Thursday, August 30, 2012

Upside-Down Vegan Banana Cake


So, I made this delicious Upside Down Banana Cake adapting a recipe from the blog US Masala I saw on Pinterest-- dee-lish-us!  I did lots of substitutions to the original, but I'm sure it tasted just as good, but not better.  This is a great way to use up 3 or 4 over-ripe bananas.  I made fresh apple sauce in my Vitamix, but you can, of course, use the ready-made stuff.  And I used both coconut oil instead of butter and coconut oil (melted) instead of the oil called for in the original recipe.  AND, I made full use of my food processor, as usual.  But other than that, well, it could be the same recipe.
INGREDIENTS:
For the Upside-Down Layer:

  • 3 ripe bananas, cut in 1/2" pieces
  • 1/4 C. Brown Sugar
  • 3 T. Melted Coconut Oil
For the Cake:
  • 1 C. Unbleached Flour  (or sub 1 1/2 C. GF mix for this and the tapioca starch)
  • 1/2 C. Tapioca Starch
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp. Organic Cinnamon
  • 5 T. Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla (I used Vanilla Powder)
  • 1 C. Coconut Milk 
  • 1/2 C. Organic Apple Sauce (I made mine in blender, raw, from 2 diced apples)
  • 1 very ripe Banana
Method:
  • Set Oven to 350F
  • Combine the melted Coconut Oil and Brown Sugar in the bottom of a 9" round cake pan (I used a silicon pan, so if you are using a metal/glass pan, spray with DIY cooking oil
  • Cover the syrupy bottom of the pan with the sliced bananas
  • Combine the Flour, Tapioca Starch, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Coconut Sugar and Powdered Vanilla (if using) in the Food Processor and combine with a couple of pulses.  Put this dry combo into a small bowl.
  • Combine the 'wet' stuff in the Food Processor until the banana is puree-- Coconut Milk, Apple Sauce, Banana, and Vanilla (if using the liquid)
  • Put dry ingredients back into the food processor and with a limited number of pulses, combine (just until moistened)
  • Pour over the banana layer
  • Put in oven for 40-45 minutes
  • Cool on a rack and then carefully turn over.  You might want to use a silicone pan (a treat) or perhaps a cheesecake pan or just put parchment paper on the bottom and sides of your pan for easy removal of the cake
Hope you enjoy it!  We sure did!


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bushels of Salads...

Every Girl Should Know How To Make A Salad
I have had a lovely summer... and lots of great salads! Above is a picture of my 6-year old granddaughter making a salad -- what I want her to be skilled at in the kitchen, actually.  In my day it was an omelet.  But we vegans have different ideas about what is appropriate! If you want to see a pile of excellent salad recipes why not go to my Pinterest Salad Board and 'follow' it?  There are great recipes for salads on there right now, and a bunch more to come!  You could have a different salad every day of the year...wow! (Keep them organic of course!)