The banana, beetroot and bran all score points for healthiness.

  3. Great idea and it looks good too!
    Reminds me of my favourite cake – beetroot and carrot. Will have to try this banana version!

    • Nicola (Wots For Lunch)

      Thank you, I want to try beetroot and carrot cake too. Though I don’t look forward to grating a pile of beetroot.

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  5. Very interesting Nicola! You’ve boldly go where few others would dare to go, but it looks like it paid off handsomely!
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  6. Amazing that you tried this. I have been contemplating trying it myself hehe. Glad that it turned out so well. Unfortunately beetroot just does not retain its beautiful colour during baking. Thank you for using my recipe! xx
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    • Nicola (Wots For Lunch)

      Well now you know how it will turn out when you do get to try it. I was wondering if I made muffin (with a shorter cooking time) if the colour would be preserved?

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