Bananas are one of the most commonly availabe fruit. It comes in a variety of colours green, yellow, red and in India ,a myriad of hybrids are now available. It also the most versatile fruit as its used in many different forms – fried, frittered, frozen, mashed, pureed, boiled to be made in to puddings, preserves, or in its original form. Bananas are rich in Vitamin C and also a good source of dietary fiber and potassium. Many times, when I buy even half a dozen, I always find I would have to throw at least one if I am not extremely careful. This time, I decided to make an egless cake with the over ripe bananas. I also threw in a little flax seed powder as it increases the fibre intake. It is also better to skim down the sugar a little bit, as bananas are high in sugar content on their own.
All Purpose flour – 1 cup
Sugar – Brown/White 1 cup.
Bananas – 2 ripe.
Oil – 1/2 cup (Only Canola/Mazola/ Vegetable Oil and not Olive Oil)
Baking Soda – 1 tsp
Walnuts – 1 /3 cup
Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp (Always use pure vanilla extract with no alcohol). For better flavor you can use Banana Extract too.
Flax seed – 2 tsp.
- Preheat the oven to 350F and pour out the walnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and toast for 5 mins or so.
- Cool the nuts and chop them up roughly.
- Measure out the flour, add the baking soda abd set aside. The dry ingredients are now ready.
- In a mixing bowl, add the ripe bananas and mash it well with a masher or ladle. Add oil, sugar, extract and whisk briskly.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients little by little and mix it in,. Do not overmix as this may rob the batter of air and the end result would not be a spongy cake.
- Add the toasted chopped nuts and the flax seed and mix it in too. The toasting of the nuts is completely optional as it brings out the flavour of the nuts and makes it crunchy. You can also add them as they are.
- Grease a 9 nch round cake pan or loaf pan with oil spray and slowly pour in the cake batter and lightly flatten with a spatula.
- Bake at 350F for 30 mins or until a fork inserted comes out clean.