Low-Fat Banana Cake

by Jen on March 29, 2012

Good morning!

I’ve got another baking recipe for you.  Does that excite you?  It excites me.

I want to share more baking recipes with you, because really, who doesn’t like cakes, cookies, breads, muffins, and cupcakes?!  But my goal on this blog is to share recipes that have been “lightened” up.  I come across many dessert recipes, and I can always find ways to lighten them up, but still make them taste great.

Let’s start with a Low-Fat Banana Cake, shall we?!


Low-Fat Banana Cake


Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutes

Yield: serves 16

Serving Size: 1 slice



Adapted from Wives With Knives


  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (or cake flour)
  • 2-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 flax eggs (or 2 whole eggs)
  • 1/2 cup skim buttermilk
  • 8 oz. low-fat cream cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • (skim milk to thin to desired consistency)
  • 1 banana, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray two 8-inch cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
  3. Add applesauce, coconut oil, bananas, and vanilla. With an electric mixer, beat until just combined.
  4. Beat 2 more minutes on medium speed.
  5. Add flax eggs and milk and beat 2 more minutes.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until surface springs back when gently pressed.
  7. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool completely on a baking rack.
  8. To make cream cheese frosting, beat cream cheese and vanilla in a medium bowl until creamy. Gradually add in icing sugar until you reach your desired consistency. You may need to add some skim milk to thin out the frosting.
  9. Place bottom cake layer on your serving dish and spread a thin layer of frosting on top. Top with sliced banana. Place the second layer on top of the banana/frosting and frost the top of the cake.


To make your own skim buttermilk, pour skim milk into 1/2 cup measuring cup until almost full. Add 4 drops of lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes. To make flax eggs, combine 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed with 6 Tbsp water and let sit for 5 minutes, until it turns into a gel-like consistency.



This cake tastes like banana bread…topped with cream cheese!  This cake got rave reviews.  It was moist and delicious.  Some of the things I did to lighten it up:

  • used unsweetened applesauce instead of shortening
  • used flax-gel instead of eggs to add fiber (see note in recipe)
  • used low-fat cream cheese
  • didn’t frost the whole cake
  • used a thin layer of frosting in between the layers

Like I said, this cake was so delicious, you wouldn’t know it was low-fat.  So go ahead, enjoy a piece of cake without feeling guilty!


Healthier Banana Cake. A healthier way to enjoy a light and delicious dessert.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenny March 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

Oh, that looks so good – must try! Thanks for the recipe.


2 Jen March 29, 2012 at 11:02 am



3 Eva {not your mama's dinner} March 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Incredible! Love it!


4 Jen March 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm



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