Friday, April 05, 2013

Vis a Vis: Yet Another Permutation a la Banana Sponge

Yet another foodsperiment for the Nesco.
Yet another foodsperiment involving bananas + sponge - frangipane.

This overs up a spongey moist cakey product akin to something our local cupcake emporium calls "hummingbird cake." Though mine is healthier, and I ate a piece, warm, without icing. Though to be honest, I'd eat this with a shmear of peanut butter to keep it simple. 

This recipe is less involved than the frangipane sponge hybrid, and I found no fuss involved with the whites. I did not chill the bowls. I did not let the eggs come to room temp. I just cracked, separated, and whipped. Good result. If I wanted to make them more "muffin-y," I could have added chia or flax seed. But this recipe will render out a spongey cake, a soft product, which could be dressed up as a cake or dressed down as a muffin. Also, inclusion of chocolate chips could go nicely with this.


2 large eggs, separated
1/3 C splenda
1/3 C Almond (or hazelnut) meal
1/3 C Quinoa flakes (or quick cook oats, or malted barley flour)
2 T. Malted milk powder (I used Ovaltine)
1/2 tsp Baking powder 
1 pinch salt
1 Very ripe banana, mashed
1 T. Macadamia nut oil (or almond oil, or grapeseed oil, or a neutral flavored oil)
1 tsp. Vanilla
handful chopped walnuts


In one mixing bowl (with the egg YOLKS), put all dry ingredients + oil, vanilla, and banana. Set aside. Do not mix.

In remaining mixing bowl, whip whites until fluffy and form peaks. Don't over whip. Set aside.

Mix the bowl w/the banana etc. Mix well. Fold whites into the banana mixture. Add walnuts towards the last few folds. Pour into a baking dish or casserole which was sprayed with oil spray liberally. (Make sure ahead of time this dish will fit in your Nesco.). Cover with foil and pinch down (not to seal, but to secure it. the foil is just to keep the water off the cake).

Place in Nesco on the trivet with about 2 cups water in the bottom. Close lid and set to seal. Pressure cook on high pressure for 18 minutes. Let depressurize on its own. 

Copyright 2013
SF, "Maven"

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