Friday, 21 March 2014

Coconut Banana Chia Chocolate Snack Cake


Earlier this week we celebrated a birthday, shamrock style.  We wrapped it all up with this wonderful coconut banana chocolate chip snack cake, as requested by the birthday girl.  It's an easy, no fuss snack cake, packed with flavour, 



Coconut Banana Chia Chocolate Snack Cake

3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup coconut oil 
1/4 cup milk (dairy, almond, soy, rice...whatever!)

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet would be good too)
3/4 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper.

Cream together the mashed bananas, eggs, chia seeds, brown sugar, milk, vanilla, and coconut oil.  Make sure the coconut oil is well distributed, small lumps are OK.  Let the wet ingredients sit for 10 min to allow the chia seeds to absorb some of the moisture.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.  Whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients until combined.  

Stir in chocolate chips and coconut until evenly distributed.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool in pan before slicing.




Oh, and a little something to honour the first day of Spring.  I'm so crafty.







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58 comments:

  1. Yum! This looks like a delicious and unique treat! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. Oh my goodness. I think you just stuffed a whole bunch of awesome flavors together. Adding this to my list of must tries.

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  3. This looks good, I'm sure my boys will love it.

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  4. I love that you added chia seeds and used coconut oil. I have to try this.

    Michelle F.

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  5. Awesome recipe! Looks so good! Pinning!

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  6. I've never used Chai seeds.....are they related to Chai tea at all???? I must find some.......

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  7. so making this week. Anything with coconut, banana and chocolate - Get In My Belly! :)

    I have the same spring. We put spring flowers, butterflies and ladybugs stickers on the windows. Like magically we won't be able to see all the snow that came down today.

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  8. These look and sound delicious and so healthy. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Friday. Pinned. Have a wonderful healthy day!

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  9. This looks - and sounds - divine. Bet it tastes that way too :) Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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  10. I'm always looking for new ways to use my chia seeds. And how can you go wrong with chocolate and banana? Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Mmm looks so good! I love chia and coconut together... This recipe makes it easier for me to justify having a treat cos it's sort've healthy. Right? Right. Haha! Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. What a delicious, healthy looking snack! It is healthy, right?? :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  13. Oooh, lovely cake, Jenn. I don't remember seeing it in the Food on Friday: Coconut collection, did I miss it? Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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  14. Oh, these look delicious! I have a lot of very ripe bananas all of a sudden - I may need to give these a try. Thanks so much for linking up with the Let's Get Real party this week.

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  15. These look great! I love finding new recipes, especially ones that use chia seeds!

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  16. This snack cake looks great. Pinning to try, since I have a freezer overflowing with bananas, LOL. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  17. This sounds yummy! I am always trying to find new ways to add chia seeds into desserts for that hidden boost of omega 3's. Thanks for sharing on Gooseberry Patch Recipe Roundup this morning.

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  18. I know chia seeds are healthy.. but I also like the texture they add to baked good. Thanks for bringing this recipe by foodie friday.

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  19. These look amazing! Visiting from the four seasons link-up!

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  20. Those look so fabulous!! Are they as moist as they look? Stopping by from the Four Seasons Blog Hop. I am pinning this recipe!!

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  21. These look good! Just saw that you were a large family living in Ontario...me too :) We're in the outer Hamilton region & homeschooling. Always looking to connect with local bloggers. You can find me at Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough (http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com) Or I think you can msg me through google too :)

    Anyway, I use chia seeds now in a lot of things...never baked with them yet, should try it!

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  22. What a great alternative to plain banana bread! Just the kind of recipe I was looking for!

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  23. LOL Your spring picture cracked me up! Anyway this cake looks awesome! I just need to tweak ever so slightly to make it gluten free. :) Thanks for sharing your recipe! Can't wait to try it!

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  24. Banana and chocolate is right up there with a peanut butter and chocolate combo.
    We may not get snow down here, but your picture made me laugh--it's been a colder than usual spring for us too!
    Thank you for linking this week, Jenn.

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  25. This sounds really good. I am always looking for new recipes with chia seeds. I use them in my smoothies but have not tried baking with them.

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  26. G'day! Perhaps randomly would you like to send a slice my way?
    View as part of Let's Get Real Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  27. Thanks for sharing it at the Foodie Friends Friday #Foods That Make You Smile Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  28. Looks yummy! I love chia seeds and am always looking for a yummy way to add them to my family's food. These would pass the test!

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  29. Looks yummy! I love chia seeds and am always looking for a yummy way to add them to my family's food. These would pass the test!

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  30. I love to add chia to my smoothies, so I know I would love this recipe. I happen to have some ripe bananas that need to be transformed into something delicious! Saw this recipe at Foodie Friends Friday!

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  31. I can't wait to get some coconut oil and try this :)

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  32. I love banana but with the addition of coconut and chia seeds, it sounds all the more interesting. This has been featured as one of my favourites on Sweet and Savoury Sunday! Stop by, grab a button and link up again this weekend!

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  33. Thank you for sharing your recipe at Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up. :) I hope you stop by and join us again this week. http://www.aprilshomemaking.com/2014/03/meal-planning-monday-recipe-link-up-4.html

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  34. I love how you have 'hidden' the chia seeds in this wholesome cake, Jenn! What a great way to make healthy delicious too. Thank you for sharing your Coconut Banana Chia Chocolate Snack Cake with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  35. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

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  36. I love chia seeds, and love that I can add them to dishes and no knows. Pinned for future use thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

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  37. I have never used chia before. You have inspired me. Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I look forward to seeing what you'll share this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/03/try-new-recipe-tuesday-april-1st.html

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  38. Hi Jenn,
    What a fantastic snack cake and great flavor! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  39. This looks so yummy! Thanks for linking up at The Southern Special!

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  40. YUM!!! I'm featuring this week for What We Eat Wednesday and I pinned you to our board. Thanks for continuing to link up! :)

    Alexis at Laugh. Eat. Learn.

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  41. Happy Saturday! I just wanted to let you know your yummy recipe is one of my featured favorites from last week's Get Him Fed Party! You're welcome to come grab a featured badge and join the party again :) Congrats!

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  42. Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing at Savoring Saturdays!

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  43. Looks delish, Jenn! Just wanted to let you know we featured your recipe at Our Sunday Best Showcase today! Can't wait to try the recipe.

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  44. I add chia seeds to a lot of things…this recipe sounds delicious can't wait to try it…Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events

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  45. Wow this looks so moist! Never used chia seeds in a cake before and will have to try it. Thanks for sharing it on The Yuck Stops Here!

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  46. The "welcome spring" made me giggle! - and I love the sound of this. . . I may just replace the eggs and give it a go, thanks for sharing!

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  47. Linking up from LOBs linkup. Had to click on your chia seed recipe and was not disappointed. Definitely going to try this.
    thanks, Shana www.Technotini.com

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  48. This looks fantastic and a great way for me to get some chia seeds into the kids. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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  49. This looks and sounds fantastic and is full of my favourite ingredients. Not tried them in this combination though. Will certainly give this a go. #cookblogshare

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  50. Banana cake is simply delicious, especially with chocolate included!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning :-)

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  51. This cake is making me droooooollllll!!!!! So yummmy, Pinning pinning pinning!!!!
    XOXO

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  52. Looks really good! so moist and yummy!

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  53. This looks so great! Gotta try it soon. Pinning this to the Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesday board. Thanks for linking up!

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  54. I've recently discovered chia seeds though I haven't tried baking with them yet, this looks like a lovely simple recipe full of some of my favourite flavours.

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  55. Looks amazing!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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