Carrot, banana and lemon cake ~ Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan

I need to make a cake, well no, actually, truth is, I need to use up a few ripe bananas!
I don’t have nuts and I fancy a change from the usual banana cake/bread/muffins recipes.
Muffins… that makes me remember making, (years ago) banana and carrot muffins.
However, I am trying to recall vaguely the proportions in order to make a suitable recipe whilst using up my bananas and other store cupboard ingredients without having to buy too many if any extra’s! I will add photographs once completed the process, hopefully it will be delicious! I know my eldest son, (who isn’t free from anything or vegan), will want a Philadelphia cream cheese, vanilla extract and icing sugar to make the icing! For those of us who wish for suitable healthier decorations then may I suggest one to suit your tastes. Please don’t be offended if it is not your choice):
Naked
Honey drizzle
Maple syrup drizzle
Butters – nut, dairy free, coconut oil
Alternative spreads
(This proves you shouldn’t multi-task or ‘burn the candle at both ends’ – “Eventually my neighbour was able to let in!” #Random ?)
Please adapt the recipe to suit you, as long as the basic elements are followed then you can’t really go wrong!
Ingredients:
• 3 tbsp.’s honey, raw maple, agave, or fruit syrup (honey)
• 3 tbsp.’s of mild olive oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract/essence
• 3 mashed organic ripe bananas
• 1 large grated carrot
• 1 lemon freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest
• 3 tbsp.’s gluten free plain flour
•2 tsps baking powder
•½ tsp of baking soda
• 1 teaspoons xanthan gum
• a handful of either chopped dried apricots/dates/prunes
• a handful of chopped raw walnuts or pecans (optional) save some to decorate
Method:
Preheat oven to Gas mark 4, Electric 180 degrees Celsius.
Grease an line three sandwich cake tins 7″diameter.
Beat the syrup, oil, vanilla, and salt.
Add the bananas, carrot, lemon juice, and zest.
Mix with the flour, baking powder, and baking soda into the banana mixture.
Fold in the nuts and apricots.
Spoon into the tins, bake for about 20-25 min, or until cake skewer comes out clean.
Leave it cool, before removing from pan.
Decorate!

Tru3 J0y

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