Recipe: Passion cake with no butter and no sugar

August passion cake

This carrot and banana cake has no processed sugar and no butter.  It is a quick all-in-one and it is so very moist.  The combination of carrots and bananas make a wonderful flavour and texture and this is a great way to make sure children eat all their fruit and vegetables. I eliminated processed sugar and used golden raisins ground to a pulp instead. 


  • 100ml olive oil
  • 125 ml yoghurt
  • 4 eggs, yolks separated from whites 
  • 250g golden raisins (soaked in water overnight)
  • 2 ripe bananas, chopped
  • 300g self raising flour (sift)
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 50g coconut
  • 100g grated carrot 



  1. Soak the golden raisins overnight. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 160C.
  3. When you are ready to bake the cake, mix the golden raisins together with the olive oil, yoghurt, egg yolks and bananas using a hand blender and bring into a paste. 
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the self raising flour, the bicarbonate, ginger, cinnamon, walnuts and coconut. Then add the grated carrot and stir to coat in flour. 
  5. In a third bowl, beat together the 4 egg whites. 
  6. Fold in the dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients. Then fold in the egg whites.
  7. Pour the cake batter into a prepared cake dish (You can use 2 disposable cake moulds of 17cm in diameter each)
  8. Bake in a preheated oven for 35 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool.

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