Vegan Banana Cake + One-Week Vegan Challenge

Take a slice of this Vegan Banana Cake (or two), spiced with ginger and cinnamon and toped with a dreamy, creamy vegan cream cheese frosting. Also, get my Vegan Challenge Guide as well! Also, did you hear all that buzz awhile back about the entire Oprah show staff  taking a One Week Vegan Challenge. That’s right, nearly 400 people went vegan for a week. How incredible is that!

The show about Oprah’s Vegan Staff week aired and featured the Kathy Freston, author of several books, one of my favorite being Quantum Wellness. In this book Kathy describes how our lives are constantly in a state of development. She says, “The more we adjust or shift – even in tiny ways – the more we can look forward to sweeping changes showing up in our lives.”

I applaud Oprah and her staff for their commitment to the One-Week Vegan Challenge. Below are some links to help you consider your own One-Week Vegan Challenge. And  just to show you how easy and fun it can be, here’s a recipe for a Vegan Banana Cake.

Gone Bananas Vegan Cake is a great vegan dessert!

If you can go vegan AND eat Vegan Banana Cake, it’s not such a bad deal…if you ask me!

Why You’ll Love a Vegan Banana Cake

First of all, it’s banana. We love just about everything banana here. There’s banana bread, banana pie, and even banana ice cream. I know! We’re bananas about bananas! 🍌

The things is, the bananas in this cake add lots of moisture, creating a soft, tender cake that you’ll love time and time again. There’s just the right amount of sweetness that you might not even need that frosting, but it adds a nice touch!

We bake this Vegan Banana Cake in a 9 X 13 baking dish. That way you can cover it and take it to your favorite get-together, or make it at home on a Thursday evening. It works either way. But if you’re taking it out, be sure to add some chopped nuts to the top for decoration. Because it’s extra special that way!

Besides, this Vegan Banana Cake is just another example of how good vegan can be. You don’t have to eat nuts and twigs. I mean, you can do that if you want, but I don’t advise it. You can eat all the comfort foods you love, in a vegan kind of way!

“We can rejoice in losing weight and lowering our cholesterol, but at the end of the day how much love we are putting into the world and how much stress or suffering we are alleviating are the more significant measures.” — Kathy Freston from the book Quantum Wellness

A Vegan Banana Cake is a sweet snack for any dessert lover!

We hope you love this recipe for Vegan Banana Cake as much as we do. If you decide to make it, be sure to drop us a line using #namelymarly on Instagram. We love seeing your creations!

“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of humankind.” — Albert Einstein

See below for some of my favorite “Going Vegan” Resources.

Gone Bananas Vegan Cake is a great vegan dessert!
Vegan Banana Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Take a slice of this Vegan Banana Cake (or two), spiced with ginger and cinnamon and topped with a creamy vegan cream cheese frosting.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15
Calories: 376 kcal
Author: Marly
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour (I use 1/2 whole wheat)
  • 1.5 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 3 large Bananas ripe, peeled & sliced
  • 1 cup Plant-based Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup Container Vegan Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup Vegan Butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Plant-based Milk
  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 X 13 cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.

  3. In a food processor, add the oil, sugar, bananas, plant-based milk, vanilla and apple cider vinegar and pulse until smooth.

  4. Pour the banana mixture until the flour mixture. Stir until well-combined. 

  5. Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan and bake for 35 - 40 minutes. The top should be golden brown. Use a tester inserted in the center to come out clean to confirm it's done.

  6. Set aside the cake to cool and in the meantime, prepare your Frosting.
  7. Frosting: Cream together the vegan cream cheese and vegan butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until well combined. Add plant-based milk one tablespoon at a time until you get the desired consistency.

  8. Once the cake has cooled completely, top it with the frosting.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Banana Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 251mg 10%
Potassium 186mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 35g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 5.1%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Favorite Vegan Resources:


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11 Responses to Vegan Banana Cake + One-Week Vegan Challenge

  1. Thank you for this post, Marly! I hope it will encourage more people to try out a vegan diet:)

    p.s. I CANNOT wait to try this cake!! It sounds like a delicious banana bread in cake form:)

  2. Love this one! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Hey Marly! I love that Oprah did that-what a statement that is! I do vegan weeks and sometimes even months all the time, and I really don’t know why the idea is not more accepted. Even if one isn’t looking to be a vegan, the food is wonderful and it really does help with cholesterol and weight loss. It’s just a good diet/lifestyle in which to be familiar.
    Ooh, and I totally almost went bananas recently, so this cake is perfect for me:) Hmm, I suppose that isn’t really that funny if one thinks about it (smile). *Tee Hee*

  4. That is quite an accomplishment – to have that many people change their diets so radically. While I am not vegan, I can certainly see the benefits if it is done in a balanced way (just like any other way of eating).

  5. Mmm, this looks wonderful. Totally worth going vegan for 😉 And I love thinking about all the miniscule changes that can create one BIG change for the better.

  6. This cake looks heavenly. Isn’t it amazing how great vegan desserts can taste? I often find that I prefer them! They are usually so moist…and this cake looks no different! I love the push to eat less animal products, and I’m glad that this is becoming more mainstream. Thank you for sharing, Marley. Stay warm and safe!

  7. What a coincidence just saw the ad running for Oprah’s Vegan Week on the tube. I’ll have to tune in. I’ve not put a frosting on banana cake before, must try it. Looks delicious, love the pics Marly!

  8. The cake looks wonderful!

  9. Albert Einstein is my all time favorite person since childhood, and I am a vegetarian but have never seen this quote…I am tickled beyond words 🙂
    Now on to the cake…looks amazingly delicious 🙂

  10. It looks like banana bread x1000. Count me in! Beautiful job!

  11. Great looking cake. I wonder why it does not convince more people to go vegan. Hopefully, with the influence Oprah has, people will make a move on it.


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