Gluten Free Banana Cake With 3 Variations; Plain, Chocolate Or Coconut

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This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup tapioca starch
2/3 cup cornstarch
cups cocoa
3 eggs, room temp


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a bundt pan.
In a medium sized bowl combine the banana, sugar, oil, vanilla, eggs and yogurt or buttermilk.
In a mixing bowl combine the sorghum flour, tapioca starch, cornstarch, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix on low until blended. Pour the banana mixture into the mixing bowl and blend on low. Scraping bowl down a couple of times, mix until just blended.
This will be a typical fairly thick banana cake batter.
Pour evenly into bundt pan. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes, test with a toothpick or a cake tester. If still gooey bake another 5 minutes.




We’ve been eating quite a bit of bananas lately, seems a healthy thing to have a banana with/for breakfast every day. Of course there are always going to be some bananas that end up getting over-ripe. Three bananas have been sitting on the counter staring at me this week, getting riper every day.

Banana Cake sounded really good to me so I played around until I came up with this version. You can make this cake 1 of 3 ways. First is plain, second is with cocoa and third is with coconut. May I suggest that unless you have a dislike or an allergy to coconut that you use the coconut no matter what.
The reason I suggest this is because the coconut adds bulk and as I’ve said before gluten free doesn’t measure up in cakes. The coconut adds texture and bulk to the cake but because it’s desiccated instead of the sweetened versions it doesn’t add a ton of flavor. If you like the flavor of coconut then by all means use sweetened. I didn’t include walnuts in the recipe because I assume that if you like them you don’t need me to put them in!

When I made this I did use all 3 options and ½ cup chopped walnuts! Glazed with 1 cup powder sugar mixed with 1 tsp vanilla and about a Tablespoon of milk. Don’t over do the milk or the icing ends up too thin.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 8:34pm


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