Green Goddess Breakfast Cake (Sunbutter Banana Cake)

141 cal, 20C/5F/4P/8S.

I love sunbutter. Growing up in Turkey, helva was a staple sweet treat. Especially for kids who need a lot of energy, helva is considered the “healthy” candy bar. That’s probably where my love of all things sesame and sunflower seed comes from.

I actually like to horde those single-serving sunbutter packets (Once Again Lightly Sweetened is my fave) and eat them on toast or english muffins as a portable breakfast. What a creamy dreamy way to start the day!

Last week when I was eyeing my ripe bananas and brainstorming my breakfast mealprep (as I am always) I thought: Why pour it on things, when you can incorporate it? I put the sunbutter straight into the cake. Breakfast just became even more portable, no more lugging sunbutter packets around!

I wrote the recipe and baked it after dinner (as I usually do) and the cake came out of the oven a gorgeous brown color. Next morning I woke up with anticipation of my new breakfast creation and took out of the fridge a cake that has completely turned GREEN.

Yep 🙂 Sunbutter has chlorophyll which can turn your baked goods green when it reacts with baking soda. Here’s from the FAQ of sunbutter.com:

My cookies turned green, what happened?
When substituting SunButter in your existing recipe, you may have to reduce the baking soda/powder by about one-third. The chlorogenic acid (chlorophyll) in sunflower seeds reacts with the baking soda/powder when baked, causing the green color when the cookies cool. This is completely harmless! Depending on the recipe, a splash of lemon juice may also help. You can also check out our tried and tested SunButter recipes.

Did this bum me out? A little bit. But then I took a bite and got over my silly feelings immediately. What’s wrong with green food? I do love spinach and broccoli! Pistachios are so good! I enjoyed every green slice of this cake friends. It actually turned greener by the day 🙂 I just ended up referring to it as my “Green Goddess Cake”!

So, here’s the recipe if you’re also inclined to bake yourself some Green Goddess Breakfast Cake!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas mashed (about 240 g)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sunbutter (64 g)
  • 3 tbsp coconut or brown sugar (36 g)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat or whole wheat flour (60 g)
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (3/4 cup oats ground into flour – 60 g)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Optional toppings:

  • Banana slices, sunflower seeds

Makes 9 slices. Preheat oven to 350 F and line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Blend or mix thoroughly the bananas, egg, sunbutter, coconut sugar, vanilla extract. Whisk together the flour, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Fold dry and wet together without overmixing. Transfer to the pan and bake 20-25 minutes until the center is cooked. Let it cool before slicing. Enjoy! 🙂

Hope you enjoy this cake as much as I did and remember to tag @200isPlentySweet on Instagram!

Author: Elif

Hi I'm Elif! I'm a mama, computer science PhD and Google engineer by day, food blogger by night. I love beautiful desserts that not only taste amazing, but also leave you feeling amazing. I use my math skills and interest in nutrition to carefully optimize my recipes to use simple, good-for-you ingredients and minimal amount of added sugar. I believe that healthy desserts can be simple. Recipes should not send you searching for rare ingredients, untested sweeteners or measuring ridiculous 1/2 tsp of butter. Here we use few ingredients, basic measuring cups, spoons, and simple fruit, veg, little sugar and syrup as sweeteners. Most recipes here use so little added sugar that they're good enough for toddlers. I also believe that you should be able to fit healthy sweets into your daily routine. No matter how much almond flour and coconut oil is in a healthy dessert recipe, there's no way I'm going to ingest a meal's worth of energy and a day's worth of total sugar from dessert alone. And that is the reason all my desserts have less than 200 cal per serving and are low-sugar. So now will you join us?

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