Healthy-ish Chocolate Banana Cake

I love baking. The problem with that is that often times baking isn’t the healthiest (see my recipe for browned butter cookies for an example). So sometimes for fun, and to make myself feel better about what I’m eating, I try to do some changes that will make things a little bit more healthy. This cake is a product of that. It uses no granulated sugar, but instead uses bananas and honey to sweeten it. It also uses olive oil instead of butter, and finally it does not use a wheat based flour. It uses almond and oat flours instead. If you don’t have almond or oat flour, you can easily make them. Just take some almonds and oats and grind them up in a food processor, or if you don’t have that, in a coffee grinder like I did. Only grind up what you need though because freshly ground flours will go bad quickly. BAM, healthifying it up in here.

*Disclaimer: I am not saying this cake is necessarily good for you, just that it is better than your average cake…enjoy responsibly and in moderation.

Anyway, it’s a very simple cake to make that doesn’t require much effort on your part. Pretty great, huh? This means you have no excuse to not make it. I mean I made it on a Friday after class so I was pretty tired and my brain cells were dead. The end result was a not too sweet but still delicious and moist cake. This recipe was inspired by Green Kitchen Stories. They used two cups of almond flour but almonds are way too expensive to do that, so I did one of almond flour and one of oat flour and it still turned out great.


RECIPE FOR CHOCOLATE BANANA CAKE WITH GANACHE TOPPING

Ingredients

1 cup almond flour

1 cup oat flour (if you want to make this cake gluten free, grind up gluten free oats. You can get some from Trader Joes for about 4 dollars)

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 eggs

2 bananas (use ones that are relatively ripe, it’ll make the cake sweeter)

1/3 cup olive oil

1/2 cup raw honey

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350 F

2. Grind your flours if you need to.

3.  Mix the flours, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in a large bowl and set it to the side.

choco banana cake dry Weee dry ingredients!

4. Crack the eggs and beat them together. Then in the same bowl, mash the bananas and mix them in with the eggs. Try to reduce the amount of banana lumps in there.

5. Add the oil and the honey to the egg/banana mixture.

choco banana cake dry and wet Dry with wet…

6. Add these wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix them together until it is all incorporated together.

choco banana cake wet.jpg All mixed together!

7. Grease a bundt pan (or a cake pan) and pour in the batter.

8. Bake it for about 40 minutes. Take it out and let it cool a bit before trying to take it out of the pan.

To make the ganache:

1. Take about 3 ounces of chocolate (either chips or chopped) and a fourth of a cup of a plant based milk or heavy cream. Put the chocolate in a bowl, heat the heavy cream or milk in a separate bowl, pour the milk/cream over the chocolate and mix it until it becomes smooth. Pour this over the cake and it will set.

Final Product:

choco banana cake final 2choco banana cake final 1choco banana cake final 3

 

Woahhh so many angles! So stop drooling at the screen and go make this!

 

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