Wednesday, December 22, 2010


This is the best banana cake recipe I've ever tried!
It was really moist & very tasty.
It has much less fat & sugar then the regular banana bread you buy from a shop so worth having it in the breadbox!!!!

Picture: See right side of cake stand.
2 large over ripe bananas - mashed well
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons rice bran oil (any other oil is fine also)
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 1/4 cups wholemeal flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a loaf pan with baking paper.
Place flour, baking powder & soda in a bowl & stir until well combined.
Add the mashed banana, maple syrup, oil & essence. Stir until well combined. Ok if the batter is thick.
Bake for approx 30 mins until skewer comes out clean.
Cool before cutting.

Option: ICING
For an easy icing- mix in a food processor tofu, coconut, maple syrup & vanilla, blend til smooth - very tasty! Note that this icing DOES NOT keep out of the fridge. 

Picture: Left side of cake stand.

1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup raw sugar
1 teaspoon allspice
175g nuttelex
100g almond, ground (either make your own or buy ground almondmeal)
2 teaspoons egg-replacer
1 cup dried plums
200g dark cooking chocolate

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a 20cm round baking pan with baking paper. (Or you can use a slice tin if you're rather cut it into squares later.)
Cream nuttelex & sugar together in a bowl. Beat until light and creamy. Add egg replacer & continue beating. Add sifted flour, allspice, sugar & ground almonds, a bit at a time. Mix until just combined - do not overmix.
Chop the chocolate and the plums into little bite size pieces and then fold them into the mixture.
Pour mixture into the pan you are using & bake for about one and a quarter hours until cooked.
Allow to cool. Sprinkle with cocoa powder.

This will come out quite hard & not look like a cake that has risen! Don't fear, it tastes DIVINE! The mix of chocolate & plums is magical.
It will be a bit crumbly when slicing so I don't recommend a serrated knife .
This can be sliced into pieces like a cake or into squares.

(Stand by for the recipe for the bells that you see ;-p)

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