Bananarama!

What happens when to Jersey gals get together on a Friday night and bake rather than go out to see the goings on of First Friday?  Banana Chocolate Chip Walnut cake!  I’ve had a lovely week of seeing a few friends amid my homework-, meeting-, interview-filled Spring “Break.”  One of the best things about seeing friends and cooking is getting out of whatever rut you’ve been in with your cooking as I did this week.  One friend showed me how to make a lime, tamari, ginger, garlic, olive oil, maple marinade.  We combined this with sweet potatoes, leeks, shallots, kale, and onions and threw it over some quinoa and ohh my goodness!  My friend Kim came over tonight and brought some ingredients and I used whatever I had. With our powers combined, we had tofu scramble, cabbage soup, sweet potato fries, and banana chocolate chip walnut cake!  I’m not sure how long it took to bake this cake as I sort of lost track, but I would say between 30-40 minutes will do.    Enjoy!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Walnut Cake with Chocolate Icing

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 banana, mashed

3/4 cup oil

1 Tbsp flax meal + 3 Tbsp water

1 1/2 – 2 inch piece of vanilla bean, or 1-2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 cup coconut milk beverage

1/4 – 1/2 cup chocolate chips, depending on your preference

1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, depending on your preference

1)  In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking powder.  Set aside.

2)  In a small bowl, add lemon juice and coconut milk beverage and mix until curdled.  Add  oil, brown sugar, vanilla bean (cut lengthwise and scrape out black grainy stuff into bowl) or vanilla extract, flax meal mixture, and mashed banana.  Mix until well-combined.

3)  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined and no lumps remain.

4)  Add to a greased and floured 9″ round cake pan and bake for 30-40 minutes (or until sharp knife inserted into center of cake comes out clean) in 350°F pre-heated oven.

Icing:

Not positive of ratios, but I think it was something like this:

1 1/2-2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1/2 – 1 cup cocoa powder

3 Tbsp Earth Balance, softened

2 Tbsp coconut milk beverage – start with 2 Tbsp, add more if need be

1 tsp vanilla

I often forget to write things down when I make them, but I think this is about right.  I will correct this soon!