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Banana Hazelnut Snack Cake

Banana recipe #… I know, another banana recipe. And guess what, I still have a bunch of recipes I want to share with you. So stay tuned if you like banana bread and similar recipes. This recipe is really different from all the other recipes. Why? Because it’s made with ground hazelnuts.

Gluten & sugar free

As I’ve used ground hazelnuts instead of flour, it’s gluten free and fairly low-carb. Fairly low-carb as it doesn’t have any flour, but probably still too carby for those on a strict low-carb diet, due to the banana. But low-carb or not, this cake is definitely worth a try. It tastes amazing and is super light and fluffy (due to beaten egg whites added to the batter). And, I did not use any added sugar or sweetener. The bananas and the ground hazelnuts are sweet enough together.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium (over)ripe bananas (ca. 180-200g peeled)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 60 ml hazelnut oil
  • 200 g ground hazelnuts
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional: 50 g dark chocolate chips

You can use other oils for the hazelnut oil. For the egg whites, I use TwoChicks egg whites. It’s so easy to have those at hand at all times and you don’t have to separate eggs and need to find other uses for the egg yolks.

If you can’t find ground hazelnuts at the store, simply make it yourself. Put in a high power blender or food processor and process until it becomes a flour. But be careful not to process too long, as once the oils are set free, it becomes a paste (hazelnut butter). Tasty, but not what you want right now.

Directions

Start by preheating your oven to 160°C and line a rimmed baking sheet or large baking dish with parchment paper.

Mash the bananas and mix them with the eggs, oil and vanilla extract.

Banana, eggs, vanilla and oil Mixed banana, eggs, vanilla and oil

Add the ground hazelnuts and baking powder and stir until well combined.

Add hazelnuts Mixed in hazelnuts

Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. Then carefully fold the beaten egg whites into the batter.

Egg whites Fold in egg whites

Pour the batter into the prepared dish and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top, if using. Then bake in the middle of the oven for ca. 30-35 minutes.

ready to go into the oven Finished baking

Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Cut into squares Piece of cake

It’s light and fluffy and utterly delicious.

Enjoy!

Banana Hazelnut Snack Cake

Author Nicole

Ingredients

  • 2 medium (over)ripe bananas (ca. 180-200g peeled)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 60 ml hazelnut oil*
  • 200 g ground hazelnuts**
  • 4 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 g dark chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 160°C and line a rimmed baking sheet or large baking dish with parchment paper.

  2. Mash the bananas and mix them with the eggs, oil and vanilla extract.

  3. Add the ground hazelnuts and baking powder and stir until well combined.

  4. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. Then carefully fold the beaten egg whites into the batter.

  5. Pour the batter into the prepared dish and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top, if using. Then bake in the middle of the oven for ca. 30-35 minutes.

  6. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Recipe Notes

*You can use other oils for the hazelnut oil.

**If you can't find ground hazelnuts at the store, simply make it yourself. Put in a high power blender or food processor and process until it becomes a flour. But be careful not to process too long, as once the oils are set free, it becomes a paste (hazelnut butter). Tasty, but not what you want right now.

 

Love banana recipes? Why not try this Chai Spiced Banana Bread? Or these Oatmeal Banana Muesli Bars with Cranberries and Raisins?

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2 Comments

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    MessyMommy

    September 12, 2017

    Dit ziet er heerlijk uit! Komt op mijn to-make-to-bake list!

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      Nicole

      September 12, 2017

      Dank je! Was echt verassend lekker door de hazelnoot.

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