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Dairy Free Banana and Blueberries Cake

When I was asked to create a dairy free, low sugar and low fat summer cake, it was quite a challenge. I’ve decided to rely on the natural sweetness of fruit, and the first ingredient that came to my mind was ripe bananas, as their creamy texture mimics well that of butter in baked goods, and their sweetness would allow me to use less sugar in the cake.

I then looked at everything else I had in the kitchen, noticed a large amount of fresh blueberries, and decided they will be the main ingredient in the cake. 

After that, it was a quick task, to mix a simple batter, that could hold the blueberries well. Whisking together eggs, unsweetened applesauce, a small amount of oil, vanilla and cinnamon, and combining it with flour in one bowl, was all that was needed. 

The result was a moist fruity cake, loaded with blueberries, that burst in the mouth while eating.

The cake is perfect for serving at breakfast or brunch – or as a light snack anytime of the day. Try it and enjoy.

 

Makes: 20

Prep time: 15 minutes

Baking time: 50 minutes

 

Ingredients:

4 L eggs, at room temperature

¼ cup oil

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed mashed bananas (from about 3 medium, very ripe)

2 cups flour

1 Tbs baking powder

¼ tsp salt

4 cups fresh blueberries

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Line a 9”x13” (23×33 cm) pan with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar. Add the mashed bananas and mix well.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt, and whisk briefly to incorporate.
  4. Switch to a spatula, add the blueberries, in two batches. 2 cups at a time (this helps in distributing them in the batter, so that they will not all sink to the bottom), and mix gently to combine.
  5. Pour the batter into the lined pan. Bake for about 50 minutes, until the cake top is golden, and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Place on a rack, to bring to room temperature before cutting.

31 thoughts on “Dairy Free Banana and Blueberries Cake”

    1. Thank you David, this was quite a challenge, but I’m glad I took it, as this cake was even better than I was hoping for.
      While I often use bananas in cakes (mostly because I buy too many!) I’m with Mark when it comes to traditional banana breads – most are too heavy and cloyingly sweet! 🙂

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