Banana Caramel Poke Cake

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This juicy Banana Caramel Poke Cake recipe is guaranteed to bring a smile to your lips, and if you serve it to your family tonight after dinner, it’s bound to bring a smile to theirs as well. Poke cakes are a joy to eat on any given day, but this particular poke cake recipe has a lot more going for it, simply because it involves Jello Pudding rather than Jello gelatin, and it also uses sweetened condensed milk. The banana flavour is so surprisingly satisfying, especially when it’s paired with the luscious caramel sauce topping. Poke cake is basically your everyday cake that’s poked full of holes after it’s baked and then filled with sweet sauce. In this case, the sauce is made with sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping. The Banana Jello Pudding mix is blended into the cake batter to give it its flavour and make it extra rich and creamy.

This cake is perfect for anyone who’s able to eat dairy products like condensed milk, ice cream, and whipped cream, but if you happen to be vegan, you can always substitute these dairy ingredients with non-dairy ones so that you can enjoy it too. For example, you can either buy pre-made vegan condensed milk at your local health food store, or you can make it from scratch by heating coconut milk with a natural sweetener. You can do a little research on the internet to find the vegan condensed milk recipe that works best for you. In general, however, coconut milk and coconut cream both work really well as dairy substitutes for any vegan recipe. Just do your research first, to find the right combinations. If you need ice cream, there are lots of alternatives available at your local grocery store these days, including coconut ice cream, “rice cream”, and ice cream made with soy.

Nutrition Facts for: Banana Caramel Poke Cake from Shugary Sweets

Ingredients: Yellow cake mix, Jell-O pudding mix, sweetened condensed milk, caramel sauce, milk, cool whip, Nilla Wafers.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 16 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving: Calories 529, Calories from Fat 367, Total Fat 40.8g 63%, Saturated Fat 11.5g 58%, Cholesterol 52mg 17%, Sodium 714mg 30%, Potassium 141mg 4%, Carbohydrates 75.8g 25%, Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%, Sugars 51.1g, Protein 6.4g, Vitamin A 5%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 18%, Iron 11%

Unlike Jello, the Jello Pudding powder mix does not contain gelatin, so it’s completely vegan-friendly to begin with. (Although you normally add milk to it when making Jello Pudding, you can also add coconut milk or coconut cream.) For any kind of cake or dessert recipe that calls for Jello or gelatin, however, there are plenty of gelatin substitutes available on the market, including Agar Agar. Otherwise known as kanten, Agar Agar is a low-calorie, vegetable-based gelatin that’s derived from seaweed and originates in Asia. It’s easy to use in all kinds of different cooking recipes, and is proving to be a lifesaver for vegans who want to cook gelatin-based recipes without using animal-based gelatin. You can find Agar Agar at your local health food store or Asian market, and if you’re still having trouble, you can also order it online. There are three main different kinds of Agar available at the moment – Agar flakes, powder, and bars. Depending on what recipe you’re making, the type of Agar you need can vary, although powdered Agar is probably the most versatile. When in doubt, you can just go with Agar in powdered form. This caramel banana poke cake recipe comes from Aimee over at the “Shugary Sweets” website, where you can find loads of yummy dessert recipes just like it, and even some appetizers and main dish recipes as well.***

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