Healthy Banana Cake

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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


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

Nutrition per Serving

261 kcal
32 g
13 g
4 g

Thanks for the recipes, I have replaced the flour with rolled oat flour and it turns out well, the fragrance of oat is obvious.  What a wonderful feeling to know that my family members are eating something healthy yet tasty. Thanks again !
Nov 7th, 2019 - The result of leftover bananas. Too ripe to keep them hanging.  top is banana chocolate chips cake and bottom is banana walnut cake. Yummy.  Next time will use them for crepe.
Oct 26th, 2019 - all my siblings, in laws, nieces, nephews, aunt .....said the banana cakes are superb yummy. Not too sweet. 
I used 3 bananas per recipe. 

Long Ph in sin... Great! I bake Banana cake... Crispy outside, inner moist, smell of the fresh banana... Just in time for Tea break! Cup of coffee with this Banana cake... Its just so heavenly! Tks grace but I add a little Vanilla essence n extra Banana!
Banana cake with walnut toppings..
Never had luck baking banana bread and been failing miserably . This recipe is a hit! Though  it doesn’t has nice brown crust but it’s yummy . I’ve reduced the amount of sugar and added chopped walnuts and chocolate chips .
Left some bananas.  So turned it into this. Yummy as always.
Tried your recipe today. Loved the banana cake. It's yummy and best part its not too sweet😊
Left few ripe bananas.  Here it goes... Yummilicious!!!
Just out from the oven.  Thanks Grace!! Love you
Simple & easy.  Not too sweet,  thanks for sharing this recipe.
The resepi it great. My banana cake very smooth

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.

Steps to Prepare

Healthy Banana Cake Step 1

Step 1 of 3

    • 120 g 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

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4 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?

4 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.

4 months ago


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