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Strawberry Banana Cake

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When certain fruits are in season, I get a little obsessed. Strawberries are plentiful here in Ontario and I think I'm on my fifth or sixth basket. Did you see my Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins or my Strawberry Rhubarb Grain-free Crisp ? I hope my recipe inspires you to pick up some strawberries at your local farmers' market this weekend! 

Unfortunately, strawberries are listed as number one on the dirty dozen list, which means they have the highest pesticide residues according to the Environmental Working Group, so it's best to choose organic. This is because all those little seeds provide teeny tiny spots for pesticides to hide and it's impossible to wash it all off. Don't beat yourself up for eating local strawberries on occasion, but if you're eating them regularly and feeding them to children , organic is your best option.

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There's a lot to love about these ruby red summer berries, including the fact that strawberries rival citrus fruits for vitamin C content and they're packed with antioxidants, too.

Strawberries are packed with nutrition!

  • Strawberries get their bright red hue from anthocyanins, antioxidants that help reduce inflammation (a major symptom in many chronic diseases) and may also curb the growth of cancer cells.
  • They also boast plenty of potassium, which can help keep your blood pressure in check.
  • Strawberries contain the ellagitannins, antioxidants and effective cancer fighters, particularly against colon and cervical cancers.
  • Studies have shown promising results for blood-sugar regulation, given the low glycemic index (GI) value of strawberries as compared to other fresh fruits.
  • Nurses Health Study (conducted jointly by Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health) has shown a reduced cognitive loss in women who consumed at least 1–2 servings of strawberries per week. 

Gluten-free Strawberry Banana Cake

This cake was an absolute delight!! 

It has the texture of a coffee cake and it's hearty and dense enough to be a perfect snack, too.

The coconut flour provides plenty of fibre and some protein. The strawberries provide tons of moisture so the cake is nice and moist. Walker, Vienna and I enjoyed our cake with a scoop of vanilla coconut milk-based ice cream. As you can see, Vienna loved it!!

Vienna Jordan

The best part about this cake is how easy it was to make. And, of course, I had my little helper in the kitchen with me happily measuring and stirring. 

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This wonderful cake is gluten-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free! I used the same formula for this recipe as the Peach Blueberry Cake with a few minor changes. 

Here's the recipe:

Gluten-free Strawberry Banana Cake

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 banana, sliced into rounds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease a 9 inch springform or tart pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients: flours, baking powder and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients: vanilla, maple syrup, olive oil and eggs. Add the strawberries.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Do not over-mix. The batter will be a bit crumbly but you shouldn't see any dry bits. Fold in the chopped strawberries.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the pan and smooth out the top. Decorate the top with banana slices.
  6. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a fork inserted comes out clean. Check cake at around 25 minutes. If it is starting to brown on the top cover with tin foil so it doesn't burn.
  7. Remove from oven when done and set on a cooling rack for 20 to 30 minutes before slicing. Serve with coconut yogurt or coconut ice cream!

Notes

Serves 8-10. If you don't have coconut flour, this cake works with brown rice flour too.

This cake is the texture of coffee cake.

I highly encourage you to enjoy this with some yummy coconut yogurt or ice cream! And top with even more strawberries if you like. 

Gluten-free Strawberry Banana Cake

Let me know if you make this, please tag me on social media #joyoushealth. I absolutely love when you make my recipes and share with your friends and family.

Be joyous,

Joy xo

19 Comments
Ana   •   June 27, 2019

Hi joy what other flours use instead brow rice? Almond?

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Joy McCarthy   •   June 27, 2019

Julie O.   •   July 2, 2019

My daughter has coconut allergies- what other would you recommend as a substitute?

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Joy McCarthy   •   July 2, 2019

Jewel W.   •   July 2, 2019

What can you substitute for coconut due to coconut allergies?

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Joy McCarthy   •   July 2, 2019

Sandra   •   July 3, 2019

What can I substitute the eggs with? My daughter can’t have eggs, please

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Joy McCarthy   •   July 4, 2019

Allison D.   •   July 3, 2019

Hi Joy. This cake looks delicious! Could chia eggs or another egg substitute be used as a vegan alternative?

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Allison D.   •   July 3, 2019

Hi Joy. This cake looks delicious! Could a chia egg or another egg alternative be used to create a vegan option? Thanks!

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Joy McCarthy   •   July 4, 2019

Allison D.   •   July 4, 2019

Thanks Joy! Will do!

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Jessica   •   July 5, 2019

This is in the oven right now. My 3 year old loved folding the strawberries in and loved stealing them off the cutting board too.

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Joy McCarthy   •   July 5, 2019

Shweta Bhandare   •   July 5, 2019

Loved the cake and how easy the recipe was to make. I think I will make it a few times this summer.

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Joy McCarthy   •   July 6, 2019

Marla   •   July 19, 2019

This cake is super moist and not too sweet. So delicious. I think it would be great with rhubarb too. We picked tons of fresh berries yesterday so I was anxious to use them in some baking.

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Joy McCarthy   •   July 23, 2019
Joy McCarthy   •   July 24, 2019

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