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.
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
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.
Take a slice of this Vegan Banana Cake (or two), spiced with ginger and cinnamon and topped with a creamy vegan cream cheese frosting.
- 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
- 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
Heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 X 13 cake pan with cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, combine together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
In a food processor, add the oil, sugar, bananas, plant-based milk, vanilla and apple cider vinegar and pulse until smooth.
Pour the banana mixture until the flour mixture. Stir until well-combined.
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.
Set aside the cake to cool and in the meantime, prepare your Frosting.
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.
Once the cake has cooled completely, top it with the frosting.
Favorite Vegan Resources:
- The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Veganism in a Nutshell
The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine offers Information on Vegetarian and Vegan Diets including a 21-Day Vegan Kickstart
- The site Crazy, Sexy Life offers many tips on vegan lifestyles
- Kathy Freston’s site offers lots of resources about vegan life and her 21-day cleanse.
- The book, Skinny Bitch has a provocative title, but also is packed full of motivation for taking on a vegan lifestyle
- Christina Pirello is host of the Emmy-award winning cooking show, Christina Cooks, highlighting tasty vegan and vegetarian recipes.
- The Oprah Show is also offering a Vegan Starter Kit.
- You can find a large variety of vegan recipes at Finding Vegan.