Being ‘furloughed’ from work has been a blessing in disguise for me. For the first time in a long time… I have time. ⏰

I am able to spend quality time with my children, something I always feel I don’t do enough of, I am able to spend more time thinking about what I want from life and I am able to get those household jobs done that I am always meaning to do.

Usually, when I am working all day, I come home from work feeling tired, I make tea, wash up, have a shower and do any chores that need doing, then I just want to relax. When Toby comes running in excitable at 7.30pm asking for a game of Uno I find myself either halfheartedly playing with him or telling him ‘maybe tomorrow’ and I always feel guilty.

Now, I can spend time with them in the morning helping them with their Schoolwork, playing games and joining in with them doing P.E. with Joe Wicks.

Toby doing P.E with Joe on fancy dress Friday

I can spend more time with them cooking and baking, I can read with them, we can play ball games in the garden and they have even been helping with the cleaning.

Simeon’s home made pizza for lunch

By the end of the day I am tired, but for the right reasons – I am tired from spending time having fun with my family and when I sit down and relax, I feel content that I have given my children attention and love and I deserve to have an hour to myself or with my husband. I need to find a way to make sure my home / work balance is right in the future and I am using this time as a perfect opportunity to plan this.

This morning, I had cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom and looked at a bunch of very sorry-looking bananas. 🍌 They were black. Once upon a time I would have just thrown them, not having the time to even think about what to do with them, but I had time. I remembered a funny post I saw on Instagram:

‘I feel like we are entering into the banana-bread baking stage of lockdown’ 😂

Banana bread! Fantastic idea. It is quick and easy to make and so delicious and I will not be wasting the poor bananas. Also, I have never before had time to bake on a Monday morning at 10.30am.

vegan banana bread
vegan banana bread

This banana bread is vegan and gluten free. I also had some chocolate chips in the cupboard left over from baking brownies with the boys a couple of weeks ago so I threw these in – yum!

By lunchtime, Paul was taking the photos of the hot bread and eating as he was going – I had to rescue it quickly so the boys and I could have some! I think it will have all gone by this evening – but it was worth it and I don’t think I will ever throw a banana away again.

I recommend everyone embracing the banana bread baking stage of lockdown! Enjoy and try to share! 😁

Vegan Banana Bread

Slightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and sweet with vegan chocolate chips – this gluten free, vegan banana bread is extremely moreish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Keyword: banana bread, Gluten Free, gluten free banana bread, Vegan, vegan banana bread


  • 50 ml olive oil
  • 4 medium very ripe bananas (black bananas are perfect)
  • 100 grams dark brown sugar
  • 225 grams gluten free bread flour or plain flour (we used Doves Farm GF Bread Flour)
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg (you can use mixed spice)
  • 40 grams vegan dark chocolate chips (optional)


  • Heat oven to 190 Degrees C (Fan) / 210 Degrees (non Fan) and line a loaf tin.
  • In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the oil and brown sugar.
  • Stir in the flour.
  • Add the baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips if using.
  • Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, checking occasionally.
  • Check the bread is cooked by inserting a skewer and making sure it comes out clean.
  • Delicious straight from the oven… but also good when cooled if you can resist temptation.

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