Grain-free Banana Bread Protein Cake

Grain-free Banana Bread Protein Cake #grainfree #proteincake

It seems like every time I go to the kitchen to prepare a meal or snack I end up with a bag of garam masala in one hand and a can of lentils in the other. I’m actually shocked that this recipe; prepared for breakfast on Monday, consists of just two spices, none of which are masala, turmeric, curry leaves, or cumin.

Unfortunately; or fortunately depending on how you look at it, the same cannot be said for this mornings’ breakfast where I decided to to add pineapple, curry leaves, fennel seeds, chat masala, ghee and cinnamon bark to my oatmeal instead of the usual dried fruit and maple syrup.

I’ve turned into a spice fanatic, help!

Grain-free Banana Bread Protein Cake #grainfree #proteincake

When I wanted to go light on the spice for this breakfast, I turned to one of my favorites for inspiration…

I’ve been enjoying these hemp protein, grain-free cakes for months now and my fascination hasn’t faltered yet. Of all of the ones I’ve made so far; even when compared to chocolate, this one comes out on top. The banana topping is so gooey!

Grain-free Banana Bread Protein Cake #grainfree #proteincake

Grain-free Banana Bread Protein Cake
Recipe type: Vegan (option), Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free, Grain free
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Serves: 1
A mini gluten-free banana bread for one! It’s higher in protein and fiber than your average cake making it a perfect light snack, treat, or breakfast.
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Cut banana half in two. Thinly slice one portion and set aside and mash the other portion.
  3. Combine all ingredients but sliced banana in a small bowl and mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Drop mixture into a well oiled (I used a dab of extra virgin coconut oil) ~250mL (1 cup) oven safe ramekin. Top with banana slices.
  5. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 24-26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. My cakes were done at the 25 minute mark.
I have not tried to make this cake vegan, but many readers have told me that subbing out the egg white for a flax egg (1 tablespoon freshly ground flax + 2 tablespoon warm water mixed and allowed to sit for 5 minutes) works well in other versions of my protein cakes.

I like my cakes with 10 drops of stevia, but it really comes down to personal preference. If you don’t like stevia, 1 tablespoon of xylitol, coconut sugar, date sugar, etc will work, too.

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Grain-free Banana Bread Protein Cake #grainfree #proteincake

By the way, fennel in oatmeal is awesome. Add a little honey in there and I can just about guarantee that you’ll never go for plain cinnamon oats ever again.

What’s your favorite spice combination?

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  1. Oooh, this would be a great option for getting more protein powder into me – but would heating a protein powder, especially a sprouted one, kill off the goodies it’s made of? Did you use an unflavoured powder, or vanilla?

    • That’s a great question, Leah. the enzymes from the powder would be killed, but it would still maintain the other benefits! I used unflavored but vanilla would work, too!

  2. also, it did cook though (kind of). it had almost a mousse like texture. it just didnt rise at all! i made my boyfriend the same thing, side by side. the only difference was that for his, i used an egg and it came out beautifully. however, im a vegan AND allergic to eggs :[

  3. did the other people veganizing this recipe use arrowroot when they used the flax egg? i did not use arrowroot in the banana cake because its not in the normal recipe

    • I’ve tried one of my protein cakes with arrowroot and flax eggs and it didn’t rise, but it was cooked through. Being allergic to eggs and being vegan, well… I need to come up with a vegan protein cake here soon. I’m happy it was still edible, though!

    • Hmm… did it cook through? I’d mentioned in the instructions that I haven’t tried to make the cakes vegan, but that others had with some success when using a flax egg, but not chia. Good to know that chia doesn’t work. I’m hoping that it was at least cooked through for you!

  4. hey do you think this would work with pea protein ?

    • I haven’t tried it, but hemp and pea proteins are very similar so I don’t see why it would be an issue. Would love to know how it turns out if you give it a try!

  5. This looks mouth watering and I’m so happy you made it gluten free :) Much appreciated, I can’t wait to try these out! You just gave me something new to have as my weekly sweet treat and it is far healthier than anything else I would have eaten! I also like taht you made the recepie for one cake… I’m a calorie counter so I like being able to punch everything in and be good to go!