Banana Cake

 
This is one of my family’s favorite desserts.  It is easy and goes together quickly plus you will no longer throw away ripe bananas.  This cake also freezes beautifully.  My son-in-law especially likes it when the cake doesn’t bake evenly in the center and there is an extra thick layer of frosting.  Because of food sensitivities in our family, our cakes are made with white spelt flour and almond milk but an unbleached white flour and dairy milk will work as well.
 
This weekend I made a banana cake decorated with rainbow sprinkles with a two-fold purpose.  One was in honor of the 2018 Noah’s Kindness which begins in October.  I am blessed to work with Angie and below you will find in her own words what the event she and her husband Jarrett created is all about.
 
Announcing the Celebration of “Noah’s Kindness Project” 2018: Showing Love, Kindness, and Generosity on October 6, 2018 As many of you may know, our son, Noah James Haskovec, was born to us on June 13, 2015 following a week-long stay in the hospital. We spent the next twelve days with him in the NICU at the hospital before he passed away on June 25. Our blog documents his short but meaningful life with us here on earth. This October, around Noah’s expected due date, please join us in celebrating his life and legacy. Please take some time out of your day to do something nice for someone, to help someone in need or in distress, to volunteer or support a cause important to you, to pray and reflect, or to just make someone’s day unexpectedly better. The act of kindness is really up to you. Our goal is to have as many people as possible participate. Your act of kindness can be as simple as holding a door or as generous as giving of your time and money to help. All we ask is that you do it in memory of our son. We will provide Noah’s Kindness cards that you can print out and leave with your act of kindness. Our goal is to get as many people involved as possible and to spread kindness across the world. To see how far-reaching Noah’s Kindness Project can reach, we ask, once your act(s) of kindness is done, that you report back and post something about your experience. Please use the hashtag #noahskindnessproject on Twitter, Instagram and join our Facebook group “Noah’s Kindness Project”. Take pictures, share Noah’s Kindness cards, and encourage everyone you know to participate. The world needs more love and concern for others. Noah and his story brought it out in so many. We ask you to please join us and be a part of Noah’s Kindness Project. Please visit our blog for more information: http://haskovecstwolittleangels.blogspot.com/p/noahs-day-of-kindness.html
 
What I love about Noah’s Kindness –
  • This is an easy way for all of us to spread a little kindness into our community and families.  
  • If you are local, there are many organized events you can join in
  • You can choose your own act of kindness to perform no matter where you live.  It doesn’t need to be anything grand.  Maybe you make a banana cake and surprise someone.
  • It is such an example of a family taking some of the pain the loss of Noah brought and turning it into an event that is positive and honoring
  • Knowing this sweet family
  • A reminder of how important each act of kindness is and helps me practice a character in myself that I want to grow.

But after a few cream puffs with strawberry whipped cream were added, this cake was delivered to my daughter and her family to mark a very special occasion – the addition of a new sweet grandchild adopted through foster care.  This was especially meaningful since my husband is adopted.  I have included my daughter’s blog post below because she can speak to this topic much better than I – HERE

Here are a few takeaways I took from this experience – 

  • It is a journey to reading what the bible guides us to do in the subject of caring for others and actually letting Jesus walk you through the steps of doing it.  I will admit that when Tamara and Josh shared their desire to do this, I had a lot of questions.  I really appreciated them giving our family the freedom to ask and answer to the best of their ability.  
  • Watching what stability and care can provide on a daily basis is like watching a withering flower being brought back to its beauty with regular watering.  It was a miracle playing out in front of our eyes.  Every milestone we continue to delight in.
  • I remember one day coming to the truth that I wasn’t being asked to be the mother but the grandmother to another little one and that seemed completely doable and worry seeped away.  This has been a growth to my faith and character.
  • My heart is a house with many rooms and there is a room in my heart for our new addition who I love dearly and can’t imagine our family without him.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
 
Banana Cake
Serves 6
An easy cake that is ready in no time.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Cake
  1. ½ cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  5. 1-1/4 cups White Spelt flour or flour of your choice
  6. ¾ tsp baking soda
  7. ½ tsp salt
  8. ¾ cup mashed ripe banana
Frosting
  1. ½ cup butter, softened
  2. ¼ cup milk
  3. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  4. 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture, beating just until combined. Fold in banana.Pour into a greased 8-in baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter. Beat in the milk, vanilla, salt and enough powdered sugar to achieve a spreading consistency. Beating this frosting for 3-4 minutes will produce a silky smooth icing. Spread on top of cake.
Notes
  1. Freezes beautifully.
Adapted from Taste of Home Recipe
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Cream Puffs

Cream Puffs
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. Cream Puffs
  2. 1 egg white, beaten (optional)
  3. 1/2 cup of butter
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1 cup of boiling water
  6. 1 cup of flour
  7. 4 eggs
  8. Marscarpone Whipped Cream Filling - http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/mascarpone-cream-0
  9. 1 (8-oz.) container mascarpone cheese
  10. 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  11. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  12. 1 cup whipping cream
  13. 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips - optional
Instructions
  1. Cream Puffs
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  3. In medium saucepan, combine butter, salt and boiling water and heat until entire mixture boils. Reduce heat, add flour all at once and stir vigorously until mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the side of pan.
  4. Remove from heat and add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is thick and shiny and breaks from side of bowl. (I take the mixture and place in my Kitchen Aid bowl before adding in the eggs. I also break each egg into a separate bowl ensuring that no shells go into cream puff batter.)
  5. Using a small cookie scoop, place 2 inches apart onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  6. Brush tops with beaten egg white (optional).
  7. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for additional 20 minutes or until golden brown. Turn off oven. There should be a hollow sound when tapped.
  9. Cool on cookie sheets for 30 minutes.
  10. With a serrated knife gently cut each puff in half with a top and bottom and lay out on cookie sheet, cut side up.
  11. Carefully pick out any doughy pieces.
  12. Place shells back in oven (The oven is off but still warm) for 30 minutes. This will dry out the insides of the shells.
  13. Cool completely before filling with the mascarpone whipped cream filling or custard of your choice.
  14. Mascarpone Whipped Cream Filling
  15. Beat whipped cream at medium speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  16. In a medium bowl, Beat mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well blended.
  17. Fold whipped cream into cheese mixture.
  18. Place in a decorator bag and pipe into the bottom half on each cooled cream puff.
  19. Optional chocolate drizzle - place chocolate chips in small microwave bowl - heat in 15 second increments, stirring between each until chocolate is melted and smooth. Using a spoon - drizzle on top or melted chocolate can be placed in a small decorator bag with small round tip. Place cream puffs on cookie sheet and refrigerate until chocolate is hardened.
  20. Place finished puffs on plate and dust with powdered sugar.
Notes
  1. Unfilled shells can be stored in Freezer Ziplock bags for up to 3 months.
  2. When ready to use. Defrost on counter and pipe in filling.
Adapted from All Recipes
Adapted from All Recipes
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Instant Pot Coconut Steel Oats

 

I like the chewiness of steel oats but cooking them on the stove can take awhile.  Being able to cook them in about 10 minutes using the Instant Pot makes having a dish of these handy throughout the week doable. 

Using a full coconut milk (found in the can) gives a richness to the breakfast cereal.

Instant Pot Coconut Steel Oats
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Prep Time
6 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
6 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup steel oats (not instant or quick cooking steel oats)
  2. 1 can organic coconut milk
  3. Water - to make 3 cups between coconut milk and water
  4. Stevia or Sugar of your choice
To finish
  1. 1 cup of non-dairy or dairy milk
  2. Sweetener of your choice - I used a few drops of liquid stevia
  3. 1 tsp cinnamon
  4. Place a serving size in a bowl and top with berries, banana, raw sunflower seeds.
Instructions
  1. Make sure your instant pot is fully assembled and the sealer is in the rim of the lid.
  2. Place oats in small mesh strainer and rinse. Drain by gently tapping sides of strainer to release water.
  3. Into a 4 cup measuring cup - empty can of coconut milk and add enough water to measure 3 cups.
  4. Place liquid into the removable container in the Instant Pot. Add oats. Use your fingers and incorporate oats into the liquid, make sure all oats are off the sides.
  5. Lock on Lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook for 8 minutes on the Manual Setting. When Beep sounds, wait 10 minutes and then release the remaining pressure.
  6. Remove Lid and stir in milk, sweetener and cinnamon. More milk can be used if you like a thinner oat cereal.
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