Healthy Banana Cake

Healthy Banana Cake

This healthy banana cake is made with whole wheat flour and coconut sugar. It is soft, fluffy and just the right amount of sweet.

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Are you looking for a cake that is a little more on the healthy side? This banana cake is for you. The recipe is made to fit a 6 inch round cake pan. Perfect for a smash cake or a small birthday cake. You can easily double the recipe and make a bigger cake or a layered cake.

A slice of healthy banana cake with whipped cream, fresh bananas and slivered almonds on top.

Do you want your desserts to be a little more healthy so you can eat more of them and feel good about it? That’s where we’re at 😀. We loooove desserts so we have tried to make little changes to make them a bit better for you. Like using whole wheat flour and less processed sugars. We like using fresh milled flour but we know that’s not always possible. Check the FAQ section below for a list of our favorite whole wheat flours to purchase.

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Ingredients for healthy banana cake with labels.

Ingredient List

  • Whole wheat pastry flour
  • Coconut sugar or Organic cane sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Nutmeg (optional)
  • Well ripened banana
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Egg
  • Olive oil
  • Vanilla extract

FAQ

WHERE TO BUY WHOLE WHEAT PASTRY FLOUR

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These are a few brands of flour that we use and have had success with.

Can I double this recipe? Yes, this recipe can easily be doubled. We have made a double batch and baked in two 9 inch round pans for a layered cake.

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Step by step instructions with photos

1. Grease or line a 6 inch or 9 inch round cake pan with parchment paper.

Preheat the oven to 325° F

Mash 1 medium size well ripened banana (should be 1/3 cup)

Note: This makes a 6 inch round cake that is approximately 2 inches tall or a 9 inch round cake that is about ¾-1 inch tall.

2. In a small mixing bowl combine ¾ cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (scooped and leveled), ½ teaspoon Baking powder, ⅛ teaspoon Nutmeg (optional), ⅛ teaspoon Baking soda, and ⅛ teaspoon Sea salt.

3. In another small mixing bowl combine the ⅓ cup Mashed ripe banana, ⅓ cup Plain Greek yogurt, 2 Tablespoons Olive oil, and ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract.

4. In a medium size mixing bowl beat ½ cup Coconut sugar or Organic cane sugar and 1 large Egg together on medium/high speed for about 2 minutes or until lightened in color and thickened.

5. Add the banana mixture and stir gently a few times until partially combined. Then add the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 37-41 minutes (for 6 inch) 25-30 (for 9 inch) or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for a couple minutes in the pan before turning onto a wire rack to cool.

7. Add your favorite frosting or topping and enjoy.

We like serving with whipped cream and fresh bananas.

Slice of banana cake on a plate with whipped cream and slivered almonds on top.

Other Whole Wheat Cake Recipes

A round banana cake on a white plate with whipped cream and bananas on top.

Healthy Banana Cake

Soft banana cake made with whole wheat pastry flour and coconut sugar. This 6 inch cake recipe is perfect for a smash cake or small birthday cake. Serve with your favorite frosting or whipped cream and fresh bananas.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Slices
Calories 201 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour scooped and leveled
  • ½ teaspoon Baking powder
  • teaspoon Nutmeg optional
  • teaspoon Baking soda
  • teaspoon Sea salt
  • cup Mashed ripe banana 1 medium banana
  • cup Plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Coconut sugar or Organic cane sugar
  • 1 large Egg

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line a 6 inch cake pan (see notes) with parchment paper.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine the first 5 ingredients.
    ¾ cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, ½ teaspoon Baking powder, ⅛ teaspoon Nutmeg, ⅛ teaspoon Baking soda, ⅛ teaspoon Sea salt
  • In another small mixing bowl combine the rest of the ingredients except the sugar and egg.
    ⅓ cup Mashed ripe banana, ⅓ cup Plain Greek yogurt, 2 Tablespoons Olive oil, ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • In a medium size mixing bowl beat the sugar and egg together on medium/high speed for about 2 minutes or until lightened in color and thickened.
    ½ cup Coconut sugar or Organic cane sugar, 1 large Egg
  • Add the banana mixture and stir gently a few times until partially combined. Then add the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 37-41 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for a couple minutes in the pan before turning onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Add your favorite frosting or topping and enjoy.

Notes

This makes a 6 inch round cake that is approximately 2 inches tall or a 9 inch round cake that is about ¾-1 inch tall.
Baking time for 9 inch round is 25-30 minutes.
You can double the recipe and bake in two 9 inch round pans for a layered cake. 
Keyword healthy, ripe bananas

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