Orange Spice Cake [for Karina]

Okay, so I feel low for posting all these recipes which are completely off limit to Karina and others in a similar situation with additional food allergies. After hearing Jon rave about how yummy Karina's brown sugar and blueberry muffins looked, I decided to break down and use some of our natural brown sugar, some leftover fruit, and a little love and compassion to whip up... something.

Truthfully, this recipe goes along with the brown rice and eggplant bake: a frustrated and exhausted Cindalou (me) with little desire to cook and a need to use up leftovers. I hope this appeals to you Karina, and that I haven't missed an allergen! I have been racking my brain to find a thing to make, but most of our staples are things you don't necessarily use. I also hope this shuts Jon up - joking :)

2 ripe bananas, mashed
3 T. organic buckwheat flour (or white rice which we don't own)
1 orange, peeled and chopped with juice*
2 T. natural brown sugar
2-3 T. water (or unsweetened organic applesauce)
1 T. baking powder
nonstick cooking spray


Mix flour, baking soda, brown sugar, and spices in a large bowl. Add bananas and mash (I used a potato masher). Add chopped orange with juice to the bowl; I peeled the orange then cut it up directly over the bowl with kitchen shears so the juices went directly in the mix. Add water (or applesauce) 1 T. at a time to the bowl and mix; add the rest of the water (applesauce) slowly as needed for a batter consistency that is not too runny.

Spray a cake or other baking pan with nonstick spray and pour in batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. As far as Jon is concerned, this was a mission accomplished since he devoured it (so much that he couldn't finish his actual dinner ...err).

* I really hope oranges are okay since lemons are not.... sorry if I goofed up, I'll try again later :) I have to admit it is hard not to "throw in" flax or coconut... old habits, right?

This recipe is dairy free and gluten free.


  1. Cindy, You are a sweetheart. Thank you for conjuring up something sweet. The next time I have some ripe bananas on hand, I'll give it a try.

    I am avoiding all citrus at the moment, to play it safe (orange came up equivocal) but I bet I could use apple juice.



  2. I'm not the chef here, but taste-wise, I'd say any fruit (blueberries?) you have on-hand would substitute for the oranges. The spice cake itself is moist and delicious - I'd recommend it to anyone. If you get the chance, let us know how it goes .. though, if you're like Cindy, you don't need a recipe, you only need a title:)



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