3.08.2009

chocolate chip banana cake

chocolate chip banana cake Alright, so once again, it's cold out. Really cold outside. And right about at this time of year, I begin to ask myself why on earth anyone lives up here. Perhaps it wouldn't feel so very gloomy, if I didn't have such immediate access to the temperatures worldwide. I only have to gently brush the screen with the tip of my finger, and my phone tells me that just about everywhere is warmer than Calgary is at the moment. Okay, so I admit that most of the places I check are not in Canada, but surely, that is not an excuse. I am going to use the temperatures to continue to search endlessly for the perfect comfort food. As long as I have the time, you know? Luckily, I haven't had to search too far, as this cake has been in my Mom's recipe box for some time. Unfortunately, this cake has a terrible downside. The fragrant aroma of this cake can create temporary insanity and delirium, as my Dad and I would plot how we would eat as much of the cake as we could, and not have Mom notice. Generally, this meant we would have to eat it, and then blame the consumption on the other person, hoping that Mom would never really figure out the truth. all gone Yes, it is a cake which has caused me to lie. I know, this is a terrible thing. A terrible, terrible thing. I do swear that I am not lying to you that it is a very good cake, one that will make you attempt to conceal the amount you have devoured, when it is was supposed to be cooling! Then, of all the faux-pas' one should never partake, is to lick one's fingers, and then... well you get the idea. It's a good cake. The other problem with the cake, is that it causes my Mom and I to argue. Yes, I know I shouldn't argue with my Mom. However, she only adds 1/2 cup of chocolate chips! It just makes me eat more of it to actually receive my fill in chocolate. Go with 3/4 cup of chocolate chips... or more if you dare. And just when you thought, that the cute little sundress hanging in the closet was no longer going to fit, well then you discover, that there are a lot of healthy things in this cake. There are five, yes five bananas. And oats, and whole wheat flour, and wheat germ. Only 1/4 cup of butter. Go on, it's okay. banana cake Chocolate Chip Banana Cake 1/4 cup butter + 2 tbsp applesauce 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup butter milk (or 1/2 cup milk with 1 tbsp lemon juice) 1 1/2 cup mashed very ripe bananas (five bananas) 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or regular flour) 1/2 cup wheat germ 1 cup rolled oats 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup chocolate chips 1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 fahrenheit, and line a 13 x 9 inch pan with baking paper. 2. If not using buttermilk, combine the milk and lemon juice in a glass measuring cup, and let stand. 3. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the applesauce, and the eggs. 4. Stir in the milk, bananas, and vanilla. Mix well, but it can still have a little texture of the bananas. 5. Stir in the flour, wheat germ, oats, baking soda and salt. 6. Mix to combine. 7. Add 3/4 cup chocolate chips, and mix one last time. 8. Evenly spread the mixture in the baking pan, and bake for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (chocolate excluded!).

28 comments:

Heidi / Savory Tv said...

I am not a huge fan of banana in cooked form but I may have to give it another chance! Especially if the aroma creates temporary insanity!

gail said...

Oh Heidi - it really does! I know how ridiculous it sounds...!

Olga said...

Love the empty plate photo.

Jessie said...

delicious treat! I love banana chocolate chip anything :)

VeggieGirl said...

HOLY YUM DELICIOUSNESS!!

Oh and stay warm!! Hope the cold-front is gone for ya soon!!

gail said...

thanks olga! I like the picture too... but not the empty plate ;) hehe

Jessie - I'll admit I'm totally a sucker too!

VeggieGirl - thanks so much! All curled up here, with my "computer heater", as I call it

ttfn300 said...

ooh, this is definitely the key to warming up, inside-out :)

Mary @ Lavish said...

OH this is pure torture! My two favourite foods - bananas and chocolate... seriously, Gail, what are you trying to do to me!

I must try it...

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Looks delicious and who would ever say no to bananas and choc chips? :)

Cheryl A said...

Peopla measure their chocolate chips?

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Gail I can admit that the best prove that this cake is very addictive is the empty plate lol!

Craving it...chocolate, chips and banana totally speechless :)

Bread and Jam said...

This looks so gooey and wonderful. Thanks for posting such great pics. That's usually what sells me on trying a new recipe. :)

gastroanthropologist said...

So gloomy in London I'm wondering why I ever moved here... I guess its a great excuse to bake and enjoy treats like this. Love banana cake...

healthydelicious said...

looks great- I love bananas and chocolate (and cake...)

Maya said...

I just made a banana loaf the other day..not as healthy as yours!

Tangled Noodle said...

Chocolate chips and bananas - such a classic combo but I love the oats it this as well. Delicious!

Erica said...

ughhhh! I hope it warms up there today. This cake looks incredible- the chocolate looks melty and delicious. Beautiful pics!

Farmer Gal said...

Oh come on... Anything less than a cup of chocolate chips is a travesty!

Thank you for ending on the note that this cake in fact is somewhat healthy! I was starting to feel guilty about the thought of making it at first!

Joie de vivre said...

Your empty plate pictures always induce delirium in me! I so want a piece now!

Global Patriot said...

Okay Gail, I think "insanity & delirium" pretty much sum up the situation when making this delectable dessert - wow!

Hornsfan said...

this looks delicious, like banana muffins but better! i'm sure this does create some serious temporary insanity!

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Gail, I've an award for you on my blog :)

Perhaps you can enjoy it with some of the chocolate banana cake delicious leftovers...;)

Cheers!
Gera

Piee and JSBanana said...

I think I drooled a bit when I saw the pictures. The recipe is so simple, I am going to have to give this a try this weekend!

-Piee

Cynthia said...

I love that photograph with the plate and fork!

Steph said...

My favourite add in for banana bread is chocolate chips.

Anna Mor said...

Chocolate chip and banana, God help my hips :)

Bec said...

That cake sounds/looks amazing! Also I just realized that you are from Canada too :)

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Wow that looks delicious. I love putting chocolate chips in banana bread, but I can just imagine how good the combo would be in a more desserty cake.

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