This chocolatey banana confection sits firmly between cake and brownie. It's delightfully tender, fudgy and dense, and chock-full of banana. The best part? It's made from ingredients I typically eat for breakfast—almonds, bananas, coconut oil—plus a few innocuous ones, like unsweetened cocoa and baking powder. This recipe was featured in, The Fudgy Banana-Brownie Cake You Can Eat for Breakfast. —Ella Quittner
1 hour 30 minutes
1 9-inch cake
coconut oil, melted, plus more for greasing the pan
1 1/2 teaspoons
Dutch-processed cocoa powder
almond butter, unsweetened (if oil is separated, stir to combine before using)
maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
1 3/4 cups
roughly mashed bananas (about 4 bananas), divided, plus one whole banana
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper, and grease the bottom and sides thoroughly with melted coconut oil.
In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, baking powder, kosher salt, and cocoa powder.
In a stand mixer or by hand with a whisk, thoroughly combine almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and half the mashed bananas. Add about a quarter of the dry ingredients, and mix to integrate. Add the remaining dry ingredients about half at a time, mixing and then scraping down the sides with a spatula after each addition. Add the other half of the mashed bananas, and mix to combine.
Scrape the batter into the greased pan. Slice the remaining banana into three strips lengthwise, and make a pattern on top of the batter. Gently drizzle the banana slices on top with maple syrup, and sprinkle them with a pinch of flaky salt each. Place into oven and bake until the cake is puffed up and the center looks set. Start checking around 50 minutes, but depending on the ripeness of the bananas and consistency of almond butter you use, it could take up to 80 minutes. Let rest for 45 minutes before serving.
Ella Quittner is a contributing writer and the Absolute Best Tests columnist at Food52. She covers food, travel, wellness, lifestyle, home, novelty snacks, and internet-famous sandwiches. You can follow her on Instagram @equittner, or Twitter at @ellaquittner. She also develops recipes for Food52, and has a soft spot for all pasta, anything spicy, and salty chocolate things.