From pantry to oven in less than 5 minutes, this Simple Choc Banana Brownie Cake is a real crowd pleaser. Rich, sweet and super satisfying, it’s perfect as an afternoon snack, a picnic dessert, or even packed into school lunchboxes.
Simple Choc Banana Brownie Cake
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Is there anything in the world as comforting as a slice of banana cake? There’s just something about that soft, fluffy texture, and that tingly sweetness of the banana that sets our mouths watering.
But wait a second. What about the simple goodness of chocolate cake? That rich, earthy cocoa and dense, moist crumbliness has us totally addicted.
And that’s where our dilemma came in!
We found ourselves experimenting in the kitchen recently, with the ultimate goal of whipping up the tastiest cake possible with the few simple ingredients we had on hand. Because, if we’re totally honest, we wanted cake immediately, like ASAP, without making a special trip to the shops.
But rather than make a very tough choice (do we feel like chocolate cake? do we just want banana? do we throw all that out and make brownies instead?) we decided to combine the best of all worlds into a sweet and delicious Choc Banana Brownie Cake.
The end result was a chocolatey, banana-y cake that’s a little crunchy on the outside yet soft on the inside, just like a brownie. If you’re anything like us, one slice and you’ll be licking the crumbs off the plate.
To make things even more interesting we added chopped up dates for extra pops of natural sweetness, and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg. We also added coconut cream which helps create that dense rich texture as well as a hint of coconut flavor.
The best part is that this simple blend of brownie + cake takes around 5 minutes to prepare, with the only ‘hard’ work being to mash the bananas. The rest of the ingredients just need to be measured out and thrown into the mix at the right time. Easy! Then all you need to do is pop it in the oven and wait for the magic to happen (which is, admittedly, the hardest part). 😉
PS: If you have any cocoa left over you might like to whip up a batch of this lusciously thick 4 Ingredient German Chocolate Mousse too. And if you can’t get enough of that delicious choc-banana combo, check out this classic Indonesian Choc Banana Roti Bread.
Sarah & Laura xx
Sarah & Laura are the quirky duo behind Wandercooks, the destination for curious foodies to discover authentic and creative flavours from around the world. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, you’ll usually find them experimenting in the kitchen, enjoying a good hike through the wilderness, or tucked up on the couch with a good book.
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Simple Choc Banana Brownie Cake
- 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 heaped tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/3 cup coconut cream
- 10 dates chopped
- 3 bananas mashed
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp raw sugar
- Start by preheating the oven to 356 degrees fahrenheit (fan forced). Lightly grease an oven-proof baking dish with butter or oil, or line with baking paper.
- Place flour, brown sugar, cocoa, shredded coconut and pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
- Make a well in the center. Crack in 2 eggs and add vanilla essence. Gradually mix with a wooden spoon, stirring through more of the dry ingredients as you work your way from the middle to the edges.
- Slowly add in the coconut cream and continue stirring until mixture is well combined.
- Fold in banana and mix well.
- Pour half of the batter into the baking tray. Sprinkle with half of the dates and half of the cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Pour remaining batter on top then sprinkle with remaining dates, spices and raw sugar. Push the dates down slightly so they don't burn while cooking.
- Sprinkle remaining dates (push down slightly so not sticking out so don't burn) and remaining spices and raw sugar.
- Bake for around 50 minutes. Pierce with a skewer to check that the cake has cooked through. If batter sticks to the skewer, continue to cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until the skewer comes out cleanly.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Cut into slices and transfer to serving plates. Garnish with an extra sprinkling of shredded coconut and enjoy!
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