Well hey there

It’s been awhile since I have annoyed you all with a blog post! So in order to celebrate this fact I have made a cake or two, well actually a cake and a loaf but much of a muchness.

Yesterday I was thinking to myself a multitude of highly intelligent things such as – who will win Australian Survivor? Will there be a second season of The Real Housewives of Auckland? Will Gilda run for Prime Minister? How many containers of Lewis Road Creamery chocolate butter are you allowed to consume in one day – and does it count towards your daily recommended calcium intake (I say yes)….Is Brad doing ok after his split with Angie? Do pink peppercorns go with banana?

Well I sadly I only have an answer to one of those questions and it comes in the form of a cake. The Banana, Chocolate and pink peppercorn cake.

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I have made this cake with spelt because it has a better nutritional profile than good old white flour. Spelt contains a good amount of B vitamins that help with energy and also it is a wee bit kinder for those that struggle with wheat. I have opted to use coconut oil instead of butter to keep it dairy free, and I have used granulated stevia to make it sugar-free. I also added in 90% dark chocolate which you can leave out if you want – but seriously who would want to leave out the chocolate???

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Recipe:

3 Mashed bananas

2 free range eggs

3/4 cup granulated stevia ( you can use this just like sugar in a recipe swap e.g. 1 cup sugar = 1 cup granulated stevia)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups spelt flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

Pinch of salt

2 teaspoons pink peppercorns

8 tablespoons of coconut oil solid

2 tablespoons almond milk (or cows milk)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 180c . Melt the coconut oil and add in the stevia (or sugar if that is what you have). Add eggs, mashed bananas and mix. Heat the milk for 20 seconds in the microwave and add the 1 level teaspoon of baking soda mix it well until it is foamy. Add to the banana egg mix. Add the flour, baking powder, vanilla, salt, and pink peppercorns and mix. Add the chopped chocolate and pour into cake tin and bake for 35 minutes or until cooked through.

I may have added Lewis Rd Creamery chocolate butter on the top of mine before and after baking…and maybe also consumed it through the process of baking…

I will post the loaf recipe soon,  so in the meantime enjoy the cake and let me know if you find out how Brad is going.

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