Banana Almond Snack Cake

by Marla on January 13, 2011 · 65 comments

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On the heels of Food Blogger Camp I wanted to bring you a cake that epitomizes what this blog is all about. Healthy, whole food ingredients that taste great, make you feel energized & well fed. This is a banana nut bread recipe that pairs perfectly with a steamy morning cup of coffee or as pick-me-up afternoon snack. I chose to call it a “snack cake” because lets’s face it banana bread is really cake, right? It has all of the flavor of a higher calorie banana bread but none of the refined sugar and just enough healthy fat to satisfy.

Healthy banana cake with almond butter & slivered almonds From the whole grain flours to the sweet bananas – this bread/cake is different than most. Most of the sweetness comes from the bananas & the fat comes from the almond butter & sliced nuts.Pack this banana bread in your lunchbox or the kids. Serve with a cool glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Pre school boy bakes banana bread with mom I also have mine as a pre-workout snack. I slather a piece of this nutty cake with some extra almond butter to help get me though workouts. This is a simple cake to bake with the kids. The love to help measure ingredients, stir the batter & decorate the cake with the slivered almonds.

Pre school boy in pajamas in kitchen baking with mom

Slice up this banana bread so you have pieces at the ready for grab & go anytime snacks & meals. Instead of opening up overly sweetened power bars from the grocery store it is nice to have a treat like this banana bread available at anytime. My Maple Apple Pie Oat Bars and Cranberry Ricotta Cookies are two more lightened up sweets that I like to have on hand.

Banana Nut Bread, healthy & sugar free dessert or breakfast

If you are working towards fitness & health goals in the new year, always remember to be mindful of portion sizes, even when it comes to nutrient filled sweets like this.

Banana Nut Bread dessert or breakfast cake

The slivered almonds add a nice crunch & they are fun decorations  too. A small handful inside the cake would be great also. Just mix some into the batter before you bake.

Banana nut bread for breakfast, lunch & dessert A perfect cake to have with coffee & friends.

Banana Almond Nut Bread Recipe

Do you have a favorite snack cake/bread recipe? Something that can easily be disguised as decadent when it is really great for you too?

Banana Almond Snack Cake

makes 8-10 servings

NOTES

  • Any nut butter (crunchy or smooth) could work in this snack cake. If you don’t have almond butter use peanut butter. Low salt or no salt preferred.
  • I always use Nu Naturals No Carb Stevia Powder in my baking. This has the best flavor compared to any I have ever tried.
  • It is OK to have some chunky banana pieces, it adds to the overall texture of the cake.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 cup fine Corn Flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Stevia Powder or to taste
  • 1 cup (about 4 medium) very ripe Bananas, peeled & mashed
  • 1/4 cup all natural Almond Butter
  • 1 large Egg, whisked at room temperature
  • 1 cup fat free milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup slivered Almonds

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350˚F with the rack in the middle of oven. Prepare a loaf pan (9″ x 5″ x 3″) with parchment paper.Whisk together all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Put mixture in loaf pan & top with slivered almonds. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool cake to room temperature, flip out of pan & slice.

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Variations

  • Add some lightly floured chocolate chips, dried fruit or more nuts to the batter. About 1/4 cup in volume should be right.
  • Add some unsweetened coconut flake to the batter or on the top of the cake before baking.

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