Natural, Simple Banana Cake

natural banana cake

Our Simple Banana Cake recipe is exactly that – simple. But it’s also natural and high in nutrition. Who says desserts can’t be good for you, and delicious! We’re also including a great family cream cheese frosting, and Mom’s broiled coconut frosting recipe – see below.

Bananas are very high in nutrition. Most folks are familiar with their high potassium content. They’re low in sodium, cholesterol, and fat. But their also high in Vitamins C and B6, plus the minerals magnesium and manganese, among many others. And plenty of fiber too. (See more recipes on our "recipe central page" at Easy, Healthy Recipes).

With the other natural ingredients that we include, this is a really healthy dessert. And you can also eat it for breakfast – like coffee cake. Serve it, or use it as a project, with your senior activities - anything with food is popular!

Here’s the recipe, then see below for two great frostings!

Simple Banana Cake Recipe

Mix dry ingredients together:
2 1/8 cups whole wheat pastry flour
7/8 Tablespoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda

Cream together first, then add to dry ingredients:
1/3 cup honey or pure maple syrup
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups mashed banana
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Make sure ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Put into a greased and floured 8x8 cake pan. Bake at 350 F degrees for 20 to 40 minutes, until done.

Variations --I've also included about 3/4 cup soaked raisins, and 3/4 cup shredded carrots in this recipe, and it's delicious! Makes the cake very moist.


Fabulous Frostings

This simple banana cake recipe is really delicious plain or even spread with a little butter, and un-frosted. But if you just must … here are two fabulous frostings that you can use on your simple banana cake recipe.

Family Recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting

Soften 1/2 cup butter (1/2 stick)
8 oz. cream cheese
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla2 cups powdered sugar

Blend the butter and cream cheese together. Then add the vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix in well. Spread over a cooled cake. Keep frosting refrigerated if you are not eating it right away.

Mom’s Broiled Coconut Frosting

1 cup of coconut
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons cream

Mix together well the softened butter and other ingredients. Spread over the cake – it does not need to be cooled, as you will be returning it to the oven to broil the frosting. Place the frosted cake (in pan) about 3 inches from the broiler. Broil until the frosting becomes brown, about 4 or 5 minutes. This will cover approximately an 8x8 inch cake.

Also see:

Spicy Easy Pumpkin Pie -- Perfect anytime, not just for the holidays. It is natural and nutritious, and we have 2 different variations. Get the Yummy factor plus a healthy dessert!
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries -- The easy way! And fun decorating projects too!
Super Easy Dipping Chocolate -- Dipping chocolate is a fun and easy project you can eat! Great decorating ideas included.

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