Are you perhaps looking for something to replace the age-old habit of having a breakfast muffin or a bagel? If yes, then this banana cake might be a sweet option for you. It is more than a loaf of bread, but less than a full-blown dessert cake, but it is delicious nonetheless. And the combination of banana and chocolate is a match made in heaven! The ready cake can be decorated with banana slices.
Bananas were first domesticated by Southeast Asian farmers, and recent archaeological and palaeoenvironmental evidence suggests that banana cultivation goes back to somewhere between 5000 and 8000 BCE. To the Americas they were introduced by Portuguese sailors who brought the fruits from West Africa in the 16th century. The word banana comes from the Wolof language – nowadays spoken by 10 million people in Western Africa – and it was passed into the English via Spanish or Portuguese. Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and soluble fiber, and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C and potassium. In women, consumption of bananas may be associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. The greener, less ripe bananas contain higher levels of starch. Due to the higher sugar concentration, yellow bananas taste sweeter.
2.5 dl/1 cup all-purpose flour
1 dl/0.5 cup whole grain flour
1 dl/0.5 cup rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1.5 dl/2/3 cup sugar
125 gr/4.5 oz softened unsalted butter
2 tbsp milk
1 banana, cut into slices
100 gr/3.5 oz chocolate
Sift all the dry ingredients. Combine the all-purpose flour, whole grain flour and the rolled oats with the baking powder. Mash the bananas with a fork. Add the sugar, mashed bananas, the melted butter and the milk. Grease a baking dish, preferably a loaf tin, thoroughly and pour the mixture in. Bake in the oven, preheated to 175C/350F, for ca. 30 minutes.
Decoration: Set a heatproof dish or a bowl over a pot that is filled with water heated near to its boiling point. You can for example set a spaghetti sieve over a pot, and place a bowl with the chocolate inside the sieve. Remove the melted chocolate immediately from the heat and pour over the cooled down cake. Decorate with banana slices.