Flourless Chocolate Banana Honey Walnut Cake

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Recently, I shared my post on the 18 variations of my 3-minute chocolate cake. What’s that? Oh, you only remember 6 variations? Yeah, you’re right … I only shared 6 in that post, but you could easily make 18 variations! LOL I confess I always exaggerate with the number 8 in the mix … it’s one of my little idiosyncrasies. ANYwayyyy … let me get to the important part! Included in that post was a 3-minute, “miniature” version of the flourless chocolate banana honey walnut cake recipe that I’d adapted from Elana of Elana’s Pantry. All the 3-minute cake versions are quite good, but that particular one is one of my personal favorites (as is Elana’s full-sized original that inspired it) because it exemplifies my feelings about the best type of gluten-free dessert. The best gluten-free dessert in my opinion is one that’s gluten free easily (gfe) because all the ingredients are gluten free in their natural state. Flourless desserts are almost always gluten free and are often the ones you can rely on in fine restaurants to be safe. (Be sure to check each and every time though.) The delightful fact about these desserts is that they are the incredible ones that everyone wants to eat; they are not just ones that are safe for gluten-free folks and, well, potentially only minimally edible. I hate it when you get a gluten-free dessert and the assessment is “okay” or “not bad.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement. I’m talking about exquisite flourless chocolate tortes, crème brulee, pots de crème, mousse, flan, flourless cookies, and the like—no deprivation there! Of course, the fact that these desserts ARE flourless is a large part of what makes them so decadent. The flavors are shining through in a big way, unencumbered by flour.

I promote the flourless (or minimal amount) of gluten-free flour concept here at gfe quite often because for baked goods and many recipes that normally call for flour, adopting this approach makes gluten-free cooking/baking imminently more “doable” and, more importantly it makes the products enjoyable once again. If you’ve been following gfe for a while, you’ve seen recipes like the Flourless Chocolate Cake (one quite different from this one), Mediterranean Chocolate Cake, Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies, Flourless Pizza, and Crustless Quiches. Savory dishes are included because they benefit from no or limited flour for the same reason … you get to taste the essence of the dish more. It’s front and center, not relegated to second-class status by flour or a crust.

Elana’s Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake appealed to me immediately. First, it was flourless … enough said on that point. Second, it called for bananas and I always have some baking bananas in the freezer. Last, it called for honey, and I love to be able to use our bees’ honey. I made a few changes. I did not separate eggs as Elana did (I rarely separate eggs). I substituted olive oil for the grapeseed oil in the original recipe. I also decided some ground walnuts would add nice texture and added nutrition. The resulting cake, Flourless Chocolate Banana Honey Walnut Cake, was everything I hoped for … the always-desired “chocolateness” made richer by the honey and ground walnuts and enhanced by a somewhat subtle banana flavor. One piece is very satisfying. I took this to a committee meeting and shared it with co-workers one morning and everyone loved it. Elana did not add flour to this recipe, but I actually think making it with her trademark addition of almond flour (from Honeyville) would make for an equally easy and delicious version of this cake. Until you get some of that, you can make my adaptation below. You probably have the ingredients on hand … gfe, you know?

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Flourless Chocolate Banana Honey Walnut Cake
(Click here for a print version of this recipe.)

3 large eggs (I used extra large, but either will work)
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup honey
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 bananas, but make sure you have a full cup no matter how many bananas it takes)
1 cup ground walnuts (ground finely enough to hold together well, but not into a meal)
½ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon

In a blender, whip eggs, honey, and salt on medium for 1-2 minutes

Add olive oil and mashed banana and blend for another minute or two.

Add cocoa powder, cinnamon, and walnuts. Blend just enough so all is mixed well.

Grease a 9-inch spring form pan and pour batter into pan.

Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. (I usually make a circle of parchment paper and use as well as greasing to prevent sticking.) Let cake sit in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool. Cake will be thin and moist.

Adapted from Elana’s Pantry


NOTE: The giveaway is now closed.

Speaking of the lovely Elana and her fondness for and great success in using almond flour in recipes, have you heard about her new cookbook? It’s called The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I ordered one for myself shortly after my birthday. Before it had even arrived, I visited a dear friend and she gave me my belated birthday gift … guess what it was? Yep, a copy of Elana’s cookbook. Not a problem at all … because I have decided to give my purchased copy to a lucky gfe reader via a giveaway here! I have that copy with me here in San Francisco at the BlogHer Food 09 conference. Elana is one of the featured speakers. She has also graciously agreed to sign this book for the giveaway when I see her later today. I am so excited on both counts.

Because I’m at BlogHer Food, I don’t have a lot of time to share my review, so I’ll give you my brief summary and defer you to a more in-depth review elsewhere, if you don’t mind. This book is as lovely as Elana herself. It includes 99 recipes that run the gamut from appetizers to desserts. Filled with recipes that are delightfully simple when it comes to ingredients and instructions, but wonderfully complex when it comes to flavors and satisfaction. The amazing photos and the little bits about Elana, that are shared in the book, are just frosting on the cake—make that chocolate, creamy coconut, marshmallow or peanut butter frosting, following Elana’s recipes, of course!
For a more in-depth review, please head over to The W.H.O.L.E. Gang to read about Diane’s and her son’s, Brad’s, time when they very happily tried out several of Elana’s recipes from her cookbook. For the giveaway, please leave a comment on why you’d like to win Elana’s cookbook. Get your entry in now—this giveaway will be open until Sunday, October 4, midnight EST.

Oh, by the way, yes, I’m having a fantastic time here in San Francisco! The conference is today! There was a small, intimate kickoff gathering held last night, but today 300 food bloggers will be gathering for a variety of great sessions. Before and after, we’ve been doing our best to take advantage of all there is to see and do. Yesterday afternoon, Diane, Ali of The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen, and I went to Muir Woods (a humbling, calming experience of incredible beauty), traveling across the Golden Gate Bridge and also getting to spend some time in Sausolito.  We ran into the wonderful Shauna and Dan of the Gluten-Free Girl and Pork, Knife, and Spoon, and their sweet daughter, Lucy.  Then later we ran into Elana herself, her husband, and a sibling they’d happened to run into—serendipity.  Elana is every bit as lovely and charming in person as she is on her blog. Today I’ve met Stephanie of A Year of Slow Cooking and Totally Together Journal and Alison of Sure Foods Living—both every bit as terrific in person as they are on their sites!—and so many more … “old” favorite bloggers who I’ve been following for some time and new favorite bloggers. We’ve had several amazing naturally gluten-free meals: lunch at Crepe O Chocolat and The Slanted Door , and dinner at Farallon. I’ll share more details on all when I return, but please take a moment now and make a comment to enter the giveaway for Elana’s The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. If you want to let us know why you’d like Elana’s cookbook, that would be great, too! (Personally, I always love hearing a little bit of everyone’s personal stories.) Best of luck … see you when I get back from BlogHer Food!


I’m also submitting this recipe to Amy’s Slightly Indulgent Mondays. Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free hosts this weekly roundup of recipes that are just a little bit healthier. You don’t have to be a blogger or even gluten free to participate. Check out the rules and all the other recipes including Amy’s Sweet Morning Potatoes—they sound so delicious and comforting. Her dish sounds wonderful to me right now because I’m currently on a plane headed home from BlogHer Food ’09 … you know how difficult it can be to eat well and healthily in airports and on planes. But, breakfast (apple, nuts, protein bar, and more nuts) aside, frankly, I’m just really tickled to have great wi-fi access at the moment … it was sorely lacking in my hotel room and even getting this post up initially took days. It was kind of funny really. (You have to keep your sense of humor at such times.) Thank you, Virgin America!

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This post is linked to Friday Foodie Fix–Chocolate, Friday Foodie Fix–Honey, and Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! for November—Grain-Free Cakes. Go Ahead Honey is  hosted this month by well-known grain-free proponent and chef, Elana, of Elana’s Pantry. Visit the roundup for 20 mouth-watering recipes. Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free was originated by Naomi Devlin and is well into its second year. It’s a blog carnival that just seems to get better and better! Visit this post at Naomi’s blog, Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried, to see what the themes and who the hosts will be through June 2010. Trish at Kinda Real Gluten Free Food will be the hosting for December; the theme is holiday cookies!

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90 Responses to “Flourless Chocolate Banana Honey Walnut Cake”

  1. VeggieGirl on September 26th, 2009 3:11 pm

    SCRUMPTIOUS cake!!

    **Why I’d like to win the cookbook = I’m an avid baker, and LOVE Elana’s recipes, and I’m always looking for new recipes and inspiration.

    Keep having a blast in SF!! If I didn’t have classes, I’d be at the conference too :(

    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 7:55 pm

      Hi, VeggieGirl–Welcome to gfe! Thanks so much for your kind words … scrumptious is one of my faves, so that’s a high compliment to me!

      Elana’s recipes are the best I think … so helpful to those who can’t do grains, refined sugars, etc. and easy with few ingredients–being gfe myself, I love easy. ;-)

      Sorry you couldn’t make the conference. It was excellent in so many ways, with being able to meet my best blogging buddies in person being at the top of the list! Hopefully, you can attend next year. I don’t think any of us who attended this inaugural event will ever want to miss it again!


  2. H.Peter on September 26th, 2009 3:46 pm

    You had me at Chocolate…..

    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 8:05 pm

      H.Peter–Ha ha, no surprise there! You’ll be happy to know that I am fully indoctrinated in Scharffen Berger now. :-) They were one of the sponsors at the BlogHer Food conference. Each participant got a certain amount in their swag bag and then the reps were asking everyone to take home more at the end of Saturday night!!! I took as much as I could without looking too bad. Hey, I’m a food blogger … I might even cook with this stuff. ;-) It’s sooooo good, but, of course, I don’t have to tell you that since you introduced me to it over at The Celiac Husband.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. Lauren on September 26th, 2009 7:27 pm

    Enjoy yourself!! I’m sure the conference will be great =D.

    I’d love that cookbook because I adore almonds, and anytime I get to eat them, or add them to my baking is great with me. Also, Elana has such wonderful recipes on her site, so I’m sure the quality in the book is great too =D.

    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 8:10 pm

      Hi Lauren!–Thanks so much (after the fact) for the conference wishes … they worked, I really enjoyed myself and it was a great conference. So many wonderful bloggers to meet and really helpful info to take in. :-)

      Elana’s book is really delightful, much like she and her site both are. Best of luck in the giveaway! (I’m going to use a random number generator this time to pick the winner.)


  4. Alisa - Frugal Foodie on September 27th, 2009 10:13 am

    Actually, I just started experimenting with almond flour and could use some help! We are trialing out grain-free; it just feels better :)

    Glad Blogher is starting off so well! Have fun!

    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 8:14 pm

      Hi there, Alisa–I really enjoy being grain free myself. I do it from time to time, not always yet. But, I am a big believer in the hunter/gatherer thinking, so it definitely makes sense to me. Elana even shared her almond flour chocolate chip cookies with several of us at the conference. They were out of this world! I know you’ll love her cookbook. :-)

      BlogHer Food was the best for sure!


  5. Mari on September 27th, 2009 12:13 pm

    Great idea, and it looks really rich and yummy. Who doesn’t always have a ripe banana they need to use up? Even if I buy two bananas a week, I end up with two bananas left over! Now I know what to do with them, besides putting them on cinnamon chex.

    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 8:23 pm

      Hey, Mari–Good to see you at gfe again! I know … isn’t it wonderful to have recipes other than banana bread (no offense to banana bread, of course) in which to use bananas? None ever get wasted around here any more. :-)

      Thanks so much for commenting!

  6. Kassia on September 27th, 2009 12:28 pm

    I would love to win Elana’s cookbook because my husband and son are both GF, my son is also dairyfree. We have been trying to cut way back on the processed sugar we use, so Elana’s recipes are perfect for us! I use the recipes from her blog often, and I would love to have a whole book to experiment with!


    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 8:29 pm

      Hi there, Kassia!–Welcome to gfe! You are right … Elana’s recipes are perfect for you. :-) As I was telling someone else, she brought her chocolate chip cookies to the conference and shared. I was one of the lucky few who got to enjoy them—so, so good!

      Thanks so much for entering the giveaway. It’s really great to be able to share such a terrific and beautiful cookbook with one of the gfe readers!


  7. Sandy on September 27th, 2009 12:36 pm

    I would love to have the cookbook because I am developing a cookbook library for our celiac support mentor group here in San Diego. When a member asks me for a recipe I will be able to refer her not only to the recipe but also what book it came from.

    Thank you.
    Sandy Milne
    2750 Wheatstone Street, #62
    San Diego, CA 92111

    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 8:35 pm

      Hi Sandy!–How great to see you here at gfe again. You know I’m indebted to you for the original peach ice cream recipe you shared last month. :-)

      What a wonderful thing you are doing, creating that cookbook library for your group! This would be such a great addition to that library. Best of luck to you and all the group members … send it out to the Universe and see what plays out. ;-)

      Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

  8. Pam on September 27th, 2009 4:11 pm

    I would love it just because it is gluten free!

    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 8:40 pm

      Hi, Pam!–Love your entry comment—short and sweet, just like Elana’s recipes!


      • Pam on October 4th, 2009 9:52 pm

        Thank you Shirley…he he!


  9. Nance on September 27th, 2009 6:01 pm

    Say hi to Anali for me if you see her at the conference. Enjoy SD.

    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 10:00 pm

      Hey there, Nance–I was lucky enough to chat with Anali a couple of times and was very fortunate to hear her speak! She covered a weighty subject: protecting one’s work—copyrights, trademarks, etc. Your comment came after the conference, but hopefully, Anali will see your it here and know that you were thinking of her. :-)

      San Francisco and the conference were fantastic. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!


  10. glutenfreeforgood on September 27th, 2009 7:59 pm

    I’ve been following your status updates on FB, wanting to know every detail about BlogHer. Yeah, Broncos! Sorry, but I knew you went to the game. It sounds like you had a great time, please do a post on all the fun and games at the conference — and of course, the food.

    Boy, you are definitely the flourless cake wonder goddess! I can’t believe all your recipes. Oh, and I almost forgot, you do flourless pizzas too, don’t you? What else do you have up your GF sleeve, Shirley?

    Welcome home — whenever you arrive!

    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 10:21 pm

      Hi, Melissa!–Thank for the welcome home! I got home late last night. As soon as I get over being jet lagged and am done with some other obligations, I’ll be sure to do a post or two on the conference. I do want to share so much of it … too good to keep to myself. ;-)

      Flourless just makes sense for gfe but thanks for your kind words. It’s so nice to have so many other wonderful gf bloggers like yourself and Elana to adapt from and be inspired by. :-) I have lots more up my sleeves (flannel pj sleeves right now!), so stay tuned dear.

      Oh, and I forgive you for rooting for your home team. ;-) I did feel badly for all those die-hard Raider fans though. It would really stink to get all dressed up like that and then have your team lose.


  11. Lisa on September 27th, 2009 8:21 pm

    I want the cookbook! I’ve never cooked with almond flour, but it sounds delicious!!!

    Lisa :)

    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 10:28 pm

      Hi, Lisa–Good to see you! Cooking with really good almond flour can be a wonderful experience. Honeyville blanched almond flour is the flour Elana recommends. I’ve recently been using it myself. It is ground so fine and ensures lovely products. :-)

      Thanks so much for entering the giveaway!

  12. Hallie on September 28th, 2009 6:57 pm

    Over the past few years, I’ve discovered that I’m gluten-intolerant as well as sensitive to dairy products. I would love a copy of Elana’s cookbook to help me explore new recipes as I continue to learn all about the world of gluten-free cooking, and so that I could share what I learn with others who face similar dietary struggles. Plus, I just am in love with almonds. :)

    The cake looks delicious. Can’t wait to try.

    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 11:00 pm

      Hi, Hallie–Welcome to gfe! I’ve “seen” you and your great recipes on your own site, Daily Bites, and others in our lovely gf blogging community.

      Almond flour is a very nice way to bake well and healthily gluten free. Elana is an expert in this area for sure, so her book will be a wonderful addition to your kitchen. Good luck, and thanks so much for commenting and entering the giveaway!


  13. Amy Green (Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free) on September 29th, 2009 2:48 pm

    I love your flourless cake and couldn’t agree more – cooking gluten-free does not have to be difficult when using products that are naturally gluten free! It’s easier and it is delicious!

    I didn’t know you were doing a give-away as I’ve been estranged from my Google Reader due to my own travels and no internet connectivity – I would love to win a copy of Elana’s book because I know it’s packed with tons of no-fail recipes. :)

    Thanks so much for participating in Slightly Indulgent Mondays AND for all the kind words, Shirley. You are fabulous. Big hugs.

    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 11:20 pm

      Hi, Amy–You always say the very nicest things—thank you! Estranged from your Google Reader … that’s a nice way to put it. LOL One has to wonder why we are being kept from out beloved internet. ;-) But, you’re being modest … you didn’t mention the reason you were away—the Build a Better Burger contest. Coming in second is awesome—congrats again!

      Great point on Elana’s recipes being no-fail. She tests her recipes (each and every one!) many times before sharing them on her blog or in print. Anyone who wins will be very lucky indeed!

      I love Slightly Indulgent Mondays! It’s my pleasure to participate. :-)


  14. Kellie Blassingame on September 29th, 2009 3:09 pm

    I would love to win this cookbook. I have been gluten free for almost a month now. I am an avid baker and cook and I am just starting out on the gf journey.


    • Shirley on September 29th, 2009 11:25 pm

      Hi Kellie–Welcome to gfe! You are so smart to be out checking out gf blogs this early into your journey. I went for a very long time after going gf before learning how to bake well, which did make me feel deprived until I figured out the gfe approach. Elana’s recipes contain few ingredients, are very healthy, and are all delicious. :-)

      Thanks so much for stopping by and entering the giveaway! Hope to see you again,

  15. Heidi on September 30th, 2009 12:33 am

    I would love to win the cookbook because I would love to make simple yet delicious foods for my 2 year old celiac. The almond flour base is really appealing because it addresses her current nutrional difficiencies from the pre-diagnosis damage.

    • Shirley on September 30th, 2009 8:24 pm

      Hi, Heidi–Welcome to gfe! Elana’s cookbook does sound like it would be a tremendous help to your family. :-) Almond flour is a wonder ingredient. I used it tonight for our casserole entree—so very good!

      Thanks so much for entering the giveaway … best of luck!


  16. Laura on September 30th, 2009 12:58 am

    I would love to win her cookbook. I was gluten/dairy free for years…and then had kids. I am in the process of switching our whole family to gf, because they will have a happier and healthier mommy!!! And well…they may as well join me.

    • Shirley on September 30th, 2009 8:42 pm

      Laura–Hi, and welcome to gfe! A happier and heathier mommy will be a wonderful thing for you and your family. :-) Elana’s book would be a big help with so many terrific recipes.

      I hope you’ll look around here at gfe for recipes to make your transition easier, too. Be sure to check out the gfe’s tip sheets on the sidebar. There are several listings there that will show you main dishes, desserts, etc. that are naturally gluten free or easily made gluten free—gfe. The gfe approach won’t make your family feel deprived because your meals will taste as wonderful as ever.

      Anyway, best of luck on the giveaway and transition to your new/old eating plan! Hope to see you here again at gfe. ;-)

  17. Jenny L. on September 30th, 2009 1:44 pm

    I would love to win Elana’s book because not only am I gluten intolerant, I also have hypoglycemia and protein-rich almond flour is a great way to get the protein I need to keep my sugar level.

    • Shirley on September 30th, 2009 8:49 pm

      Hi, Jenny–Welcome to gfe! Yes, Elana’s book would be a tremendous aid to you. Almond flour and the other ingredients Elana uses are helpful to so many and delicious for all.

      Thanks so much for entering the giveaway! Hope to see you again here at gfe. :-)


  18. glutenfreeforgood on October 1st, 2009 7:27 am

    Okay, Shirley — I know you have a “real” life to live, but I’m anxiously awaiting BlogHer details. No pressure, of course, as I barely have time to squeeze in a regular blog post, let alone detail my travels, but I’m so interested in your take on the conference. The food, the people, the knowledge, the fun?! I’ll enjoy it vicariously through you and the rest of the GF gang.


    • Shirley on October 1st, 2009 11:09 pm

      Hey Melissa–You are cracking me up … I so easily keep you on pins and needles, perhaps I could become a suspense writer? ;-) Hoping to get something up tomorrow, now that my work week is done. But no promises. Good news, I think my jet lag is finally gone! Yippee! Here’s a link to Elana’s latest post on BlogHer Food with several photos of the gf bloggers, including one of moi. ;-) She did a great job and her feelings mirror my own in many ways.


  19. christina on October 1st, 2009 9:54 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this book! I love to bake, and since I’ve started baking some gluten free things, friends and relatives have expressed interest as well.

    On a side note, I’m go glad you are enjoying the conference. I’m from the Bay Area and I LOVE Muir Woods. It’s one of my all time favorite places to be.

    • Shirley on October 1st, 2009 11:15 pm

      Hi Christina–It’s a great cookbook! I guess you’re looking to win two giveaways in a row, huh? That’s a great way to build a gf cookbook library. I wonder what the odds are of you winning again … best of luck! :-) Oh, and it’s wonderful that others are interested in gluten free! You know the saying, be the change you want to see in the world.

      I got back from the conference very late Monday night. It was a fabulous experience and I plan to share more soon. Muir Woods was amazing. If I lived nearby, I’d visit often. I can see why it’s one of your all-time favorite spots. It’s so beautiful and calming. We didn’t want to leave when it was time to get back on the tour bus. I think we were one of the last groups back.


  20. Heather in SF on October 1st, 2009 10:49 pm

    Hi Shirley,

    One of the highlights of the conference was making so many friends, and I’m so glad we got to know each other there, and now here!

    Onto more serious pursuits, your cake looks delicious, I love the pic with the cake and crumbs. I bet that last chunk disappeared in a hurry. I am adding this recipe to my short list!

    • Shirley on October 1st, 2009 11:23 pm

      Heather!–Thanks so much for stopping by gfe! You beat me to checking out your blog. Still trying to catch up on everything! Yes, we were so fortunate to meet that first evening at the Mushroom Channel event. :-)

      I’m glad you like the photo of the cake. That one I almost didn’t post because it looks so messy, but good cakes are messy, right? That’s how much was left after a committee meeting of five. LOL I took that part to work the next morning and it was gone in a matter of minutes!

      Thanks so much … off to check out your blog now,

  21. Chaya on October 2nd, 2009 8:48 am

    Why do I want to win Elana’s book. That is easy. Elana fills her blog with her sweet self and her recipes. I have been stocking up on almond flour but could use some more recipes to bake with.

    Your flourless cake is great. I have made flourless brownies that are out of this world. I had not thought of adding bananas to the chocolate cake, I also have had. Love new ideas.

    • Shirley on October 2nd, 2009 8:56 pm

      Hi, Chaya!–I love your comment! :-) Yes, Elana “fills her blog with her sweet self and her recipes.” And, her blog persona is the real Elana!

      Thanks so much for the cake kudos. I agree on flourless brownies and cakes being wonderful. Who needs the stuff? LOL ;-) Although I did make a scrumptious gluten-free pound cake this evening that actually contains gluten-free flour …


  22. The Diva on a Diet on October 2nd, 2009 12:49 pm

    Hi there, Shirley! Thanks so much for the warm welcome at the GF table during the BH lunch. I had a blast with you guys! :)

    I hope you’ve recovered from the jet-lag by now and that you enjoyed the rest of your time in SF. How was the football game, btw?

    As for the recipe, this cake looks amazing! I had a chance to browse through the book at the BH bookstore and its now on my must-get list. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Now I’m off to find that pizza recipe you were telling me about at lunch. Yay!

    • Shirley on October 2nd, 2009 10:16 pm

      Hey there, Diva!–Thanks so much for sitting with us! We’re not an exclusive group. ;-) It was such a delight to meet you and others. Some good karma at that conference!

      I’m finally over my jet lag–yippee! Oh, the football game was a hoot … wait ’til you see the pic of me with one of the Raider fans. ;-)

      Elana’s recipes are really phenomenal. This cake is so full of flavor. All the other recipes of hers that I’ve tried/adapted have always been delicious, too.

      Thanks for stopping by … welcome to gfe!


      P.S. Oh, yeah, everyone should try that flourless pizza recipe!

  23. Linda on October 2nd, 2009 2:11 pm

    I love the chocolate, honey, walnut combination. It sounds delicious!

    • Shirley on October 2nd, 2009 10:23 pm

      Hi Linda–I added the walnuts to give it some texture and was really glad I did. All the flavors in this cake are in “my favorites” listing. ;-) I find recipes made with honey very satisfying … one piece is just right.


  24. Elizabeth on October 2nd, 2009 11:02 pm

    I just found your site and am so overjoyed. I have hesitated to bake GF but long for something sweet to eat and this Flourless Chocolate Banana Honey Walnut Cake. All the flours make me timid. I am so glad you are here to help me. Thanks so much.

    • Shirley on October 2nd, 2009 11:20 pm

      Hey, Elizabeth!–Welcome to gfe! Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m glad you found me, too! :-) I was like you when I went gf. Finally, I decided making flourless recipes, using my simple gf flour mix, and also cornmeal for baking were all the way to go. On occasion I even use common, but unconventional ingredients for baking–like black beans for brownies or chick peas for chocolate cake. Lately I’ve been using the high quality almond flour that Elana recommends. It all works out well. Look around my site for more flourless and easy baking recipes. :-) I look forward to seeing you here more on gfe!

      Thanks again,

  25. Lisa B. on October 3rd, 2009 10:22 am

    I would very much like to win Elana’s cookbook, in order to give it to my 20 year-old son, who is very discouraged about living gluten free. It would show him that he isn’t missing anything, and many new delicious adventures await him!

    • Shirley on October 3rd, 2009 11:35 pm

      Hi, Lisa–Welcome to gfe! Thanks for the heartfelt comment. Being 20, male, and gluten free is really tough I think. Not trying to be discriminatory/offensive, etc. in anyway, but Son who is now 21 went through a similarly rough time, and still complains sometimes. I think guys are expected to just eat anything and go with the flow. Girls are more accepted for being on a “diet” or eating differently than others. And, that age group is not expected to be preparing their own foods … eating out and take out are the norm. Just my observations. My gfe approach is all about eating real food that is naturally gluten free and making dishes/recipes from those real foods. I never believe in making anything difficult, as you can see by my recipes here. Elana’s recipes follow the same concept … few ingredients, easy to make, and taste wonderful. Delicious adventures, indeed! :-)

      Best of luck and thanks so much for stopping by and entering this giveaway!

  26. Amanda on October 3rd, 2009 5:37 pm

    Oh, I came here to look at recipes and then see a cookbook giveaway as well.

    First the chocolate cake looks so incredibly scrumptious. I cannot wait to try it- as soon as I can get my hands on some cocoa as I just ran out! I love flourless recipes as well. I am just loving your blog- nice wonderful simple recipes!

    I would absolutely love to have Elana’s cookbook- I just adore her and her recipes and have never had a one of them fail. I have successfully modified them as well to use various nut and seed flours as we try to keep low salicylate(due to reactions in the kids) and they are still always as wonderful. Having her cookbook would help me so much- as I am constantly running back and forth from the computer to the kitchen while using her recipes as the blasted printer won’t work! It will be put to very, very good use in my house!

    • Shirley on October 3rd, 2009 11:48 pm

      Hey there, Amanda–Welcome to gfe! Oh, thank you so very much for your sweet compliments! I hope you’ll visit and comment often, and that my recipes continue to be what you are looking for. :-)

      “I just adore her”–yes, isn’t Elana fabulous? Having just met her in person at BlogHer Food, I have to say she absolutely is! Her recipes are great as written or are easily adapted as you said (and as I’ve also experienced). LOL on the run from kitchen to printer … I’m the one who goes from kitchen to computer with scrap piece of paper (for jotting down recipe) and back to kitchen. (My printer is downstairs.) A real cookbook sure can come in handy, huh?

      Thanks so much for commenting and entering the giveaway!

  27. CinnamonQuill on October 4th, 2009 9:26 pm

    oh my goodness how i’ve wanted elana’s cookbook! it is on my wish list, but how fun to win it?!

    lovely cake also; bananas, walnuts, and chocolate are clearly one of the best combinations, ever.

    • Shirley on October 4th, 2009 10:14 pm

      Hey CinnamonQuill–It’s good to see you, and you’re an Elana fan to boot! Okay, you’re in the running for Elana’s Almond Flour Cookbook now … Thanks for the kind words on my flourless cake variation—those ingredients are definitely all favorites of mine for baking! :-)


  28. Kendra on October 4th, 2009 9:52 pm

    I just got Elana’s book from the library and love it! I would love to own a copy.

    I also just launched a website with gluten free and dairy free recipes…www.KendraLay.com.

    • Shirley on October 4th, 2009 10:21 pm

      Hi, Kendra–Welcome to gfe! Since you’ve already checked out Elana’s cookbook from the library, you know exactly what a wonderful prize you would be winning. :-) And, bravo for your library for already having a copy, since it hasn’t been out that long–very cool. Okay, you’re entered in the giveaway!

      I just checked out your site–congrats on launching it! I know what a momentous occasion that can be from my own experience. I’ve subscribed and will be following you … some really good stuff there … recipes, acupuncture, foot massage (I wanted one immediately after seeing that photo with the post), and more.

      All the best,

  29. Sarah Tolson on October 4th, 2009 10:11 pm

    Hmm.. we are on a gluten free adventure, and while I can check out books at the library.. we are on a really tight budget and I have yet to buy a gluten free cookbook. So, it would be a huge blessing to win one!! :)

    Thanks so much! :)

    • Shirley on October 4th, 2009 10:30 pm

      Hi, Sarah–Welcome to gfe! A “gluten-free adventure” is a great way to look at this new lifestyle until you get the hang of it. The gfe approach and Elana’s recipes on her site and in her cookbook also make it easy. Now your name is in the hat! ;-)

      BTW, I checked our your professional photography site briefly. You have amazing talent! I’d just like to sit and view each and every one of your photos. Very uplifting and moving. :-)

      All the best and best of luck in the giveaway!

  30. Diane-The WHOLE Gang on October 5th, 2009 9:24 pm

    Thank you for the shout out. We had so much fun making the recipes from Elana’s cookbook. They really tasted great too. My family keeps asking me for more. Your chocolate cake looks great too. I’m going to have to give it a try too but with no bananas. The only thing I like in my chocolate is more chocolate.

    I also had a great time in San Francisco at BlogHer Food and touring around town with you and Ali. What a great town to eat gluten free. So many great options out there without even being advertised as gluten free.

    Love all the comments you have going here. I hope whoever wins this cookbook gets busy cooking right away.

    • Shirley on October 6th, 2009 10:01 am

      Hi, Diane–My pleasure … always. You’ve sent plenty of the link love my way. ;-) But, more importantly you guys did a terrific job reviewing Elana’s cookbook! ROFL on skipping the bananas, but I hear you on the chocolate. I’ve got to get busy on baking with the Scharffen Berger from the conference or someone needs to sneak in and steal it from me. That stuff is way too good. I think I’m glad I haven’t seen any nearby … if you know what I mean. Sometimes my discipline is seriously lacking … luckily, Mr. GFE wanted some last night. Sharing can be a desperation tactic sometimes. :-)

      Oh, yes, that was such a wonderful time with you gals! As long as we were out on our own, we had no problems with eating gluten free. And, you echo a point I am always making … that a restaurant doesn’t have to have a gluten-free label or menu per se to be a wonderful choice for eating gluten free!

      Okay, a post will be up shortly announcing the winners and then also some type of summary from BlogHer Food. I’ve been home a week now. I think I’m ready. LOL


  31. Alisa@Foodista on October 8th, 2009 8:37 am

    too bad i missed the giveaway, but Elana’s book is something Im definitely going to get for myself and for my friends. And this flourless cake is just amazing!I’d love to bring over our readers to your site if you wont mind, just add this little foodista widget to this post and it’s all set to go, Thanks!

    • Shirley on October 8th, 2009 8:30 pm

      Well, hi there, Alisa–Welcome to gfe! You’ll be so pleased with Elana’s book. It’s lovely in presentation and chock full of amazingly simple recipes. :-)

      Flourless cakes are a thing of wonder IMO. High-end restaurants have been aweing people with them for years … why should they have a corner on this market? ;-) They are just so simple to make. Simple and amazing—a hard combination to beat. :-)

      I’m not familiar with Foodista. Thanks for the invitation … I’ll certainly check out the site!


  32. Chaya on October 9th, 2009 4:23 am

    Thank you for introducing me to Slightly Indulgent Mondays.

    • Shirley on October 10th, 2009 6:59 pm

      Hi there, Chaya!–My pleasure. :-) That’s such a great weekly roundup, isn’t it? Amy does a fantastic job with Slightly Indulgent Mondays at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free and she has so many participants—all with wonderful recipes and ideas. Now you’re one of them. ;-)


  33. Marillyn @ just-making-noise on November 30th, 2009 11:56 pm

    Found you through Elana’s Pantry. This looks GREAT! Can’t wait to try it… Thanks!

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2009 12:46 am

      Hi Marillyn–Welcome to gfe! Thanks so much! This is a lovely grain-free cake. I hope you’ll enjoy it. :-) Please let us know what you think or if you make any adjustments. There are some really lovely desserts in that roundup, aren’t there?

      Thanks again,


  34. Chelsey on December 1st, 2009 4:21 pm

    Shirley! This looks awesome. Rich and satisfying. I’m totally jealous of your trip to SF and meeting all these fabulous food bloggers. :)

    • Shirley on December 2nd, 2009 12:28 am

      Hi Chelsey–Thanks! I need to make it again soon. Maybe for our support group meeting on the 15th. It will fill the need for some folks who need to eat gf/df/sf, and, of course, anyone else. ;-)

      Make plans to join us next year for BlogHer Food ’10! No idea when or where it will be yet, but I plan to be there. Unbelievable fun and you learn so much from the presentations. Yes, fabulous food bloggers … it was like seeing and meeting the most famous celebrities! But, all were down to earth and great. :-)


  35. Diane-The WHOLE Gang on December 22nd, 2009 11:33 am

    My Elvis would love this. Thank you for sharing it on Friday Foodie Fix.

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2009 8:34 pm

      Diane–Elvis? Is that your alter chocolate-loving ego? ;-)


  36. Maria on April 20th, 2011 7:30 pm

    Hello there! Thanks for this wonderful recipe! i was wondering if I could do it without the bananas…would it work? Could I maybe use another fruit? Thanks again!

    • Shirley on April 20th, 2011 10:27 pm

      Hi Maria–Welcome to gfe! :-) You could not simply make this without the bananas … they provide flavor and necessary bulk for this flourless cake. You could substitute another mashed fruit or fruit puree (depending on fruit; you’d want to equate with the consistency and texture of mashed bananas). I’m not sure of how other fruits would affect flavor, but some ideas are pumpkin, applesauce (if not too watery), mango, and pears. Best of luck! Please let us know how it works out. :-)


  37. janet on March 17th, 2014 2:42 pm

    if you were going to add almond flour to the chocolate banana
    walnut cake, how much would you add?

    • Shirley on March 17th, 2014 6:02 pm

      Hi Janet–Welcome to gfe! :-) This cake is perfect as it is, so IMO you can’t simply add almond flour to the recipe. It will be too many ingredients and change the whole texture. You could probably substitute finely ground almond flour for the walnuts, but I have not personally tried that. Let us know what you decide to try and how it works. :-)


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