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Banana Cake Gluten Free and Vegan

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Banana Cake Gluten Free Vegan copyright danabueno http://buenovida.com

When Dana’s Bread was in business, the daily interaction between my customers and me was an energizing and rewarding part of my day.  They would come to my shop for something—a cup of coffee, a loaf of bread, or a muffin—and I hoped to provide that for them, with gratitude and a smile.  I hoped that they sensed my heartfelt appreciation for their coming to my shop and sharing their valuable time with me.  Those relationships were at the core of my shop.

I’ve been lucky that some of my most endearing friendships (especially with the girls this year!) have evolved the same way—unplanned, unforced, unexpected, but so special and appreciated.  This recipe is for those friends—past, present, and future.  For me, baking has always been about giving, sharing, appreciating, and enjoying.  I hope it is the same for you!

XO, Dana.

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Banana Cake // Gluten Free and Vegan
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Serves: 9
  • 8.95 ounces measured all purpose gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • ¾ cup quick oats (Bob's Red Mill gluten free quick oats)
  • ⅓ cup almond flour (almond meal)
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour (or tapioca start)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅓ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • ¾ cup expeller pressed coconut oil - melted, or safflower oil
  • 1½ cup pureed ripe bananas (liquid measure)
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup almond milk (unsweetened is best)
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips (gluten free, vegan)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 9 x 9 inch baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, sugar, oil, pureed banana, and vanilla until smooth.
  5. Fold the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until mostly mixed and then add the almond milk.
  6. Fold ingredients until incorporated and add the chocolate chocolate chips until just mixed. Do not over mix.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake at 350 for approximately 45 minutes.


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11 Responses to Banana Cake Gluten Free and Vegan

  1. Jennifer Barrs May 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm #


    • Dana May 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

      giving, sharing, appreciating, and enjoying … i know you so get that Jen =)) a kindred spirit indeed! i keep seeing this picture of our boys meeting in stl… hugs, xo – dana

  2. Brooke Schweers May 14, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    Yum looks divine! I can imagine this would be perfect with that cup of tea :)

    • Dana May 14, 2013 at 7:03 am #

      Thanks Brooke =)) Tea and cake is such a treat (gluten-free and vegan).

  3. Calvin Lee, Modesto, CA May 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm #


    If I don’t have tapioca flour, can I substitute it with something else?


    • Dana May 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      I would wait and purchase some … it’s such a nice addition! I used Bob’s Red Mill

  4. Calvin Lee, Modesto, CA May 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Okay… we’re going to attempt this.

  5. Calvin Lee, Modesto, CA May 19, 2013 at 7:21 am #


    It was delicious!!! Another winner!
    Gluten-free vegans don’t have to eat brick-like consistency cake anymore!! Thanks to you!

    One question though… how do you store the cake to keep it moist and yummy?

    Tammy :)

    • Dana May 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      I’m thrilled you liked it! The boys and Reuben didn’t even know they were eating gluten-free =)) Once the cake cools completely I cut it into portions and place in a sealed container in the refrig and bring to room temperature for breakfast or a snack. Hugs!!

  6. Calvin Lee, Modesto, CA June 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm #


    I am addicted to this cake! I’ve made it twice or three times, I don’t remember, and I can’t wait to make another one. HELP!


    • Dana June 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      This is a good problem to have =)) I have another one for you this week if I can get myself to my computer … I wouldn’t let Reuben eat anymore until the cake (gluten-free and vegan) had a proper photo shoot!! Hugs…

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