This delicious, moist and dense banana-raisin cake can make a great snack or treat anytime for the whole family. It only uses whole, naturally-sweet foods, with no isolated sugar or sweeteners of any kind. It is deeply satisfying and pleasantly sweet, with some juicy and crunchy textures thanks to the raisins and sunflower seeds.

Being based on pure, wholesome ingredients, this cake provides nutrient-dense calories coming from healthy carbohydrates, including fiber, as well as protein, vitamins, and minerals. It is oil-free, cholesterol-free, and naturally low in fat.

Characteristics

TYPE: snack, breakfast PREP TIME: 10 mins + 55 mins baking
SERVINGS: one 8x8 inch square bread (9 big or 16 small pieces)

  • 100% Plant-based (Vegan)
  • Soy-free
  • Oil-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Nut-free
  • Sugar-free
  • Sweetener-free

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Dry Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

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Preparation Steps

  1. In a small bowl, combine the ground flax and water, and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, soak the raisins in some hot water (tap-temperature hot is enough), and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, and sir well to mix evenly.
  4. Peel the bananas, and add them into your blender, along with the coconut milk, and the flax-water mixture. Blend until evenly combined (smoothie-like consistency).

  5. Pre-heat oven to 300F, and prepare your pan as needed (i.e. coat stainless steel pan with some virgin coconut oil)

  6. Add the wet ingredients from your blender, into your dry ingredients. Drain the water from the raisins and add them into the large bowl too. Stir everything thoroughly together, until evenly combined.

  7. Pour the batter into your prepared pan, even out across the top with your spatula as needed, and sprinkle with some sunflower seeds.

  8. Place into the oven, and bake for 55 minutes. Check with a toothpick, making sure it comes out clean, before removing from oven. Cool on bake rack.

Tips

  • Feel free to use heaping teaspoons/tablespoons of the cinnamon and flax.
  • The cake can be enjoyed while still slightly warm, or allow to cool fully before cutting to eat.
  • Store leftovers in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Otherwise, store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • You can try this in the form of muffins too. Simply pour batter into prepared muffin pan instead.

Meal Nutritional Benefits

Organic Whole Wheat

  • provides healthy carbohydrates and protein; naturally low in fat
  • provides most B vitamins
  • provides minerals, especially manganese, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and copper
  • helps support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • for more info, refer to whole wheat on World’s Healthiest Foods
  • Health Tip: avoid processed wheat foods (even if whole); choose organic wheat, as conventional wheat carries many health risks, and organic, stone-ground whole wheat flours for highest safety and nutrient integrity

Banana

  • provides healthy carbohydrates, some protein, and is virtually fat-free
  • provides phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • a source of vitamins, especially most B vitamins and vitamin C
  • a source of minerals, especially manganese, potassium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, iron, and selenium
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing and prevention
  • supports digestive, immune, and cardiovascular health
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and elimination
  • for more info, see the bananas overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Raisins

  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants
  • provide healthy carbohydrates, some protein, and are virtually fat-free
  • provide most of the B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin K
  • provide potassium, copper, manganese, iron, phosphorus, and calcium
  • support optimal health, energy, weight, healing and prevention
  • support digestive health and elimination
  • support cardiovascular and immune health
  • for more info, see the raisins overview on Nutrition-and-You

Flax Seeds

  • provide healthy fats, protein, and carbohydrates
  • an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid ALA; highly anti-inflammatory
  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants
  • an excellent source of B vitamins, along with some vitamin C, E and K
  • an excellent source of minerals: manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, selenium, iron, copper, calcium, and potassium
  • support optimal health, weight, healing and prevention
  • support optimal brain, immune, cardiovascular and digestive health
  • help maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • for more info, see the flax seed overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Sunflower Seeds

  • provide healthy fats, protein, and carbohydrates
  • an excellent source of omega-6 fatty acids
  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants
  • an excellent source of vitamin E and most B vitamins
  • an excellent source of minerals: manganese, copper, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, and potassium
  • support optimal health, energy, and weight
  • support healing and prevention of diseases, especially cancer, heart disease and diabetes
  • for more info, see the sunflower seed overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Coconut Milk (carton and canned)

  • canned coconut milk is a more wholesome and highly concentrated source of nutrients; carton coconut milk is more processed and watered-down
  • provides healthy fats, along with some carbohydrates and protein
  • provides some vitamins, especially B vitamins
  • provides minerals, especially manganese, iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and potassium (calcium, if fortified)
  • can help to support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • for more information, see the nutrition overview of coconut milk on nutritiondata.self.com
  • Health Tip: avoid highly processed coconut milk products; choose organic, original, unsweetened coconut milk with no harmful additives

Cinnamon

  • an outstanding source of phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties
  • provides vitamins, including vitamin K, E, A, C, and some B vitamins
  • provides minerals, especially manganese, calcium, and iron
  • supports optimal health, energy, weight, healing and prevention
  • supports optimal digestive and immune health
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • for more info, see the cinnamon overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Unrefined Salt

  • unrefined sea salt unrefined Himalayan salt
  • naturally alkalizing
  • a source of over 80 essential and trace minerals
  • supports optimal blood pressure, heart and nervous system health
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • for more info, refer to unrefined salt on Green Med Info
  • Health Tip: avoid all forms of refined, white salt and processed foods made with it