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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.

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
  • 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!