Gluten Free Banana Cake

by hilla.kariv on April 6, 2011

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened

Dr. Seuss

kid in the kitchen

Crazy as it may sound, I get attached to my electrical appliances, lovely machines full of memories and time spent together. I find it hard to replace them with a newer-better model. Yes, that’s the way I am. My friend M. asks: “How can you get more attached to a washer than to real people?!” I don’t have time to wonder whether there’s any truth in what she’s asking because I’m busy saying goodbye to our washer. It has served us well for the past seven years, but one day decided she’d had enough. I know, it’s just a washer but in my heart I feel it was true love. She saw our dirty underwear, helped unload bags from faraway travels, whitened and eliminated tough stains, and spread a pleasant smell around the house.

Two big men carried her out, leaving me with a sad heart and a few minutes of quiet before the new one comes in. Me and the world of things uncovered in the space under the machine: dust balls, a few lost pieces of Lego, a marble, a pair of socks that disappeared recently… and this:

note: thanks mom for making dinner every night

‘This’ makes me smile. The middle one gave it to me last Thanksgiving: ‘Thanks Mom for making me dinner every day’. But it could have easily said: Thanks Mom for making me dinner so that I can – A. Say I’m not hungry at all. B. Don’t feel like eating what you made but something else entirely. C. Be busy whining or bothering my siblings. D. Spill something, say ‘I spilled’ and sit there doing nothing about it…

And yes, sometimes eat what I made, with a healthy joyful appetite that thrills my most basic motherly instincts.

making gluten free banana cake
eating gluten free banana cake

Gluten Free Banana Cake

This cake is for my sweet middle child, who would eat banana cake every day for dinner if he could.

Moist, soft and just excellent!

2 eggs
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup olive oil (or canola)
2 bananas, mashed well with a fork
1 small container of apple sauce (~1/2 a cup)
1 ½ cups brown rice flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of salt
a handful of chocolate chips – only if you feel like it

Preheat the oven to 350f/180c. Oil a 9” by 5” baking tin.

In the mixer beat the eggs and sugar on high for 6 or 7 minutes until the mixture is thick and light in color. Meanwhile, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

When the eggs mixture is ready, turn the mixer to a low setting and add in the following order: vanilla extract, olive oil, applesauce and mashed bananas. Mix well.

Add the dry ingredients and chocolate, mixing gently until everything incorporates. Transfer to a pan and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick come out clean.

the new washer


I don’t like her I tell the Man when the 3 musketeers are all asleep. I don’t like her noises (sounds like she’s stuck), I don’t like the way she looks (no soap and rust stains) and I don’t like her modern efficiency (how can you wash clothes with 1/3 of the water and still have them come out clean?)
I know, he says, I heard you the first dozen or so times.