Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Healthier Banana Bread Cake

Yesterday it was ice cream, today it's cake!

I have loved experimenting with different, more healthful ingredients, like coconut oil, almond flour, and maple syrup, instead of vegetable oil, white flour, or sugar.

This banana cake is a great example.

Adapted from  Real Healthy Recipes
gluten free, dairy free, Paleo (I think?)

Uses: a 9 x 5 shallow loaf pan
Makes 8 small squares.  Double or triple to serve more.


1/8 cup coconut oil, melted
1/8 cup agave nectar or real maple syrup
1 egg
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 Tablespoon coconut milk, full-fat from can
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature (I replaced a couple Tbsp of this with plain greek yogurt)
1/4 Tablespoon coconut milk, full-fat from can
1/2 Tablespoon agave nectar or real maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
small pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan with coconut oil, or line with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, egg, banana, coconut milk, vanilla extract and almond extract.

In another bowl combine the almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix until well combined.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until knife comes out of middle clean. Don’t overbake.  Let cool - will continue to set more as the cake cools.

For the frosting: With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Reduce the mixing speed and add the remaining ingredients. Beat on high speed until creamy.

Once the cake is fully cooled, cover with the frosting and cut into squares.
Makes 8 small squares.

So There.

Don't forget to enter this week long giveaway, below, for a chance to win this Nostalgia Electrics 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker and a copy of The Perfect Scoop by Danny Lebovitz!

*This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  All entries for the winner will be checked and verified, so please make sure you are doing what you are claiming in the Rafflecopter or all your entries will be voided.  No funny business, folks. ;)By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. One winner will be selected. This is a giveaway sponsored as a group buy, which means the bloggers pooled their money together to purchase these products for you.  Amazon, Nostalgia Electrics, and Danny Lebovitiz are in no way sponsors of this giveaway.  The ice cream maker & the copy of The Perfect Scoop will be sent directly to the winner from Amazon via Carrie of Frugal Foodie Mama.   Entries must come from your MAIN social media accounts, not accounts that have been set up separately just for entering giveaways.  Entries from these types of accounts will be disqualified.  Protected tweets do not count as an entry method for tweeting. Tweets must come from a public account. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Please see the Rafflecopter widget below for additional Terms & Conditions.  Good luck, all! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway