Banana & walnut cake

1 1/2 hours

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Banana & walnut cake

Overview

I didn't have any idea what to expect but was fully prepared to give it a go, mainly because it's so incredibly easy to make. Oh, I also had a couple of blackening bananas which were starting to breed fruit flies! Definitely time to do something with them.

I didn't have the exact ingredients so improvised with what I had and turned it into a banana and walnut cake. It's so soft and flavoursome with crunchy walnut pieces and a hint of cinnamon. A real treat. Eat it straight out of the oven and slice and freeze any left over at the end of the day (unlikely)!

Ingredients

  • ​2 ripe bananas (mashed with a fork)

  • 50g plain gluten free flour

  • 110g buckwheat flour

  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • ½ tsp baking powder (gluten free)

  • ​1 tbsp stevia

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 2-3 tbsp almond milk

  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil

  • 80g chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to a low setting. I used gas mark 4.

  2. Choose a small loaf tin or cake tin of your choice.

  3. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl then stir in the almond milk and melted coconut oil.

  4. Add the mashed bananas and chopped walnuts then mix well.

  5. Pour into the baking tin and place on a low shelf. This is a slow bake cake.

  6. After 50 minutes, test whether it's close to done by inserting a skewer into the centre of the loaf. If it comes out clean or with crumbs attached, it's ready. If the skewer has a coating of wet mixture, cook another 10 minutes then test again.

  7. Leave to cool for around ten minutes before slicing with a sharp knife.

Ingredients

  • ​2 ripe bananas (mashed with a fork)

  • 50g plain gluten free flour

  • 110g buckwheat flour

  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • ½ tsp baking powder (gluten free)

  • ​1 tbsp stevia

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 2-3 tbsp almond milk

  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil

  • 80g chopped walnuts

Nutrition notes

​Not all baking powders are gluten free. I used a Waitrose own brand which is gluten free. You can swap the Stevia for coconut sugar and use around 80g. Walnuts provide a small amount of omega 3 while the bananas are a good source of potassium (good for reducing high blood pressure) and tryptophan which converts to serotonin – which helps with feeling calm.

Vegan, gluten free, dairy free.