This recipe I dedicate to Hannah. Yes :) Three years ago, she gave me a banana cranberry cake as a present for my birthday. Enclosed, there was a poem and the recipe for the cake. It was so good, that it inspired me to start my baking career. I was then baking this cake for about a year. Often. Very often. I was baking it with cranberries, with raisins, with almonds, with hazelnuts, with chocolate, with chestnuts and even with beechnuts.
So you can see I was very fond of this special cake. Then I started to eat no wheat and no sugar anymore and my baking career ended quite abruptly. But then, after one year without this cake I got back to it. Changed a lot of ingredients. Used a special technique (the soak your buckwheat and then blend it technique) and here it is :)
I hope you´ll like it! This cake is vegan.
For this recipe you need to soak the buckwheat for at least 2 hours. I just soak them over night.
1 cup buckwheat (soaked for at least 2 hours)
1 cup oats
1 cup grounded nuts (I used hazelnuts)
1/2 cup cranberries
1 teaspoon grounded vanilla (or pulp of one vanilla pod)
1 teaspoon of baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup agave sirup
2 tablespoons chia seeds and 1/3 cup of water
1. Mix the chia seeds into the water and leave them aside. Stir them from time to time.
2. When ready soaked, rinse the buckwheat in a sieve with cold water. Put the buckwheat in a bowl and blend it with a hand-held blender. Blend until it has a dough like consistency. Now you can add the agave sirup, the melted coconut oil (you can melt the coconut oil in a warm water bath), the three mashed bananas and the baking powder. Blend a little more.
3. Add the oats and the nuts. Blend until the dough is smooth. It will still have little pieces of oats in it. Never mind ;) The blender is done now.
4. Preheat the oven to 180° in the meantime…
5. Now add all the other ingredients (cranberries, vanilla, salt and chia seeds) and stir the dough with a spoon.
Fill the dough into a silicon form, or place some baking paper in your usual baking pan, so that you can lift the cake out of the baking pan. So, now you bake the cake for about 30 min. Then you lift the cake out of the baking pan (if you use a silicon form, you can just put it upside down) and place it directly on the rack. Bake for another 30 minutes.
If you use muffin forms, you`ll only need to bake them for about 30 min. No lifting necessary.
And here you can see the muffins. Very nice :)
If you have any suggestions or questions get back to me :) I answer. I promise.