Ragi Banana Chocolate cake is a delicious, soft and moist bundt cake made from healthy goodness of Ragi (Finger Millet) and whole wheat flour. An egg-less, butter-less cake which is also refined sugar free as jaggery powder substitutes sugar in this recipe. Added walnuts give a nice nutty flavor and bite to the cake. A perfect guilt free treat to all the chocolate lovers. Serve it as dessert or pack in kids snack box or pair it with your evening tea, this healthy ragi chocolate cake is sure to win you praise !
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 35 minutes
Ingredients: Measurements used- 1 cup = 200 ml
•3/4 cup ragi (finger millet ) flour
•3/4 cup whole wheat flour
•1 cup jaggery powder
•2 large over ripe bananas
•1/3 cup curd
•1/4 cup oil
•1/4 cup chopped walnuts
•2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1 teaspoon baking powder
•1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•Pinch of salt
1.Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes. You can use sprouted ragi flour if you have. I had plain ragi at home so just powdered it in my grinder. I used 1/2 cup ragi which gave 3/4 cup flour.
2.In a bowl sift the whole wheat flour, ragi flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt thrice. Our dry ingredients are ready.
3.In another bowl, mash the bananas using a potato masher. Add jaggery powder to it and mix well. To this mixture add curd, oil and vanilla extract. Mix everything very well.
4.Mix the wet and dry ingredients. Blend well with a spatula. Do not over beat. Lastly add the chopped walnuts and give a quick stir.
5. Pour the batter in the bundt pan. I have used a silicon bundt pan and since it is very wobbly, have placed it over my baking tray , so that it is easy to handle.
6.Tap the pan once or twice and place it in a preheated oven and bake for about 35 minutes at 180 Degree Celsius. Keep an eye after 30 minutes as temperature may very from oven to oven.
7. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick in the center of the cake. The cake is baked properly if the tester toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool down completely before inverting it over a plate. Slice the cake and serve !
•To make the cake gluten free, you may entirely make it using ragi(finger millet) flour or replace the whole wheat flour with oatmeal (powdered oats).
•You may reduce the quantity of jaggery powder as per taste .
•A chocolate frosting may be done on the cake.
•Sprouted ragi flour can be used in the recipe.
•Walnuts can be replaced with almonds of desired.
Author – Poonam Bachhav
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