Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Paleo Chocolate Banana Cake

My son is a banana-eating machine. He loves them as much as his sister does not. When he's at his dad's for the weekend, I have to be careful not to have too many bananas on hand, lest they wind up like this:

You KNOW you were thinking the same thing as I did: banana bread. I have made a few takes on Paleo banana bread in the past, and it's always been a tasty treat for me and the boy. This time, though, I wanted to make something even big sister would enjoy.

I started with Paleo on Main's Cinnamon Swirl Banana Cake recipe. If you haven't tried this one yet, it's a winner! Instead of the banana/cinnamon swirl, though, I went for kid-friendly chocolate.

I separated the banana batter into two bowls. Then I measured out 1/2 cup chocolate chips. I melted a 1/4 cup of them, and poured it into one of the bowls of batter. After stirring it was nice and chocolatey. Then I stirred in the remaining unmelted chips.

To make the cake, I poured the batter into the pan in four alternating layers, first banana, then chocolate. In hindsight I shouldn't have used my round cake pan, as the resulting cake was a bit short. I think this method would work best in a large loaf pan or something smaller than even the 8x8 pan the original recipe suggests. The batter was also so thick that the swirl wasn't that pronounced, so I probably could have just skipped the fancy stuff and incorporated the chocolate into all of the batter.

All that said, the kitchen smelled HEAVENLY while this baby was baking, and it won over both kids. The girl loved it so much she asked for a second piece after dinner!

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