Chocolate-Banana Snack Cake


Ground flax blended with water makes a paste that acts as a substitute for eggs, giving structure to this moist and delicious chocolate cake—hello, vegan treat!

Chocolate-Banana Snack Cake
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal

  • cup coconut milk or milk

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted, or canola oil

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • cup mashed ripe banana

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • Tahini Icing

  • Caramelized Banana Slices

  • Toasted sesame seeds and/or flaxseed meal


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. In a small bowl stir together 1 Tbsp. of the flaxseed meal and 3 Tbsp. water. In another small bowl mix together coconut milk and apple cider vinegar. Let both mixtures stand 10 minutes. In a medium bowl combine flour, the remaining 3 Tbsp. flaxseed meal, the cocoa, baking powder, soda, and 1/4 tsp. kosher salt.

  2. In another medium bowl beat coconut oil and sugar with a mixer on medium until combined. Beat in flaxseed mixture until well combined. Beat in mashed banana and vanilla until combined. Alternately add flour mixture and coconut milk mixture, beating on low after each addition just until combined. (Batter may appear curdled.) Spread batter in prepared pan.

  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Before serving, drizzle with Tahini Icing, top with Caramelized Banana Slices, and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and/or flaxseed meal. Serves 9.

Tahini Icing

In a small bowl whisk together 1/3 cup powdered sugar and 3 Tbsp. tahini. Whisk in 2 to 3 tsp. coconut milk or milk, 1 tsp. at a time, until drizzling consistency.

Caramelized Banana Slices

In a 10-inch skillet melt 1 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter over medium. Stir in 2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar, 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, and a pinch of kosher salt. Add 1 sliced banana; cook about 2 minutes or until slices are golden, turning once.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

278 Calories
12g Fat
42g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 195mg 4%
Folate, total 35.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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