Queque de Banano (Banana Cake)

There are many things “banana” here. They are abundant, delicious, portable and super-duper cheap. Every corner store and coffee shop carries some form of banana cake. I found the recipe below on a traditional Costa Rican cooking site.

Queque de Banano (Traditional Costa Rican Banana Cake)

Yield: 12 servings

Calories per serving: 171

Fat per serving: 2 g

Ingredients

  • 4-5 bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 F.
  2. Mash bananas and cream with sugar and oil.
  3. Mix in vanilla.
  4. Combine dry ingredients.
  5. Mix banana mixture and dry ingredients.
  6. Beat the egg in by hand.
  7. Add any dried fruit or chocolate chips if you feel like it.
  8. Bake in a cake pan for approx 40 minutes or muffin tin for about 20 minutes. Keep a close on eye and remove from oven when knife comes out clean.
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The above recipe is seriously sweet. I like sweet, but this is too much for me – or maybe I just needed a cup of dark bitter hot coffee to take the edge off the sweetness.

I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so after making the original I started cutting back on sugar and adding other ingredients/substitutes to the recipe.

At the moment, I am holding steady with the recipe below. Any more changes and it becomes a muffin I think… and I’m trying to maintain my integrity when I call it a cake. I have managed to increase the protein per serving by 3 g to 4 g, added fiber, a little healthy fat (1 g more), decreased the baking time, and well, it’s just really really yummy.

Queque de Banano (Banana Cake) - Liisa's Version 4

Yield: 12 servings

Calories per serving: 141

Fat per serving: 3 g

Ingredients

  • 4-5 bananas
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (process your oats in a blender or food processor)
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Mash bananas and cream with sugar and oil.
  3. Mix in vanilla.
  4. Combine dry ingredients.
  5. Mix banana mixture and dry ingredients.
  6. Beat the egg in by hand.
  7. Add any dried fruit or chocolate chips if you feel like it.
  8. Bake in a cake pan for approx 40 minutes or less for muffin tin (probably about 20 minutes). Keep a close on eye and remove from oven when knife comes out clean.

Notes

Protein 4 g (up from the original with just over 1 g)

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