Deceiving Plantain. You look like a banana, but you are not…. Are you trying to trick me? Im confused…
You still are incredibly tasty though…
Plantains are a staple food in the tropical regions of the world. They are lower in sugar content than regular bananas, so they need to be cooked before you eat them. Plantains are used kinda in the same way as potatoes and you can cook them by steaming, boiling or frying. You can use them from when they are green or unripe (and therefore starchy) or overripe (and therefore sweet). For baking its best to use them when they are almost black and at their sweetest.
Gluten Free Chocolate Plantain Cake
Turn the oven to 350 degrease and prepare a square 9×9 inch pan (or loaf pan) with nonstick spray.
- 1 cup (165 g) Bobs Red Mill All Purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (82 g) Brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup (60 g) Almond flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup (20 g) cocoa powder
- 1 tsp Xanthan gum
- 1/2 cup (80 g) chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup (75 g) Coconut Palm Sugar
- 3 medium (335 g) Plantains, very ripe!
- 3/4 cup Coconut Oil, melted
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup (55 g) Soy milk
In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients including the chocolate chips. Set aside.
Peel the plantains. It can be a little tricky. Use a knife and cut them down the center, then press or scoop out the inside with your fingers or the knife. Puree the plantains in a food processor till they are mushy and banana like. Scrape into a medium bowl.
Add all the wet ingredients to the pureed plantains and stir till incorporated.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir together with a dough scraper or a wooden spoon. The mixture will get pretty dry unlike regular cake batters. (Gluten free cake batters are supposed to be a little drier, otherwise they tend to fall after baking)
Poor cake batter into the prepared pan, and use a dough scraper to spread out the dough evenly in the pan. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 40 min. Cool on rack.
This cake would be even better with chocolate/vanilla frosting either on top, or as a layer in the middle! You can find a recipe for chocolate frosting here.