Being a vegetarian I like to use walnuts as much as possible as these are quite a few of plant based sources of omega-3 fatty acid. It has always been challenging to prepare a recipe using these slightly bitter nuts, now I have baked an eggless walnut Bundt cake using banana & toasted walnuts as they compliment each other, sweet bananas suppress the bitterness of walnuts and also they both add a delicious flavor & texture to the cake.
Nevertheless I don’t feel comfortable to cook the ripe bananas at such a high temperature as we have never come across the idea of cooking fruits in Indian cuisine, we rarely steam the fruits that are difficult to digest specially for infants. My father did not even approve of slicing fruits unnecessarily for loss of nutrients. So it is really debatable whether to cook fruits or not.
Health Benefits of Walnuts:
Walnuts are good for kids who play tantrums as these are fantastic mood boosters. They are very useful for children & young adults to improve their brain health & body stamina, and they are also beneficial to prevent arthritis, control diabetes and improve metabolism for old people.
Eggless Walnut Bundt Cake recipe:
- Whole wheat flour – 1 and 1/2 cup
- Mashed banana – 1 and 1/2 cup (from 6 ripe bananas)
- Any neutral oil – 1/2 cup (I have used sunflower oil here)
- Golden caster sugar – 3/4 cup
- Dates – 12 Nos. (optional)
- Walnuts (akhrot paruppu)- 20 to 25 Nos.
- Baking Powder – 1 tsp
- Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp
- Salt – 1/4 tsp
Eggless Walnut cake:
I rigorously follow 4 steps while baking cakes or muffins, ie., mixing dry ingredients, preparing cake batter, baking & frosting. Generally I don’t prefer to do frosting for a fruit based cake mainly to enjoy the natural flavor of sweeteners – banana & dates to the fullest, but some may like to pour honey or maple syrup over the warm cake.
Step 1: Mixing dry ingredients
- Sift wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt into a large bowl and keep aside.
Step 2: Preparing cake batter
- Toast walnuts at 180 deg C until they release nice aroma (about 5 min).
- Chop them into small pieces and keep aside.
- Chop the pitted dates into halves.
- Mash bananas using food processor or mixer-grinder without adding water.
- In a mixing bowl add mashed banana & caster sugar.
- Mix well until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour oil and mix until incorporated.
- Add flour mixture and combine together.
- Add chopped dates & walnuts and mix them.
- Now the batter is ready to be baked.
Step 3: Baking
- Preheat the oven at 180 Deg C.
- Grease a Bundt cake pan with half a teaspoonful of neutral oil.
- Pour batter into the greased pan.
- Bake for 40 min or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Transfer to a plate and cut into wedges.
- Serve walnut cake at room temperature when the flavor of banana gets intensified.
- If you are using granulated sugar, you may have to reduce sugar to half a cup.
- If your bananas are too sweet, you can reduce sugar further.
- Same batter can be used for making muffins also.
- You may replace dates with apples or raisins.