Friday, March 13, 2009

Chocolate Banana Snack Cake

This easy-to-make snack cake has deep chocolate taste. For more banana flavor and a slight crunch, top the cake with crumbled banana chips before baking. You can sell the cake whole or package individual pieces.

16 servings (serving size: 1 piece)
* 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
* 1 cup granulated sugar
* 1/4 cup butter, softened
* 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
* 2 large eggs
* 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces)
* 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* Powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Spoon applesauce onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels; spread to 1/2-inch thickness. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes. Scrape applesauce into a bowl using a rubber spatula.

Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add applesauce and banana, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in coffee and vanilla.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and remaining ingredients except powdered sugar, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; stir just until combined. Scrape batter into an 8-inch baking pan lined with parchment paper, spreading evenly. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 128 (28% from fat)
Fat: 3.9g (sat 2.2g,mono 1.1g,poly 0.2g)
Protein: 2.3g
Carbohydrate: 22.5g
Fiber: 1.4g
Cholesterol: 34mg
Iron: 0.9mg
Sodium: 106mg
Calcium: 10mg

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recipes by: Dana McCauley, Cooking Light
photo: Randy Mayor


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