As well as making these to take to a barbecue, I wanted to make them semi-healthy to make up for the mountain of food we were about to consume. Honestly, I’ve never seen so much food in my life! Obviously there were burgers and sausages, plus lamb kebabs and halloumi, then there was quiche, chilli, coleslaw and potato salad (all homemade). And after all that, there was trifle, Eton mess and fresh strawberries. So I guess I didn’t need to take these cakes but ah well, who doesn’t love a bit of extra cake? 🙂 I made these based on a recipe I found over on All Recipes UK which you can find here. As you can see, I made a few differences so try both if you wish to see what you think.
Start by mashing your bananas, the riper/browner they are the better as they will mash much easier.
In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar, egg, banana and spices, then add the yoghurt.
Next you’ll want to sift in the flour and add the bicarbonate of soda and baking powder. Fold it in to your mixture and you should find that it thickens up quite nicely.
Then add the nuts. You can use any nuts you like, I used walnuts because that’s what I had in the cupboard. Pecans also work quite nicely with bananas as well.
Spoon the mixture into your pre-prepared cases. If I were to make these again, I would probably fill the cases slightly more than this as they didn’t rise an awful lot despite the self-raising flour, bicarb AND baking powder.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, you might need longer in your oven but that’s all I needed.
And that’s all you need to do! I toyed with the idea of melting some white or dark chocolate and drizzling it over the top but decided against it for the sake of keeping them healthy! I’d love to see some that actually do this though, I think it would be a lovely addition.
AlphaBakes is hosted by Ros of More Than The Occasional Baker and Caroline from Caroline Makes. Each month, a random letter is generated and you have to make something with that letter, whether it’s an ingredient or flavour, or the name of the bake. This month Ros is hosting and the random letter is “G” so the ginger I used helps this recipe qualify.
The Feel Good Food challenge is hosted by Victoria at A Kick At The Pantry Door. Each month, an ingredient will be chosen that has a high nutritious value or health benefit and you have to come up with a recipe that revolves around that ingredient. August’s superfood is ginger so again fits well for this recipe.
Here’s a list of ingredients and method for those that prefer:
- 125g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 tbsp light muscovado sugar
- 225g banana (that was 2 and a half bananas for me)
- 1 egg
- 100g natural yoghurt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp ginger
- 50g chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 180º and line a tin with paper cases.
- Mash the bananas in a bowl, then add the egg, spices and sugar and beat until thoroughly mixed.
- Add the yoghurt and again beat until incorporated.
- Sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and fold in.
- Add the nuts and fold in again.
- Spoon into the prepared paper cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until a skewer or toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Leave to cool on a wire rack and enjoy!
Just a few notes about this recipe as it was a bit of an experiment for me, as I tweaked the recipe quite a bit from the original source! There is no butter and very little sugar in these so hopefully they do fall slightly into that healthier category. Also, the banana and yoghurt makes the mix quite sticky so don’t be alarmed if they stick to your cases at the bottom, it’s normal! Feel free to substitute whatever nuts you’d like. As I said above, I had walnuts but banana is a fruit that goes well with most nuts so take your pick! Similarly, you can use any sugar you’d like, granulated would be nice if you want a crunch to the cakes but you can also use caster sugar etc… I think that’s it. As always your comments are appreciated if you would do anything differently!
UPDATE – I’m entering these into a challenge I haven’t done before which is the One Ingredient challenge which is hosted by Laura of How To Cook Good Food and Nazima of Franglais Kitchen. Each month, they choose a random ingredient and you can cook/bake whatever recipe, sweet or savoury, you want, as long as it includes the ingredient they have chosen. This month Laura is hosting and she has chosen walnuts so these little cakes qualify.