Delicious banana cake

*** Scroll to the bottom for the full sized cake ingredients***

I had a vegan friend visiting a couple of days ago and wanted to make something nice we could have for a snack. I didn’t really fancy baking a whole cake so instead I just made two individual small cakes in small spring-form pans. I converted a banana cake recipe from Delicieux, which is a favorite of mine, to bake with dextrose to make it free of processed fructose and swapped hens’ eggs for flax seed ‘eggs’. The vegan versions did sink a little bit in the middle, but the taste was still as delicious as usual. Actually, I made 3 batches the same day to get it right. The first one, I have to admit, didn’t sink a ‘little’. It rose beautifully and then sank in the middle all the way to the bottom! But, as they say, practice makes champions.

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VEGAN – GLUTEN FREE – DAIRY FREE – EGG FREE – LOW FRUCTOSE

Ingredients:

Approx 2-3 tbsp whole flax seeds + 6 tbsp water (or 2 eggs)

1 ripe banana

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp soda bicarbonate

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 nutmeg

80 grams of ground almonds

70 grams of dextrose (glucose) powder

Directions:

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Preheat the oven at 180C (355F) and grease 2 springforms (10 x 5 cm / 4 x 2 “).

Make the flax seed eggs by measuring off the whole flax seed (around 4 spoonfuls – this is an esitamate as it depends on how finely you grind the seed). Grind or process the seeds as finely as you can. Then measure up 2 tbsp ground flax seed and add it to a small bowl with the water. Stir thoroughly and the pop in the fridge to set into a gooey mix for at least 15 min while you measure of all the rest of the ingredients (don’t skip this step).

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Measure up the remaining ingredients into a bowl and then add your flax seed egg (or hens eggs). Give it a good stir and then pour into your two spring forms. Pop them in the oven and make a little tent of foil to cover with (make sure you make room for the cakes to rise or they will stick to the foil). Bake for 1 hour (will differ from oven to oven).

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When the time is up take out the cakes and leave for a couple of minutes to cool, then carefully pop the springforms open, put them aside and leave the cakes on the bottom plates to cool completely. Then serve as it is or with your favorite toppings. I am slightly addicted to chocolate peanut butter spread at the moment or you could add fresh homemade Nutella (add a bit of peanut oil and mix to make it runnier if you wish).

If you want to make a full sized cake, use the following ingredients and the same directions as above:

4 tbsp of whole flax seeds + 12 tbsp water (or 6 eggs)

3 ripe bananas

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp soda bicarbonate

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 nutmeg

250 grams of ground almonds

220 grams of dextrose (glucose) powder.

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Pear and blueberry loaf

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Fresh out of the oven

This loaf was divine, moist and as one of my colleagues said “different texture and deliciousness in every bite”. I have started towing all my experiments in to work to see how they fare with “regular” people (sugar addicts) and this recipe fared extremely well.

I amended this recipe quite a bit (to accommodate no dairy and no fructose other than  naturally occurring fructose in the fruit) from the book Gluten Free Baking by Michael McCamley.

GLUTEN FREE – DAIRY FREE – LOW FRUCTOSE – PALM OIL FREE

Ingredients:

200 grams of dextrose (glucose) powder

7 tbsp coconut oil

3 large eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

125 g / 4 1/2 oz gluten-free plain flour (shop bought or home mixed)

1 tsp gluten-free baking powder

1/2 gluten-free bicarbonate of soda

1/4 tsp xanthan gum

85 g / 3 oz ground linseed (flaxseed)

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamom

3 super ripe bananas, mashed (leave them until they turn all spotted black – then they are the sweetest)

4 tbsp water

1 pear, canned or cooked (choose a very sweet pear), diced

70 g / 2 1/2 oz blueberries

Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Grease a loaf tin or line with baking sheets.

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave and let it cool down (if you don’t, it will cook the eggs!). Then you add the eggs and vanilla essence and mix with a fork. In a separate bowl measure out the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate, xanthan gum, linseed, salt and cinnamon and mix.

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Then add the dry mixture to the egg mix and combine. Then add mashed banana and water and mix well.

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Now you spoon half of the mix into your loaf tin. Then spread out the diced pear and 3/4 of the blueberries over the mix and pour the rest over. Then add the last blueberries.

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Bake in the oven for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. I didn’t cover with foil so mine turned out quite brown – next time I will cover 30 minutes into the baking time. I also was baking quite late and pulled it out the loaf tin a bit premature so it spread out a little afterwards but still tasted delicious!

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