As we stand at the threshold of the New Year thinking of newer resolutions, adopting a healthier lifestyle assumes prime importance. With wellness-consciousness on the rise, foodies are scouting for novel ingredients that score high on the health metric. And fruit flours are one of them. Grain-free flours extracted from apples and bananas are quickly becoming fibre-rich baking staples in kitchens round the world.
With the holiday season around the corner, we asked pastry chef Manish Khanna, who is also the Founder and Partner at niche dessert cafes Brownie Point and NOIR, to concoct a cake that uses fruit flours. And he showcases a raisin-rich cake with banana flour. ‘’As people are getting health-conscious and are looking out for healthier ingredients, we need not look further than our own backyards as the Indian-origin banana flour made from 100% unripe green bananas is a natural flour loaded with nutrients. Banana flour is high in potassium and resistant starch which is a probiotic fibre that supports digestive health and lowers blood sugar. Just like wheat flour, banana flour can be used in everyday baking and it creates equally delicious products. As a fact, banana flour is a natural gluten-free product,” says Chef Khanna.
Here’s his recipe of Raisin and Banana Flour Cake
- 150ml oil
- 125ml honey
- 2 eggs
- 2 ripe bananas
- 125ml coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 175gms banana flour
- 40gms raisins
- Preheat oven to 170 degree Celsius.
- Grease and line an 8-inch round baking tin.
- In a bowl, mix oil and honey together. Whisk eggs in the same bowl.
- Add mashed bananas, vanilla essence and coconut milk and mix well.
- Sieve banana flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder and add to the banana-oil mixture and mix gently till it blends. Add raisins and mix well.
- Pour the mix into the greased tin and bake for approximately 25 to 35 minutes. Once baked, unmold and let cool before serving.