Saturday, September 6, 2014

Healthy Banana Blueberry Breakfast Cake with Pecan Crumb

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I know I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I love breakfast baking!
This recipe is pretty special. Awesome for breakfast, tea time or just anytime you feel like snacking on something sweet. This recipe happened because I was stuck with a couple of really overripe bananas and I wanted to do something new with them. Those blackish, smelly overripe bananas are the best, aren't they?

The recipe looks a like it has a lot of ingredients, but once you've assembled all of them, the cake comes together easily. If you want it with fewer ingredients, and not as healthy, I've linked to the original recipe below. 

Healthy Banana Blueberry Breakfast Cake with Pecan Crumb
Adapted from this recipe on Food Network
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat bran
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder 
1/4 tsp freshly grated cinnamon
1 scant tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar 
1/4 cup dark brown sugar 
1/2 cup olive oil (NOT extra virgin)
2 tsp vanilla 
2 large eggs
2 large overripe bananas, peeled & mashed well
1 cup frozen blueberries 
Crumb topping 
4 tbsp all purpose flour 
1 heaped tbsp wheat bran
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tbsp sugar 
2 tbsp cold unsalted butter
1/4 cup pecans, chopped

1. In a large bowl, combine the flours, bran, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Stir well to combine and set aside. 
2. Whisk the oil and sugars together in medium bowl. 
3. Whisk in the vanilla and eggs. 
4. Add the mashed banana and mix in well. 
5. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. 
6. Stir well until just combined. 
7. Stir in the blueberries. 
8. Pour or spoon the batter into a 7 inch round cake tin that has been greased and floured, and the bottom lined with a parchment paper circle. I used a disposable cake pan this time and so I didn't bother with any of that. 
9. Combine the flour, sugars and butter for the crumb topping in a small bowl. Using the tips of your fingers, work the mixture until it resembles fine crumbs. Don't knead or press the mixture together. You want it to be a light and crumbly. Gently mix in the chopped pecans 
10. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top of the cake in an even layer. 
11. Bake in an oven preheated to 180C/350F for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. It may take a little longer depending on your oven. 
12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before unmolding, gently slicing and serving. 
This cake is just so amazingly moist! When I cut the cake, the knife went through like a hot knife through butter! At that point, I was sure I was cutting through raw cake. Cooked cake couldn't be THAT soft! But it sliced beautifully, was cooked all the way through and was just so good!

The sweetness was also just right! The crumb is slightly sweeter than the cake and it all balances it out perfectly. The bursts of blueberry throughout the cake is just amazing!
All this, plus the fact  the whole wheat flour, bran, bananas, berries and nuts are so good for you, means that you must make this for your family soon! You won't regret it. I promise!

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FSBO Owners said...

I love the flavors and textures of your cake. I will probably make this on the weekend, and freeze portions for use during the busy week.

AnnaPetralia said...

Sounds Delicious ! We love banana breads and cakes and with blueberries added? Well it has to be amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

theharriedcook said...

Thanks, Anna! So glad you like it :)

theharriedcook said...

Hi Marci! Yeah the list is pretty long, isn't it? It all actually comes together pretty quick if you have all the ingredients. Yes you could skip the wheat bran. It wouldn't affect the flavor much. And yes, you could definitely make this with just all purpose flour! Absolutely. Let me know if you try it :) cheers!

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