Orange Banana Cake Made with Whole Grain Oat Flour and Almond Meal (To Celebrate 4 Years)

Orange Banana Cake Made with Whole Grain Oat Flour and Almond Meal Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #almondmeal #oatflour #cake #glutenfree

Special occasions and celebrations seem to always include a sweet treat. Why is that, I wonder. If you think about it, birthdays, weddings, graduations, and anniversaries just wouldn’t be the same without a slice of pie, some ice cream, or a piece of cake. I would think it would feel as though the celebration was incomplete without the sweet accompaniment.

Orange Banana Cake Made with Whole Grain Oat Flour and Almond Meal Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #almondmeal #oatflour #cake #glutenfree

Not wanting to break with tradition, I baked a sweet (and healthy) cake to celebrate the four year anniversary of my blog, Spicie Foodie. Last year I cooked a spicy fusion meal of pork tacos spiced with red Indian chiles, this year the main dish was roasted chicken and a slice of this orange-banana cake for dessert, a very simple meal but one of our comfort foods. The cake is a new and recent recipe I developed a couple of months ago.

Orange Banana Cake Made with Whole Grain Oat Flour and Almond Meal Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #almondmeal #oatflour #cake #glutenfree

The development of this nutritious cake is actually something that happened as a result of a drink. Those of you that have juicer machines know how much pulp is left after juicing, and discarding it all is simply a waste of food and money. The pulp was leftover from an orange-banana juice and I just had to turn it into a dessert of some sort. Being that I am marking four years of blogging cake was in order.

Orange Banana Cake Made with Whole Grain Oat Flour and Almond Meal Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #almondmeal #oatflour #cake #glutenfree

This cake has a denser texture resembling something more like a banana bread than let’s say, a birthday cake. So I guess technically this is a quick bread, but made and presented like a cake. There is no wheat flour in my recipe only gluten-free whole grain oat flour and almond meal, making it safe for those with gluten allergy. Of course you’ll want to make sure that the oat flour hasn’t been harvested in a plant with wheat and thus certified gluten-free. The flavours mostly come from the banana with hints of orange, which also both help to sweeten the cake even more. The oat flour is what provides the denser texture but don’t be fooled as this cake doesn’t tastes like a bowl of oatmeal, nor is it a dry cake — it is very moist.

Orange Banana Cake Made with Whole Grain Oat Flour and Almond Meal Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #almondmeal #oatflour #cake #glutenfreeNutritional Information
Using whole grain oat flour and almond meal gives the cake an additional nutrition boost. Whole grain oat flour is a good source of protein, dietary fiber, helps reduce cholesterol, and safe for diabetics because it will not raise blood sugar. Almond meal, which is created from unblanched almonds, is rich in vitamin E, magnesium, protein, dietary fiber, help reduce risk of heart attacks, and helps lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals. So overall the use of these two flours is more nutritious than the use of white wheat flour.

Orange Banana Cake Made with Whole Grain Oat Flour and Almond Meal Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #almondmeal #oatflour #cake #glutenfree

But enough nutritional information, let’s get to the cake recipe.

5.0 from 11 reviews
Orange Banana Cake Made with Whole Grain Oat Flour and Almond Meal
 
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Orange Banana Cake Made with Whole Grain Oat Flour and Almond Meal. A gluten free, starch free and gum free sweet cake recipe. Perfect for dessert, breakfast or for celebrating four years of blogging.
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Recipe type: Dessert, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, International
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients:
  • 20 gm almond meal (not flour), just under ⅓ cup
  • 140 gm whole grain oat flour, about 1 cup (make sure it's GF if you have allergy)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • large pinch of sea salt
Wet Ingredients:
  • 280 gm or around 1 cup of orange banana pulp after juicing
  • 60 gm organic honey or just under ¼ cup, extra if desired
  • 2 tbsp orange juice, either from fresh juice or non-sweetened 100%
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, out of shell weight is 125 gm in shell is 150 gm
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190C or 375F and butter a 15 cm or 6 in cake pan. In a large bowl stir the dry ingredients until well combined. In a separate bowl mix the pulp, honey, orange juice and olive oil. Then beat in the eggs until mixture is completely mixed. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients bowl, mix until well combined. Pour batter into prepared cake pan, place in center of oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out dry. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving. Right before serving dust with powdered sugar.
Notes
I have only baked the cake using the pulp from my juicing machine, but I think the cake can still be made without the machine. If you do not have a juicer machine, mash some banana. For the orange, peel and remove as much of the white pith as possible, segment, place in blender and pulse for a couple of seconds just enough to break it up, drain off the juice and use the pulp for the cake.



Whether you use the juicing machine pulp or the other method it is important to remove as much of the white pith as possible, this will prevent bitterness in the cake.



Whole grain oat flour can be purchase at your local health food store, BIo shops, or online. Almond meal can also be purchased at those places or made at home. Simply place some unblanched almonds into a coffee grinder or food processor and pulse until it becomes a fine meal.

 

Orange Banana Cake Made with Whole Grain Oat Flour and Almond Meal Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #almondmeal #oatflour #cake #glutenfree

The cake has a crumbly texture outside, and inside it is moist like other cakes. The orange fibers can be seen speckled throughout, as can the banana and almond meal. The sweet smell is a mixture of orange and banana. The taste is like a soft quick bread, and there is no oatmealish taste at all.

Orange Banana Cake Made with Whole Grain Oat Flour and Almond Meal Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #almondmeal #oatflour #cake #glutenfree

These past four years that Spicie Foodie has existed wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my husband and you. To each and one of you thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to read my posts and leave your comments, for cooking my recipes, and for helping support the existence of this blog by purchasing my books, calendars and sponsored adverts.

Orange Banana Cake Made with Whole Grain Oat Flour and Almond Meal Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #almondmeal #oatflour #cake #glutenfree

 

I look forward to another year of sharing so much more with all of you. Cheers, and have a fantastic weekend!!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Happy 4th Anniversary and to many many more!

    This is one wonderful cake! Great flavors and lovely texture.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. says

    So happy for you Nancy, we all love your recipes and pics ;)
    This cake looks and sounds absolutely fantastic. My stomach is growling just looking at those beautiful pics. I love banana and orange and I”m sure it’s as moist and flavorful as it looks here. Wow, what a great way to celebrate 4 years….here’s to 4 more!

  3. says

    Happy Fourth Blog Anniversary, Nancy! Orange and Banana, very lovely combo. I can see that your cake is densely packed with goodness. Definitely a healthier choice with the use of wholegrain oat flour. It’s a delicious and fun way of getting more fibre and nutrients into our body :)

  4. says

    I have just fallen in love with the first picture of yours.. Happy Anniversary and wish you many more years of such extra ordinary work.. ! :)

  5. says

    Happy 4th Anniversary Nancy! I am always surprised how quick time passes. =) Glad that your blog is always around! I like dense cakes and your cake looks like a previous recipe. Love the “golden” hue and the flavors involved. =)

  6. says

    Congratulations on your 4th year anniversary dear Nancy! I truly wish and hope you have many many more successful years ahead.
    The cake looks stunning – I love the fact that it is made of oats and almond flour.. I am bookmarking this recipe as I always look out for ripe banana recipes

  7. says

    A very happy 4 year blog anniversary Nancy! Your beautiful cake is a perfect way to celebrate ;)
    I’ve enjoyed following you for at least 3 years (!). I look forward to the next 4 years and all your wonderful recipes, stories and beautiful photos :)

  8. says

    Happy 4 years of blogging Nancy! And wishing you many more.
    The cake using the banana and orange pulp is a brilliant idea…not to forget how healthy it is. A winner all through.

  9. says

    Cake doesn’t have to be healthy for me to eat it, cake is cake, if you make I will eat……but the texture and appearance of your cake makes me want to make it straight away. The pictures are beautiful Nancy. Congratulations for reaching 4 years on your blog. The hard work and hours spent show. You have been very supportive and helpful to me and I hope this can continue into your fifth year x

  10. says

    Congratulations!! Four years – that is awesome!!!! That means I’ve missed almost 3 years. Need to spend more time here surfing around! Delicious looking cake and what a way to celebrate. The almond meal and the oatmeal sure give this cake and very interesting texture. Love the looks of it!

  11. says

    Nancy, Very happy 4th blog anniversary to you and your wonderful blog! I’ve been enjoying your recipes and posts and I look forward to your post every time. Such a gorgeous cake to celebrate this special occasion and your blog career. :)

  12. says

    Congratulations on 4 fantastic years. It’s always a treat visiting here. I always thought there had to be something useful for the juice remnants, thanks for the recipe.

  13. Debbie says

    Congrats on four years. Found this AMAZING recipe as I was searching for Almond Meal recipes. Will you please share with me the juice recipe for making the pulp so I can try it on my juicer and then use the pulp for the recipe. Appreciate you sharing this very yummy banana orage cake. Warmly – Debbie

  14. Fiona Donald says

    Thankyou ,Nancy,What a wonderful cake .you have also given me the the idea that oats were gluten free,I had no idea. I addded walnuts to the mix to offer a texture change as oats tend to have a soapy effect.It worked well.YUM ,Great recipe.

    • says

      Hi Fiona,

      Yes, oats can be gluten-free, the ones not processed alongside wheat. I love your addition of walnuts and I’ll try that next time. Thanks, glad you enjoyed it:)

  15. Sarah Jett says

    I have made this cake numerous times and it is very adaptable. I have substituted several different pureed fruits and vegetables with great success. Applesauce, zucchini, carrots, and pumpkin all work well. Tonight, I used pumpkin in the batter and cinnamon. I used an 8 inch square pan, melted 1/12 TBL butter in the bottom, sprinkled 1/3 cup brown sugar over that, layered apples and pecans on top of that. I sprayed the pan with non-stick spray and poured in the batter and baked. I let it cool about 6-7 minutes and then dumped it out on a plate an had a lovely apple/pecan pumpkin upside down cake. My husband ate 2 pieces! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

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