Recipes, memories and random thoughts from my kitchen
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Banana Crunch Cake
On Sunday, a friend at church gave me some bananas that needed to be used up. She is in the process of moving and does not yet have a functional kitchen in the new place. I really wasn't sure I could find time to bake, but took the bananas anyway. I was thinking of either muffins or a coffee cake, but was undecided (and uninspired).
I didn't get around to using the bananas until Tuesday and was just looking through recipes trying to find inspiration. After a bit I remembered an old Quaker Oats cookbook I have. This is a great little cookbook and I still use the meat loaf recipe from it, quite often. I thought it just possible I might have seen a banana cake recipe in that book.
Sure enough! In the dessert section, I found this:
Best of all, the recipe didn't call for anything unusual that I didn't have on hand. (If you need to enlarge the recipe, just click on the photo. That should do it -- it did for me.)
One thing I appreciated while putting this together was that the ground oat flour was specified in an actual cup measurement. Often, recipes will call for a certain amount of oats and have you grind them into flour in a blender. I usually buy the Bob's Red Mill oat flour in a bag, so a recipe that requires starting with oats (and doesn't tell you how much oat flour you'll actually need) isn't too helpful. For the all-purpose flour called for, I used the Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour. I didn't use the chopped nuts in the cake part, but did in the topping, since I had a couple tablespoons of toasted walnuts on hand. I think another time I would use quick oats rather than old-fashioned in the topping, just to make it more attractive.
This cake was delicious the day I made it, but by the next day it was really fantastic. Very moist and flavorful.
It was fun cooking from one of my older cookbooks! I hope you'll give this recipe a try. We enjoyed it very much!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.