Butterscotch Banana Cake and Garden Update

butterscotch banana cake

My kids — funny monkeys that they are — will only eat green bananas.
Yesterday while cleaning the counter, I found three lovely ripe bananas they had hidden beneath the usual clutter. Thinking I could whip up something weight-watcher friendly, I went googling for ‘lowfat banana bread’.

I may roam far and wide across the internet, but I always end up back at the blogs I know and love. Here is the butterscotch chip-laced banana cake I made, inspired by ISG’s (inspired by Nupur’s) banana bread — thanks ladies!

Butterscotch Banana Cake

Dry ingredients:

1 1/2 c white whole wheat flour
(I used King Arthur’s)
2 TB splenda
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt

Wet ingredients:

3 large ripe bananas, mashed
3 TB molasses
1 egg
1/2 c plain yogurt (I used Fage 2%)
2/3-3/4 c butterscotch chips

In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients. In another bowl, mash the bananas, then add the remaining wet ingredients and stir in the chips. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir to blend — don’t overmix. Spray an 8×8 pan with Pam (Pam for baking works great) and bake in a preheated oven at 350 for about 30 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I used the toaster oven and it worked like a charm. No added fat, other than the egg, and I think this would work with just egg whites.

Even the kids loved this cake — and only 2 ww points per piece!

The garden is still plugging along. I picked every green tomato before trashing the poor blighted plants. Most are ripening indoors, in paper bags. I am thankful they weren’t a total loss! Eggplants are still blossoming, and the peppers were the amazing hit of the year. Serranos, hungarian wax (mild) and cayennes are still on the plants, in varying degrees of ripening.

Other treats include Chanchal okra — the best okra I have ever grown — three varieties of long beans, and the summer squash, planted late in July to avoid vine-borers, is bearing fruit now. I also got one, countem one ridge gourd!

And yes, the swiss chard I cut back to the root is growing once more ๐Ÿ™‚

hungarian wax and serrano peppers, long beans, yellow and red tomato, chanchal okra, and never-fail ichiban eggplant, all in my favorite antique Munising bowl

my one ridge gourd — thanks, ISG!

tomatoes! left: anna russian, right: marianna’s peace, bottom: carmello, middle: lemon boy



  1. Nupur said

    That banana bread looks so decadent- ooey gooey goodness ๐Ÿ˜€

    Your garden harvest is incredible! What a beautiful bountiful basket. You are eating well!

    I feel fortunate to have any tomatoes at all this year, Nupur — thanks for stopping and for your pb banana bread that started it all ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Puspha said

    Yummilicious cake. Great combo of butterscotch & banana.

  3. Happy Cook said

    Wow that looks so moist and so so delcious. Is it banana which is oozing out like that beautiful. I do wish i had your garden.

  4. Sra said

    Love the pix of the vegetables in the bowl and the ridgegourd with its leaves and the wood frame!

  5. Vani said

    Lovely, lovely produce from your garden, Linda!

  6. indosungod said

    I love the cake Linda and the butterscotch chips will get ‘any monkey’ to eat them ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the moist oozy pieces yum.

    You had success with okra. My okra plants never fruit much less grow. I love love the yellow tomatoes.

  7. TasteCorner said

    Hi Linda,
    I have a question for you.
    What is the reason molasses are added to a cake recipe?
    Lovely pics..

  8. s said

    what a beautiful garden…i wish i had ur patience and skill

  9. Aparna said

    Linda, my daughter doesn’t like over ripe bananas either. Any hint of black spots on the outside and she won’t look at them!
    So other than the bananas in this cake, she would love it, butterscotch is particular favourite. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love those veggies.

  10. Anita said

    I am so envious of your colourful produce! Great looking veggies – can only imagine the flavour !

  11. Wow, going over some rather dated posts of mine and I could not believe the comments here which somehow, I did not manage to acknowledge! Thank you all for taking the time to share your thoughts and I am so sorry it’s taken me so long to say so! ๐Ÿ™‚

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