Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

As days dwindle down in the month of February, I’m astounded by how much I’ve already accomplished in the new year.  There were times  (oh so many times) over the past few years when I questioned my decisions.  Going back to school, leaving my career, leaving my city… This month has really sealed it for me.  I made the right decision.  If you’re not feeling satisfaction in your current life, it is NEVER too late to start over and follow your dreams.  Fear is the biggest obstacle.  

I will soon have time to post new recipes on a regular basis but for now I’ve enlisted a few more friends to fill the void.  Today’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Cake is from my neighbor, Sherron of Simply Gourmet. We were blog friends before finally meeting in person and I’m so happy to know her.  She’s awesome and her blog is fantastic.  Beautiful recipes, gorgeous photos.  Make sure to visit her site and say hello!

What a delight it is to be guest posting on a page that I was a fan of long before Jennifer and I became friends. The first recipe that I saved and printed was her pumpkin ravioli.

It encouraged me to make my first batch of fresh pasta and purchase my own pasta machine. The simplicity and beauty of her photos are just a few more reasons why I enjoy Savory Simple.

It was shortly before her ravioli post that I started my own food blog, Simply Gourmet. I have been cooking forever it would seem, growing up in the restaurant business taught me a lot about food and people. I went on to become a food photographer and recipe developer/writer.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

I currently write for Capital Style Magazine in Annapolis, MD. I love my job.

Four years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. My world, for a short time, was turned upside down. Everything I had spent years learning in the kitchen was suddenly taken away from me. The bread, cookies and cakes that I made would no longer be enjoyed at family functions or parties. I was heart broken, to say the least.

My sadness turned into determination. I was determined to relearn how to make bread, cookies and cakes but this time around, it would all be gluten free. The learning curve was huge in the beginning. I relearned ratios and new flours. I had to accept failure on occasion.

I can happily report that in the past four years I have come to accept my intolerance to wheat and embrace it. I love working with an assortment of flours and starches. I am grateful for the communities that exist to help those recently diagnosed with wheat issues.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

Growing up I loved banana bread and this cake is a reflection of that fond memory. I find that when cooking with gluten free recipes, the smaller and shorter the dish used, the better the recipe turns out. I don’t really make banana bread anymore, but I do make this cake quite often. I tend to over buy bananas and have a whole freezer shelf with dark brown frozen spears that are ready to be used.

I have made the cake in a 9-inch tart pan (see picture) and I have doubled the recipe to make it into a two-layer cake (see picture). My family does not like frosting–weird, I know—so more often than not, we make the single layer and enjoy it with a dab of butter melted on top.

The addition of chocolate chips is optional. I personally like the combination of chocolate and banana together.

I want to thank Savory Simple for allowing me to share a recipe that has become a family favorite in our home over at Simply Gourmet.

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Cake
 
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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup sweet sorghum flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca or arrowroot starch
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup oil (sunflower oil or light olive oil)
  • ½ cup of milk, room temperature
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ⅓ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9-inch tart pan by spraying with cooking oil.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gently combine.
  5. Add the banana and chocolate chips. Stir well.
  6. Pour mixture into pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cake will brown slightly and rise in the middle. It should be firm to the touch.
  7. Let cool slightly and then remove the bottom of the tart pan from mold.
  8. Serve as is or frost with your favorite frosting.
Notes
This recipe will make one layer

 

 

 

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  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    What a lovely cake, I love chocolate with banana!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      It’s a great combination!

  • http://damndelicious.tumblr.com Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Awesome guest post! I sure could use a slice of that cake as a midnight snack right now!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I could use it for breakfast!

  • http://www.bonibakes.com Siobhan

    Firstly can I say to Jennifer… thanks for the advice to follow your dream… and yes it is “The fear” that holds us back. And to Sherron… what a great cake and inspired by your story. I’m constantly baking banana muffins because of overbuying – I hate throwing out anything so they all get mashed and mixed up into muffins for handiness. Thinking I might try this recipe for a change. Thank you both :)

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      You’re very welcome. I overbuy bananas as well. Luckily I like smoothies!

  • http://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com Katie

    What a bizarre twist of fate to be a food professional and to have a diagnosis like Celiac disease! I am so glad for you that you were able to turn it around and not let it get you down. Eating treats like this glorious-looking cake must sure make it not so bad! Ha ha. I wonder, do you have issues with dairy? I was personal chef to a woman with Celiac disease for years, and she could only tolerate small amounts of dairy. I am so glad to know about you and your blog.

  • http://vintagekitchennotes.blogspot.com Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    Bananas and chocolate go so well together, and I´ll take the top pic, since I don´t like frosting much either! This is a great gf recipe and a great way to learn about alternative flours and nuts. Gorgeous guest post!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I’m thrilled that Sherron brought us this delicious cake!

  • http://www.thelawstudentswife.com Erin@LawStudentsWife

    What an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing it with us (and for a fantastic recipe!) I feel comforted just looking at the pictures, and I am craving this cake for breakfast!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I feel very honored that Sherron shared her story with us!

  • http://cookingactress.blogspot.com/ Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    Simply beautiful and delicious looking!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thank you, Kayle!

  • http://littlekitchie.blogspot.com Little Kitchie

    Chocolate and banana have to be one of the best combinations. This looks absolutely delicious!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      It’s a match made in heaven :)

  • http://www.cookincanuck.com Cookin Canuck

    This sounds fantastic! I’m forwarding this on to my friend, who needs plenty of good GF recipes on her side.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Dara!

  • http://www.sweetsimplestuff.com Brenda

    Why did I throw those three bananas in the trash? Almond meal is one of my favorite things.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      You can always freeze them! I have a tendency to overbuy bananas. Luckily I really like them in smoothies.

  • http://www.popsdemilk.com/ Pops De Milk

    I love banana bread and especially with chocolate chips. I haven’t tried making anything gluten-free and I wonder if it’s time I did…mostly out of curiosity but also for health reasons. I’m not sure if I’m allergic to gluten but it would be nice to have an alternative to using regular flour. Thank you for sharing this!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I have fun experimenting with gluten-free baking from time to time. There’s definitely an art to it!

  • http://www.grubarazzi.com Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    I love that this is gluten free since I really try to avoid gluten the majority of the time. Just too many reactions to it. I also love this post. It’s so nice to see someone living out their dreams! Have fun with it!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I cut out gluten from time to time and am always amazed at how much better I feel!

  • http://www.simply-gourmet.com Sherron@Simply Gourmet

    Thank you Jennifer for allowing me to be a guest on your blog. What a treat to wake up from being ill all day and read these lovely comments. Thank you everyone!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I’m so glad you posted! It was an honor to have you :)

  • http://www.pomanmeals.com tijuana (po’ man meals)

    i LOVE banana and chocolate together. this cake looks so good!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      It’s such a fabulous combination!

  • http://www.a-kitchen-addiction.com Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    Love the banana and chocolate chip combination! I have a family member that has recently had to start eating GF. She’d love this!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Send it over to her! Sherron’s recipes are fabulous so it’s sure to be a hit.

  • Tanya

    chocolate and bananas are made for each other. This is something I can not wait to try!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Tanya!

  • http://peanutbutterandpeppers.com Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    Fantastic recipe! I have to make this one! I love it!!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Jennifer!

  • Patty

    I know my family would love this cake- I’m thinking for a weekend breakfast ;-)

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      It does sound like a perfect breakfast, doesn’t it?

  • http://www.piesandplots.net Laura Dembowski

    I am really hoping things start to click for me soon like they have for you. I take comfort in knowing it can happen. I once thought I had Celiac Disease and was shocked at how many foods have gluten in them. I’m glad you have found your happy place in a wheat filled world.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      They will click! Just keep pushing forward :)

  • http://ninjabaking.com The Ninja Baker

    Bravo, Jen! From your diagnosis you’ve created/ spotlighted sweets recipes for others (like my husband) who are also gluten sensitive. P.s. Your photos are going on The Ninja Baker Pinterest Vegan & Gluten-Free board =)

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Ninja! It’s actually Sherron, my guest poster, who has celiacs so don’t be shocked if you see gluten around here :)

      • http://ninjabaking.com The Ninja Baker

        Apologies, Jen. And bravo to you for following the calling in your heart.
        Thank you, too, for posting the Strawberry Dream Cake recipe.
        That photo is now on my Gateaux & Great Desserts Pinterest board =)

  • http://www.averiecooks.com Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Sharon: Stunning cake, food photography, and story-telling.

    Jen: What a great intro and so glad you feel you’re on the right track and path!

  • http://www.fashionablyhealthy.wordpress.com Charisse

    I love banana chocolate chip bread myself. This looks delicious!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Charisse!

  • http://www.thelittlekitchen.net JulieD

    Hi Sherron! Nice to meet you! This cake looks so beautiful!!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Her blog is full of deliciousness!

  • http://Katiescucina.com katie

    What a nice post about friends and of course about following your dreams! I’m going to share this recipe with my aunt who has celiac disease. I know she will love this!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thanks so much, Katie!

  • http://blog.bellabaker.com Lauryn

    yum!!! This looks great and its gluten free! awesome!!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Lauryn :)

  • http://www.gourmantineblog.com/ Gourmantine

    What an inspirational post and lovely cake, chocolate and banana go so well together!

  • http://notesfromdawn.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/the-big-book-of-pick-and-draw-activities/ dawn

    thanks so much. looks great

  • http://www.unegaminedanslacuisine.com/ Valerie

    Always inspiring to hear someone turn something negative into something positive (and delicious!). This banana cake is exquisite- I love it’s simplicity.

  • http://justonecookbook.com/blog/ Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Sherron, I have a blogger friend who has just been diagnosed with Celiac disease (you know Jessica?). Listening to her story I totally understand how shocking it can be – the whole new eating habit and adjustment you have to go through. As bananas are always tend to be brown in my house (kids prefer non-brown banana and they don’t seem to eat fast enough!), but never thought of freezing brown bananas! I’ll def do that. Great and inspiring post!
    Jennifer, good luck with everything! I’m looking forward to see your new posts again, but meanwhile will enjoy your guest posts! :)

  • http://culinarycory.com Culinary Cory

    Great cake. I’m always looking for new gluten-free recipes to try.

  • Kate@Diethood

    My mouth is on the floor… I think I am going to dream about that last photo! I need this cake in mah belly.

  • ashley – baker by nature

    I am totally dreaming of this right now!

  • http://www.SockmonkeysKitchen.com Sockmonkeys Kitchen

    Jennifer! I made this amazing dessert last night and it was outstanding! I made 2 very minor changes: for the oil, I used flavorless coconut oil (since that’s what I use in all my baking) and I doubled the amount of chocolate chips (I use E. Guittard brand…yum!) In my oven it took an extra 12 minutes (perhaps because the organic bananas I used were very large?)
    This was so good that my boyfriend and I ate the… ENTIRE….thing. 4 pieces each. That’s saying a lot, since we never do that kind of thing. Best part was that we didn’t feel stuffed afterward, as one would normally feel after a gluten-filled dessert.
    LOVE this!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  • http://sugardishme.com Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

    Is it just me or does this seem like it qualifies as healthy? It’s got fruit. Fruit is health. Which means that I can make the cake, do blogilates, and then cut myself a big ‘ol slab. Right? Right.

  • http://thedomesticrebel.com Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Jeeeebus, Jen. Way to make me get all awkward and lick my computer screen. Banana cake happens to be one of my favorites. And it’s a scientific fact that chocolate chips make everything better.

  • http://sallysbakingaddiction.com sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Jen, I completely adore chocolate and banana together. Now it’s about time I bake a gluten free cake! SUCH gorgeous photos here! You are so talented with the camera and in the kitchen girl. :)

  • http://www.evabakes.blogspot.com Eva @ Eva Bakes

    This looks fantastic! I haven’t attempted anything gluten-free yet, but you may inspire me to try!