This gluten-free banana cake is moist and flavorful and will have everyone asking for the recipe at your potluck. Quick and easy to make, this gluten-free banana cake is a real treat.
After I made the most delicate and moist Vegan Gluten-Free Cake for the 4th of July, my family kept asking me to make more. My husband’s favorite flavor is banana, and since I’m always making him banana breads like my Strawberry Banana Bread and Banana Upside Down Cake.
I decided I was going to make him the best banana cake ever, and I am happy to say that I didn’t disappoint him. It was the best ever, and my family enjoyed it.
It was soft and overindulgent with every bite, so addictive, so I recommend you serve this cake for special occasions. If you are a banana lover, this banana cake with cream cheese frosting is definitely for you!
My moist banana cake recipe from scratch came out so delicious, and I didn’t use a store-bought gluten-free flour blend; I also recommend that you try it first as is and not do any substitutions.
My readers are loving my scratch recipes more, and I prefer them as well because I can better determine how the recipe will turn out. No two store-bought gluten-free flour blends are the same texture or taste, so it’s hard to guarantee the final outcome.
Make sure your bananas fully ripen; that is, they have spots on them and not just yellow. The ones with spots guarantee that your vegan banana cake has the right sweetness and banana flavor.
Why Will You Appreciate This Recipe?
I’m super excited to share this gluten-free banana cake recipe with you. It’s a favorite of mine, and it’s been a hit with those lucky enough to try it. Here are a few reasons why you’ll adore this cake:
- This simple cake can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Serve it for tea in the morning or afternoon, on a picnic, or indulge at any time. It’s also elegant enough to serve as a dessert. Here are a few reasons why we adore this cake:
- It aids in the reduction of food waste. You can make something sweet and tasty out of those overripe bananas that no one wants to eat.
- This gluten-free banana cake has a lovely texture and is fragrant and flavorful with bananas.
- This gluten-free cake is also egg-free and dairy-free, so it’s great for anyone who has allergies to eggs or dairy.
- You may comfortably give this cake to gluten-free guests. To create this cake gluten-free, we did not sacrifice flavor or texture.
- The moist, textured banana cake is topped with a lovely, thick cream cheese frosting. You could just use a sprinkle of icing/powdered sugar instead, but it tastes so much better!
- You can add things like caramel bits or chocolate chips to make it more fun.
- It’s amazingly frosted, but it’s even better plain!
- This cake freezes beautifully. When you’re ready to eat, simply defrost it.
- If you want to make this cake healthier, I’ve included some interesting switch suggestions.
A Healthier Banana Cake!
I love to make healthy ingredient swaps in my recipes, and I included a few healthy and my favorites in this cake!
- Almond Milk and Flour: Almond milk is widely regarded as a healthier alternative to regular milk. Regular milk has more calories than almond milk. Almond flour is a healthy, nutrient-dense alternative to all-purpose flour.
They both (almond milk and flour) have a somewhat sweeter taste, are low in carbohydrates, and are filled with nutrients including dietary fiber, protein, and magnesium. In addition, they may offer more health advantages than regular wheat flour.
Almonds are high in calcium and phosphorus, which help strengthen bones and prevent fractures. It’s also high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and beneficial antioxidants like vitamin E. These gluten-free baking ingredients are a great choice if you’re on a low-carb diet.
They also have a delicious flavor and aid in creating a thick, fluffy cake.
- Brown Rice Flour: Brown rice flour is high in nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants because it is made from whole grain rice. Another notable benefit of brown rice consumption is its high iron and potassium content. Gluten-free brown rice flour may be beneficial to heart health.
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil is preferred over vegetable or canola oil because it’s healthy. Coconut oil contains numerous nutrients that can help a healthy diet and your overall wellbeing. It is rich in essential fatty acids and may enhance cognitive function, metabolic rate, hair, and skin health.
- Flax Seeds: Flax seeds are high in a variety of nutrients. Their potential health benefits are mostly owing to their high amount of omega-3 fats, lignans, and fiber. Flax seeds include lignans, a class of minerals with potent antioxidant and estrogenic activities. They may prevent the occurrence of breast, prostate, and other cancers. Due to their high fiber content, flaxseeds can help improve digestive health, lower cholesterol, improve heart health, and keep you fuller for a longer time.
- Banana: This fruit, which is primarily composed of carbs, also contains numerous vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. It includes vitamins C and potassium, as well as catechins and resistant starch, all of which are beneficial to your health.
Banana is high in fiber, so it is great for weight loss and gut health. It is high in vitamin B6. It’s a good source of potassium, so it is good for your heart.
Potassium is necessary for kidney function as well as blood pressure control. So banana, which is high in potassium, may be especially beneficial for maintaining your kidneys in good shape and for blood pressure.
It contains a high level of tryptophan which is beneficial in preventing depression. Because it contains manganese, those who consume them can help maintain healthy skin. Furthermore, the pectins and resistant starch may aid to improve colon health.
- Sweetener: A sweetener that’s easy to incorporate into your diet! I prefer organic cane sugar to granulated sugar since it is all-natural and tastes great.
- Vegan cream cheese: It is often a bit healthier than traditional cream cheese due to its lower calorie and cholesterol-free content.
- Vegan Butter: In comparison to traditional butter, plant-based butter often have less saturated fat and more heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
- Lemon juice: It is high in vitamin C. Studies have revealed that vitamin C is an essential ingredient for the prevention of numerous modern diseases. Vitamin C is required for bone formation, connective tissue mending, and gum health.
How To Make Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Cake?
It is so easy to prepare, just mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl except for the flaxseed meal, and then mix the flaxseed meal with almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla in a bowl.
Next, combine both the wet and dry ingredients and mix until smooth; stir in the mashed bananas. Scoop batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely then spread frosting.
- To get a smooth cake batter, thoroughly mash the banana.
- Make sure to thoroughly grease the pan, both the bottom and the sides.
- Let the cake cool completely before taking it out of the pan for the best results.
- Soy milk, rice milk, cashew milk, oat milk, and other plant-based milk can all be used.
- This recipe can be made with any type of oil (olive or vegetable) or butter.
- The baking time can differ based on the type of oven you have.
- Before applying the frosting to this gluten-free banana cake, make sure it has thoroughly cooled. This will take approximately an hour and requires patience. Because if you apply frosting on it while it’s still hot, the frosting will melt.
- I love to keep my cake out of the refrigerator and consume it in 2 days. I don’t like to put my vegan cakes in the refrigerator. However, I will put the frosting in the refrigerator to thicken up, but once I frost the cake, it has to stay out on the kitchen counter. Otherwise, I noticed that my vegan banana cake would become dense. So, if it’s going to be around for longer, I cut my cake in portions, store it in an airtight container, and freeze mine until I need it. Then I can easily defrost and enjoy.
For Other Delicious, Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Cake Recipes, Try My:
- Vegan Lemon Pound Cake
- Vegan Gluten-Free Blackberry Cake
- Orange Almond Cake
- Jamaican Christmas Cake
- Vegan, Gluten-Free Carrot Cake
Frequently Asked Questions:
What Is The Difference Between Banana Cake And Banana Bread?
The gluten-free banana cake will be fluffier and lighter than gluten-free banana bread. Banana bread is usually served plain and is less sweet, whereas banana cake is frosted.
What Is The Secret To Making A Fluffy Banana Cake?
To make a fluffy cake, combine the wet and dry components until they are barely combined. If you over mix the batter, it will result in a denser cake.
Is This Cake Dairy-Free?
Yes! This banana cake is dairy-free because I used almond milk and vegan butter instead of regular milk and butter.
How Long Will This Cake Keep Fresh?
This gluten-free banana cake will last up to three days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It can be frozen for up to four months.
Why Do Gluten-Free Cakes Sometimes Sink?
Your cake lacks the power of traditional wheat-based flour due to the absence of gluten. As a result, some cakes may sink in the center. When too much air is mixed into a cake, it can sink. Make sure not to over mix the mixture. And always fold flour carefully. As soon as the batter is ready, place it in the oven, and don’t open the door until the batter has set.
Another prevalent cause of cakes that sink in the center is insufficient cooking time. Make sure to double-check everything. If you used a springform pan and the middle of the cake has sunk a little, turn it over. So, you’ll have a flat surface to spread the cream cheese frosting on.
How Do I Store The Gluten-Free Banana Cake?
If your cake isn’t frosted and you’ve made it ahead of time, store it in a cool, dry place in an airtight container. The frosting can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Bring the frosting to room temperature before spreading it onto the cake. After you’ve added the frosting in an airtight container, refrigerate it in the refrigerator for up to three days or tightly wrapped in cling wrap.
Can I Add Chocolate?
Yes, you can, however, I prefer to sprinkle a small number of carob chips on top or mixed into the batter if you’d like to add a touch of sweetness.
How Do You Keep A Gluten-Free Cake Moist?
It’s crucial to add moisture to gluten-free baking because it might be dry. This can be done by using more vegan butter or oil, using fruit like applesauce or pumpkin puree, or substituting brown sugar for white sugar.
That’s all for today!
Take some time to sit, dine, and enjoy life with one another. Make this gluten-free Banana cake, and let me know about your experience by leaving a comment on this post! … Have Fun Baking!
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- Energy: 203 kcal / 849 kJ
- Fat: 12 g
- Protein: 2 g
- Carbs: 22 g
- Preparation: 20 min
- Cooking: 45 min
- Ready in: 1 h 5 min
- For: 30 servings
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 tablespoons golden flaxseed meal
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups brown rice flour
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
- Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Grease a 10 x 15 inches pan and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix the almond milk. coconut oil, flaxseed meal, vanilla and set aside for 5 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine brown rice flour, almond flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Pour almond milk mixture in the flour mixture and mix until smooth batter is formed. Stir in mash bananas and spread into the pan.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer pan onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.
Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
- Combine cream cheese and butter in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy. Spead onto cooled cake.
A note on pans, I used a 15×10 glass rectangular dish for this recipe. You could use a 13×9 dish also but you might have to bake longer and just make sure cake is done in the center.