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Healthy Banana Cake – recipe from the Healthy Eating Hub

Can be made into a single cake or muffins

Ingredients (makes 12)

Cake:
4 over-ripe bananas (plus 1 extra banana optional)
2 apples
150g butter
2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs

Icing:
200g smooth ricotta cheese
2 tbsp cream cheese
4 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence

Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 180C (160C fan forced) and line a 12-hole muffin tin with squares of
baking paper or paper cases.
2. Peel and grate the apples and chop the butter into cubes. Transfer the apple and butter into a
small saucepan and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the butter
has melted and the apple has softened.
3. Meanwhile, mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl, using the back of a fork and then add
the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and eggs. When the apple and butter mixture is ready,
transfer it to the mixing bowl, and stir all the ingredients together until well combined.
4. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin. If you have an extra banana, slice it into rounds and pop
a slice of banana on top of each muffin.
5. Transfer the muffin tin to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
6. To make the icing, whip the ricotta, cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla essence with an
electric beater until smooth. Top each muffin with 1 tbsp of icing mixture.