During this pandemic, many of us started baking at home and made some super yummy cakes for our loved ones. Most of the baking recipes available online use refined flour and sugar. For a good immunity and a healthy body it is very important to restrict the consumption of refined foods. Keeping the good health of you and your loved ones in mind, we have developed this zero-maida cake recipe. Instead of refined flour, we use oats and whole wheat flour. For sweetening we only use natural sweeteners i.e. dates and raisins. This recipe is also rich in protein due to the presence of protein-rich ingredients such as walnuts, seeds, curd and oats. Hope you will like this balance of good health with good taste.
For cake batter:
1 ½ katori oats
½ katori whole wheat flour
¾ cup butter/canola oil/olive oil
½ cup curd
2 small bananas
1 katori dates
¼ th katori raisins
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 ½ cup water
½ katori walnuts
¼ katori oats
1 tsp pumpkin seeds
1 tsp flax seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp melon seeds
1 tsp of dark chocolate chips (optional)
Calorific Value (per serving):
● Energy: 395 kcal
● Protein: 6 gm
● Carbs: 39 gm
● Fats: 24 gm
● Fibre: 5 gm
1. Deseed the dates and soak them along with raisins in a 1 cup lukewarm water for
half an hour.
2. Slightly dry roast the oats and then all the seeds in a pan as shown in picture below.
3. Take 1.5 cups of dry roasted oats and grind it into a fine powder.
4. Peel off the bananas and grind them to a fine paste as shown in picture below.
5. Grind soaked dates and raisins to a smooth paste.
6. Crush walnuts to small pieces.
Steps to make cake batter:
1. In a large mixing bowl, take banana paste, dates and raisins paste, oil, curd and
vanilla extract. Whisk this mixture well until all the ingredients mix together to give a
2. Place a sieve over the bowl and add oats flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa powder,
baking soda, baking powder and salt. Sieve this mixture into the bowl.
3. Now with the help of a whisker slowly mix the dry ingredients with the wet
ingredients. Keep adding remaining water slowly while mixing to prepare a batter of
4. Add walnuts pieces into the cake batter and mix it.
5. Now using the cut and fold method, mix the mixture.
6. Take a cake mould and grease it properly with some oil. Dust this mould with little
whole wheat flour so that the bottom of the mould becomes non sticky.
7. Transfer the cake batter into this mould. After transferring the batter, tap the mould
twice to level up uniformly and remove any air bubbles if present.
8. Garnish the cake with reaming oats and seeds as shown in picture below.
Steps for baking:
1. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree centigrade for 10-15 minutes.
2. Now place the cake batter in the oven and bake at 180 degree centigrade for 30-35
3. To check whether the cake is baked properly, insert a toothpick and see if it comes
out clean. If it is not baked, then cover the cake top with foil paper and bake it for 5-
10 more minutes.
4. Once baked, let the cake cool down for 10 minutes and then unmold the cake.
Your delicious healthy oats banana choco cake is ready!
Know Your Ingredients:
Oats are among the healthiest grains on the planet. They are high in protein and fat, fibrous, gluten free, loaded with various vitamin and minerals, and rich in various antioxidants. Oats are high in the soluble fiber beta-glucan, which has numerous benefits. It helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, promotes healthy gut bacteria and increases feelings of fullness. They are fibrous which helps in feeling full for a long time, and thus helps in weight reduction.
Seeds are generally an excellent source of protein and good fat i.e. omega 6 fatty acids. They are also rich in various antioxidants and are a good source of dietary fibre. They are rich in trace minerals required by the body, including selenium, magnesium, copper and zinc.
Unsweetened cocoa powder is not only incredibly rich and delicious, but it also delivers incredible nutritional value to your diet. Cocoa powder is rich in important micronutrients such as magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese. Cocoa powder has many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components which help in decreasing inflammation, improving heart and brain health, and fighting against cancer. Cocoa powder can deliver healthy fibres and has low carbs per serving, so it can help in healthy bowel movement, controlling blood sugar level and weight reduction. Eating chocolate usually make people happy, so consuming unsweetened cocoa powder can help in promoting better moods, reduce fatigue and lower depression, without consuming unnecessary sugar.
Bananas are rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamins C and B6. Bananas are high in antioxidants, which can provide protection from free radicals in your body. Bananas are high in fibre because of which they are at a medium level on the glycaemic index scale.
Dates are a healthy fruit to include in the diet. As a natural sweetener, they are better than refined sugar as they are not a ‘sugar bomb’ or just empty calories. In fact, they are high in several nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and manganese. Dates are rich in fibre and various antioxidants, all of which can help protect the body against various diseases.