Recipes: Chocolate Banana Cake

Hello, everyone!

I have a couple of bananas going brown and leopard skinny in the fruit bowl, so I may have to make Mr FD's favourite cake to use them up. It's not exactly diet food, but he does like it!
The bananas should be at least Stage 7 - but possibly even browner! Bananas like this always used to make my dad cough when he smelt them...we never knew why, but I guess they must give off some irritating gas when extra ripe.

 Here is the recipe:

225g self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
40g cocoa/ drinking chocolate
4 tbsp milk
150g caster sugar
100g soft margarine
2 soft, brown bananas

Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/GM4

1. Sift flour, baking powder, and cocoa into a bowl.
2. Mix the sugar, margarine, bananas and milk in a food processor. Blend for about 10 seconds (I use my hand held blender. It works fine)
3. Pour this mixture onto the dry ingredients. Mix well.
4. Put into a greased cake tin (about 18cm/7")
5. Bake for about 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

Allow to cool. Add topping if you wish (I melt chocolate with a splash of milk & use that). This cake is best a day after baking.

If this is not diet food-y enough, maybe I should try making low fat muffins instead. We haven't got any snack-y things in the house at the moment, and little banana buns mightn't be a bad idea.
These look possible:


Serves : 12 

  • 125g (4.5 oz) plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 225g (8 oz) mashed ripe banana
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 60g (2 oz) half fat creme fraiche
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease muffin tin or line with paper muffin cups.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together banana, sugar, egg and vanilla. Stir in creme fraiche. Stir banana mixture into flour until just combined. Scoop into prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a cocktail stick inserted into centre of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool before serving. For best flavour, place in an airtight container or plastic bag overnight.
Mr FD has just informed me that he ate the bananas for breakfast! Oh well! 


  1. Lovely recipes FD thank you!
    In this house we don't really like bananas as a stand alone thing. We like them as an ingredient in something else, like a fruit salad or on our porridge or in custard!!!

    Lovely to see you blogging again :)

    Fishcake Random
    x x x


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