The Best (refined) Sugar-Free Banana Cake You’ll Ever Eat

Servings: 9-12 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

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Refined sugar free banana cake is moist, delicious and not too sweet. And it is frosted with cream cheese icing that’s sweetened only with honey and molasses.

 

Refined sugar free banana cake is moist, delicious and not too sweet.. Frosted with cream cheese icing that's sweetened only with honey and molasses.

After school snacks are a must in our house. My kids aren’t big lunch eaters so when they come in the door at the end of the day they’re starving. They’ll plow through a box of cereal or half a loaf of bread, and a whole stack of clementines, before I can finish a cup of tea.

This refined sugar free banana cake is a true snacking cake. In fact, it’s a bit like a muffin in terms of the ingredients. The cake is lightly sweetened with molasses and honey (and the mashed banana) and is low in fat. The texture remains moist, even though there is only 1/3 cup of oil in the recipe.

  • Refined sugar free banana cake is moist, delicious and not too sweet.. Frosted with cream cheese icing that's sweetened only with honey and molasses.

The frosting is optional but very tangy and tasty. Lightly sweetened with molasses and honey it works as well as a sweet spread as it does a frosting.

Refined sugar free banana cake can really do double duty — serve it plain as a snack cake or frost it with naturally sweetened cream cheese icing to dress it up a bit.

The recipe is adapted from the blog Cookie & Kate.

Refined Sugar-Free Banana Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup grapeseed oil or melted butter
  • ⅓ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a 9” square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl beat together the oil, molasses and honey. Beat in the eggs one at a time then the vanilla, banana and milk.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, stir dry ingredients into the wet mixture, stirring just until combined.
  5. Scrape batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached.
  6. Set on a rack to cool for 10 minutes then lift the cake from the pan by grabbing hold of the parchment paper edges.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Beat together the cream cheese and butter. Beat in the molasses and honey, then the vanilla. Spread over the cake.

(Frosting can be chilled for a few minutes if it becomes too soft.)

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Whole Wheat Applesauce Snack Cake

Servings: 24 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

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whole wheat applesauce snack cake

This is the time of year when I would love to be a kid again.

I can still remember the feeling of utter freedom on these final days of school before summer vacation began and the expanse of sunny summer that lay before us as we dillydallied on our walk home on the final day of school – backpacks over stuffed with note books, artwork and extra sneakers.

We’d have a picnic lunch on the deck and then head off to the beach to kick off summer.

It was glorious.

whole wheat applesauce snack cake

With more time spent at home, summer is a good time to have snack cake on hand. It’s a wholesome alternative to muffins and cookies and is quick to mix up.

This recipe came from Wayne, a reader:

“[It’s] My most favorite Snacking Cake. I got this from a Church Favorite Recipe Cook Book; it may have be one of you recipes from the past. I enjoy it very much. I sometimes puree the raisins with 1/2 cup of the all-purpose flour whisking it in with the whole wheat flour, same flavor without the whole raisins texture.”

I have adapted it just slightly, adding vanilla and a bit of salt. The sugar can be reduce to 2/3 cup if you prefer your cake a little less sweet. It’s a lovely, simple cake that is just right for snacking.

whole wheat applesauce snack cake

Wayne’s Whole Wheat Applesauce Snack Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups applesauce
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups flour (spooned in)
  • 1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour (spooned in)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup raisins or chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter a 9” x 13” baking pan or line it with parchment paper
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.
  4. In a large bowl beat the butter with the sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then applesauce. Add molasses and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients and beat until well combined. Stir in raisins, if using.
  6. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until done.
  7. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then upend on a wire rack
  8. Dust with powdered sugar before serving if desired.

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Whole Wheat Molasses Banana Bread

Servings: 1 loaf serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 75 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

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healthy whole wheat molasses banana bread
Banana bread with a little bit of peanut butter spread on top.

That’s what I have been thinking about this afternoon as I nibble three-day old buns and sip my tea.

Banana bread is everything that these buns are not: It’s moist, fragrant and has an irresistible texture.

moist and flavourful molasses banana bread

This is a classic banana bread recipe, with just a few updates. It’s lightly spiced, gets a bit more substance from whole grain flour and the banana is beautifully complemented by the molasses…a sweet that has a little bite to it.

Feel free to toss in ½ cup of nuts, seeds, or desiccated coconut if you prefer more texture.

For an more flavourful bread use extra ripe bananas. And if you don’t have ripe bananas, try this:

How to ripen bananas quickly, in the oven.

healthy whole wheat molasses banana bread

 Whole wheat molasses Banana Bread Recipe

Adapted from Hun…What’s for dinner?

 Ingredients:

  •  ½ cup butter, melted, or canola oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. yogurt or soured milk*
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1 1/4 cups)
  • ¾ cup whole wheat or spelt flour (spooned in)
  • 1 ¼ cups plain flour (spooned in)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg

Instructions:

  1. Grease a large loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the melted butter with the sugar and stir well.
  3. Add the molasses and then the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Stir in the yogurt, vanilla and then the mashed banana.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir gently, just until combined. (Take care not to over mix.)
  7. Bake at 350 F for 50-60 minutes.
  8. Let cool in pan 10 minutes before upending on cooling rack.

*To sour the milk, add 1/4 tsp. of vinegar to the 3 Tbsp. of milk and let sit for five minutes.

More baking with banana ideas:

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