Healthy Chocolate Ragi Banana Cake
So yesterday was my 4th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon,2015. So generally a week prior to marathon we start carb loading slowly, on Friday I was craving something sweet, so I decided to try this cake recipe, a runner friend had shared to me via some website. Also I had recently bought a cup cake maker from amazon so was dying to try it. I was excited about this recipe as it did not involve Maida and sugar, instead I was advised to use ragi and wheat flour and jaggery J for those who can’t access to jaggery can use sugar or sugar free or stevia, but I don’t know the proportion then L
So this is how the recipe goes.
1 cup ragi flour
1 cup wheat flour
½ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
2 tea spoons baking powder
Mix the above and sieve altogether. As shown in the pic.
1-1/2 cup jaggery powder (more if you like; I like my cakes moderately sweet)
1 cup oil / melted butter
1 cup milk / smooth beaten curd / soy milk
3 medium sized ripe bananas, mashed (leftover over-ripe will also do just fine)
1 level tea spoon vanilla essence (optional, as the chocolate and bananas already lend plenty of flavors)
Mix the above with a wooden spoon stirring in one direction only. You can use a cake blender if you use one, I prefer using the blender it just makes your work so much easier.
It should be well blended with no big lumps. The small lumps of jaggery (about the size of a wheat grain) are hard to avoid. But that’s fine. They will dissolve slowly or melt when baking and meld with the cake.
Fold ingredients A into ingredients B. By fold, it mean add the flour a spoonful at a time and gently incorporate it into the wet mixture using the side of your spoon while continuing to stir in one direction only.
The mixture will look as shown in the below pic.
When all the flour is incorporated, I poured the same in the cupcake maker, as shown below in the pic. And within 10 minutes I had piping hot and extremely soft cupcakes ready. Couple of my friends suggested me to do the icing, but that’s where the recipe would go wrong, as for icing you would need cream and sugar, thus spoiling the whole point of it being a healthy cake.
And this is how they looked after 10mins.
Now for those who don’t have a cupcake maker you can bake for about 40-45 minutes at 180 C. You know it is done when a cake tester (or small knife) inserted into the cake comes out clean. If the tester still has liquid dough on it, let it bake for another 5-10 mins. If using a microwave convection oven, you may need to grill it for about a minute to get the top of the cake fully cooked.
Do try this recipe for healthy Chocolate Ragi Banana cake and let us know how did it taste?
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