Apr 21, 2010

Chocolate banana nut cake or rather squares- tastes delicious anyway!!

         Whenever there are ripe bananas in my pantry, using them in bakes is the first thing that comes to my mind. But now when I am trying to maintain a strict diet and when there are some misconceptions that banana is not a ideal thing when one is trying to loose weight prevented me from buying them. But then this lead me to find answers to my questions. As a result I found some really good and interesting facts about this wonder fruit. Thats when I decided to share this with my readers who like me are confused about what to eat and what not to.
        Bananas does not contain fats, sodium and cholesterol. It contains potassium, vitamin A, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, copper, pantothenic acid and zinc. Eating bananas help in reducing the risk of high blood pressure. As it contains around 20% sugars , people with high blood sugar can reduce its intake. It is an excellent food to help you loose weight and provides a lot of energy.
        Bananas should be had when ripe. Especially the ones with green tip are very good for one's health. Unripe bananas have 20% starch, which by enzyme action is converted to sugars when ripe. An average banana has about 0.6g of fats and provides around 100-125 calories.
      Also another interesting fact is that bananas gives off a exceptionally large amount of ethylene gas as it ripens and this changes its colour. Even other fruits kept in proximity with the bananas tend to ripe soon. You can lenghthen the ripening process by placing them in a refrigerator. By this, the skin becomes dark, but the fruit inside will be good and firm. You can even freeze the bananas for later use.
         I can go on and on stating the  benefits of banana. So just go ahead and have bananas ,but in moderation.
    And now the latest thing I heard is "just smell bananas to loose weight"!!!!!!!!!!!!

So heres the recipe for today with over ripe bananas. A healthy banana cake..

chocolate banana nut squares
Pilsbury multigrain atta- 1 cup
Baking powder- 3tsp
Cocoa powder- 2tbsp
Margarine- 2tbsp
Brown sugar- 3/4 cup
Granulated sugar- 2tbsp
Ripe bananas- 2 large sized mashed to yield 1 3/4 cup
Egg- 1
Almond flakes- 3/4 cup
Milk- 4tsp
chocolate banana nut squares
    Combine butter and sugars and beat them to a soft fluffy texture.Now add the mashed bananas and beat to mix well. Beat the egg lightly. Add this to the above mixture and mix well.
      In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Add the dry ingredients to the above wet ingredients mixture. Add little by little beating the mixture to combine well. Add few drops of milk if the batter is very thick.
    Just fold in half of the almond mixture into the batter.
Grease and flour a baking tin. I used a lamington tray just because I wanted the cake in small squares. But you can use a 8" baking pan too. Pour the batter into the baking tin. Garnish with almond flakes on the to.
   Bake this in a preheated oven at 140c for 30 minutes.
Allow the cake to cool well before turning it down on a plate. Chill and serve.

chocolate banana nut squares
 This one goes to bangalore baker's bake off event.
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