Wednesday, October 1, 2014

banana bread with oats and chia seeds

I have known Regina from MummyMoo since we were 17.

Yes, that's quite a few years.

So when Regina told me she wanted to write a post on the basic equipment for a beginner home baker, I was elated.
Because, you see, a year ago, Regina was not even one bit interested in baking. But times have changed, she has evolved (yay!) and now we can add baking to the list of stuff we yak about almost daily!
So today, since Regina and I are doing a joint giveaway, I am sharing a post on one of the easiest things one can possible bake - a banana bread!

This is not just any old banana bread, mind you! It is a fail-proof, super moist and totally healthy banana bread made with a combination of plain and wholemeal flours, and with the addition of oats and chia seeds!
It is such a delicious cake my soon to be 5-year-old ate a thick slice and asked if he could have more. "This is the best cake in the world, Mommy!!" Any mommy who bakes will concur that there is no higher praise than that. *warm fuzzy feeling* :D

If you also have a 5 year-old (metaphorically), and want to make this for him/her, here's how to make this cake.

In a bowl, mash the bananas.
Add the egg, milk and (cooled) melted butter to the banana. Mix with a whisk until well-combined. Set this aside.
Into a large bowl, add the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Also add the oats and chia seeds. Whisk until the ingredients are combined.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
Use a wooden spoon to stir until the flour is just incorporated. Do not over mix.

Pour the batter into a lined and greased 9x5-inch baking tray. Bake at 170°C for 50-60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle emerges cleanly.
Cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before transferring onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
This is one gorgeous cake.

And since it is has quite a bit of healthy stuff, I didn't mind giving Aden (and myself) a second wedge slice of cake!

A Joint Giveaway with MummyMoo! 

I am giving away one set of Simply Calphalon Nonstick 6-Piece Bakeware Set (perfect for a beginner baker since these are all the pans you will need to start baking!), consisting of 
2 8-Inch round cake pans 
10-by-15-inch cookie sheet
9-by-13-inch cake pan 
12-cup muffin pan 
4-1/2-by-8-1/2-by-2-1/2-inch medium loaf pan

Made from heavy-gauge carbon steel for even heating with no hot spots
Durable nonstick coating and reinforced rolled edges prevent warping
Oven-safe up to 450°F (230°C) and dishwasher-safe
To enter, simple complete the Rafflecopter below!
*Terms and conditions apply.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Regina is giving away not one, but two!! Philips hand held mixers on her blog! To win one, simply click on the link below!

RECIPE
Banana Bread with Oats and Chia seeds (Serves 8-10)

Ingredients:
3 cups mashed banana - I used 3 big bananas
1 large egg
120g butter, melted (You can also use grapeseed oil)
3/4 cup (180ml) whole milk, room temperature (You can also use soy milk)
Note: If you want a drier cake, reduce the milk to 1/2 cup.
1 1/2 (187.5g) cups plain flour - I used 50% plain and 50% wholemeal flour
3/4 cup (150g) caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (45g) regular rolled oats
1/8 cup (20g) chia seeds

Method:
1. In a bowl, mash the bananas.
2. Add the egg, milk and melted butter with the banana. Mix with a whisk until well-combined. Set this aside.
3. Into a large bowl, add the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Also add the oats and chia seeds. Whisk until the ingredients are combined.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
5. Use a wooden spoon to stir until the flour is just incorporated. Do not over mix.
6. Pour the batter into a lined and greased 9x5-inch baking tray. Bake at 170°C for 50-60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle emerges cleanly.
7. Cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before transferring onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

*Contest ends on Friday, 10 October 2014 at 2359hrs. The winner will be selected via Rafflecopter, and notified via email. He/She has up to Tuesday, 14 October 2014 to respond to the notification email. Should there be no response, the winning entry will be rendered null and void, and another winner will be chosen. Open to overseas entrants.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. This is my way to share the joys of baking in the hopes that more will pick up a whisk and join the bake-and-eat-more-healthily movement!

135 comments:

  1. Great Sharing. Thank you for the wonderful recipe & giveaways.

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  2. I might just be baking this very recipe! Diana's hearty and healthy banana loaf cake!

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  3. If i win this, i am going to make chicken pies!

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  4. Look good! Banana bread happens to be a favourite of my family! Going try this if I win ^_^

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  5. Marble cake!

    Irene
    puffish03@gmail.com

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  6. I cannot decide!! So many pans.... so many choices!!! I'll make bread! banana bread with oats and chia seeds... It would be my very first bread.....

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  7. Would like to try baking swiss roll cake!

    Eugenia Sim

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  8. i am a baking noob...i really know what i wanna bake or can bake...gingerbread man cookie ?

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  9. This very same Banana Bread! :)

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  10. I'm going to bake muffin if after winning :)

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  11. I'm definitely going to bake a LOT! Lemon bars, Spinach and Artichoke Dips and this Banana Bread with oats and Chia Seeds! :D

    Frances Ang
    frannywannyblogs@gmail.com

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  12. I think I'd make something with pumpkin. It's the perfect time for it =)

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  13. cake cake cake! chocolate cake!

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  14. If I win, the first thing I will bake is Cinnamon apple cake!

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  15. I'm going to try out this healthy banana cake.

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  16. I'm gonna try baking a loaf of banana cake of course! :)

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  17. I wish to win this so that I can start baking for my boy~~ :)

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  18. I will bake my boy a rainbow cake with this lovely bakeware set for his birthday this month~~ :)

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  19. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Would like to win the giveaway

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  20. Banana bread with oats and chia seeds as I always have these ingredients at home. :))

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  21. I am LOVING the healthy banana bread recipe!! Will be making it very very soon! <3

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  22. am drooling! Can imagine the sweet smelling banana cake coming from the kitchen!

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  23. Yes, this IS one gorgeous banana bread Diana! Will be baking this soon coz i've lots of bananas in the kitchen. :))

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  24. I am also a very very novice baker wannabe..I would wanna try the classic cheese cake for my family. :)
    Thanks!
    Shimin

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  25. I would like to bake eggless cupcake for my 1 year old baby! :)

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  26. If I win, I wanna bake Mixed Berries Yogurt Cake!

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  27. I agree that banana bread is the easiest and yummiest braed ever! And with oatmeal and chia seed will def make it super healthy..ilove banana! -sondang-

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  28. I love banana bread! So will be sure to give this a try... it looks really yums Diana =)

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  29. Wow, Diana!

    I didn't know that you knew Regina for so long. I think you must influenced Regina a lot in term of baking :p

    Your banana loaf with chia seeds and oats look healthy and yummy... Nice that Aden likes because my boy fusses about any food that looks healthy... hmmm

    Zoe

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  30. Thanks for the giveaway!
    If I were to win,
    I would love to bake more muffins and butter cakes so that I can give them to my friends and family. :)

    Summer Joy

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  31. I would usually bake either banana butter cake or lemon butter cake. Carrot cake is one of my SIL
    favourites and when our kids were toddlers we would celebrate their birthdays in April with one chocolate fudge butter cake and one carrot cake. And we would stay in the cool mountains of Genting Highlands and enjoy family bonding and the fresh sweet mountain breeze. Ironic the two girls have same birthday but are born 3 years apart.

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  32. will definitely try your flourless chocolate cake! :D

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  33. I am going to try making chocolate fudge cake!

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  34. Great stuff. I love baking. Thanks for sharing the healthy recipe!!

    ET

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  35. This very yummylicious recipe if i were to win !

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  36. Would like to try baking this same banana and oats cake!

    sybngan@yahoo.com

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  37. Hi,

    Thanks a lot for sharing Delicious recipe & wonderful giveaway..I will love to try Banana bread with oats and chia seeds..such a yummy way to have nutritious things ...especially with my kids..they will love to have them in their Tiffin..Yum Yum..

    Thanks
    Ashmika

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  38. I would like to bake muffins!

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  39. I would love to try out the banana bread with oats and chia seeds, it looks so moist and yummy! My 18 months son love the banana cake from Bengawan solo as it's rather moist and I'm sure he'll love this too!

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  40. I will bake this banana bread and a simple butter cake.

    Thanks.

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  41. Banana Bread, all time favourite

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  42. I love baking and have been baking for over 10 years since my secondary school days! I usually bake small and simple stuff like cakes, cookies, pastries and baked rice. I would like to make my favorite blackforest cake if I get to win this awesome bakeware set! :)

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  43. Wow, It sure looks healthy and super moist. Can't wait to try the recipe and also hope to be one of winners of the giveaway!


    ee7759@gmail.com

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  44. A buttermilk banana cake!

    cremedelecreme@hotmail.com

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  45. Its simply perfect for me to kickstart my baking journey for my upcoming new house :) Really hope to win these :D

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  46. If I were to win this, the very first thing I'll bake will be a cake! or cupcakes! or cookies! I might just go on a baking fest with these babies! :D

    Mabel
    amazinglystill@gmail.com

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  47. Definitely banana bread with oats and chia seeds!!!!!!
    Its heavenly and im pretty sure my kids will love this!!!!!

    KW Woon
    joe.woon@yahoo.com

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  48. Thanks for sharing this healthy banana bread. Who can resist?

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  49. i don have any bake ware,i hope to win,
    and start my baking journey,,

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  50. I baked a similar recipe last week =) I used coconut oil instead...just wondering if it would be better to bloom the chia seeds before adding to bakes so the body can break it down n absorb. Read this on internet.

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  51. halo,,
    i hope to win,so i can
    starts baking healthy cakes and muffin,
    from u,,,,
    clara

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  52. Forgot to mention I would like to bake cakes, either fruit cake, marble cake or sugee cake, for the upcoming Deepavali. It will be for my MIL and some friends =)

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  53. WoW! Just come across your yummy food posting at AFC. I love cooking and baking too. Would love to try some of your recipes soon. Recently I come up with a simple blog to share my home-cooked dishes. Will be following your blog.

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  54. Chocolate chips cake
    Cynthia Lau
    edenie98@yahoo.com

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  55. I think i would want to pick up the cranberry white choc cookies that Regina posted in her giveaway post. Long time ago archived your recipe and said i want to try. Bought a tub of dried cranberries (and Valhona milk chocolate slab) but i never did it!! Perhaps its high time since sch hol is coming. Hope will succeed.

    Shirley Yong
    shirley@yong.sg

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  56. Banana cake / bread ! The boyfriend loves banana cake

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  57. How about some macha cupcakes? Thanks for being generous!
    Colortypes
    Colortypesink@gmail.com

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  58. Never tried having chia seeds in banana bread. Gonna give this recipe a shot ifIwin!:)

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  59. banana bread with oats and chia seeds cause it looks yummy and i loves banana cakes

    chin oi lin

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  60. If I win, going to try this ! Looks so healthy and yummy!

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  61. Oh my.. The cake looks so good, I can sink my teeth in right away.

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  62. No baking wares at the moment, would love to bake sweet potato cupcakes for my little one. Thanks.
    Venetia Ngin
    vnstven@hotmail.com

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  63. I wanna start baking. Let me win!

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  64. Chocolate lava cake. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  65. My girl and I will want to bake our all time favourite light and fluffy banana yogurt muffins!

    Thanks for hosting this thoughtful giveaway!

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  66. I wanna bake this banana bread that you shared and many of your recipes too!

    Ting
    Tinkene@gmail.com

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  67. I will want to bake vanilla cupcake top with your swiss meringue buttercream.

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  68. Cookies! My girl loves to eat cookies. Amos cookies are too sweet for her. Once I have learnt how to bake cookies, I can make a healthier version of the cookies for her.

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  69. I'm going to make chocolate butter cake.

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  70. Hi

    Thks for the wonderful giveaway and guide&tips. With the info, life is a breeze for wannabes

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  71. Worse fear in baking is the result of my master piece. Crater cakes, soggy muffins, lifeless loaves are definitely not something I wish to see often.

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  72. instead of bread, im going to try banana cake with oats and chia seeds

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  73. Ur banana cake recipe. Easy to follow recipe! :)

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  74. If I win this the first thing in gonna bake is this banana bread with chia seeds and oats

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  75. A banana cake but without the chia seeds so the kidlet will eat it oo

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  76. The first thing I am going to bake if I win is.... (drum rolls)... cupcakes. Because my kids always sing,
    Cupcakes, cupcakes yummy stuff
    Cupcakes, cupcakes make me tough.

    Nancy Koh
    nancy.koh7@gmail.com

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  77. First thing I'm going to bake is a cake! Never tried making a cake before simply coz I don't have the proper bakeware for it :)

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  78. Will be it very dry with oats and chia seed in it? but banana definitely make the whole kitchen smell nice!

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  79. The first thing I am going to bake will be Cheese Cake

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  80. Am gonna try out this banana-oat-chia seed if I'm winning. How nice!

    Yen Cheng
    Yclim_81@hotmail.com

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  81. Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese SMBC as per ur recipe :)

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  82. maybe i'll try this banana cake. but probably change it to cupcakes!
    ivy
    ivykhoo@gmail.com

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  83. I have not baked anything in my oven since returning to singapore 2 years ago. Would start with your recipe for the banana bread as my husband and kids adore banana cake!

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  84. Diana, this banana bread is crammed with lots of goodies! I won't stop at one slice either :)

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  85. Thanks for the recipe! Will bake it for my gal who loves anything with bananas!

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  86. Banana Cake!

    Andrew Wong
    Andrew.wong017@gmail.com

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  87. Gonna make a butter cake as my kids love it.

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  88. My family love bananas and to add chia seeds is awesome!

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  89. OHMYGOD! I would love to win this! Nutella Banana Cake? I've been wanting to try to bake a cake!!!

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  90. If I win, the first thing I m gonna bake would be the banana bread with oats and chia seeds. My hb loves banana and oats.

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  91. I can't bake to save my life. But I think I might try to do a shepherd's pie. =)

    robert_sim@yahoo.com

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  92. First thing i will be try your banana cake recipe

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  93. First thing I'm going to make Chocolate Butter Cake.

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  94. if i win this, I am so gonna try my hands at baking this delicious, healthy banana bread~!

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  95. Hi,

    If I win, I'll will bake Durian Cake for my Mummy Birthday on 1st November because she love durian alot. Hopefully I can win this great giveaway.... <3

    Done Liked & Shared...

    FB: Casy Ang SY
    Twitter: @ca1409

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  96. If i win, Nutella cheesecake chocolate cookie cups is definitely the first on the list I wld bake for my family. Have got married and moved out a month ago and I am sure my parents wld be proud to see the transformation in me! From someone who never cook or bake to someone whos learning to:) Domestic goddess in the making. Hehe!
    Hazellyhaze Taketimetorealise

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  97. Triple chocolate cookies for my family if i win. So wish me luck !!!

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  98. The first thing I'm going to bake is........some sweet yet savory bacon-maple muffins! Wish me luck!

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  99. Chocolate cake loaf !!! Maybe I will add in banana too!

    Thanks for hosting :)

    Evelyn
    Elim220380@gmail.com

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  100. I only started baking this year. Tried paleo banana bread n was yummy.

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  101. Thanks for the joint giveaway! Awesome!

    I would love to bake some muffins! My mum loves cakes and I would like to bake some for her!

    gethemax(at)gmail.com

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  102. Walnut cake!
    Facebook name: Cherry joanna

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  103. If I win, the first thing I'll like to bake is Japanese cotton cheesecake!!

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  104. i need it,pls let me win, because my mum said she hope i can make butter cake for her…

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  105. Will try a new recipe from the Domestic Goddess Wannabe website

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  106. I'll bake some tea-infused cupcakes! Been wanting to bake these cupcakes for so long!!

    nyra-96@hotmail.com

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  107. I can bake more often. Thanks.

    ypgoh1029@gmail.com

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  108. Definitely will try this recipe... (*´∀`)-

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  109. I gonna try baking muffin!

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  110. I would try out your Banana Bread with Oats and Chia seeds.

    Name : Tony Ong
    Email : tonyong88@gmail.com

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  111. Hi Diana,
    I love your simple and healthy banana bread.
    Yay! I have a 5 year old, we are going to try this bread out.
    Thanks for sharing :)
    mui

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  112. I would like to have these so that I can bake everyday for my four children, especially pies. ..

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  113. I have so many things I wanna bake... Muffins, cupcakes, tarts, cakes, my to-bake list is getting longer and longer :) it'll be lovely to win this set of awesome bakeware!

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  114. Hope can win this for myself as I love to bake for my family everyday.

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  115. Chocolate chips cupcakes and Banana Bread.

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  116. I'm going to bake blueberry muffins, Cheese Cake, Peanut butter cookies and marble cake. My kids just love these...

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  117. the first thing i'm gonna bake is my favorite cake of all...BANANA CAKE!!! I have been eating this at school since my elementary years!!! :D

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  118. Definitely is Banana Bread with Oats and Chia seeds as I want to explore using Oats and Chia Seed as I am into Nutrition now, so this are the healthier choice. Hope I can win so that I can bake more more my colleagues and friends, I am in the same mission as you, to share to friends to pick up baking as it is not so hard as they think and most important to spread the mission to have healthier choice of food by making it yourself and have fun together with family just how I involved my 9 and 3 year old when I bake.

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  119. halo,,
    cant afford to buy this expensive bakewares,,
    if i win,i will bring this to the singapore
    special school for the disable and bakes for the kids,,
    megan--sg

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  120. Hello there!

    I came across your blog while researching on food blogs and I have to say that this recipe caught my eye! I tried it over the weekend and indeed, it was easy and fail-proof. My family enjoyed the cake a lot. Thanks for the recipe! I'm scrolling through your blog for the next recipe I can try already. Hehe.

    Ivy

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