fertility cake

fertility cake

This fertility cake is essentially delicious banana bread, with ingredients to increase reproductive health.

Since Kenny and I got married four years ago, my parents have been asking about grandchildren. When we have kids, my folks will become grandparents for the first time so I can appreciate their excitement. However, Kenny and decided to enjoy married life sans kids for a a few years before taking the plunge.

Kenny is my best friend and we’ve traveled the world together without the responsibility of parenthood. The last four years of marriage have been truly amazing and we’ve only recently begun pondering parenthood.

After divulging this new interest in kids to my parents, my dad half-jokingly began advising me about foods that would improve my husband’s “manhood”. “Feed him bananas and walnuts and oatmeal,” my dad joked. Those ingredients would make great banana bread, I thought.

Ignoring my dad’s joke about fertility and inspired to make banana bread, I began developing this recipe. Curiosity lead me to research the link between banana bread ingredients and reproductive health. To my surprise, my dad was actually right!

fertility cake

Not only do bananas, oats, and walnuts positively impact fertility, I learned about a host of other foods that can boost reproductive health. The best part was that those foods could easily be combined to bake a delicious cake! My kitchen laboratory was in session and the finished product contained the following baby-making ingredients:

  • walnuts: contain magnesium which promotes progesterone and increases blood flow to uterus
  • chocolate: a known aphrodisiac
  • bananas: contain B6 vitamins which help regulate hormones
  • eggs: lean protein and B12, both good for fertility
  • canola oil: unsaturated fat replacing butter in most banana bread recipes – good for fertility
  • whole wheat flour and oats: whole grains that contain folate and zinc, both good for sperm health
  • cinnamon: helps regulate insulin in your body

Not only were those ingredients healthy, they also made for a delicious cake. Whether you’re trying to conceive or not, I hope you bake and enjoy this recipe. Chances are you have most of the ingredients in your kitchen right now!

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fertility cake

fertility cake


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  • Author: Sepideh Campos

Ingredients

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  • Canola oil spray 
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup walnut pieces
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • ¾ cup rolled oats, uncooked (not instant)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, spray a bundt pan with canola oil spray and set aside. 
  2. Toss the chocolate chips and walnuts with 1 tablespoon of the flour in a clean bowl. Set aside, Note: coating the chocolate and walnuts with flour helps prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the baking pan.  
  3. Peel the bananas and place them in the bowl of a standing mixer with the whisk attachment in place. 
  4. You can also mix everything in a large bowl with a whisk or electric hand mixer. 
  5. Beat the bananas on medium speed until the bananas are mashed, 20-30 seconds. 
  6. Add the brown sugar, eggs, canola oil, and vanilla extract to the mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until well combined, 30-60 seconds.
  7. Add the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to the wet ingredients. Beat on medium speed until just combined. 
  8. Sprinkle the flour coated chocolate and walnuts over the batter and use a rubber spatula to fold the ingredients together by hand. 
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan. 
  10. Bake on the middle rack until the cake is cooked and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with a couple moist crumbs, 35-45 minutes. 
  11. Remove the bundt pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack until cooled, about 1 hour. Flip the cake out of the bundt pan and cut into slices. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. 

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7 Comments

  1. Hi how do i make this gluten free? … i love this recipe! i have used it numerous times while trying to conceive. I have gotten pregnant twice but had miscarriages both times and now i am pregnant a 3rd time and would love to make this again! however, i have recently diagnosed with celiac disease. i am not much of a baker so i do not know how to accurately convert this recipe to be gluten free. can you help me? if i were to use either coconut, almond, or oat flour. or even a mixture of both. i know i have the option of using the 1:1 gluten free flour but i don’t love the ingredients in those flours as much as something with just one ingredient. let me now if you know have tips 🙂 thank you!

    1. Hi Brittany, Thank you so much for trying the recipe. I’m so sorry to hear about your miscarriages. Congratulations on your pregnancy! As someone who has been doing a lot of research on pregnancy – I’ve recently learned that cutting gluten can really improve chances of a healthy pregnancy. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet tried this recipe with almond, oat or coconut flour. My first instinct would be to try the 1:1 g-free flour substitute but I understand your concern about the ingredients. I think the best option would be to try this recipe and add walnuts for the fertility benefits. The paleo banana chocolate muffins I linked above are gluten free and free from processed sugar which is also a game changer for fertility.

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