Sunday, May 19, 2013

Banana-Berry Cake

Every Sunday I make a cake for the week, and about 3 out of every  weeks I make one both M & I will eat. (1 week a month I will make a traditional buttery, sugary cake that M super-enjoys not being a health nut by myself.  Though I will scrape icing quite happily).

This week, I put together a banana-berry arrangement.

Don't quote me on exact quantities, because you know I am useless (I have seriously managed all of about  recipes for my recipe book with exact quantities - I'll get there!), and instructions for all my cakes are 'mix wet ingredients, add dry ingredients, mix well'.  I hate fuss.  Oh, except with this one - add the berries right at the end and don't stir too vigorously.  Easy!

Here we go...

Banana-Berry Cake

1 1/4 cups of rye flour
1/3 cup of almond meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup of oats
2 small or 1 1/2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 dessert spoon of honey melted with 1 dessert spoon of coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I use the really thick non-essence stuff, not sure what it's called)
1/2 cup almond milk (I use almond breeze unsweetened)  
Water - add as much water in the end, before adding the berries, to bring it to a thick-batter consistency.

I baked it at 160 degrees in a fan-forced oven for 30-ish minutes, but just watch it and do the skewer test.

Serve with tea!

This made about 10 portions for M & I.. the below is half of one of those portions I had just before sitting down to right this with my tea.

Oh how moist!

I think people can get a bit funny when it comes to adding water to cake.  Listen up folks - it does wonders!  Try it and you will prove to yourself you do not need masses of oil or butter to make a cake feel moist.  

Variations?  You could get rid of the berries and bananas and add grated apple and cinnamon instead (granny smith works best).
You could use pineapple pieces and coconut.. yummy!
You could use a different flour.. spelt, perhaps?  Coconut flour?  Remember to add more moisture if using coconut flour.
Leave out the berries and add walnuts and cinnamon - yummy.
You couldd throw in chia seeds if you're into that sort of thing.. 

Let me know if you try it!

There's not much better in life than sitting down to a tasty cake (whatever the kind), and a cup of tea.  Especially on a Sunday afternoon..

Stay well,

Nat x

1 comment:

  1. Ooooh this looks yum!! Totally pinning it to my pinterest ;)