Pecan Banana Bread Cake

A dense and fluffy pecan banana bread cake topped with a creamy maple yogurt frosting. A perfect recipe for you to use up your ripe bananas that isn’t traditional banana bread.

pecan banana bread cake

This recipe was actually a happy accident.

I intended on making banana bread scones, but the batter came out too wet and I was unable to form a dough. I didn’t want to keep adding flour, as it would alter the texture so I resorted to transferring it to a baking dish. And then…the banana bread cake was made.

This recipe came out way better than I anticipated, as I wasn’t looking to make a cake when I first when into it. The texture is perfectly dense and fluffy and pairs perfectly with the creamy, tangy maple yogurt icing.

pecan banana bread cake

This is the perfect baked good to pair alongside your morning cup of coffee or tea. It’s even better when warmed up in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

Since this is a cake I would guess it could be made into cupcakes/muffins as well. I haven’t tried baking them in cupcake tins, but if you give it a go let me know how they turn out! It would be delicious either way.

pecan banana bread cake

This cake has the perfect texture thanks to a few simple ingredients:

Ripe bananas: Want a dense and moist texture in your baked good? Add ripe bananas. They add natural sweetness and moisture to the finished product. Best of both worlds.

Maple syrup: Originally, I was going to add coconut sugar as the main sweetener in this recipe. However, to add more moisture I opted for maple syrup. It also adds a delicious maple flavor which pairs with the maple yogurt frosting.

Flax egg: With just 1 tbsp of flax seed meal and 2 tbsp of water you will have the perfect egg replacement. Bonus? Adds a boost of fiber and omega-3’s.

pecan banana bread cake

Melted coconut oil: Adding a fat component to your baked good will always yield a richer flavor and moisture texture. Refined coconut oil will be your best bet in this recipe if you don’t want a coconuty flavor in your cake.

Almond + tapioca flour: I haven’t done much experimenting with this gluten-free flour combination until this recipe. It yields a denser texture compared to a combination of almond and oat flour, which I do enjoy. This texture is just right for this banana bread cake.

pecan banana bread cake
pecan banana bread cake

This Pecan Banana Bread Cake is…

  • Dense, moist, and fluffy
  • Simple and easy
  • Sweetened with maple syrup and banana
  • Gluten-free and vegan

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pecan banana bread cake
Pecan Banana Bread Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A dense and fluffy pecan banana bread cake topped with a creamy maple yogurt frosting. A perfect recipe for you to use up your ripe bananas that isn't traditional banana bread.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: gluten-free, pecan banana bread cake, vegan
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Taavi Moore
  • 1 tbsp flax seed meal
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 ½ cups almond flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
Maple Yogurt Icing
  • ½ cup unsweetened, non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Combine flax seed meal and water in a small bowl. Set aside to thicken for 5 minutes.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas until smooth (a few lumps remaining is ok). Add flax egg, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk until smooth. Add flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to combine until a smooth, thick, but pourable batter forms. Fold in chopped pecans.

  3. Spread batter evenly in the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes until top is matte and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before topping with icing.

  4. In a bowl, combine yogurt, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Evenly spread icing over the cake. (Optional): Sprinkle over more chopped pecans. Cut into 12 portions.



  1. June 15, 2020 / 10:11 am

    Ohh, Taavi, I just love the look of this cake and the list of ingredients – this is right up my alley! I always have ripe bananas around and this is such a perfect use for them! Thanks so much for the inspiration, I am loving this for my Friday afternoon bake!

    • healthienut
      June 15, 2020 / 3:22 pm

      Thank you so much Katerina!! Hope you enjoy 🙂

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