Monday, May 22, 2006

Banana Oatmeal Snack Cake

Everyone has their own recipe for banana bread - the one their mother used to make, or the one they found in their favorite cookbook. But most banana breads are full of oil, and usually include a good-sized amount of sugar.

This one is a good-for-you version. The whole wheat flour and flax meal give you a nice hit of fiber, the olive oil is the "good kind of fat," and the amount of sugar is relatively low. However, despite all of the fairly healthy ingredients, it's got a lovely flavor.

Banana Oatmeal Snack Cake

Banana Oatmeal Snack Cake
1 c whole wheat flour
1/2 c flax meal
1/2 c brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 c oats
1 c mashed banana
1/3 c plain yogurt
1/4 c olive oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten (or egg substitute)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8x8 square pan, or a regular loaf pan. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine banana, yogurt, oil, vanilla, and egg, and stir well. Add wet ingredients to dry, stirring gently just until fully moistened. Spread batter into prepared pan, and bake 30-35 minutes (50-55 if using loaf pan), until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool thoroughly and slice.


Special Sauce said...

I have to tell you, I pretty much abhor all things banana, except for good banana bread. This snack cake looks swell- and I think I have almost everything to make it too.

Anonymous said...

First of all, let me tell you that I'm not really a cake person. I can do it, but it's definitely not my favorite thing.

However, this cake definitely makes my "can do" list. It's nice and light and perfect for breakfast or as a snack with your morning coffee. Trust me.

Anonymous said...

great recipe-i use rice oil because it is neutral in flavor and has more antioxidants than olive oil. have you ever tried adding applesauce for sweetness-i know it works but i don't have that recipe.