Chocolate Banana Snack Cake


This easy-to-make snack cake has deep chocolate taste. For more banana flavor and a slight crunch, top the cake with crumbled banana chips before baking. You can sell the cake whole or package individual pieces.
16 servings (serving size: 1 piece)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°.

Spoon applesauce onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels; spread to 1/2-inch thickness. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes. Scrape applesauce into a bowl using a rubber spatula.

Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add applesauce and banana, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in coffee and vanilla.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and remaining ingredients except powdered sugar, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; stir just until combined. Scrape batter into an 8-inch baking pan lined with parchment paper, spreading evenly. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Dana McCauley
APRIL 2006

Nutritional Information

Calories 128
Caloriesfromfat 28 %
Fat 3.9 g
Satfat 2.2 g
Monofat 1.1 g
Polyfat 0.2 g
Protein 2.3 g
Carbohydrate 22.5 g
Fiber 1.4 g
Cholesterol 34 mg
Iron 0.9 mg
Sodium 106 mg
natalieh8’s Review
Wonderful! I used a mix of half whole wheat flour and half all purpose. Used 1.5 large bananas. I skipped the coffee, and instead added 1/2 tsp almond extract for a nice nutty flavor. Served warm with reduced fat vanilla ice cream- WOW!!

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Cotija Crusted Tilapia With Avocado Cilantro Cream


  • 4 tilapia fillets, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup(s) Hill Country Fare Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
  • 1/3 cup(s) finely grated Cotija cheese
  • 1 Tsp lime, zested
  • 1/4 Tsp pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 Large Hass avocado
  • 1 cup(s) non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup(s) cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp lime, juiced



Rinse tilapia under cool water and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.


Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.


In a medium size bowl combine bread crumbs, Cotija cheese, lime zest and pepper. Mix well.


Pour eggs into a shallow dish.


Dip tilapia in egg, turning to coat both sides. Gently shake off excess egg then dredge in cheese and bread crumb mixture. Toss until completely coated. Place on prepared pan.


Continue until all the tilapia has been breaded. Discard any remaining bread crumbs.


Bake approximately 15 minutes, turning half way through cooking.


Meanwhile, combine avocado, yogurt, cilantro, and lime juice in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.


Serve tilapia with avocado cream sauce.

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Quick-Fix Beef Burrito Skillet

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    1 pkg. (1 oz.) TACO BELL® Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1 can (15.5 oz.) no-salt-added red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup TACO BELL® Thick & Chunky Salsa
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 flour tortillas (6 inch), cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese
  • 1/3 cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
  • 1 large green onion, chopped


  • Brown meat in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat; drain.
  • Add next 4 ingredients; stir. Bring to boil; simmer on medium-low heat 5 min.
  • Stir in tortilla pieces; top with cheese. Remove from heat; cover. Let stand 5 min. or until cheese is melted. Top with sour cream and onions.
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Cherry Topped Chicken



  • Cherry-Topped Chicken Recipe

    TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
    MAKES:4 servings


    1. Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness. In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until no longer pink.
    2. Meanwhile, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine preserves and allspice. Heat in the microwave until warmed. Serve with chicken.Yield: 4 servings.
    Credit  Originally published as Cherry-Topped Chicken in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p35 Taste of Home

10 Days of Kids Lunch ideas

Hello,  I found a blog with 30 lunch ideas for kids that are great. I would like to try all of these excellent recipes since I am a big fan of bento boxes. Here are a few ideas for you to enjoy!

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10 Days of  lunch ideas.No Repeats!

1. Deli turkey + cheddar slices in roll-ups, pretzels, apple wedges

2. Turkey pepperoni + swiss cheese + butter crackers in stacks, red grapes, carrots

3. Deli ham + grilled corn guacamole + American cheese, rolled up in a tortilla and sliced into pinwheels, strawberries, carrots

4. Whole wheat pita wedges + cream cheese spread + raisins + ham roll-ups

5. Graham crackers + cookie butter sandwiches, strawberries, yogurt

6. Tortillas + cream cheese spiced with taco seasoning + rotisserie chicken rolled up and cut into pinwheels, cherry tomatoes

7. Pasta tossed with olive oil or salad dressing + pea pods + rotisserie chicken + grapes

8. Deli roast beef + cheddar in roll-ups, carrots, apple wedges
9. Jelly sandwich cut-out, cheese stick, banana

10. Nut-free homemade granola (that recipe has nuts but you can easily leave them out), yogurt, strawberries, Nilla wafers.

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