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Easy banana cake recipe

You know the times when you want to eat something cozy and yummy at 10am on a Saturday morning? But you feel guilty about having cake for breakfast. Well get over it this easy banana cake recipe is so delicious and simple you will want to eat cake for breakfast every morning.

That’s what we have going on here today. Banana cake for breakfast, guys! Is this not the most perfect way to wake up?

This one-bowl banana cake is adapted from Donna Hay’s one bowl banana cake recipe. The beauty of this easy banana cake recipe is in its simplicity.

This recipe makes a wonderfully moist, sweet, perfectly dense banana cake. It’s stick-to-the-back of your fork moist. It is even semi-healthy.

What’s not to love about a melt-and-mix cake that helps you use up all your over-ripe bananas? We’re all for reducing food wastage and time spent cleaning up, so this delicious one-bowl wonder ticks those boxes and more. This Donna Hay one –bowl easy banana bread recipe is a beauty can be whipped up in minutes and served warm for afternoon tea if you are more civil than Brooke and I who eat cake for breakfast.

This is the sort of recipe that everyone who has a slice begs you for the recipe. It is, hands down, the best banana cake I’ve ever had.

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe – then check out our other dessert and sweets recipes – like our recipes for no-bake mars bar slice, ginger-nut biscuits, easy raspberry friands, blueberry and lemon loaves or apple and rhubarb crumble.

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One bowl easy banana cake Instructions

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Wonderfully moist, sweet, perfectly dense banana cake recipe.
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Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 4 medium ripe bananas (1 ½ cups mashed)
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup (125ml) light extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups (265g) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ (225g) self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place 1 ½ ripe bananas in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add the oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla and mix to combine. Add the self-raising flour and cinnamon and mix to combine.
  2. Pour into a 22cm round cake tin lined with non-stick baking paper. Cook for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  3. Rest the cake in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire wrack to cool completely.

 

Banana pineapple smoothie recipe

As many readers would know Sunday is market day for Brooke and I. Each Sunday we venture to South Melbourne markets to do the weekly grocery shop. Brooke is a woman on a mission when doing the grocery shop, methodically checking the items off the list, whereas I’m frequently straying from the plan. This Sunday Brooke turned around to see me holding not one but 2 whole pineapples (which, were not on the list). Pre-empting the question coming my way I said, “I’m going to make a banana pineapple smoothie”.

On the ride home, I now needed to back that audacious statement up so I Googled healthy banana pineapple smoothie recipe. To my surprise, I couldn’t find any, which appealed so I decided to make a hybrid of a couple I had read.

This is a quick and tasty way to start your morning. Simply combine your 4 ingredients, fresh pineapple, half a banana, half a cup of Greek yogurt, and 1 cup of Almond coconut milk (either plain almond or coconut milk will also work). Add half a cup of ice and blend for 60 seconds and your tropical banana pineapple smoothie is ready to drink.

With no added sugar this sweet and tangy banana pineapple smoothie recipe is secretly healthy!

Looking for more great smoothie recipes then check out our healthy purple smoothie or our kale smoothie.

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Banana pineapple smoothie recipe

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With no added sugar this sweet and tangy banana pineapple smoothie is secretly healthy!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Australian
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ medium banana
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cups almond and coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Add fresh pineapple, banana, Greek yogurt and ice to the blender. Add 1 cup of the almond and coconut milk. Pulse until mixture is smooth. Pour into a glass and drink your refreshing tropical smoothie!
Notes
*DAIRY FREE OPTION: Leave out the yogurt.

 

Healthy banana muffins recipe

We’re a little obsessed with these healthy banana muffins at the moment because they are simple to make. Made with wholemeal flour these honey-sweetened healthy banana muffins are so fluffy and moist. It’s easy to forget they’re healthy muffins. They use basic ingredients and only one mixing bowl! Looking for a recipe to go with these banana muffins then check out our blueberry and lemon muffins or our healthy savoury muffin recipe.

Making your banana muffins with fiber-rich wholemeal flour, honey and coconut oil means they are relatively guilt-free.

These healthy banana muffins are the perfect treat for when you feel like something sweet. If you are trying to watch your treat intake, then it is so much better to bake muffins yourself, as you can choose exactly what you put in them! Meaning you can go easy on the refined sugars or leave it out completely if you like. These are perfect brunch snack on the weekend or for bringing to work for morning tea.

Making healthier snack choices, like these healthy banana and oat muffins is a great way to decrease your daily sugar intake. Feel free to add mix-ins of your choice, like or toasted nuts or raisins to put your own spin on the recipe.

The recipe calls overripe bananas and basic cupboard ingredients. Mixing them together in one bowl makes this the perfect snack recipe for busy people.

When cooked to perfection these wholemeal, honey-sweetened, healthy banana muffins are delicious.

Recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate.

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Homemade healthy banana muffins – Recipe Instructions

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Made with wholemeal flour these honey-sweetened healthy banana muffins are so fluffy and moist. It’s easy to forget they're healthy muffins.
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Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana, approx. 3
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ¾ cup wholemeal flour
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats, plus extra for sprinkling on top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 165 degrees Celsius (325 degrees Fahrenheit). Grease the cups of your muffin tin with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the coconut oil and honey together with a whisk. Add eggs and beat well. Mix in the mashed bananas and milk, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix with a large spoon, just until combined. If you’d like to add any additional mix-ins, like nuts, chocolate or dried fruit, fold them in now.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups, filling each cup about two-thirds full. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats (about 1 tablespoon).
  5. Bake muffins for 23 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
  6. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. You might need to run a butter knife along the outer edge of the muffins to loosen them from the pan. Enjoy!

 

Sticky Date and Banana Loaves

Why is it that as soon as the weather gets cold, we instantly want some yummy comfort food? Well, this last week in Perth the weather during the day has been beautiful, but the temperature has definitely dropped making us crave some serious comfort food. That’s where this recipe for sticky date and banana loaves comes in.

What’s not more comforting than a sticky date pudding? It’s such a rich, fluffy pudding and when topped with some delicious salted caramel sauce hits the nail on the head for ultimate indulgence.

For our recipe, we added some banana for extra texture and flavour to the traditional recipe.  I like this combination as the two flavours really complement one another and I find it breaks up each mouthful – one full of dates one full of banana or both!

When making the mixture, rather than mashing the banana through the mixture Brooke leaves the banana in chunks to help leave pieces of banana throughout the cake. Then lastly stirs through the chopped dates and you’ve got yourself the perfect mixture for sticky date and banana loaves.

To serve we made a simple salted caramel sauce which was featured with our French Apple Cake. Serve your sticky date and banana loaves warm with some vanilla ice cream and the ooey gooey sauce this recipe will definitely satisfy your cravings this winter.

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Mini Sticky Date and Banana Loaves – Recipe Instructions

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Sticky date and banana loaves topped with some delicious salted caramel sauce.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Plain Flour, sifted
  • 1 ½ Tsp baking powder, sifted
  • ¾ Cup butter, at room temperature
  • ½ Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Ripe bananas, chopped
  • 1 ½Ttsp vanilla extract
  • ½ Cup dates, chopped
  • 1 cup salted caramel sauce, or other caramel sauce to top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C. Grease and flour an 8 loaf tin or 12-cake cupcake tin.
  2. Beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at at time. Add bananas and vanilla and mix until blended.
  3. Slowly mix in flour and baking powder, until just incorporated. Stir in chopped dates.
  4. Divide batter equally among cups and bake for 20-22 mins, or until lightly golden on top. While cakes are baking, prepare caramel sauce.
  5. Serve cakes warm with ice cream and salted caramel sauce.

 

Banana Cake with cream cheese icing

Now we are all guilty of letting bananas ripen in the fruit bowl before getting to enjoy them, and with the warmer months approaching in Perth it even happened to us. Don’t feel guilty though, as overripe bananas make for the best recipes and are what gives every banana recipe the right colour, texture and of course flavour. This banana cake with cream cheese icing is a great way to use up those ripe bananas.

Last week the bananas in the fruit bowl were too far gone to be enjoyed naturally. So by the weekend Brooke was happy to have more than enough overripe bananas to make a cake with. This banana cake is so easy anyone can make it. Through using the overripe bananas you will have a moist and sweet cake and the tangy cream cheese will give it a nice bite to top it off!

You won’t ever feel guilty again for letting the bananas over ripen, and will end up with a simple crowd-pleasing cake!

For other cake recipes check out our recipe for clementine cake.

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Banana cake with cream cheese icing – Recipe Instructions

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Ever leaving it too late to eat those bananas you bought? This Banana Cake with Cream Cheese icing is a great was to use up those over-ripe bananas and create a crowd-pleasing cake.
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Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Banana Cake
  • 150 g butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas mashed together with 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1 ½ cup self raising flour sifter with ½ tsp bicarb soda
  • 2 tbsp milk
Cheese Cheese Icing
  • 60g butter
  • 60g cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 120 g icing sugar
Instructions
Banana Cake
  1. Beat butter and sugar together till light and fluffy
  2. Add eggs gradually, then the mashed bananas
  3. Fold in sifted ingredients and milk
  4. Place in a greased tin and bake in preheated oven for about 35 minutes
  5. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before turning it out
  6. Once the cake is cool ice with cream cheese icing
Cheese Cheese Icing
  1. Mix cream cheese and butter
  2. Add lemon juice and icing sugar gradually
  3. Mix until smooth
  4. Spread on cooled cake
  5. Note if you want to cover the whole cake in icing, double the icing mixture