Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Banana Chocolate Cake - Vegan and low fat


I don’t seem to tire with banana based bakes! For one, it is quite easy to prepare with no hassles and another, bananas are generally in plenty at home, and very often, it ends up unconsumed and over ripe. The best way to use it up would be to bake something with it!


And when there are so many different varieties of bakes with it, I tend to use a different recipe every time. And the main source for my bakes would be Champa’s Versatile Kitchen. She too doesn’t seem to tire with variations in banana cakes and breads and muffins :)

So this one was baked in between a very hectic schedule, just to use up some over ripe bananas. I baked it in two mini loaf pans and took one of them for a gathering. The phone in the pic below shows Champa’s blog on it - that’s how I refer to recipes while baking!
Thanks Champa!

So, here’s the recipe…
Banana Chocolate Cake - Vegan

Preparation time : 10 min
Baking time : 45-50 min

Ingredients:
All purpose flour - 2 cups (I used 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup APF)
Sugar - 1 cup; don’t skimp on this; I did and mine was a little less sweet
Baking Soda - 1 ½ tsp
Salt - ½ tsp; I used only a pinch
Cocoa powder - 2/3 cup
Vegetable oil - ½ cup
Warm water - 1 ½ cups (I used ½ cup thick coffee decoction + 1 cup water for a more chocolate flavor)
Vanilla - 2 tsp
Banana puree - 1 cup (I used 7-8 of those tiny ones - elakki variety)


Method:
• Preheat the oven to 350 F
• Spray 2 loaf pans of size 8 X 4
• In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa. Set aside.
• In another bowl, whisk together oil, water or coffee, banana puree, vanilla and sugar till well mixed.
• Dump the dry ingredients to wet and whisk to combine without over mixing. Be gentle and stir or fold if needed.
• Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 45 - 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
• Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn on to the wire rack to cool completely.

Notes:
• Champa says you could dust with powdered sugar or pour a simple glaze, but I left it as is.


18 comments:

  1. Yummy and delicious looking banana and chocolate cake. Excellent preparation.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  2. Sumana,
    I tell you one thing though. If you were in U.S, you probably would've turned on the oven every day in winter. You are right, I don't get tired of trying different banana breads/cakes. Picture on the phone is kind of cute. Thanks for trying it.

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    1. I wish i could! I hope to bake more atleast now on....

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  3. Suma, that looks very tempting :) waiting to try it!

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    1. Thanks, Swathi! Do try it out, u'll surely like it...

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    1. Thanks Sadhana... Will try to take part in your event...

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  5. Can we do this using microwave?

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    1. You might be able to... i haven't tried this one in MW. However, as it is similar to http://sumscuisine.blogspot.com/2011/08/5-minute-microwave-chocolate-cake.html, you can follow similar procedure.. However, if you want to do it by MW, try it in smaller quantities, preferably in small cups so that it gets cooked well, rather than a big cake. Do let me know ur exp :)

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  6. delicious cake dear,...drooling here :-)

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  7. I tried this and it tasted great.Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe.Keep posting!

    zonia

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    1. Hi Zonia! Thank you so much for letting me know! Feels so good when someone leaves a comment like this! Thanks!

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  8. The clicks make me drool here.loved the combo of cake n tasty too.......
    MAha

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  9. That's an extremely yum looking cake....love the new look of your blog...

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