Thursday, March 14, 2013

Chocolate Banana Cake (GF/SF)

I wasn't at all sure how this was going to work out - was it possible to make a sweet treat that had no sugar at all other than the fruit that was in it?  Ramping up the challenge, I wanted to use dark chocolate which is less sweet than milk chocolate.  Well.... it worked, and the trick is definitely to get the bananas as ripe as possible (skins not just speckled but black).

This cake is moist, sweet and takes care of my non-infrequent chocolate cravings quite nicely.  The banana flavor is pronounced, and if I were feeling fancier, I'd have made up some whipped cream and sliced strawberries to go with it.  But it tastes great all on its own!

Chocolate Banana Cake (GF/SF)
Makes 1 8"x8" single layer cake

1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce (or coconut oil)
2 eggs
5 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 c. blanched almond flour
1/2 c. dark cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350F.

Using mixer, blend applesauce (or oil) and eggs until light and fluffy.  Add remaining ingredients and continue mixing until well blended.

Pour into an 8"x8" cake pan that's been lined with parchment paper on the bottom.  Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Cool on a rack, then keep, covered, in refrigerator.

Shared with: Full Plate Thursday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Creative Juice, DIY Thrifty Thursday, Eat-Pray-Love Link Party, HomeAcre Hop, Hookin' Up with HoH, Showcase Your Talent Thursday, Thank Your Body Thursday, Transformation Thursday, Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop, Thursday's Treasures, Fight Back Friday, Foodtastic Friday, Foodie Friday, Rattlebridge Farm Foodie Friday, Foodie Friends Friday, Fresh Bites Friday, Gluten-Free Friday, Simple Meals Friday, What I Am Eating, Weekend Show-Off Party, LHITS DIY Link Party, Farm Girl Blog Fest, Farmgirl Friday, Freedom Fridays, Friday Favorites, Frugal Friday, Show and Tell Friday, Get Schooled SaturdaySimply Natural Saturdays, Show & Tell Saturday, Sweet Saturday Link Party, A Favorite Thing, Your Great Idea Link Party, No Rules Weekend, Creative HomeAcre Hop, Think Pink Sunday, Sunday Show Off Linky Party, Craft-Create-Inspire Linky Party, On the Menu Monday, My Meatless Monday, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Just Another Meatless Monday, Mealtime Monday, Thank Goodness Its Monday, Nomday Monday, Motivated Monday, Motivate Me Monday, Mostly Homemade Monday, Mop It Up Monday, Monday Funday, Mix It Up Monday, Marvelous Monday, MYHSM Link Party, Make It Yourself Monday, Craft-O-Maniac Monday, Busy Monday, Traditional Tuesday, Totally Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Hearth & Soul Hop, Fat Tuesday, Family Table Tuesday, You're Gonna Love It Tuesday, Eco-Kids Tuesday, Tutorial Tuesday, Tuesday Greens, Backyard Farming Connection, Anti-Procrastination Tuesday.                                     


  1. This looks wonderful! Will be making it this weekend for certain! Visiting over from Townsend House! Hope you can check out my Honey Oat Muffins too!

  2. Hi, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop.

    This looks really good, and I've been trying to find some good sugar-free recipes that don't just dump a bunch of Splenda into it.

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you ever get a chance, stop over to my blog to say hi! Have a great day…

  3. Chocolate and bananas... It sounds divine!

    And coconut oil to make me feel good about eating it... I love it!

    hugs x

  4. Mmmmmmm ... that sounds good! Best wishes, Tammy

  5. Oh my this sounds delightful!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  6. That looks so lovely & moist. Thanks for linking up :)

  7. Hi Lynda,
    What a rich and delicious Chocolate Banana Cake. Have a great St. Patrick's Day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  8. Goodness! That looks sinfully delicious!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  9. This looks amazing! I love that it is GF! Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  10. Bananas and chocolate are always a good mix. :)

    Found you linked up at Sincerely Paula's No Rules Weekend Blog Hop. :)

  11. Well, you just CAN'T go wrong with chocolate and bananas!!! Right? It's sort of like a banana split, lol! I'll bet it's yummy.

    Thanks for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday" today! :)

  12. SO easy, good, and wholesome! I'll definitely try this as a treat for my sons. Thanks you so much for sharing and linking with Nomday Monday. Have a great day!

  13. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you tomorrow night at:

  14. YUMMY!!!!! This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up at Gluten Free Fridays! I have this tweeted and pinned! See you this week!

  15. Looks delish :) Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you tomorrow at:

  16. Not fair! That last pic makes me want to dig right in. :D Thanks for sharing.

  17. I have been using bananas as a base in muffins and such. Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope to see you again tomorrow!