As a mom of a two year old that has no help whatsoever (besides her dad who is hands-on depending on her mood), I have learned to become resourceful and cut corners whenever possible. When it comes to myself, I like to pack in the nutrients but I’m never one to turn down chocolate; creating the balance is always ideal! Like any other mom, I try to make sure my monkey is well-fed no matter what it takes; given that she’s an extremely picky eater that can live on plain rice and chocolate forever. So, as bad as it sounds, I trick her by hiding the healthy in non-textural or sweet delights.
While many moms think it’s a bad idea to hide, mush or obscure the healthy foods, my kid honestly won’t eat anything healthy otherwise. So at this stage, this is what works for my family, and hopefully for yours too!
I start by peeling and chopping up the apples. Not only does this recipe save your browning apples and bananas, but the fruits also act as the base for your chocolate cake.
I'll blend the apples together for a smooth mixture then peel and mush the bananas into the mixture.
It's time for group participation! Have your child mix the apples into the banana sauce in hopes that she’ll be able to cook for the entire family within a year.
The last step would be to add the remainder of the ingredients, the egg, flour, vanilla, cocoa powder and salt. Stir them all up and put the mixture in your cake mould and into the oven for approximately 30 minutes.
And voila! You've got a delicious and healthy cake for your children! I personally like to cut the cake up into bite size cubes to avoid making a chocolatey mess while we eat.
I also like to place some of the quantity into zip lock bags and into the freezer for future use.
Apple Banana Chocolate Cake!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 25-35 minutes
¾ cup brown sugar or 1/4 cup honey, as a healthier alternative
½ cup applesauce- equivalent to 2 small apples
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup flour**
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp salt
chocolate chips (optional)
*If you’re bananas are ripe (which means sweeter), you can decrease the amount of brown sugar used to taste.
** You can substitute the flour for oatmeal. Oatmeal is an excellent source of iron, among other nutrients and it’s easy to incorporate. Simply blend the oatmeal until it turns into a flour-like texture. It may make the cake slightly denser but it’s still just as good.
You can also use healthier alternatives to flour like whole meal and almond flour, but those are not so easily available.
Step 1: Peel & roughly chop the apples.
Step 2: Blend the apples to create a smooth mixture (you can also leave some intact bits if you prefer).