honey, almond, banana cake

Honey, almond and banana cake

honey, almond, banana cake

I have more than my fair share of black bananas at the moment.  In times like this I usually turn to my beloved banana bread recipe – a tried and trusted old faithful, but I felt wild and crazy on Sunday and opted to make a cake instead of a loaf.  I know! Mental!

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I  love resurrecting neglected bananas and turning them into something desirable, it feels virtuous, not wasteful and from something so sad looking when added into cake batter they really do make a spectacular comeback.  A search online revealed this recipe from Waitrose, which I adapted slightly to increase the almonds and banana and reduce the sugar.

honey, almond, banana cake

It was a winner, an almond texture that with the bananas created a fudgey, dense cake.  There’s a little bit of sugar here but most of the sweetness comes from the ripe fruit and honey, so I’m saying you could eat this for breakfast.  Cake for breakfast, you can’t knock that.

honey, almond, banana cake

Honey, almond and banana cake

Serves 12-15
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 35 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly
Website Waitrose

What you will need

  • 100g ground almonds
  • 75g self raising flour
  • 100g butter
  • 50g light muscavado sugar
  • 100g honey (or agave syrup)
  • 2 very ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • handful flaked almonds

Instructions

Step 1 Preheat the oven to 180c 160Fan Gas 4 and line ideally a 28cm x 17cm tin - a little larger is fine but the cake will be thinner.
Step 2 In a small pan melt the butter, honey and sugar. Set aside to cool.
Step 3 Add the flour, baking powder and almonds to a large bowl, pour in the melted mix, the beaten eggs and mashed bananas. Beat the mixture well.
Step 4 Pour into the tin and scatter with flaked almonds. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
Step 5 Cool on a wire rack and cut into 12 - 15 squares.

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