Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Banana Pumpkin Snack cake

I don't really know if this happens with all the kids but my kids are tired of what I pack for their snacks. Trying to keep it simple, I have fruit, crackers, pretzels sticks and such things as their snack for their lunch bag. Of lately, if one brings back the crackers, the other one says not to pack pretzels. The only common thing that both of them like are oreos and chips, the same two things that I restrict them from having every day. So, another option that both like and I don't mind giving them once in a while are the baked stuff that I made at home.
I had to bake something for a friend in return for a favor and I killed two birds with one stone by splitting the batter between a small bundt cake and few mini loaves. They are pretty low in fat and not very high in sugar either. I had kept aside chocolate chips to add to the batter and with all the excitement of my 6 year old who came to "help mommy", I forgot to add them. It will be richer if you add them but definitely worth it.
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Makes 6 mini loaves or two 8 X 4 or 9 X 5 loaves or 1 tube pan or bundt pan
I made 3 mini loaves and a 6 cup sized bundt pan cake.
All purpose flour - 3 cups
Sugar - 2 cups
Baking Soda - 2 tsp
Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Canola oil - 1/2 cup
Pumpkin and Banana puree - total 2 1/2 cups (I used half of each)
Eggs - 3 large
Vanilla - 2 tsp
Optional - 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips (I did not add them)

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 8 X 4 loaf pans or a tube pan. You could use a bundt pan too. In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda. Set aside. In another bowl, beat pumpkin puree, mashed banana, sugar, oil together using an electric beater. Add eggs and continue to beat. Stir in the vanilla. Dump the dry ingredients to wet and beat at low speed. Towards the end, fold with a spatula. Pour into the prepared pan/s and bake for 45 - 50 minutes in case of the loaf pan or 60 - 70 minutes in case of a tube pan or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn it on to the wire rack to cool completely. Mini loaves take 30 - 32 minutes and the 6 cup bundt pan takes 40 - 45 minutes.

This is not a very sweet cake at all. Perfect for snacking. Or you could add some glaze.
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  1. nice clicks, yummy cake. Todays post :

  2. Banana and pumpkin sounds like a yummy combo. Cake looks moist and delicious.


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