Easy Chocolate Banana Cake (free from wheat & dairy)

Choc banana cake

Anyone who has been reading this blog recently will know that I’m on a bit of a health kick at the moment and trying to be relatively virtuous – avoiding refined sugar and carbs where possible. I have had hardly any bread, lots of salads with protein rich ingredients for lunches and dinners and the odd potato. But what I miss is my sweet treats. I have a very sweet tooth and I do like my cakes and pastries but they are most definitely off the agenda right now. With this in mind I decided to look into baking an alternative version of a cake – one with no flour or sugar added (other than the sugar from the fruit).

My go to free-from guru on all things healthy like this is the lovely Mummy Tries who is currently on a very strict ‘GAPS’ diet – see her blog Mummy Tries Gaps for more info on this. I know she has lots of recipes over there so I searched under ‘banana’ (I had a couple of over-ripe ones going spare) and came up with the following recipe:

Ingredients:

50g Cocoa Powder
50g ground almonds
2 eggs
2 tbsp coconut oil and extra for greasing (I wasn’t really aware of coconut oil before this but I’ve read up on it now and bought some – it has the most fab health benefits and is probably the best type of fat there is with all sorts of uses)
80ml coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 medium size ripe bananas

Method:

Mixing the batter

Into the oven

Chocolatey slab

Preheat oven to 175C/Gas 4 and grease loaf tin with some coconut oil.

Put all ingredients together in a bowl and whisk up (I just stirred with a wooden spoon).

Pour ingredients into tin and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. This is what the original recipe says but I have a dodgy old gas oven and I found it took the best part of 40 minutes to get the cake to firm up in the middle (fortunately it didn’t burn though!).

I have been enjoying this cake with a drizzle of my Sainsburys Taste the Difference Mexican Orange Blossom Honey, or a side helping of strawberries and it really is a tasty treat! I also had a fair bit of coconut milk left over and I’ve used it to make an orange and coconut smoothie and a strawberry, banana and coconut milkshake as well as trying it as an alternative to cow’s milk in tea. It was quite refreshing and different. Loving all this coconut!

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8 thoughts on “Easy Chocolate Banana Cake (free from wheat & dairy)

  1. Looking at the list of ingredients, I would never have imagined it would actually make cake and not remain gooey, but the result looks good! Bet it tasted great, too! Mel #TastyTuesdays

    • It was very un-cake like to be honest Mel! I think it was almost more like a ganache kind of texture after it had been in the fridge for a day or two. At the time I thought I must have done it wrong – it obviously doesn’t rise at all – but it does taste really good! 🙂

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