When it comes to cake and bread, the first image that pops in the head is of spongy cakes with lots of cream. But the simplest of all cakes with the richness of fruits is the simple banana cake. While most preparation of cake comes with the inclusion of all-purpose flour aka maida, there are cakes that are made with whole wheat. And one among such preparations of cake is the Whole Wheat Banana Cake

It is not just the richness and nutrients of banana that emulsifies with the ingredients but also the healthy flour from the grains. Along with the two main components of banana and flour, it is the addition of nuts such as walnuts that make the whole of the cake flavorful and delicious.

A delicious quick evening snack, this Whole Wheat Banana cake will make children fall in love with your baking skills. This healthy Whole Wheat Banana cake will forever remain a winner when presented to the family on a casual day or served with tea to the guests.

If someone is to be credited for the invention of banana cake, also commonly known as banana bread, it is to be given to the Philippines. The whole concept and making of banana cake were introduced during the American colonial period of the Philippines.

According to historical records, the invention of the banana cake took place during the Depression of the 1930s. At that time, housewives in order to find other means of making some extra money started making banana bread at home. It was that time when baking soda and baking powder were also starting to get popular, which is the key ingredient in its making.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ripe banana
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup walnuts   

Method:

  • In a bowl, transfer the ripe banana. 
  • Mash the bananas with the back of a fork making it a coarse paste-like consistency.
  • To this mashed banana add the sugar. 
  • Mix and keep whisking the banana and sugar until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, add the oil and vanilla essence. 
  • Mix the batter again until the oil emulsifies well with the banana mixer.
  • To this mixture add the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, but through a sieve. 
  • Now, smoothly sieve the dry ingredients into the banana batter.
  • Gently fold in the flour with the banana. 
  • Make sure the flour is not stirred into the batter. Keep folding for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Then, add the walnuts and fold again.
  • On a baking tray place the parchment paper and apply some oil or butter. 
  • Now, pour the cake mix onto the tray.
  • Bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 45 minutes. 
  • Once done, let the cake cool and run a knife around the edges.
  • Remove it from the tray, cut it into pieces and serve.