Sunday, September 7, 2014

Nutty Chocolate Banana Cake with a Lovely Glaze

I had some bananas and dates that were begging to be turned into something fabulous and I wasn't in the mood for a smoothie or a blah bread type of recipe. I kind of combined a few recipes and ended up with this beauty:
The kids had a sample of it and they are now counting down the hours until after dinner. It would also be lovely to double the recipe and turn it into a beautiful and earthy layer cake.
Nutty Chocolate Banana Cake with a Lovely Glaze
¼ C coconut or almond milk
6 T. coconut oil
3 dates
1 t vanilla extract
3 bananas, mashed
2 C flour of choice
1 ½ t. baking powder
½ t salt
1/2 C walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2  C mini semi sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly oil bread pan or pan of choice
2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and walnuts.
3. In food processor combine bananas, dates, coconut oil, milk, and vanilla. Mix until smooth, then combine with dry ingredients.
4. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour into pan.
5. Bake for 30 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean).
1 C mini semi sweet chocolate chips
 1 cup milk of choice
1/3 C plain Greek yogurt
 2 ½ tbsp. peanut butter
 3 t. maple syrup or honey
pinch of salt
1. In a pan over medium-low heat, warm the milk, yogurt, peanut butter and syrup/honey. When mixed together remove from heat.
2. Add chocolate and stir until melted.
3. Stir in salt.
Drizzle glaze over cake and top with pistachios, chopped walnuts and extra mini chocolate chips if you desire.

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