Sunday, April 27, 2008

Healthy Banana Cake

I've been playing with variations of banana cakes for years, and I've come up with this one as a healthier alternative. It is really moist, quite dense and one of my favourites. You could add anything you like to it, like other nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate, whatever. But it is yummy just in it's plain, uncomplicated form. Give it a try!

Healthy Banana Cake

1 cup organic old fashioned oats (not the quick cooking kind!)
1 1/2 cups organic whole wheat flour
3/4 cup organic spelt flakes (or coarse spelt flour)
1/2 cup organic wheat bran
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325F. Combine all above ingredients together in a large bowl with a whisk.

3 organic bananas
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, mash the bananas, add sugar, oil, applesauce and vanilla and stir together until well combined. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir gently until just combined. Pour into a glass baking dish (I use an oval stoneware dish, but I suppose a 9x13 glass baking dish would do, but you may have to decrease baking time). Bake at 325F for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out pretty much clean.

PS Bonus! This cake is not only healthy, but vegan!

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