Healthy Banana Cake

4.14 stars

A healthy version of soft and moist banana cake or banana bread as it is also known. It has a lesser content of sugar and butter and is suitable for the health-conscious community.

Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 40 mins


Banana Bread (Less Sugar and Butter)

Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Indonesian

Nutrition per Serving

261 kcal
32 g
13 g
4 g

Banana cake is popular in Singapore and Malaysia. During my childhood days, I remembered my mom baking one of the most moist banana cakes I have ever tasted. Since then, the recipe has been revised so that it does not end up being too rich or sweet. I always eat this without any guilt because of the lesser content of sugar and butter.

Overripe bananas

Overripe bananas are best made into desserts such as banana balls or cekodok (also known as fried banana balls). A banana which is not ripe has more complex carbohydrates. However, as it ripens, the starch in the banana turns into simple sugars. Sometimes, I will use bananas where the skins are almost black as this indicates that they are very much sweeter. If such overripe bananas are used, lessen the amount of sugar.

Best frosting for banana cake

As this banana cake is so easy to make and delicious, I baked it so often. Most of my colleagues who tasted it had requested for the recipe. However, it may seemed too plain to some. Hence, whenever I baked this cake for a party or gathering, it will always be topped with some cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with caramelized chopped walnuts. The cream cheese frosting goes so well with it and does not overpower the taste of the bananas in the cake.

Ideas to serve banana cake

In countries like Australia, the banana cake which I am accustomed to is known as banana bread and is found in almost every cafe and bakery. I have seen them served with whipped cream, toasted walnuts and even ice cream. Otherwise, spread some salted butter on it like how the Aussies do.


120 g
unsalted butter
90 g
150 g
wheat flour
1 tsp
baking powder
1⁄4 tsp

Steps to Prepare

Healthy Banana Cake Step 1

Step 1 of 3

    • 120 g unsalted butter
    • 90 g sugar
    • 2 egg(s)
    • 150 g wheat flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 2 banana(s)
    • 1⁄4 tsp salt

Mix room temperature butter and sugar until butter turns pale. Add eggs to mixture and beat until smooth. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into the mixture. Then, add mashed bananas and mix well.

Healthy Banana Cake Step 2

Step 2 of 3

Ensure that batter is mixed thoroughly. Pour batter into pan (27 x 14 x 7cm) which had been greased with butter. Lightly hit pan on the table top.

Healthy Banana Cake Step 3

Step 3 of 3

Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celcius and bake for 45 minutes (usually takes about 40-50 minutes). Poke a clean knife or skewer into cake to test if it is ready. If it comes out clean, it indicates cake is ready.

Published: March 29, 2015

5 Discussions

10 months ago


Hi, I can't get the same size loaf pan as yours. Can I use other size like 8 x4" or 9x 5" & how long to bake?

10 months ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Hi Eileen. You can use other shapes. Bake the cake for 40 minutes or until it turns golden brown. Use the knife or skewer as suggested in step 3 to see if the cake is ready.

10 months ago


Ok will try it & update u the result. Tks so much!

5 months ago

Geraldine Lek

Thanks for this awesome recipe! I've received alot of compliments for baking this!

4 months ago


The cake is nice to eat and easy to do. But I am not sure if it is supposed to rise or not.

4 months ago

Yi Ying Ng

Yes, it supposed to rise. I think maybe u used melted butter instead of room temperature butter cause my first time making this, it tasted so good but it didn't rise up too.

4 months ago


Thank you. I managed to get the hang of it after baking at least 6 times. One of the favourite cake 🍰.

4 months ago

Yi Ying Ng

does it matter if i put more than 2 bananas? I really like strong favor; however, I'm baking now with more than 2 bananas. lets see how it works

4 months ago

Helena Cheah

No problem. Can use but not too many. Can share the outcome?

3 months ago

Yi Ying Ng

I used three bananas all good.

4 months ago

Helena Cheah


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