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Passover Banana Cake with Nuts - Sugar Free or Not - Passover Recipe

Here's is yet another fantastic dessert option for your holiday table. Banana lovers will eat this one up!
Ingredients...

  • 7 eggs, separated (whites in one small bowl, yolks in another)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or Splenda Sugar Substitute)
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 2/4 cup Potato Starch
  • another 1/2 cup sugar (or Splenda)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Here's how you do it...
  1. Separate the eggs into two small bowls
  2. In a mixer, cream the egg yolks with the sugar (or Splenda sugar substitute)
  3. Add and mix in the mashed bananas and potato starch.
  4. Add and mix in the salt & lemon juice.
  5. Mix in the chopped nuts.
  6. Set this bowl aside.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  8. Prepare a 9x13" cake pan by greasing with margarine or cooking spray.
  9. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and 1/2 cup of sugar (or Splenda) until you get stiff peaks.
  10. Using a spatula gently fold this mixture into the batter in the other bowl combining the two.
  11. Pour into the prepared cake pan.
  12. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 45 minutes.

3 comments:

I. Zuckerman said...

Hello. I made this recipe(Passover Banana Cake with Splenda) and it smelled and looked amazing. While cooling off it completely DEFLATED. What went wrong????

The Balaboosta said...

I'm thinking it might have had something to do with the eggs. Room temp? Separated properly? Let me think. I'll be making it again in a few weeks, I'll let you know.

Howard said...

Just tried this recipe yesterday for Passover, using Splenda. Worked perfectly...tasted good, too! I just used the same overall precautions you use when making a soufflé. Thanks for the recipe!