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{Recipe} One-Bowl Vegan Banana Bread Cake and Baking’s Unpardonable Sin

mon·strous
adjective
1. frightful or hideous, especially in appearance
2. shocking or revolting; outrageous
3. deviating grotesquely from the natural or normal form or type

Hard to believe I could attribute such an adjective to the food people are feeding their own children but that is exactly what I am saying.

Case in point: boxed cake mixes.

Not only do you get the cheapest quality flour, sugar and leavening agents in these boxed concoctions, you get a slew of preservatives to give it the life expectancy of Middle-Earth Elves. But if the chemicals inside are immortal, it begs the question: what happens once you ingest them?!

And just to add insult to injury, you can actually buy carrot cake…in a box. No carrots needed!

Now let’s get one thing straight…when you buy “blueberry” products, chances are there are no actual blueberries inside. Even certain health-food companies commit this marketing ploy. In fact, they are blue-flavored chemical bits pretending to be blueberries. And so the same goes for this interesting take on Carrot Cake, “with Carrot Flavored Pieces” (did you see that in the photo above?!). Apparently, corn syrup, corn meal, yellow 6 and red 40 is all you need to create your own carrots! I hope you can sense my sarcasm and disdain.

It’s not uncommon for me to hear a mother proudly announce that she made her kids’ birthday cake herself. Oh, but it’s a box mix because “let’s be honest, who has time to make a cake from complete scratch!”

Dare I say that the amount of time it takes to walk down the cake box aisle in the grocery store and pick out one of the hundred or so options of processed evil, you could have already whipped together your own cake batter from staples you should always have in your pantry, anyway?!

Do yourself a favor and experiment with a few recipes until you find a cake that’s easy to whip up and tastes great, too. AllRecipes.com, although full of “recipes” using cake box mixes (don’t even get me started on that!), can be a great resource for free, tried-and-true baking recipes.

For the boys’ pirate party last weekend, I created a one-bowl vegan cake that was a big hit and super easy to make.  The addition of bananas gives a sweet zing for the kids and lends depth for the adults. A gem of a recipe, for sure!

{One-Bowl Vegan Banana Bread Cake}

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 frozen bananas, creamed in the food processor (or fresh, mashed)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or water)
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Lightly grease a 9×13″ pan.
  2. Sift together all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add all the wet ingredients and mix together until smooth.
  3. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay

Discussion

4 thoughts on “{Recipe} One-Bowl Vegan Banana Bread Cake and Baking’s Unpardonable Sin

  1. I totally agree with you about the boxed cake mixes. It’s surprising how there is not much actual food in the box. I love your cake – what a cute idea!

    Posted by Kimberly @ Cooking for the Weekend | October 3, 2011, 8:35 pm
  2. another great and quick cake…German Oaten Cake. Just search for a recipe online and you’ll be bound to find one. It uses oats, hot water and chocolate! You cannot tell AT ALL that there are oats in it and it’s super moist and delicious 🙂

    Posted by Erin Philps | October 4, 2011, 9:21 am
    • Ooh! That sounds great! I love, love, love putting oats in everything! They always blend right in! I add them to smoothies, too!

      Posted by Natasha (Domestica) | October 4, 2011, 9:23 am

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