A gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar-free banana cake with a peanut butter filling. Perfect for a 1 year old smash cake.
Isn’t this little man just adorable? Let’s have a raise of hands from everyone who loves a good cake smash. Yeah. Me too. It’s too bad my kids just look at the cake and wait for me to cut them a piece. It’s kind of a let down, I’m not gonna lie. My boys are all about making messes every other day of the year but the ONE day that it’s acceptable (encouraged even) to smash food all over their faces they suddenly become clean-freaks.
As disappointing as I was that little Emmett didn’t totally go for his cake it wound up working out to my advantage. Since he hadn’t touched the cake I was able to cut a piece for baby to eat and everyone else could still try it. And you know what happened? The guests actually preferred this cake! I had made a full fat, full sugar, full carbs cake for the guests and it didn’t get nearly as good reviews that this banana cake did.
This smash cake is gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free (with the exception of the decorative frosting of course). It’s sweetened with maple syrup so it’s really only refined sugar free if you use the pure maple syrup and not the “maple flavored syrup”. I’ve tried making this with both types of syrup and it works both ways but if you’re looking for something strictly refined sugar free stick to the pure maple syrup.
The cake is made with oats but you can substitute flour to make it more like a traditional banana bread. This will turn out a bit more fluffy but equally as tasty. I made this cake with three 6 inch rounds to give the cake some height but you could certainly use a 9 inch round or 9X9 square pan to make it a little easier.
Topping this cake with peanut butter might seem a little odd but, I am telling you, it is amazing. Peanut butter and bananas just go together like Ross and Rachel. Am I right? It’s the perfect blend of sweet and salty, fluffy and creamy, and subtle and powerful. So good even a 1 year old can appreciate it.
My baby turning one couldn’t have me more excited to see him grow up! I’ve been feeling so bummed out lately that he is headed out of the baby phase. Does this happen to anyone else? I finally had to decide to quit my pouting and getting excited about all of the cute new things he’s learning and seeing his little personality start to shine through.