Banana Cake . . . TWO WAYS!!!

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Do you like bananas? Do you love banana bread but sometimes get tired of the same old recipe? Well, I have two wonderful recipes to share with you! Whether you are a simple banana crumb cake lover or if you crave for something a little darker and richer, a chocolate banana cake! Both are incredibly delightful 🙂
Simple Banana Crumb Cake Recipe:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat flour (simple ground oats)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar (1/3 brown; 1/3 white)
2 eggs
1 cup bananas, mashed
1/2 cup yogurt
1-2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts, optional
1/2 – 1 cup chocolate chips, optional

Crumb Topping:
3/4 cup oats
1/3 cup sugar (light brown) 
1/2 -1 tsp. cinnamon
dash of salt
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 cup nuts, chopped, optional

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all of the dry ingredients together, I prefer to use a fine hand colander. Cream butter and sugars until fluffy, then slowly add eggs one at a time. Scrape the bowl well and sift 1/2 of the dry mix and fold until moistened. Slowly keep folding in the bananas, yogurt, and vanilla.  Add the remaining dry mix and gently fold until just well mixed, finally add the nuts and/or chips if you choose to do so. Pour into a cake round/square pan that has been either buttered well or parchment added.

Mix the topping in a separate bowl and lightly spread over cake.  Take a knife and slowly draw random designs into the cake, helping the crumb to slightly mix into the batter. Bake for 35-45 minutes depending on your pan, you will know when a toothpick or knife removes clean. Cool for a good 25 minutes and serve warm.

This is even excellent without the crumb topping if that isn’t your thing!

And wait . . . there is another recipe for those who adore chocolate! The recipe is the same as above with an addition of the bolded/underlined ingredients and exemption of the crumb topping.  
Chocolate Banana Cake Recipe

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat flour (simple ground oatmeal)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. regular or dark cocoa powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar (1/3 brown; 1/3 white)
2 eggs
1 cup bananas, mashed
1/2 cup yogurt
1-2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts, optional
1/2 – 1 cup chocolate chips, optional

Follow the same directions for making the previous cake! 

For the chocolate cake, I added a creamy caramel topping that I was desperately trying to find a way eat had left over. The combination of banana, chocolate, and warm caramel topping was grandeur! Maybe ice cream would have pushed this dessert over the top, but I was also not so secretly imagining it! 

So, whether you go for the simple or the incredibly indulgent, I hope you will let me know what you think. I found this recipe from my wonderful King Arthur Whole Grain Baking cookbook – it is full of delicacies that I will try to share more often. But I guess if you are going to add caramel and ice cream there really isn’t a need for whole grains, or is there? 

Also, if you have never used oat flour, you should try it very soon. It is simple enough to even make yourself. All you have to do is blend or process 1+ cup oats until they are a powder/flour-like consistency and you’ve made it!!!

Kali Orexi.


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