Banana Cake

I do not have a sweet tooth. But once in a while, especially during Christmas, I enjoy a cake. A couple of years ago, I did extensive research on a WFPB banana cake. Hari baked it and it turned out perfectly. I had a small slice and reserved the rest for later consumption. A few friends (non-vegans) dropped in and I offered them some pre-packaged snacks. And tea for everyone. Imagine my surprise when my driver suddenly brought out the cake and offered it to my guests. They polished it off as I watched mutely in dismay. I don’t mean that I was inhospitable, only that the guests do not really appreciate vegan stuff. I then resolved that the cake must be baked again – and Hari did the honours this Christmas day!

1/3 cup chickpea flour
1/3 oats flour
1/3 almonds, ground coarsely
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 ripe apple (1/2 chopped fine, the other half chopped into small chunks)
1 ripe banana, chopped into chunks
6 tbsp date paste
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
A pinch of salt
Line a baking tray with butter paper
Pre-heat the oven at 150°C
Into a mixing bowl, add chickpea flour, oats flour, ground almonds, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder and salt
Mix well and set aside
Transfer the apple chunks, banana chunks, date paste, vanilla essence and lime juice to a blender
Grind to a smooth paste
Add the finely chopped apple to the flours
Add the ground mixture to the flours
Mix well
Transfer to the baking tray
Bake at 150°C for 30 minutes or till done (check by inserting a toothpick – if it comes out clean, the cake is done)
Transfer to a rack and cool
Slice and serve

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