Saturday, April 9, 2011

Banana Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cake

I would never believe this could possibly be good had I not made it myself. I am begging you to go and make this cake. You will be absolutely amazed. Amazed I tell you! Bananas have a magical power, really. They have the power to replace butter and oil in recipes and yield the same, if not more, moisture and texture as using the full fat. I am in love with you Mr. Banana for allowing this to be true. Okay now combine that awesome banana with lots of yummy cinnamon and little mini-chocolate chips and you have a healthy snack cake that tastes divine. Oh, I almost forgot, I used whole wheat flour too. It just keeps getting better doesn't it. They key is to have nice and ripe bananas on hand like these:

This is where the yummy banana flavor is at it's best, plus they are way easy to mash up. So how could you go wrong with this. I didn't think you could come up with a reason. Let your family sing your praises and tell you what a great cook you are and have a giant piece yourself knowing that it's pretty much guilt-free. Enjoy!

Banana Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cake
adapted from Two Pea and Their Pod

3 very ripe bananas
2 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups white wheat flour or all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup cinnamon chips or mini chocolate chips, divided
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, mash the bananas well with a fork or potato masher. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Stir in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and sugar.

Add ¾ cup of the chips, and stir briefly. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and set aside.

In a small bowl, stir together the topping ingredients. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the batter in the pan, and top with the remaining ¼ cup chips.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.


Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

Yum! Three of my favorite ingredients.

I'd like to invite you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.

Little Lovables said...

wow, I will surely have to try this!

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