Banana Cake or Banana Bread is a typical American cake made of mashed fully ripe bananas. It is a very moist and sweet cake, but in the US it is often called “Banana Bread” and some recipes are baked like regular yeast breads.
I made two variations of this cake and decided to sweeten only with stevia, which makes it completely free of any sugars except the fruit sugar from the bananas. One recipe (the one with chocolate) is baked with homemade peanut meal and the upcoming one with coconut flour. Both recipes are of course completely gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free and without white sugar.
You can bake it in a loaf tin (common in the U.S.), in muffin cups or as a round cake. There are a lot of variations you can do even with flavoring. For example: with blueberries, with coconut and pineapple, with frosting (the muffins will be cup cakes), completely neutral with just banana and maybe vanilla, with chocolate chips as in this recipe or with spices as in the second version I made.
100 g coconut oil and / or Ghee
220 g of peanut meal
1 tsp vanilla powder
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
2 tbsp stevia
1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
1.5 mashed bananas
100 g dark chocolate
When you bake with peanut meal or other nut meals (basically any nut is possible to make flour from – and it’s easy!); begin by grinding the nuts in a food processor. Let it run until the nuts are finely ground and pay attention to stop the food processor before the consistency becomes “moist” and the oils starts to extrect from the nuts.
Melt coconut oil and/or Ghee. (You can choose which fats you cook with: only coconut oil or ghee, or combine half half. Use regular butter if you are not allergic. Butter or Ghee adds butter flavor that I like with the banana.) Beat eggs and mashed bananas. Add the melted fat to the egg mixture while stirring.
Mix all dry ingredients separately (peanut meal, baking powder, stevia and vanilla powder). Sift the flour mixture into the egg mixture and stir gently until smooth.
Chop the chocolate or add chocolate chips and stir into the batter.
Grease a baking pan and dust with peanut meal or grated coconut. Pour the batter into the pan and decorate the surface with thin slices of banana, if desired.
Bake at 175 degrees C for about 35-40 minutes.