I have repeatedly thrown myself into the kitchen to find the perfect recipe to deliver such results. Besides wanting an anti-stick, sugar free banana cake, I also wanted it to be a recipe that would succeed every time. Hundreds of attempts later, I finally found it!
This non stick, sugar free banana cake makes one thing very clear: sugar free food does not have to be boring! But why zero sugar? Let me tell you briefly.
When you touch something sweet with your tongue, your taste buds send a message to your brains: mmmm, yummy! Your body then spoils themselves with the reward hormone, dopamine. While all this happens, the sugar has arrived in your stomach. There, it is diluted by various digestive juices, after which it then passes to the small intestine. There enzymes begin to break down every particle into glucose and fructose. And these two molecules cause annoying effects.
The glucose sneaks through the walls of the small intestine, this triggers the pancreas to secrete insulin. Insulin is a hormone that takes the glucose from the blood and turns it into energy. This sounds positive, but it’s not unfortunately. Because when you ingest too much glucose, your body can not handle it. This means that the energy boost that you get it is short-lived. And what do you get after an energy boost? Right, that oh-so-famous sugar crash! Most likely, you sometimes have to deal with that annoying little voice in your head that says after a treat, “more, more, more”. That voice is all thanks to glucose. Because when you consume a lot of sugar and for a prolonged time, the number of dopamine receptors (substances that provide for the transmission of nerve impulses) decrease in your brain. This will make you crave sugar even more, sometimes this can even be be like an addictions!
Fructose, like glucose, creeps through the walls of small intestine. Unlike glucose however it only flows directly into your bloodstream, after which it goes to your liver. Your liver then works hard to digest fructose and is soon overwhelmed, especially when you get an oh-so-famous sweet attack and you can no longer control yourself. If this continues for a long time the excess fructose can ensure the growth of fat globules in the liver, which in the end may result in a fatty liver . In addition, fructose lowers your good HDL cholesterol and increases the production of triglycerides. Triglyceride is the type of fat that can move to the arteries. And this increases the risk of heart attack or stroke.
In short (too much) sugar is not good for you. And this is why I made this sugar free banana cake!
HOW TO MAKE SUGAR FREE BANANA CAKE
- 3 bananas
- 3 eggs
- 25 g coconut oil
- 100 gr crushed oats
- 50g self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 40g mixed unsalted nuts
- pinch of salt
- some coconut oil for greasing the pan along greasing
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Mash the bananas in a bowl.
- Melt the coconut oil in the microwave oven (30 sec.)
- Add the coconut oil and the eggs to the bowl with bananas and mix well. This can be done with just a fork or spoon.
- Put all the remaining ingredients into the bowl and stir until you have a nice batter. You can choose to chop the nuts into smaller pieces if you like.
- Grease the baking tin with coconut oil and place it in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
Et voila, there’s your perfect anti -stick, sugar free banana cake! Need more ideas for easy, healthy recipes? Then take a look at my Instagram!