Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Experiments with Xylitol: Banana Cakes

After picking up some granulated xylitol at Holland & Barrett the other day, I thought I'd experiment with a bit of baking. And, as I had several very ripe bananas hanging about the house, I decided to try making banana cake. And, even if I do say so I myself, it was a bit of a triumph!!!

Banana Cakes

Makes 24 small fairy cakes

3 large overripe bananas
2 large beaten eggs
6 oz granulated xylitol (brand name 'Perfect Sweet')
8 oz plain flour (I didn't use wholemeal this time)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
walnut pieces
plenty of paper cake cases

Mash the bananas in a bowl. Add the beaten eggs and sugar. Sift the flour and bicarb into the bowl and beat all the ingredients together well (you could use an electric mixer, but I managed perfectly well by hand). Spoon into paper cases. Top with a piece of walnut. Place on a baking tray and bake in the centre of a preheated oven at 180 C for 12-15 mins, until the cakes are golden brown. Cool and then enjoy!

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What I really like about these cakes is that they're really not too sweet, and the flavour of the banana really comes through. Yum!


Spence said...

are'nt bananas packed full of sugar?
I've gone completley off fruit because it's fructose..still sugar. Man it's a pain!-x

Djinn said...

They are, but - unlike sugar - they are also packed with loads of other good stuff. People starting out on the Candida diet are advised to cut out fruit, and then slowly introduce it (usually apples and pears first). I've been on the diet over three years now (!) so I'm on more of a maintenance regime now.