coconut & banana cake spiced with cardamom (vegan)

6th December 2011

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I went pecan picking today to make you this cake

To get there I walk through the neighbour’s olive grove

Stepping into a pecan forest

 green, green, grass below

 blue, blue sky above.  So quiet.

Almost forgot why I was there.  Filled my hat with pecans.

And back through the olive orchard, olives squishing underfoot, arriving back home alive and inspired.

Did I tell you I absolutely love this time of year?

It fills me up, inspires and holds me, so snugly.

Banana & Coconut Spiced Cardamom Cake

Inspired by this cake 

ingredients :

¼ cup nut milk

6 Tbsp olive oil/coconut

6 – 8 Tbsp maple syrup (I used 8, depending how sweet you like your cakes)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 ¼ cups mashed, VERY ripe bananas – approximately 5 medium bananas

1 cup white flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp rock salt

1  Tblsp cardamom powder

1 cup desiccated dried coconut

½ cup finely chopped pecans

preparation :

Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

Lightly oil an 8″ x “8 loaf pan.

Put the milk, oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and bananas in a blender or bowl and blend until smooth.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  Add the banana mixture and combine using as few strokes as possible.  Fold in the nuts.

Pour into a loaf tin and smooth the top.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean (Times vary greatly according to your oven – mine took 45 minutes).  I had to cover mine for the last 10 minutes with aluminium foil to prevent too much browning on top.

Goodness from Stacey

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2 comments

  • Kristin

    Your sight is inspiration. It sends shivers of grace through my being, from the words to the images to the mystery of taste that seems to tickle my tongue even before I have tried the recipes. Thank you so very much. Love, Kristin

    • goodnessis

      You make my day when you come to visit me here and your words always tickle my tongue. I have come to the conclusion that this blog keeps me out of trouble. (: See you soon in India. love Stace

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