Easy Gluten-Free Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting

This is the easiest and most delicious gluten-free banana cake recipe with chocolate cream cheese frosting made healthier and gluten-free with almond flour and naturally sweetened with cane sugar. The moist banana cake has a light and fluffy texture and is the perfect sweet snack or sweet treat.

Gluten-free banana cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting cut into squares.

This is the easiest, most moist, and delicious gluten-free banana cake recipe with chocolate cream cheese frosting. It’s truly the best gluten-free banana cake because it’s made healthier and gluten-free with almond flour and naturally sweetened with cane sugar. The cake has a light and fluffy texture with sweet, ripe bananas and is topped with creamy, sweet, and tangy cream cheese chocolate frosting. It is the best banana cake, flavorful and easy to make for any special occasion, including birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, brunch, or showers. It’s also the perfect sweet snack or sweet treat in the afternoon or after a weeknight dinner.

Can I make a gluten-free dairy-free banana cake from this banana cake recipe?

Yes, you can use dairy-free cream cheese, dairy-free butter, and nut milk in this versatile banana cake recipe.

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Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosted Banana Cake Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Gluten-free banana cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting cut into squares.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting gluten-free chocolate frosted banana cake recipe:

Overripe Bananas: You’ll want to very ripe bananas with brown spots on the peel for the mashed bananas.

Almond Flour: You can use oat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten-free flour blends as a substitute, but the texture and flavor may vary slightly. You may need to adjust the amount for the same consistency. Be careful not to use almond meal which is different than almond flour.

Cane Sugar: You can substitute cane sugar with white sugar, coconut sugar, or brown sugar.

Light Olive Oil: You can replace it with melted coconut oil, vegetable oil, avocado oil, or melted butter.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Lemon juice or white vinegar can be used instead of apple cider vinegar.

Large Eggs: You can use flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal + 2.5 tablespoons water per egg) or commercial egg replacers for a vegan option.

Baking Powder: Make sure to use gluten-free baking powder if you’re following a gluten-free diet.

Ground Cinnamon: This enhances the banana flavor. You can omit it or replace it with pumpkin pie spice.

Salt: Use any other salt you have on hand, such as sea salt or kosher salt.

Cream Cheese: To make this dairy-free, you can use dairy-free cream cheese.

Butter: Use vegan butter or margarine for a dairy-free option.

Cocoa Powder: Carob powder or cacao powder can be used instead.

Powdered Cane Sugar: You can also use regular powdered sugar or powdered coconut sugar for a slightly different flavor.

Almond Milk: You can use regular milk or any nut milk.

Gluten-free banana cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting cut into squares.

How to Make My Almond Flour Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Here are easy, step-by-step instructions to make an almond flour banana cake:

Step 1: Make the Banana Cake Batter

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line a 9×13 inch cake pan with parchment paper.

Add the wet ingredients, including bananas, cane sugar, oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract, to an upright blender, food processor, electric mixer, or large mixing bowl with an immersion blender. Blend until well combined.

Add the eggs to the bowl and whisk until well combined.

Add the dry ingredients, including almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and whisk until just combined.

Mixing the batter with an immersion blender.

Step 2: Bake the Banana Cake

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 28-32 minutes or until the top begins to turn a light golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack completely before adding the frosting.

Spreading the cake batter in a pan.

Step 3: Make the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth and creamy.

Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, milk, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Mix until well combined.

Gradually add the powdered cane sugar, beating until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.

Once the cake has cooled, spread the frosting evenly over the top of the cake.

Slice and serve the cake, and enjoy the moist and delicious gluten-free treat!

Adding powdered sugar to the bowl of chocolate frosting.
Mixing the chocolate cream cheese frosting.
Gluten-free banana cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting cut into squares.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosted Banana Cake Recipe Notes

Ripe Bananas: Use ripe bananas with brown spots for the best flavor and sweetness in the cake. You can mash them with a fork but blending them makes for a smoother cake batter.

Baking Time: Baking time may vary depending on your oven, so keep an eye on the cake and check for doneness with a toothpick.

Cooling: For best results, allow the cake to cool completely before frosting to prevent the frosting from melting.

Frosting Consistency: If the frosting is too thick, you can thin it out with a little milk or cream. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Banana Cake Serving Suggestions:

This healthier banana cake would taste delicious in the following ways:

  • with a scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream
  • with chopped pecans or almonds on top
  • with mini chocolate chips added to the batter
  • with a drizzle of chocolate sauce over the cake
  • with a dollop of whipped cream on top of the frosting

Refrigeration: Refrigerate the frosted cake in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator.

Freezing: You can also freeze the unfrosted cake. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil or place it in a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 2-3 months. Thaw the cake in the refrigerator overnight before frosting and serving.

Thawing: If you’ve frozen the cake, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bring it to room temperature before serving for the best texture and flavor.

Can I make a vegan banana cake with this recipe?
Yes, you can use flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal + 2.5 tablespoons water per egg) or commercial egg replacers for a vegan option. Also use vegan cream cheese, plant-based butter, and nut milk.

Can I make gluten-free banana cupcakes from this banana cake recipe?
Yes, you can pour the batter into a prepared muffin tin and bake them for 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Can I make this banana gluten-free cake ahead of time?
Yes, you can bake the cake, make the chocolate cream cheese frosting, and store them separately in the fridge for several days. Then, frost the cake before serving.

Does this easy banana cake need chocolate frosting? 
It tastes delicious with the frosting but also is moist, tender, and flavorful enough to be enjoyed on its own without frosting. 

How do I know if my bananas are ripe enough to use in the cake? 
Bananas are perfectly ripe when they have large and small brown spots on the peel and are slightly soft. Once you peel the banana, it’s okay to have a few darker soft areas. 

How can I avoid baking a dry banana cake?
This recipe is naturally moist, but here are a few suggestions. Avoid overbaking, which is often the main reason for dryness. You can remedy this by incorporating an extra banana or two into the batter for added moisture. You can also substitute some of the sugar with honey or maple syrup to introduce natural sweetness and moisture. Another method is to brush the cake with a simple syrup made of equal parts water and sugar after it’s done baking to enhance its moisture content.

Gluten-free banana cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting cut into squares.

Easy Gluten-Free Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
This is the easiest and most delicious gluten-free banana cake recipe with chocolate cream cheese frosting made healthier and gluten-free with almond flour and naturally sweetened with cane sugar. The moist banana cake has a light and fluffy texture and is the perfect sweet snack or sweet treat.
5 from 10 votes
Servings 30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients
  

Banana Cake:

  • 2 bananas (medium size)
  • 2/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil (light olive is my fave)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 3-1/4 cups almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 12 ounces cream cheese (1-1/2 blocks)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk (almond milk is my fave)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cup powdered cane sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line a 9×13 inch cake pan with parchment paper.
    Add the wet ingredients, including bananas, cane sugar, oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract, to an upright blender, food processor, electric mixer, or large mixing bowl with an immersion blender. Blend until well combined.
    Add the eggs to the bowl and whisk until well combined.
    Add the dry ingredients, including almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and whisk until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 28-32 minutes or until the top begins to turn a light golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack completely before adding the frosting.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth and creamy. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, milk, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Mix until well combined.
    Gradually add the powdered cane sugar, beating until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
    Once the cake has cooled, spread the frosting evenly over the top of the cake.

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Notes

Ripe Bananas: Use ripe bananas with brown spots for the best flavor and sweetness in the cake. You can mash them with a fork but blending them makes for a smoother cake batter.
Baking Time: Baking time may vary depending on your oven, so keep an eye on the cake and check for doneness with a toothpick.
Cooling: For best results, allow the cake to cool completely before frosting to prevent the frosting from melting.
Frosting Consistency: If the frosting is too thick, you can thin it out with a little milk or cream. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 129mgPotassium: 68mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 252IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1mg
Keyword banana cake, chocolate cream cheese frosting, chocolate frosting
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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I am not a huge fan of banana-flavored anything, but this cake is AMAZING. The chocolate frosting adds the perfect touch it’s like I’m eating a chocolate covered banana in cake form! Definitely recommend.

  2. 5 stars
    I had some ripe bananas so this recipe came at the perfect time! We added almonds on top and it was a hit!!

  3. 5 stars
    I have to keep reminding myself this is gluten free it tasles better than my old banana cake, I have to try the banana bread next

    1. Hi Mina, thank you for the feedback! If you love this banana cake recipe, I am confident you will love the banana bread, too!

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