Cocoa & Coffee Banana Cake

Allison Day

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016

You know what to do with dark, overripe bananas: bake banana bread! Want to step it up? Though the classic version is a treat on its own, it can become even more decadent with a few tweaks. Simply add hints of coffee and cocoa and make it in a cake pan instead of a loaf pan. So, pull up a chair, pour a hot cup of coffee and indulge in this rich extravagance.

Vegan Cocoa & Coffee Banana Cake

Cocoa & Coffee Banana Cake



½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 Tbsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. ground coffee or espresso
1 Tbsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. salt


8 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1 cup evaporated cane sugar or granulated sugar of choice
1-½ cups unsweetened almond milk
¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing
¼ cup tightly packed demerara (dark brown) sugar
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract


1 banana, peeled and sliced
⅓ cup roasted hazelnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. With olive oil, grease two 9-inch cake pans. Line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment paper and then grease the paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. Set aside.
  3. In a stand-mixer, use the paddle to slowly combine wet ingredient until incorporated.
  4. Let the mixer stir slowly and add dry ingredients into the wet. Stir until smooth and just incorporated.
  5. Transfer batter to cake pans, pouring an equal amount into each pan. Top with slices of banana and chopped hazelnuts.
  6. Bake for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs. Once removed, let cake cool in pans for about 20 minutes.
  7. Remove cakes from pans by flipping over on to a plate, and then back onto another plate. Let fully cool.
  8. To store, cover cakes tightly and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months.

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