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Last week while driving to work, I heard a radio show host mention that a natural way to condition the hair was to apply a combination of mashed bananas, olive oil and leaving it on for about 30 minutes. She heaped praises on this wonderful concoction and went on and on about how beautiful and luscious the hair turns only after few uses. My reaction when I heard that was “Ewwww, no way am I going to smother bananas on my hair and make it all ooey-gooey, sticky and then walk around the house with that stuff for 30 minutes”!  Don’t get me wrong, I have the worst dry hair ever possible, yet I cannot muster courage to put on anything on my hair other than oil.

Anyway during the weekend when I saw some over ripe bananas over the countertop I faced the age old conundrum and as usual was wondering what to do with them. Yes, I admit the thought of using some of them on my hair lingered yet I am too chicken to try any experimenting on my hair. I am open and willing to take some risks on my face but not my hair. While the whole world can go get some shine on their hairs, I will be content baking these cakes and fretting over some useless calories.

I found this recipe at and made little bit changes to the recipe. This is a wonderful website that is a repository of wonderful eggless cakes and cookies. I plan to try other easy recipes from this website.


  • 1 1/2 cups white self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pineapple, strawberries ( adding large chunks will cause the cake to not bake properly)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
  • Take a baking pan and spray some non-stick cooking oil.
  • Combine sifted dry ingredients, sugar and nuts.
  • Mash the banana and stir in with the drained pineapple,strawberries, butter and sour cream.
  • Spoon mixture into pan and bake for 1 hour. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting.
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