The run up to Christmas has me feeling festive a little earlier than usual. Michael Bublé sings to the sounds of my efforts in the kitchen and I think we make a pretty good pair. Of course, all this happens whilst the children are at school, MB may sing his heart out between 9-3 but the small people just don't feel the same as I do. We put our tree up on Saturday (I'll show you that next time), which to me means the festivities are well and truly a-happening. And I cannot believe that this week sees the end of School for the year. Time flies by and there is still much to be done.
But at least we have cake. And I can't tell you how pleased I am with this one with banana and cinnamon. You see the combination of AIP and GAPS has left us feeling somewhat deprived of baked goods and given this one's free from pretty much everything, with not an unhealthy ingredient in sight, it seems unlikely that you're gonna love it. But you are, this hits the spot, people. We're back in business!
We've tried this in all manner of ways. Cut into whilst still warm (tendency to fall apart), cut it once completely cold and you will find it more cakey in texture and very slightly on the crumbly side. If you wrap it up and keep in an airtight container overnight it will be teacake-like in texture and hold up nicely!
Oh and on the subject of winners, you'll be wanting to know who gets the e-book Giveaway from the last post. It's Yvonnee who said "I have been following the AIP diet for six plus months and also have had to eliminate garlic and onions so I’m always looking for recipes to keep me on track – I am determined to heal my gut – I need more inspiration and the reviews tell me I may find it in Angie’s cookbook." Congratulations Yvonnee, you'll be receiving a nice early Christmas gift in your inbox very soon!
banana cinnamon teacake
Putting a baking sheet in the oven from the start helps to give the cake a boost from the bottom up, ensuring you get a well risen loaf.
(makes one 9x5 inch loaf)
Print the recipe here
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup (85g) softened lard or coconut oil
1/2 cup (160ml) runny honey
3/4 cup (90g) coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
3 gelatine eggs, as follows
gelatine eggs -
3 tbsp gelatin
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tepid water
3 tbsp just boiled water
Place a baking sheet into the oven and preheat to 350F / 180C. Line a 9 x 5 inch loaf tin with parchment paper.
Put the bananas, fat and honey into a bowl and, using a stand or handheld mixer, combine thoroughly. The shortening will probably look a bit 'splitty' at this point but don't worry, forge on! Sift in the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Mix again until combined.
Now make the gelatine eggs. Put the gelatine, lemon juice and tepid water into a small bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Add the boiled water and whisk quickly until the gelatine has melted and the mixture looks frothy. With the motor running, pour the gelatine eggs into the bowl and whizz again for a few seconds to fully incorporate the 'eggs'.
Put the mixture into the prepared tin, level the surface and place onto the hot baking sheet. It may look a little odd as you're scooping it out of the bowl but this is normal. Cook for about one hour until nicely browned and firm to the touch. Allow to cool in the tin for 2 hours, before transferring to a wire rack to cool down completely.
Teacake will be ready to eat when it is completely cold (resist the temptation of eating it warm as it will likely fall apart) but you will find it more cakey in texture and slightly on the crumbly side. If you wrap it up and keep in an airtight container overnight it will be more like a teacake and will hold up to having shortening spread onto it.
Looks divine, Kate! I am thrilled for you. xoxo
Aww, thanks Martine.
Probably didn't last long enough but is this freezable do you think?
Oh and Michael croons away in my kitchen any time of the day, my boys just roll their eyes 🙂
What on earth are you talking about Amanda. Freezing? 😉
It keeps well for up to three days in an airtight container that much I do know but that's the longest I have been allowed to have it hanging around. But to be serious, yes I am sure it's freezable. Normally things with gelatine don't do well once thawed but I would be very surprised if that was the same for cakes. You will have to let me know, because I am sure I'll never get to find out! And yay to crooning Michael and rolling eyes 🙂
Mine froze well. I made 2 loaves since I have 2 pans.
Can I make this with eggs?
Yes, you can definitely make with eggs. I would use 2 large ones instead.
Eggs are not on the strict elimination phase of the AIP, they are okay in the reintroduction stages. For those who can tolerate, they can be used in this recipe. Hope that helps.
Wonder what I could use in place of coconut flour? That is alot and I think I have a sensitivity to it.
Hi Sarah, I can't think of anything you could use instead I'm afraid. The most obvious substitution is almond flour but obviously that isn't AIP. We don't do starches in our house so coconut flour is the only thing I can bake with. I think you will find that Tigernut flour would be the best option to investigate but will be a poor substitute, the ratios of ingredients would be totally different as would the end result 🙁
What about cassava flour?
Coconut flour is so unique, you can't substitute any others I'm afraid.
I have been using flaxseed instead. Don't know if it is AIP since I am just Paleo. I am having gallbladder issues so have been eliminating nuts as much as possible.
Flax seeds aren't AIP I'm afraid as they are known to cause irritation to the gut. They are actually a Phase II reintroduction food. Good to hear they work for you Joan, and I hope your GB issues are being sorted 🙂
do you think omitting (or at least reducing) the honey would affect the texture too much?....unfortunately I can't really tolerate any sweeteners at all :-/
Thank you so so much!!
Hi Kay, I have deliberately kept the sweetener to a minimum but I guess you can probably reduce it further but only slightly, to say 1/3 cup. Too much and the texture will be denser, drier and the cake won't keep as long. Hope that helps.
I added 6 medjool dates instead of the honey. Worked like a miracle!!! The taste is a caramel banana cake now! Just soke them in hot water for 10 minutes.
Hi Tilly, do you grind the medjool dates then? Thank you.
Hi Jenna, yes i did, grinned them till a smooth paste. Have a try!
I'm sorry how is vegetable shortening AIP or even paleo? That's one of the worst things you can eat???!! I'm confused...
Claudia, the shortening I recommend is unhydrogenated organic palm oil and is fully compliant with the AIP and Paleo diet. Take a look at this article by Mark Sisson on Mark's Daily Apple.
I clicked on that link but it didn't bring me to your intended page. So I searched his website for "shortening". What I found is that he actually listed shortening under foods NOT to eat: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-to-eat-and-what-to-avoid-for-lifelong-health/
Hi Heather. Thanks for pointing out the non-working link. Actually the shortening I recommend is organic palm shortening, and this is absolutely fine to use. Your link with foods NOT to eat refers to vegetable shortening which is hydrogenated and therefore definitely not fine.
Would coconut oil work in place of shortening?
I haven't tried it but I think it should be fine Joanna. However I imagine it may be a little oilier than the original.
Kerry Gonzalez says
I used coconut oil, it worked great, I also used coconut sugar instead of honey hoping that was AIP approved
Hi Kerry, glad it worked for you. Yes, you're all compliant 🙂
This looks amazing!!!
I don't tolerate beef or pork very well, so my gelatin powder choices are limited, and I cannot touch lemon! Do you think it would work to use a cream of tartar/baking soda mixture with some water and extra honey to give it the lift? Or is that just changing everything too?
Thanks Rheagn. The point of the gelatine is to replace the eggs as a binding agent so you could think about using the vegetarian equivalent, agar agar. I am fairly certain you would dissolve it in the same way as described in the recipe (check the instructions on the packet), and using the same quantities. Bear in mind there will probably be a different end texture though. And instead of lemon juice you could use apple cider vinegar.
Rachel R. says
Can you have fish, Rheagn? If so, you can get fish gelatin. I believe Vital Proteins makes one.
Would Coconut Butter work as a replacement for the Palm shortening?
Not coconut butter, it is way too solid and cloying, however coconut oil you could try. Take a look at the previous comment on that Zarni 🙂
Kathy Duprey says
Thank you for posting something that I can eat. I appreciate this so much! I am unable to return to eating eggs or almond flour, so this recipe is a real welcome to find. Thank you for clarifying the details of the gelatin egg. I have seen many versions. I f you have other recipes like this using gelatin, I would truly appreciate you sharing them. I have made pumpkin pie and coconut milk banana pudding with gelatin, but not a bread. I will make this tomorrow. Have you made this in a muffin pan as well?. Merry Christmas!
Hello Kathy, I'm so pleased you have found a cake you can eat .. we all feel just the same as you do! I haven't made this as muffins but it should be fine, just cook for a shorter time .. at a guess I would say around 40 minutes but I'm afraid you will have to be the judge of that. As for other baked goodies, yes there are some in the pipeline but nothing to post just yet. However I think there'll be something you'll approve of 🙂 . In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this recipe and a very Merry Christmas to you!
Thanks so much for this recipe. It was delicious. I substituted coconut oil for shortening, it was a bit dense but moist and amazing.
Great to hear you enjoyed it Rachael, thanks for letting me know 🙂
anne maddocks says
This recipe was a lifesaver for me over Christmas! I am the only member of my family on AIP and I brought this cake with me to our son's house. It keeps well. Everyone loved it. I used coconut oil as can't get palm shortening in Wales. Thank you so much xx
A real pleasure Anne, thanks so much for your story. It's always fantastic when non-AIPs like our food, but I hope you got enough of it for yourself 😉
Thanks for the recipe! I tried coconut oil and it worked very well! I like to freeze them and then toast them in the mornings.
My pleasure Freya, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it 🙂
Veerle Deschuytter says
This is just too delicious 😉 My first AIP-dessert in a very long time... I ate it all by myself in only 4hours 🙁
Oops! I'm not sure that was the intention 😉
Hi! I'm just wondering...is the batter supposed to be fluffy or almost frothy? I tried making muffins but they sank after coming out. A lot of the gelatin hardened before it really incorporated, so might that have somehow affected them? Anyway, they smell great, so hopefully they'll taste equally good once they're cooled!
Hi Allison, the batter will look quite fluffy after mixing. There are many reasons why cakes sink after baking, such as wrong temperature, opening the oven door too soon or you didn't cook the muffins long enough. It is the baking soda's job to rise the mixture and not the gelatin's and the hardening of the gelatin can happen if you're not working quickly enough or the mix was just too cold so it started setting on contact. The muffins will still taste good but you will have some stringy bits of gelatin to pick out, don't worry too much about that. I hope you enjoy them anyway 🙂
Do you think you could make this with flax eggs (ground flaxseed and water)?
Also, do you think a little xanthan gum would help it not be so crumbly?
I'm afraid neither flaxseed nor xanthan gum are AIP approved so I never cook with them. The cake is only crumbly if you cut it once it has cooked/cooled. I do talk about texture in the recipe and recommend that you leave it, ideally until the next day, in which case it isn't crumbly at all.
Can I drink coffee or is not possible in the AIP diet? I'm not sure but I think it's not very good for me.
Hi Gema, I'm afraid coffee is not compliant with the AIP but there are plenty of AIP herbal 'coffee' substitute drinks to be found. Check out these posts http://www.thepaleomom.com/2014/11/guest-post-mikaela-morgan-peppermint-nocha-autoimmune-protocol-friendly.html, http://www.slightlylostgirl.com/2014/09/02/pumpkin-spice-natte-aip-version-of-my-favorite-fall-beverage/ for two lovely recipes from Slightly Lost Girl. Also take a look at the '85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts' E-book in my sidebar, which has coffee substitutes as well as many other delicious recipes for strict AIP. Hope this helps.
Very thanks. I have other question. Can I take Aloe Vera juice in the protocolo AIP? And flaxseed oil? I'm a spanish girl so excuse me if I don't speak english very well
No worries, your English is perfect Gema. Sorry but neither Aloe nor Flaxseed are AIP-friendly. By the way, there is an excellent Spanish AIP blog (which just happens to be written by Slightly Lost Girl http://www.slightlylostgirl.com, mentioned in my previous comment to you). This blog is called http://www.lachicapaleo.com. You should go check her out 🙂
Thanks Kate for all. The most complicate for me is the coffee in the morning but I think it's very bad for my stomach, I have gastritis cronic. But I need something for don't sleep but I don't know what. And with milk, which is posible? Only coconut milk? What could I drink in the morning to have more energy?
Hi Gema. I'm sorry to hear you're suffering. Do you drink bone broth at all? That is by far the very best thing you can do for your digestion as it is fantastic for helping the body to heal. Make yourself a rich broth with cooked, raw or a mixture of good quality bones and drink that on a frequent basis. Here's a recipe for broth that is made in a pressure cooker (http://autoimmune-paleo.com/pressure-cooker-bone-broth/) - don't worry if you don't have a pressure cooker, you can just as easily make broth in a slow cooker, cooked on the gentlest heat on your stove top or on a low temperature in your oven but for a much longer period of time. As your gut starts to heal you will find you have more energy, however it is advisable that you find yourself a good practitioner who can order tests for you if you haven't already addressed this, as there may be underlying issues that cannot be helped with food alone.
In terms of milk, you could look into Tigernut Milk (http://enjoyingthisjourney.com/tigernut-milk-horchata-de-chufa/) and see if you can tolerate that.
And I can't stress highly enough that you should check out Mika's blog http://www.lachicapaleo.com , she is a Spanish speaker and writes an AIP blog that I know you will find useful.
Good luck Gema x
Sorry and excuse me for my english. I'm trying write the best posible, but it's difficult for me. Thanks and very kisses for you. I loved your block; it's very interesting for me. I'm learning a lot. I'm very ploff now but I hope this change soon
Jodie Harlow says
I didn't think Honey was AIP?
Yes honey is fine on the AIP but, as with anything sweet, should be eaten in moderation of course.
So I just realized I have tried three of your recipes in the last three days and posted about each one, which I rarely do! Another hit - this is so tasty!! We had some as dessert with some of the Lemon Fluff on it as a topping - divine!! Thanks so much, Kate. I so appreciate you sharing your expertise with cooking and making it AIP friendly!! Best, -K
hehe that's funny! Glad you approve, and thanks so much for telling me. I love comments like yours 🙂
Do you think it would work without the baking soda? I've been wanting to make this for weeks and keep forgetting to buy the baking soda! >.<
The cake is already dense so I don't think it would be a good idea to miss out the baking soda, given the baking soda is there to help it rise. Do you have a neighbour who may be able to help you out? Just be sure to check it's gluten free if you do.
You have made my day! In one of the posts, you mentioned using agar agar instead of grass fed gelatin, with which I don't do well. I've missed a binder in so many AIP treats and this could be the answer to it. Can't wait to experiment. Thank you!
Hi Lena, it was mentioned in my Lemon Tart guest post for the Paleo Mom (http://www.thepaleomom.com/2014/10/guest-post-kate-jay-lemon-tart-autoimmune-protocol-friendly.html). I haven't used agar agar before so you really will be experimenting. Would love to hear how you go!
Dwan Evans says
This really hit the spot. Great recipe.
Thanks Dwan, so pleased you loved it 🙂
Kate, this is a wonderful recipe. You are a genius at devising GAPS/AIP recipes. I wanted to make it more of an everyday recipe for myself, so I experimented by leaving out the honey and substituting coconut cream (the denser part that settles in a can of coconut milk), and it came out great. I used a larger round pan, rather than a loaf pan, so as to create a thinner layer. And I cooked it for 50 minutes, it's still sweet from the bananas and super tasty. Thank you!
Sounds wonderful Sylvie, what a treat. I made this recipe up just the other day too, a batch of muffins for my travels with the girl and a loaf to leave behind for the boys! 🙂
When you say "wrap it up and keep it in an airtight container", what do suggest wrapping it with? Parchment? Keep it on the counter or in the fridge? Also, mine didn't rise. I used two regular eggs, but followed the rest of the recipe as is. I even sifted the dry ingredients. Any idea why no rise? The only time I opened the oven was at 50 minutes to check the sticky pudding.
I wrap it in parchment and put it in a glass container with a well fitting lid and keep it in the fridge. If I freeze the cake I use parchment and then plastic wrap. You won't really get much of a rise, because the bananas and coconut flour are heavy you achieve a dense and sticky cake, not a light and airy one. But it shouldn't sink, either. If that happens you haven't cooked it long enough. All the same, next time I would be tempted to use a third regular egg and ensure you don't over-mix the batter once the dry ingredients are added. Hope that helps 🙂
It does help 🙂 The cake didn't sink so I think all is well. It seems to have a good consistency. Both kids (14&18) gave it two thumbs up. So far we've had it with real butter (for those who can eat it) and I just had some with coconut butter. It was delicious! I plan to make it again with the gelatin eggs. I was out and got impatient when I found the recipes. Plus the bananas wouldn't have lasted until my shipment came. I will let you know how it compares to the recipe with real eggs. Thanks again!
Glad you all enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know 🙂
I wanted to let you know, and anyone else reading and curious; I made the teacake again with the gelatin "eggs". Now while I think it may have been slightly undercooked, it was still BETTER with gelatin vs eggs! The texture is nicer, more firm, and has a slight hint of the lemon flavor from the gelatin "eggs". No one is missing out on this recipe 🙂
What a brilliant comment, thanks SO much for reporting back Deana. I've been enjoying this cake myself today, yum 😉
Hi, this recipe has become a go-to for me, I love it. I was just wondering, if I wanted to make it with canned pumpkin - in place of banana - how much should I use?
Hi Rachel, I haven't tried this with anything other than banana but if I did, I would start with 1+3/4 packed cups of canned pumpkin and add a little more if you think it looks dryer than with bananas. If it looks a little too sloppy, add a tablespoon of coconut flour. Seeing as you've already made the original, aim for the same consistency and all should be well.
Honesty this is the best AIP cake recipe I have ever tried!! I couldn't find coconut shorterning at the store so I used 1/3 cup cooconut oil instead and it turned out wonderful!! Thanks a lot for this amazing recipe!
What a lovely comment, you just made my day 🙂
I have to admit, we're pretty keen on it ourselves so I'm always glad to hear of others enjoying it too!
My banana bread has just gone into the oven. So excited for tomorrow when I can try a slice.
I'm day 23 Aip so won't be able to eat it all this week, will it freeze ok?
Yum, I love that cake so much and it freezes beautifully. Enjoy 🙂
Jessica Parker says
I apologize if this was already answered, as I admit I didn't got through all of the comments...I have been able to successfully put eggs back into my diet. I was wondering if I can use eggs with this recipe?? If so, would it be 3, as you made it with 3 gelatin eggs? Also, could I substitute coconut oil for the palm shortening? And if so, what do you think that measurement would be?
Thank you so much!
Hi Jessica, I would use 2 large eggs and the same quantity of coconut oil as for the shortening. I hope you enjoy the cake 🙂
I'm in Italy, and I can't find powdered gelatin anywhere - only sheets. The packet says 12 grams of gelatin is indicated for 500grams of jelly. Do you know how I might translate that into a gelatin egg? How much jelly does 1 teaspoon of gelatin make?.
Oh gosh Angie, that is a tricky one. Gelatin has different strengths depending on where it's from and what brand, so all I can do is head you to this site, hope you've got a good mathematical brain (unlike me) and you're prepared to experiment. Go on the side of caution rather than overuse and let me know how you go. 🙂
Goodness - just looked at that article - it's so complicated - sheets, packets, powder - and then, no consistency between brands. Yes, as you say, I'll just have to start experimenting. Thanks for the link. I'll add your brand of gelatin to my US / UK shopping list!
Alyson Lofgren says
Amazing!!! I made these into mini muffins and used what I had on hand for substitutions. Used 2 bananas and a black plantain with 2tbsp of pumpkin puree and 2tbsp of unsweetened applesauce to make up for the loss of creaminess from the third banana. Only used 1/8c grade b maple syrup (because that's all I had left), and 1/2c coconut oil because I had no shortening. Prepped everything with your instructions and baked at 350 for 30ish minutes. After 2 hours in the fridge, they're perfect muffin consistency!!! I'm so excited to finally have an aip baked good recipe that isn't insanely time and ingredient intensive. Thanks so much!!
I really (REALLY) can't do gelatin, but the rest of the family can and they LOVED this bread! It's hard to find a good AIP bread, especially one that isn't a pain to make, and this fits the bill. The kids (10 and 11) really enjoyed having something akin to normal in their lunches this week, and this will totally be in the "make weekly" pile! THANK YOU!!
Ah, I love this comment. My own kids (12 and 15) feel just the same about this recipe, they request it for their birthdays and it was our Christmas cake too. It works equally well as a round iced, decorated cake and muffins. So pleased your family enjoy it but I'm sorry you can't join in 🙁
When you say "3 gelatin eggs" then give the recipe for the gelatin eggs below, do we have to triple that recipe to get the 3 gelatin eggs or have you done that conversion for us?
Hi Sigrid, it's all done, you just need to follow the recipe!
Question re: directions/ "leave it in pan for 2 hrs"...... Does that mean...in oven turned off, or in pan outside oven but still on baking sheet, or out of oven on say a wood cutting board??? This is in the oven, waiting with drooling anticipation. Have loved your lemon tart and 85 AIP breakfast ebook, esp the thinly sliced liver ( used lamb liver from US wellness meats), mushrooms, spinach recipe. Made enough to have for breakfast for four days...yay!!
Hi Brenda, I'm so pleased you're enjoying my recipes, thanks for popping in and letting me know 🙂
To answer your question, take the pan out of the oven and let it sit on the counter top (wooden board, wire rack, whatever) for the 2 hours so it can cool down. Anything baked with coconut/gelatin will be fragile for some time to come which is why it's a good idea to leave it alone. If you take it out of the tin straight away it will fall apart. So after the 2 hours, you can wrap it up and let it set up completely. You can hurry it up in the fridge if you like. Just don't try and cut the cake until it feels good and firm. Enjoy 🙂 🙂
I'm trying to figure it out, but I just made this as well as the butternut rosemary cake, followed the recipes exactly and they both tuened out soggy and flat and not good.
Any suggestions? I'm not sure what went wrong. I did use ACV in place of lemon juice but that was the only change I made.
Hi Karianna. There are several possible answers. It's unlikely the ACV made a difference, although you should use less than lemon juice (say 1 tsp):
1. Gelatin egg. Make sure you use gelatin rather than collagen. Gelatin sets, whereas collagen does not.
2. You have not left it long enough before cutting into. The cake needs to rest in order to firm up. Once cooled down, it needs to sit in the fridge (preferably overnight) to be sturdy enough for cutting into. If you cut too early, it will fall apart.
3. Too short a cooking time. The cake is ready when it feels firm on top and is starting to pull away from the sides of the parchment.
It's also a good idea to use an oven thermometer, and a preheated baking sheet, to ensure the cake cooks the same as in the recipe.
Thank you so much for such a quick response, I have been dealing with autoimmune for two years... Found out I had it one week after getting married. It has been a huge struggle food wise. Maybe you could answer a few questions.
For the ACV is it 1 TSP for 3 eggs or for 1?
I did everything else you said but I am going to give it another go in the morning. I am going to try tallow instead of shortening (I'm pretty sure it is a allergy). Also, could I sub maple syrup for the honey?
Once again, thank you. Your blog, your story, and the food you cook has given me a glimmer of hope and has encouraged me to keep trying even when things are failing or falling apart.
I'm so sorry you've had a rough time but there is definitely hope, once you get into a routine with this protocol and you see positive things happening, it'll all be worth it. I'm really pleased you're encouraged by the recipes I'm creating for my family, that's why I keep on doing what I'm doing - well, that and motivation for me to keep it up too 🙂
As for the ACV, I would use 1 tsp total, but you will need to add a little extra tepid water to compensate for the absence of lemon juice. So add an extra 1 tablespoon of water for this purpose and the mixture should be good. I haven't tried the cake with tallow, it works extremely well with coconut oil if you fancy using that, otherwise you are experimenting but I would be surprised if it doesn't give you good results. The flavour of the cake is certainly strong enough to take the tallow on. However I would say if you are OK with coconut oil I suggest you use that for the first time, just whilst you get the texture sorted, because I know it's been tried and tested. Also, using maple syrup is fine instead of honey, it will just have a slightly different end flavour.
Before you start mixing, why don't you have a read of my notes on using gelatin eggs, which is right here.
Good luck and let me know how you get on 🙂
Hi, this recipe looks amazing, I will definitely try it. I am just confused about the gelatin eggs. Are the ingredients under gelatin eggs for one egg? Do I need to use three of these? That would mean I need 9 tablespoons of gelatin for one cake?
Can you tell, I've never used gelatin eggs before but I want to try.
Hi Conny, thanks for popping in. The recipe is written in its entirety so you are going to use 3 tablespoons of gelatin. Before you make the cake have a read the section on gelatin eggs here which will help you through the process.
Thank you so much! I'll be baking soon 🙂
The recipe calls for 3 gelatine eggs. Is the recipe you listed for 1 gelatine egg (so I have to multiple that recipe by 3) or is it for the full 3 gelatine eggs called for? Thanks.
The recipe is complete, so you use 3 tbsp gelatine total. 🙂
I have been AIP since feb 2015 this is my first succsessful baked item since i have had since started i did use pumpkin not banana an i used coconut sugar an a little maple syrup as i can not tolerate honey an i used regular egggs 3 of them i have re introduced them thanks so much i also added a few dried cranberries even my non paleo husband said it was really good
I'm glad to hear this gave you the foundation to achieving your special treat. It sounds delicious 🙂
Ugh I can't wait to eat mine! I pulled it out the oven and it smells and looks amazing! I made a few changes .
I've been craving sweets so I added more honey and some coconut sugar. Also some vanilla extract. Instead of coconut flour (my sister isn't a coconut fan) I used sweet potato flour. I also don't have the palm shortening so I used coconut butter 🙂 two hours might be cut short ! Thank you! I'm definitely keeping this recipe around
I used raisins with the recipe. It came out great! Best AIP bread I have had yet!!! Thank you
That's so great to hear, thanks so much for taking the time to say so Mary 🙂
Wooow, what a delioucccious cake!!! It turned out perfect!!!
I ajusted it slightly: instead of honey, i added 6 madjool dates after i soaked them in hot water for 10 minutes..... Yammmm tastes like banana caramel cake!!!!!
I've been working on this recipe to get it to cook properly and I'm still not sure what I'm doing wrong. It tastes delicious, but comes out gummy (after waiting 24 hours to cut into it). I've checked that I'm using Gelatin not collagen, tried different pans (glass, metal, stone), tried more ripe, less ripe and frozen bananas, and am otherwise using the recipe as written. I take it out before it is firm because if I leave it longer it will burn (I tried putting foil over it to see if that would slow down the browning, but it still doesn't cook through before becoming very dark). I've tried a cooler oven for a longer period of time (with and without foil) and still no luck with it getting too dark before cooking through. It does pull away from the edges of the pan, but is still soft over the entire surface (even the edges). I'm running out of ideas. I love the flavour (as you can probably guess by the number of experiments I've happily eaten) and don't mind the texture, but really would like to have something cake-like to eat if possible. I'd appreciate any suggestions you can offer as to where I might be going wrong. I understand that long-distance trouble-shooting is a shot in the dark at best, but I'm hoping you can give me a few ideas of other things I can fiddle with to see if I can make it work. Thanks!
Goodness Sonya it sounds like you've made this cake more than I have, I admire your tenacity! Hmmm, the only things I can think of are to check your oven is running to temperature with an oven thermometer and perhaps look at the incorporation of your gelatin eggs. Take a read of the relevant section in the Q&A which takes you through the process. If the "egg" doesn't get incorporated sufficiently it could result in a cake that doesn't set up properly. Do you ever see strands in the mixture, or rubbery bits in the finished cake? Those bits are gelatin that hasn't dispersed thoroughly. Be sure to place your baking sheet into the oven right from the start so that the cake tin sits on a hot base - this will help with even cooking. Also, once it comes out of the fridge and cools down, put your cake (still in the tin and wrapped) into the fridge for at least 3 hours or even better overnight to firm up. Other than those suggestions I'm at a loss - unless you live up a mountain, in which case everything is very different at altitude 😉 . Just so you know, when you take the cake out of the oven it will be dark brown (due to the honey) but not burned obviously and will not be completely firm. It will be firmer on the outer edges than in the centre although you are right, it will be coming away from the sides of the parchment. It will be fragile still, which is why you need to keep it in the tin as it cools.
Anyway, if you decide to give it another go then do let me know what happens. And if it fails again, you'll have to get yourself a plane ticket to Vancouver and we can make it together 🙂 🙂
Lianne Montano says
This looks so good. I only have a cast-iron loaf pan. Would that be ok to use instead of tin?
Of course, although your cooking time may be slightly different so you'll need to bear that in mind. I'm actually thinking of getting one or two for myself 🙂
Allison C says
Delicious recipe! Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!
Hi! I would like to try this recipe with apples now that it is fall. How do you recommend to replace apples with the bananas? Have you tried any other fruits? Pumpkin?
Hi Mary, I make many cakes with canned pumpkin purée and get really successful results. Apple purée will work just as well too. I would use cup of either for this recipe. Enjoy 🙂
M K says
I followed this recipe to a T. After baking an hour, the top was black (which is fine, I can get over that) and the knife inserted in the middle came out clean. I took it out and cooled it completely. I cut around the edge, and then tipped onto a plate. After the top layer came off, the rest pour out like sludge. Thoughts?
Hi Melissa, I would say are you absolutely certain you used gelatin and not collagen for this? I also suggest you take a look at the notes on using gelatin as a substitute for egg here.
M K says
Yep. Great Lakes orange can. I'll have to check the notes and try again.
Thank you so very much for sharing this gem of a recipe! I've been running on fumes since going AIP from regular Paleo and this is just wonderful to have handy. Keeping up with three small children and nursing, I desperately needed a good snack to grab and bonus that my family loves it. I made this loaf this morning and it's nearly gone; three little boys devoured it today (even one that despises bananas!). Your website is beautiful and I haven't made anything yet that I do not love. So grateful for your time and generosity. Cheers!
Thanks for taking the time to comment Ashley, I now have this lovely image of your three little ones tucking in.
So pleased the whole family enjoyed it!!
Thank you for your work in AIP and GAPS.
Thank YOU for your lovely comment.
Happy weekend Katie xx
Hi, Love your beautiful posts. Can leaf lard be used instead of shortening?
Thanks Michele ... and most definitely. Yum!
Great, thank you!
I love this recipe. I didn't have leaf lard so I made it with butter. Do you know if pumpkin or apple can be substituted for the bananas? I wanted to try some alternative versions. Hmm, now that I think about it maybe not because of the lack of starchiness?
I often use apple or pumpkin in my cakes, especially pumpkin which I think is really successful. Feel free 🙂
Brigitte Anelli says
Do you think I could make this recipe by mixing by hand with a fork or whisk? I don't have a handheld mixer or stand mixer. Thank you!
Yes go for it. When you add the gelatin eggs make sure you put some "elbow grease" into it and you'll be good to go. 🙂
Hi Kate, I want to make your delicious tea cake with apple sauce instead of banana or a combo of both (mainly because I only have one banana :). Do you have an idea how much apple sauce I'd use to replace the banana?
Hi Michele, about a cup of apple sauce should do the trick. I haven't tried it myself but that's where I would start from.
Thanks Kate! That's what I tried, it worked well. One banana and a cup of apple sauce. ☺️
Oh great, I'm glad you got that sorted. Thanks for your feedback 🙂
Can I use butter instead of the palm shortening? How much should I use?
Yes no problem, I haven't myself but you can use the same amount.
Sorry, but too much sugar for those who have digestive issues, particularly those with Candida..........the bad bacteria would have a feast and enjoy the honey, too.......I'm trying to heal my gut so lessen the sugar.....would using sweet potato and 1 banana work?
That was a very early recipe for my blog and I agree with you, there is too much sugar. I keep making a mental note to change the recipe but haven't done so yet. If you remove the honey altogether and use a banana and sweet potato, of course the cake will work but it will be a lot drier. If you want to stay on the right side of the sweetener but are after a treat, have a look at my pear and parsnip cake, which is sweetened only with fruits and veggies. Like the banana cake it is dense (coconut flour) but it is definitely moist. http://healingfamilyeats.com/pear-and-parsnip-teacake-aip-paleo/
Thank you Kate! I have not been able to find anything that is like a cake or muffin to enjoy. This cake is perfect!
My husband loves it as much as I do. It is a treat as all of you dishes are!
That's so sweet of you to let me know. Thanks Susie - and I'm so pleased you both love your treat 🙂
Thank you for this recipe! Currently baking in the oven as I post this comment! Very excited to try it out! This is my first time baking since starting AIP 6 months ago- very exciting!
I do hope it turns out well for you Jaime. Enjoy 🙂
I hope it's okay that I ask a question - I'm new to AIP-related baking, and I'm still trying to get the hang of the whole gelatin egg, thing. >,< Most other places I've seen use 1T gelatine to 1T cool water, and 2T hot water), but yours is the first site I've come across that uses lemon juice. Is there a reason for that, as well as why your ratios for liquids + gelatin changes from recipe to recipe (for most I think you use lemon, but for others, you don't, and for another, you used ACV - was that for taste reasons?)? I've never tried it with lemon, so I'm curious if that affects the food's texture, or gelatin's hold. Regardless, thank you so much for sharing this with us! Beautiful pictures, and a wonderful site!
Hi Christy. Lemon or ACV is there to create the acidity needed in order to create a reaction with the baking soda. You could put it elsewhere in the recipe, however I use it as part of the liquid needed for the consistency I want. Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy the cake 🙂
Oh goodness, I didn't even notice the baking soda in the recipe lol Thank you so much for explaining ^_^ I haven't been able to get the ingredients for everything yet, but can't wait to make it (my dad loves banana bread, so it'll be a special treat for him). Besides saying thank you, I meant to say I love your plates in the pictures, by the way - the designs are gorgeous 🙂
If someone were using eggs instead of gelatin, would they then need to include the lemon juice to provide acidity to the recipe? If so, how much?
I would leave the recipe as it is, just with the substitution of your eggs.
Jacinta Keeble says
My kids really liked this cake!
I froze leftovers to pop it into their lunchboxes.
I love hearing this!
Chantelle Rowntree says
Hi! I'm hoping to turn your Banana Bread into cupcakes. I'd really like to have a SCD complaint cupcake on my Sons birthday. I'm not too fussed If its not the typical texture of a cupcake. What would you suggest for baking time? And a SCD legal egg-free frosting to go on top?
Hi Chantelle, yes you can definitely do that. With baking time it depends on the size of your cupcakes, but if you make 6 decent size ones check them at 15-20 minutes and when they're just firm you can remove them and the mixture will firm a little more as they cool down. Check out this frosting which is SCD legal.
Happy birthday to your son!
Kathleen F Kirchmeier says
This did not turn out well for me at all. I let it cool over night and there was a layer of gelatin and there was coconut oil around the edges. I am going to slice it and bake it to see if I can dry it up a bit. The flavor was great, but the consistency, not so much!
Sorry it didn't work out for you Kathleen. The layer of gelatin and extra coconut oil suggests that the mixture wasn't properly combined, or perhaps the gelatin egg wasn't added quickly enough and it had started to set. I hope you give it another try.
I see almost all the GAPS treats have coconut. It’s been very frustrating. As my children react badly to coconut and yet there seems to be no substitute.
Hi Kristine, my recipes take into account the Autoimmune Protocol as well as mostly GAPS recipes, which is why I don't use ingredients such as nut flour. I'm sure you'll be able to find an almond flour banana bread if you google it. Good luck.
Thanks. I just we could have coconut it’s so much easier! ( :
I get it
Hi there...I don't have "runny honey" but wondered about possibly using maple syrup?
Yes maple syrup is fine. Runny honey is what the English call regular honey that isn't set btw.
The surface was bubbly at the one hour mark. Is that how it is supposed to be?
The cake should feel firm on the top and be coming away from the parchment paper. It sounds like an ingredient was missing.
Hi I love your recipes however this one was WAY too sweet. Reading other comments I only added 120g of honey and can barely even take a bite of the finished bread. Anyone who has been on strict AIP does not need this amount of sugar. I highly recommend reducing to 1/4 cup.
I actually agree with you. This recipe was written back in 2014 and if you look at my later cake recipes you'll find them very low in sweetener, often containing no sweetener at all. I keep meaning to rewrite this recipe but haven't got round to it yet. Thanks for the reminder.
When you substitute coconut oil are you melting it or using it as a solid?
It's softened coconut oil.
wonder how this would turn out using pumpkin?
It will work really well I think. Less sweet but still maintain some moisture.
Is shortening AIP compliant? Since it's vegetable oils, I'm guessing not. Did you know that Crisco (#1 topselling brand of shortening) was originally developed and sold as a candle wax alternative? Yup, it's to burn when you run out of candlesl. The company almost went bust when electric lighting was installed in cities, until the company owners discovered that people could eat the stuff and not die. So it was
re-marketed as a cooking fat alternative. Frankly, I wouldn't even feed it to birds. How about organic lard or tallow? Or coconut oil? Those are AIP compliant, and full of good saturated fats. I use tallow for coconut flour cookies and it's super. Thanks!
Kate, the shortening I recommend is made of unhydrogenated organic palm oil which is fully compliant with the AIP and Paleo diet. However, you are more than welcome to use coconut oil or lard as a substitute if you prefer. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/palm-oil-nutrition/#axzz3YL7tQLZW
It's palm shortening! When you read the discription it says it's Palm.
Brook S says
Hi! I wasn't sure where best to comment... But I have started adding in gelatin to my paleo diet and notice some pretty serious constipation! What are your thoughts on this? I keep reading it's helpful and healing... We do bone broth some already and I finally ordered the good stuff to use in treats and baking and adding to loose broth but now I'm sad. Help? Thanks so much in advance.
Hi Brook, sorry to hear your gelatin introduction isn't going as planned. Gelatin can definitely cause digestive upset, certainly if you're suffering from leaky gut and it may be that yours isn't yet strong enough for the added gelatin at the moment. You may do better with collagen (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005KG7EDU/?tag=heafameat-20), added to your bone broth, or even none at all for the time being. I find this post really informative on the subject http://butternutrition.com/what-you-dont-know-about-gelatin-may-hurt-you-5-things-you-need-to-know/. Hope this helps!