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How to Make a Nutritious and Moist Banana Cake

This moist Banana Cake is healthy and simply delicious as I've made it with semolina. No flour has been used to bake this cake. And if the bananas are overripe, you won't need much sugar either. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started!.


Banana cake made in a wonder pot on the gas stove

Tips before you begin:


Before you decide to make this cake ensure that the bananas are heavily dotted with brown spots and kind of soft.

- If they've gone really bad with fungus on the peel and runny, save yourself future trips to the doctor and just discard them.

- If they are just as I described i.e. overripe enough to bake but you don't have the time? then wrap them in foil unpeeled and put them in the freezer. Don't be startled if they turn brown once in the freezer, it's perfectly natural for them to change colour and can be used.

- You can ditch sugar for honey or coconut sugar

- Flour is unhealthy so try it with Semolina instead. It will look more like your grandma made it. Tasty, wholesome and yummy!

- You can bake this in an oven or on a gas stove

- Keep your measuring cups and teaspoons, a fork and a small whisk handy.

- Keep the butter at room temperature and if it's still solid, use the double boiler method and keep it to cool.

- This cake does not require you to use an electric beater or whisker. Except the eggs and butter everything has to be put into a utensil and gently stirred with a fork or spoon. It will also save you the effort of washing so many utensils. You thereby save some water :) .


“Flour is unhealthy so try it with Semolina instead. It will look more like your grandma made it. Tasty, wholesome and yummy!”

Ingredients:

  • 2 (medium/large) overripe bananas mashed with a fork

  • 80 grams unsalted butter (melted and at room temperature)

  • 1/2 cup white sugar or honey or coconut sugar

  • 2 eggs lightly beaten with the whisk

  • 1 cup semolina

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • A pinch of salt

  • ½ tsp vanilla essence

  • 1/2 cup walnuts

  • Chocolate chips to sprinkle on top

  • 4 tbsps milk

Let's Begin:


  • Take a medium sized bowl.

  • Add the mashed bananas + semolina + melted unsalted butter and stir gently with a fork or spoon.

  • Add the sugar + milk + baking powder + baking soda + vanilla and stir some more.

  • Add to this crumbly batter the 2 beaten eggs and stir gently again till the egg blends in.

  • Now add a pinch of salt and the walnuts and gently fold in.

  • Grease your baking tray or loaf tin lightly with butter and pour the batter into it.

  • Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350º F and bake for 35 minutes.

  • If you're using a wonder pot that looks like mine, grease the pot lightly with butter, pour in the batter; Put the lid on and let it cook on 'sim' for 20 mins.

  • In both cases, run a toothpick or knife through after 20 mins, if it comes out clean, switch off the gas and keep it outside to cool

Note: if you leave it in the oven or on the gas stove, it will continue to cook! Now we don't want that. As you can see in the picture below, the base and sides of my cake have burnt a bit as I kept it for 30 minutes. Yet, it turned out great and that slight burnt texture actually makes it all the more appealing to the taste buds!



You see that mushy banana lodged in the centre and the moist yet crumbly texture? That's grandma style!

Told you, had you to beat it all with an electric hand whisk or beater the texture would be boring and smooth like a flour cake. That's the beauty when you bake with semolina! Do try it and let me know how it turned out.

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