What do you do when you’re suffering from DOMS and taking a break from the gym? Treat yourself to sweet things (me, that is). Chocolate especially. Isn’t it a thing anyway if we’re sad or stressed we eat chocolate? Well, according to researchers, eating dark chocolate with cacao content over 70% can improve stress and inflammation (yey). Here’s an article by the Independent with the facts.
My mum has some very ripe bananas in the fruit basket. They won’t be nice to eat (for me anyway) but they are perfect for making cakes. This steamed cake recipe is easy to make, with little ingredients and they go nicely with a cup of tea. You don’t even need an electric mixer!
Ingredients (makes 8 steamed cakes):
- 2 eggs
- 100g fruit sugar
- 2 medium size ripe bananas
- 125g plain flour
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder (100%)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 85ml rice bran oil
How to make:
- Mash the bananas. Set aside.
- Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a container. I used a hand whisk for this.
- After the sugar and egg are mixed well, put in the mashed bananas.
- Put all the dry ingredients in. Those are flour, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder. Mix well.
- Pour in the oil and vanilla extract, mix thoroughly.
- Pour the batter into muffin cases (I use paper cases inside a cupcake mould, otherwise, the mixture would fall apart from the steam).
- Steam the mixture for 20 minutes.
Tips: Firstly, you want to make sure no water droplets fall on the cake. So, wrap the top of the pan with a cloth. Secondly, don’t open the top before the 20-minute mark is up since the cold air can deflate the cake. Thirdly, as soon as they are done, make sure you take them out from the pan and the mould, to cool at room temperature, making sure any moisture is dried from under the cases.
You should have something like the pictures above. Slightly sweet, soft, steamed banana chocolate cakes with raised domes 🙂