Banana Cake, a simple Recipe with Nuts

banana cake recipe image
Banana Cake Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt Chef and Food-Photographer

Hi, I am a German Chef and Food Photographer. The imparting of cooking knowledge is my great passion. Everyone can cook for himself and with this website I would like to contribute to its success. Cooking questions I answer you gladly at the end of the articles. Have fun and good luck!

Here I would like to introduce you to my Banana Cake Recipe. My vegan cake is juicy, nutty and has addictive potential.

Today we want to bake something special: a cake with fresh bananas. Bananas are at the forefront of the fruit’s popularity.

They are cheerful yellow, quick to peel and easy to process. Bananas have the great property of binding like eggs in a cake batter.

This makes the eggs superfluous. You don’t have to be vegan to love this cake! We will now start the baking fun… I wish you good luck!

1. Vegan Banana Cake easy made

I’ll tell you a secret here: anyone can bake a cake! Even if you don’t have all the ingredients from my recipe at hand, your baking world is colourful and beautiful. With the right proportions and variable ingredients nothing can go wrong 🙂

Banana cake portion
Juicy nutty banana cake on the plate – it makes your mouth water

This is my ingredient list: Flour, ground almonds, coconut flakes, walnuts and oil are in a ratio of 1:1

Ingredients banana cake
My ingredients for the banana cake at a glance.

It’s all to your taste: You could also use ground hazelnut or oatmeal or do something really crazy that only you can come up with. Just stick to the indicated proportions, then it’s guaranteed to be good! If you don’t have saffron in the house, turmeric or no turmeric at all is possible.

Banana cake fully baked
I have chosen a round springform pan with 18cm diameter.

Tin form or springform pan or baking tray – every baking form is suitable!

If you like, you can bake fine muffins from the dough. An ideal cake snack to offer or for on the way. Reduce the baking time to 12-15 minutes!

2. Nuts or Chocolate pleasing?

Now comes my sensational tip for you: Caramelise the chopped walnuts and add them to the dough before baking. Don’t forget to add a little salt, it will give a kick to the palate!

caramelized walnuts
Caramelized walnuts to cool down on baking paper, complement our banana cake dough wonderfully!

Alternatively, you can add dark chocolate shavings or crumbs to the dough. Crazy people chop up their favourite chocolate bar and add it to the dough. Everything goes with chocolate, caramel or nuts. Other nuts and crisps are just as conceivable: Hazelnut, macadamia, cashew, Brazil nut, peanut, sunflower seed… If you like, you can even have raisins – not me!

3. Recipe Banana Cake

Banana Cake

Instructions and translation from chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 6
Calories 971
Total Time 170 Min.

Banana cake, vegan and nutty. Cake recipe with many variations, info and step by step photos. Good luck!

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Banana Cake Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt Chef and Food-Photographer


Preparation Time

60 Min.

Cook Time

50 Min.


Cake Dough

1 cup Flour (finely sieved)
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup oil (rape oil, safflower oil or sunflower oil)
3 pc Banana (medium sized)
2 tbs agave syrup (or brown sugar or (not vegan!) honey)
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 pc pulp of a vanilla pod (or 1 packet of vanilla sugar)
1 pinch Saffron (or curcuma)
2 tbs oil (for brushing out the baking tin)

Cake dough Additions

1 cup shelled walnuts
2 tbs oil
2 tbs coconut blossom sugar
1 pinch Salt

Banana Topping

2 pc Banana (medium sized)
1 tbs iced sugar


Ingredients banana cake
My ingredients for the banana cake at a glance.

Prepare ingredients

Prepare all ingredients and preheat the oven at 160° C with circulating air.

Brush an oven dish of 18cm diameter with 2 tablespoons of oil.

Cake Batter Nuts

Chop the walnuts into small pieces

Prepare walnuts

Chop 1 cup of walnuts into brittle size with a sharp knife.

Caramelize the walnuts

Caramelize walnuts

Fry the chopped walnuts in 2 tablespoons of oil in a hot frying pan.

Then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of coconut blossom sugar and caramelise.

caramelized walnuts

Nut caramel cool

Spread the caramelized walnut pieces on a baking paper and let them cool down.

Cake Dough for Banana Cake

Ingredients for banana cake batter

Prepare cake dough

Place 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of coconut flakes, 1 cup of ground almonds, 1 cup of oil, 2 tablespoons agave syrup, vanilla pulp of one pod, 1 pinch of saffron and 1 teaspoon baking powder in a mixing bowl.

Dough ingredients mixed together

Prepare dough

Mix the ingredients with a mixer for a good 2 minutes to a crumbly dough.

Peel the bananas

Prepare bananas

Peel 3 bananas and put them on a baking paper.

Banana mashed with a fork

Bananas chop

Mash the bananas with a fork.

Dough with banana mash

Banana cake batter

Add the banana paste to the dough.

Banana cake batter

Stir banana batter

Using the mixer, mix the dough with the banana paste for 2 minutes, so that the dough falls off the spoon in a ripping motion.

Banana cake batter with walnuts

Supplement nuts

Carefully stir the cooled, caramelised walnuts with a wooden spoon into the banana cake batter.

Cake pan filled with banana cutlet batter

Fill cake batter

Fill the greased cake tin with the dough.

Baked banana cake

Cake baking

Place the filled baking tin in the middle of the oven.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Then take it out of the oven and make the cooking test with a wooden stick.

If no dough remains liquid or creamy sticky, the cake dough is ready to bake.

Then you can immediately continue with the topping…

Topping from Bananas

Banana cake with topping for gratin

Banana slices decorate

Increase the oven temperature to 220° C and adjust the top heat.

Peel and slice the bananas.

Place the banana slices brick-like on the baked cake.

Dust with 2 tbsp. icing sugar.

Banana cake fully baked
I chose a round springform pan with a diameter of 18cm.

Banana cake caramelize

Bake the cake again for 7-10 minutes so that the bananas caramelise.

Alternative: Do not put the cake back in the oven, but use a Créme Brûlée burner to caramelise the banana topping.

Finished banana cake with fruit on the plate

Serve banana cake

Serve fresh with cream or fresh berries after cooling down. Bon appetit!


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