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Ragi Banana Chocolate Cake

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

Love to indulge in a no refined sugar, no all-purpose flour (aka maida), no wheat flour, eggless, low calorie chocolate cake? How is this even possible? Until you bake this - Ragi Banana Chocolate cake.

Ragi or finger millet is a miracle grain that is extremely beneficial for a great health. Finger millet is naturally gluten free. The phytochemicals found in finger millet helps in controlling blood sugar levels. Ragi is known to help alleviate stress levels and relax the body more naturally. This cereal is great source of iron and is high in calcium content that helps with strong bones.

Jaggery is a detox agent that is high in Potassium (helps in maintaining electrolyte balance), antioxidants and minerals. It also aids in digestion and is generally considered as a healthier alternative to Sugar.

My family likes to enjoy Ragi in different preparations (spicy or sweetish). For some of my other Ragi/Finger millet recipes, please visit the millets section.



  • 1 cup Ragi (Finger millet) flour - nicely sieved

  • 3 ripe Bananas. For a moist cake, use fully ripe bananas

  • 3 tbsp Cocoa powder

  • 1/2 cup Milk

  • 1/2 cup Olive oil (or any type of cooking oil)

  • 1/2 cup Jaggery

  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 4 tbsp Walnuts or nuts of your liking (optional, but recommended)

  • 4 tbsp Chocolate chips (Optional)

1 cup = about 125 g


  • Preheat the oven to 350F (or 180C). Put parchment paper on a 9" cake pan and set aside

  • Take a deep mixing bowl

  • Peel 3 ripe bananas and add to the bowl

  • Mash them well using a hand mixer (use a fork if you don't have one)

  • Add all the wet ingredients - 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup olive oil and 1 tsp vanilla essence. Whisk thoroughly

  • Now to the batter, add all the dry ingredients - 3 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 cup ragi flour, 1/2 cup jaggery, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well so there are no lumps

  • Add walnuts (or your preferred choice of nuts) and give it a gentle whisk. Pour and spread the semi-thick batter into the cake pan

  • If you love chocolate chips, you can add some.

Conventional Baking

  • Bake for 35 minutes or until done. Tooth pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean without any batter

  • Take out the pan and let it cool until not hot enough to touch - so you are able to easily transfer it without risk of burning your hands

  • Now, Transfer the cake to a cooling rack and allow it to sit for 10-15 mins

  • Ragi cake is very soft. So, let the cake cool completely before cutting it.


  • Keep the cake in the drawer underneath the oven if you'd like to enjoy it warm.


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