Banana cake is a favourite of many Ghanaians. As requested I’m sharing one of my banana cake recipes.
Bananas are extremely healthy and delicious.They contain several essential nutrients, and have many health benefits. Aside from being very nutritious, they are also a highly convenient snack food.
Here are some health benefits of bananas that are supported by scientific research.
1.Bananas contain a fair amount of fiber, as well as several antioxidants. One medium-sized banana (118 grams) contains Potassium (9% of RDI), Vitamin B6 (33% of RDI) as well as other vitamins and minerals
2. Reduce depression
3. Helps with allergies. A study conducted by the Imperial College of London found that children who ate just one banana per day had a 34% less chance of developing asthma.
4. Reduce blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.
5.Helps bones grow stronger
6.Bananas “power” the brain
7. Regulate bowel system as they contain a lot of fiber
8. Cancer prevention: As a good source of vitamin C, bananas can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. High fiber intakes from fruits and vegetables like bananas are associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.
9. Help prevent anaemia
10.Aid in healthy and strong bones development.
11.Aid in weight-loss as they contain pectin. Both pectin and resistant starch have been shown to have appetite-suppressing effects and increase the feeling of fullness after meals.
Now lets, get on with the recipe. This is my simplest banana cake recipe and my go to recipe when Im in a hurry to make banana cake. Hasn’t failed me yet 🙂
3 large eggs
Half cup of milk
4 medium to large sized overripe bananas
2/3 cup melted butter (or 1 cup oil. Frytol an affordable Ghanaian brand works perfectly)
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups soft flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder.
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon mixed spices
1.Preheat oven to 180°C
2.Spray pan with baking spray or grease with vegetable fat
3.Mix and whisk all wet ingredients (except half of milk) together until well incorporated
4.Gently add dry ingredients in 3 batches, mixing after each addition
5.Add in the rest of the milk before the last batch of flour is added.
6. Pour into pan until 2/3 full
7. Bake for 45 mins
To check if its done: Insert a dry skewer or toothpick. If it comes out dry, cake is done
Pans I usually use : 3 mini loaf tins or 1 8″ square pan
Be sure to avoid over-mixing the batter. Over-mixing causes the cake to lose it fluffiness and it will come out tough
Also, if your oven does not have a glass door with which you can view the cakes, avoid the temptation of opening the oven at least 30mins after placing tins inside. Opening it too soon can cause your cake to sink due to the drop in temperature of the oven.
Other flavour variants can be achieved with this basic recipe:
1.To get chocolate banana cake add 3 tablespoon of rich dark cocoa powder (Cocoa Royale is my favourite)
2.To obtain red velvet banana cake add 1 tablespoon cocoa and 2 tablespoon of concentrated beetroot juice (beetroot is readily available on the Ghanaian market. Fruit and vegetable stalls usually stock this)
As breakfast: Slightly warmed with yoghurt or any beverage of choice
As dessert: With ice cream.
Comment below when you try it. Its so simple and foolproof. You cant go wrong with this basic recipe! :p
Also let me know the recipe you want me to post next.
As requested by whatsapp messages I received, the cups I mentioned are the US measuring cups and not the “olonka’ cups on the Ghanaian market. These cups can be purchased at the bakery section of Shoprite. Below are the conversion measurement if the cups are unavilable
1 cup sugar= 200g
1 cup flour= 150g
1 cup milk= 240mL