Healthy Banana Applesauce Cake

For C’s first birthday, I made a healthy, no-sugar-added, banana applesauce cake.  I found the recipe in a book at the Ontario Early Years Centre and changed it a bit (it was originally a muffin recipe that did call for white sugar and didn’t include cinnamon or vanilla).  I’ve been making it regularly ever since, and C loves it.

Of course, when my sister heard that there would be a healthy, non-sugary cake at C’s birthday party, she asked: “Um, will there be a cake for adults, too?”  So I made a carrot cake from scratch as well.  Whew!

Here is the recipe for the baby’s birthday cake:

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2) In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

3) In a medium bowl, combine bananas, egg, applesauce, oil and vanilla.  Stir into flour mixture until just combined.

4) Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes of until a tester inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.  Let cool in cake pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.



5 thoughts on “Healthy Banana Applesauce Cake

  1. Thank you so much for this recipe! I tested it today and it was yummy! A rare feat for something with no sugar added. I’m testing a few different recipes for my daughter’s first birthday party next week. I will try one other recipe and probably frost with maple syrup/cream cheese frosting. If I use your cake recipe, will report back! 🙂

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