Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Using It Up: Bananas

Banana Snack Cake
Taste of Home Simple and Delicious Cookbook Copyright 2010

1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 1 small)
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Confectioners' sugar

In a bowl, combine flour and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk the brown sugar, water, banana, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Transfer to a greased 8-in. square baking dish.
Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. I skipped this. Cut into squares. Yield: 9 servings.

I made this because it was fast. I made this because it was easy. I made this because it used up some of my frozen banana stash that is growing all of the time. I made this because my coworkers are happier when I bake and I really didn't have the time or motivation to look for a more interesting recipe.

I certainly didn't make this because I thought it would be anything special but this was quite good. Simple, yes, but very moist and delicious with nice banana flavor. As a bonus, this is egg and dairy free, perfect for anyone with egg and/or dairy allergies or your vegan friends or family. 

Snack cakes always remind me of when my mom bought snack cake mixes that came with their own pans.  Maybe they were called Snackin' Cakes?  How did they get the pans in the boxes?  Were they folded?  Ah, that is one problem of growing up in the age of packaged mixes - many of mom's best recipes were eventually discontinued LOL.


MANDI said...

Yummo! Looks good and something different I can do to use up the stash of manky bananas that I can't bear to throw out because the price of bananas over here is through the roof!

Anonymous said...

I always have gobs of frozen bananas. I make banana bread and, luckily, my family loves banana bread. I have a delicious banana cake recipe, but the bread is so much quicker and easier.

LOL about your Mother's recipes being discontinued!!


Mrs. L said...

Perfect! My boss got me a new office and I promised him something "bananaish" since that's his favorite!

Green Mountain Realty said...

Sounds really good, I will have to this receipe

A Cooking Husband said...

This was great! It's vegan too. I'll do this one again. I'm going to try it with carrots next time.