Deep Chocolate Banana Cake

February 17, 2017

Lately I have been experimenting with banana breads and cakes.  The reason is that usually I always have a couple of extra bananas that go past their prime to be consumed on their own and they become a great ingredient to play with. I also have never really found a recipe for a banana bread or cake that is my "to go" recipe, as they are complicated to make or the final product is not the best.  But I can finally say that now I have my "to go" banana cake recipe.

 

This recipe made such a great cake. It is moist and decadent, yet, very simple to make. I even made it by hand from start to finish. All ingredients are for the most part good for you, it doesn't even have added sugar and it feels like you are eating rich brownies rather than a banana bread.

 

Give it a try and let me know what you think! This will become a staple in my house for sure, I hope it does in yours as well. Enjoy! 

 

 

 

Yield: 1 cake

 

Ingredients:

 

3 each                          Ripe bananas, mashed

2 each                          Large eggs, beaten

1/2 cup                        Greek yogurt

1/2 cup                        Almond milk

1/2 cup                        Real maple syrup

1 tsp                             Pure vanilla extract

1 cup                            Wheat flour

1/2 cup                        Cocoa powder

1 tsp                             Baking soda

1/2 tsp                          Kosher salt

3/4 cup                        Good quality dark chocolate chips or chunks

As needed                   Cooking spray

 

 

Method:

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF

  2. In a mixing bowl mash three ripe bananas using a fork. Add two eggs and continue mixing until well incorporated.

  3. Add Greek yogurt and continue mixing. Add the rest of the liquid ingredients (almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract) and mix well.

  4. Now add all dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Continue mixing with a fork, but try not to overwork the mixture to assure a more moist final product. 

  5. Finally, incorporate the chocolate chips or chunks into the mixture by using a spatula.

  6. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray, add cake mixture and place in the preheated oven. Bake for around 40 minutes (depending on oven) until a toothpick comes out clean. Start testing after 30 minutes every few minutes. Do not overbake.

  7. Let cool slightly before taking out of the mold. Serve and Enjoy!

  8. The cake will stay moist for quite a few days if wrapped with plastic wrap.

 

Notes:

 

  • This recipe works great as muffins or as a loaf. Just readjust the baking times accordingly and make sure to test doneness with a toothpick.

  • You can add 1/3 of a cup of your favourite nuts for a nutty flavour and a little crunch. Toasted chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds or peanuts would make a great addition. Incorporate nuts together with the chocolate chips. 

  • Sprinkle with powder sugar for presentation if desired.

  • Freezes well.

 

 

 

 

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#1 

Prep, cut and measure ingredients before you start cooking to ease the process.  Organization is key and lists are your friends.

 

#2

Put a dish towel or a damp paper towel under your cutting board to keep it from slipping and moving around.

 

#3

Grate garlic and ginger with a microplane instead of mincing them with a knife.

 

#4

"Clean as you go" so you are not overwhelmed when you are done.  Find those down moments to wash utensils, pots & pans, and wipe counters, so you can enjoy your food and not have to clean all at the end.

 

#5

Use fresh herbs at the end of the cooking process to add freshness and flavour to the dish, but add dry herbs at the beginning to extract the most flavour possible.

 

#6

Season in layers...  this means to add a little salt and pepper every time you add a new ingredient to the pot/pan.  This will ensure all your ingredients are well seasoned and you will just have to adjust seasoning at the end.

 

#7

Recipes are just guidelines.  Feel free replacing ingredients with similar ones you like.  And remember, time and temperatures may vary according to sizes of the food and your appliances.

 

ABE'S COOKING TIPS & POINTERS

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