Originally this recipe supposed to be a Cheesecake but this was a non vegan recipe from Alex Traeger so the adaptation resulted in a banana cake with a walnut based frosting For the frosting I used walnuts, agave and agar agar which is a vegan thickening agent. It is kind of the substitute of gelatin. I blended the walnuts with water, transfer it to a pot, stir in the sweetener and then add the agar agar. I let it boil and once it boiled, I turned the stove off, set aside and let it cool.
What I liked the most about this cake is how fluffy, moist and sweet it is. Because the banana and chia seeds make it rise a lot and be rich in texture and fluffiness.
For topping it, I prepared a raw-vegan caramel sauce and eat it with fruits like kiwi or berries
yield: 1 cake, 8 pieces
For the cake layer:
1 cup gluten free flour
2 scoops protein powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon and/or nutmeg
1 T chia seeds
2 T water
1/4 cup organic agave
about 6oz of mashed bananas
water or vegan milk for mixing
For the Frosting:
3/2 cups walnuts (soaked overnight)
2 T agave
1 tsp agar agar
approximately 1/2 cup of water or vegan milk
For the Raw-Vegan Caramel Sauce
5 dates or prunes
about 1 cup of water
1- Soak the chia seeds with the water in a small bowl and set them aside.
2- Pre heat the oven 350F and grease a round baking pan.
3- In a big bowl, mash the bananas and mix in the liquid ingredients, including the soaked chia seeds.
5- Slowly, add the dry ingredients until everything is well mixed for the cake.
6- Pour all of the batter in the baking pan and bake approximately for 30 mins.
For the Frosting:
1-In the mean time, add the soaked cashews with water (about 1/2 cup of water, first) and blend until smooth. If it is necessary to add more water, do so. You can also use vegan milk.
2- After that, transfer the walnut mixture to a small pot. Add in the agave and agar agar.
3- Turn on a stove top and let the walnut frosting boil. After it boiled, turn the stove off and set the pot aside to let it cool completely.
For the Caramel Sauce:
1- Blend the dates with the water in a blender until consistency. You may add more dates or water until reaching the perfect consistency. Feel free to add other components such as cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric or ginger.
1- Once the cake is completely cool, spread the walnut frosting over it.
2- Cut into slices.
3- When serving, drizzle the caramel sauce and serve with your choice of fruits.