8. Longevity Cake

Finally, this cake recipe has lots of healthy ingredients with vitamins and minerals.

Flaxseed has excellent health benefits, blueberries have loads of antioxidants, and bananas provide potassium.

Any small berries would make an interesting alternative - try redcurrants or sour cherries.2

Ingredients:

• 1/4 cup soft, no-trans-fat margarine

• 2/3 cup sugar

• 1 egg

• 2 ripe, medium bananas, mashed

• 1 tsp.

lemon zest

• 2 tsp.

lemon juice

• 1 tsp.

vanilla

• 3/4 cup flour

• 1/4 cup ground flaxseed

• 1/2 tsp.

baking powder

• 1/2 tsp.

baking soda

• 1/4 tsp.

sea salt

• 1 cup frozen blueberries (or 1/3 cup dried blueberries)

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.

Spray 8-by-8-inch or round layer cake pan with nonstick spray and lightly flour.

• Mix margarine and sugar together in large bowl until creamy.

Add egg, mixing well, then add banana, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla.

• In small bowl, combine flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Combine half of the flour mixture with butter mixture.

Add remaining flour mixture, being careful not to over-mix.

Gently fold in blueberries.

• Spoon batter into prepared baking dish and smooth the top.2

Bake 25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes clean.

• Cool, dust with powdered sugar, and cut into squares or wedges for serving.

Healthy cake recipes aren´t that hard to find - to begin with, look for recipes that reduce fat and sugar. Wholemeal flour adds fibre and reduces consumption of refined products. Add some fruit, and you´re well on the way to a healthy cake recipe! What tips do you have for making cakes healthier?

Sources: bbcgoodfood.com, bbcgoodfood.com, allrecipes.co.uk, eatingwell.com, vegetarian.about.com, uktv.co.uk, myrecipes.com, magazine.fourseasons.com2

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