Today we had some friends over and so Demi, obviously, bee-lined for the kitchen yesterday afternoon and set about baking a Cake.
Her original plan involved a carrot cake, but eventually we decided to make a banana one, more of a definite crowd pleaser. Plus, this horrible heat we’re going through is not conducive to bananas staying fresh for long.
The mum of Demi’s friend that came over today is a gluten free eater, which didn’t pose a problem for my mini masterchef who rarely uses regular flours anyway.
Almond meal and honey keep this cake moist and sweet, and my champion baker has made yet another beautiful cake. When her 5 year old friend pronounced the cake “delicious”, I knew we were on to a winner. Kids are nothing if not honest!
If you’re looking for a gluten free, low sugar cake this is the one for you.
Demi’s Gluten Free Banana Cake
2 cups of almond meal
2 tsps of baking powder
2 mashed bananas
1/4 of a cup of milk of choice
1 tbls of honey
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Fresh berries and icing sugar to decorate, optional
1. Preheat the oven to 200°c.
2. Using a fork, mash the bananas up.
3. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together with a rubber spatula. It is a banana cake, lumps in the batter won’t be a problem, they will level out while baking.
4. Scrape the mixture into a greased and lined 22cm cake tin.
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. *see notes
6. Allow the cake to cool slightly before removing it from the tin to cool completely.
7. Decorate it however you would like to, or even leave it plain. Demi used a sieve to dust on some icing sugar and added fresh berries on top.
Store on the bench well covered for up to three days.
It’s as easy as that to make a gluten free, low sugar cake. You really won’t notice a difference to a regular banana bread or cake, you won’t be disappointed if you try it!
* Almond meal is a naturally wetter kind of ‘flour’. It will take longer to firm up and bake through so if you notice your edges start to go too brown just cover the tin in foil to stop any more colour. The cake will still cook evenly.
Nutrition facts based on one piece of undecorated cake.