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Healthy Banana Hemp Cake

This gluten-free, nut-free cake is super moist and if you're a banana bread lover, you'll be over the moon when you experience the deliciousness of this cake.
May 23, 2024 | Joy McCarthy

Just when you thought that I couldn’t possibly create another cake and outdo my famous Almond Flour Cake , I did it! Okay okay, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here but I do think I’ve created a seriously scrumptious, no scratch that, insanely delicious cake that is totally nut-free and gluten-free. The reality is, a lot of people and parents have kids who can’t eat nuts, so I don’t wan you to feel left out.

Banana Hemp Cake

This Banana Hemp Cake (see video) could just become your new favourite cake for special occasions, like you know, a Friday afternoon midday break or Sunday tea with your bestie. Any occasion can be made special and memorable when you’re enjoying something yummy.

If you’re a banana bread lover, than you will LOVE this banana hemp cake. I used my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread to inspire this recipe but I like this even better because the hemp hearts add a whole new level of health benefits.

Hemp hearts also known as shelled hemp seeds, are the soft inner part of hemp seeds and are packed with a variety of nutrients and health benefits.

Banana Hemp Cake

Here are some of the benefits of hemp:

1. Rich in Protein: Hemp hearts are an excellent source of plant-based protein, containing all nine essential amino acids, making them a complete protein. This makes them especially beneficial for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone looking to boost their protein intake.

2. High in Healthy Fats: Hemp hearts are rich in essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6 in an optimal ratio of 3:1. These healthy fats support heart health, brain function, and reduce inflammation.

3. Good Source of Fibre: While most of the fibre in hemp seeds is found in the shell, hemp hearts still contain some fiber, which aids in digestion, helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and promotes satiety.

4. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: Hemp hearts are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and zinc. These nutrients support various bodily functions, including immune health, bone health, and energy production.

Banana Hemp Cake

Here is this delicious Banana Hemp Cake recipe.

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  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour or oat flour
  • 1 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 bananas mashed
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • 2-3 tbsp milk of your choice
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350C/180F. Grease an 8” cake pan or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine hemp hearts, flours, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl, combine the bananas, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, eggs and milk of choice. Add these wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a fork inserted in the center comes out clean. Check at 35 minutes, if the top is getting too brown, cover with tin foil and continue baking.
  5. Enjoy with coconut whipping cream!


Serves 9 generously.


Joy xo

Tamy   •   May 24, 2024

Can egg be substituted without altering the taste. If yes, how. Any other recipes that are tried and tested for egg substitutes I can refer to.

Joy McCarthy   •   May 26, 2024

Guna   •   May 28, 2024

Hi Joy, this is truly delicious! My family (and I have really picky eaters) loved it!!! Greetings from Germany! P.S. Do you maybe have a site where your european followers can calculate cups into grams etc.? I always struggle with it on your recepes…

Joy McCarthy   •   May 29, 2024

Powers Donna- Lee   •   May 28, 2024

Thank you Joy, as I have to avoid not only gluten, cow dairy, corn products AND eggs could you suggest the best egg sub sor this recipe? (applesauce, chia or flax seeds or commercial egg sub mix) Donna-Lee

Joy McCarthy   •   May 29, 2024

Mina   •   May 30, 2024

Hello Joy, Can I substitute brown rice flour or oat flour with almond flour? Thank you

Joy McCarthy   •   June 4, 2024

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