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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Recipe: Coconut Banana Oat Cake

Healthy, Gluten Free Banana Coconut Oat Cake Recipe with No Refined Sugars

I feel like coconut is one of those things that people either love - or they totally hate. I used to be on the hating side, but for the last 6 or so years I've been head over heels in love.... because now I know how to use it! 

Jesse is a fence sitter when it comes to coconut. If the coconut is clearly visible, he'll probably stay away - but when he can't see it so much, he changes his mind. This cake was one that Jesse loved - even though it had coconut in it!

Gluten Free, Healthy Banana Coconut Oat Cake Recipe with No Refined SugarsYou see, we're always baking banana cakes and banana bread - but I get really really bored with making the same thing over and over, so I like to switch things up!

This cake is a little bit more decadent than others - but it's still much much lower in fat and sugar - and it's also gluten free.

The coconut gives this cake so much flavour that you don't even need to frost it - just enjoy it as is!

Well unless you're a frosting fan, then you can frost away! We think this cake would be perfect with chocolate frosting or cream cheese frosting - but you can top it with whatever you fancy!
It's one of those cakes that you'll make over and over because you know it's good - and it freezes well too so it's perfect for making in big batches and keeping around for a quick dessert or lunchbox snack.

But let me give you the recipe! >> 
Healthy, Gluten Free Banana Coconut Oat Cake Recipe with No Refined Sugars

Banana Coconut Oat Cake Recipe makes 16 pieces 
 gluten free, refined sugar free, lower sugar, lower fat

1 1/4 cups (~280g or 2-3 medium bananas) mashed banana 
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 1/2 to 3 tbsp honey*
3 1/2 tbsp butter, melted 
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs 
2 cups (180g) gluten free rolled oats or quick oats, ground into flour
1/2 cup shredded or dessicated dried coconut 
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda 

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/355°F. 
  • Grease and/or line an 8" square cake tin or 8" round cake tin
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mash your bananas with your applesauce until quite smooth. 
  • Add in your honey, melted butter, vanilla and eggs and mix to combine. 
  • Add your ground oats, coconut, baking powder and baking soda to your wet mixture and mix until just combined. 
  • Pour your cake mixture into your prepared tin and bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick or skewer inserted into the cake removes clean and it is golden on top.
*Use more/less depending on how sweet you like your baked goods and how ripe your bananas are (riper bananas are generally sweeter). Feel free to use up to 1/4 cup of honey if you really like things sweet.

But tell me, coconut - yay or nay? 
What's one food that everyone seems to love that you despise? 
Or the opposite, what's the one food most people hate that you love?


  1. a big fat yes on coconut! I love it!! just not the nectar, cant stand it!

  2. Kristy @ Southern In-LawMay 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Haha yes!

  3. We love oats! Actually just ordered 5kg of wholegrain oats together with barley. These gf bars look so delicious and definitely a must-bake!

  4. Erin @ The Almond EaterMay 16, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    Miguel is also on the fence with coconut but I love love love LOVE it! Forever and always haha this cake looks awesome.

  5. Kristy @ Southern In-LawMay 16, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Oh yum! Before I found out I was a coeliac, barley was one of my favourite grains! An oat and barley mix would be delicious!

  6. Kristy @ Southern In-LawMay 16, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Haha, it must be a male thing! ;)

  7. I'm in love with coconut, and my obsession with bananas is no secrets, so needless to say, this looks amazing to me!

  8. Kristy @ Southern In-LawMay 16, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Thanks, Katherine! You'll have to let me know what you think if you try it out! xx

  9. I made this today, and it turned out perfectly - lovely texture and so delicious, can't believe it's healthy! Went down really well with friends and family. Thanks so much for the recipe, plan to try a few of your other ones too!

  10. Hey Ange,
    I am so glad you loved the recipe! Can't wait to hear what you think of our other recipes! xx


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