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Blissful Banana Cake

Posted Jan 06 2013 9:33pm

Stephanie Alexander is one of my cooking heroes, I have a few of her books and they are my kitchen bibles. She has a wonderful recipe in the Kitchen Garden Companion that I have adapted and changed around a little bit. I’ve baked this cake before using her specs exactly, of course it turned out beautifully and I don’t presume to be able to improve on one of the great lady’s recipes but I wanted to give it a whirl using Natvia instead of sugar. Low and behold, substituting 1 cup of caster sugar with ¾ cup Natvia Baking created a wonderful cake with all the great sweetness of the original but far less sugar (there’s still some in the nanas). Give it a whirl gang, you won’t be disappointed.

 Blissful Banana Cake
Blissful Banana Cake
Serves 8

Ingredients 125g unsalted butter
¾ cup Natvia Baking sweetener
2 free range eggs
2 ripe, mashed bananas
3 drops pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups wholemeal plain flour
1 tsp bicarb soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup full fat milk

Instructions - Preheat oven to 180 degrees
- Generously grease 22cm cake tin with plenty of butter
- Blend together butter and Natvia until pale and fluffy
- Beat in eggs, one at a time and then add banana and vanilla
- Sift flour, bicarb soda, cinnamon and salt and add to the mix, alternating with milk
- Add mix to tin and pop it in the oven for an hour, or until a fine skewer comes out clean

Cream Cheese Icing - Mix up a tub of cream cheese with 2 tbsp of Natvia Baking (after grinding it down in a mortar and pestle) and add a splash of fresh lemon juice
- Sprinkle with chopped walnuts

Bananas give a sustained and substantial boost of and have significant antioxidant power. One study showed that bananas reduced the oxidative stress in the blood and reduced the ability of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) to be damaging. The prevailing view is that oxidised LDL plays a major role in the formation of plaques leading to heart disease, so anything that reduces this risk is good news. The banana is the best fruit source of vitamin B6 (one small banana provides around a quarter of your daily needs; one big banana provides nearly half of your daily needs). It is extremely high in potassium and salt-free, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. Less than 1 in 10 people get enough potassium to reduce their risk of chronic disease, like stroke. That leaves a lot of room for high potassium foods like the banana.



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