Banana Snacking Cake

Do you ever get tired of making banana bread with your overripe bananas?  I actually don’t – my family loves my mother’s banana bread recipe, I can always count on each and every one of them to fully enjoy it when I pop one in the oven.  But, I can never say no to a snack cake.  There is something just so appealing to a cake that asking you to eat it as a snack – instead of dessert.  It is like you are getting permission to have a few desserts during the day.  So, when I was flipping through my Cooking Light magazine, and found this recipe, I could not help but run out to the store and get some bananas to hide until they were too brown to eat.

So, first you must look at the ingredients for this cake.  This is probably one of the healthiest cakes I have ever made, but you would hardly know it.  There is very little sugar in this cake, therefore, it is extremely important that you make sure the bananas are VERY overripe.  I am talking black skins – spots are just not going to cut it.  The riper the banana, the higher the sugar content, and that natural sugar is what you need to make this cake sweet enough.  This cake stayed moist for a couple of days, and the whole family loved it.  We cut it into 16 pieces, and at about 100 calories a piece, this cake was spectacular.

Ingredients

  • 6.75  ounces  all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3  cup  sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  cup  plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3/4  cup  mashed ripe banana (about 1 medium)
  • 1/4  cup  canola oil
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1  large egg, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°.

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Make a well in center of flour mixture.

Combine yogurt, banana, oil, vanilla, and egg in a small bowl; stir until well blended. Add yogurt mixture to the flour mixture in large bowl, stirring just until moist.

Pour the batter into a 9-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cake in the pan 10 minutes on wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

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