Banana Coffee Cake with Spice Glaze


Why is coffee cake so delicious?

Is it because it comes alongside a mug of coffee or cup of tea? Is it the light, fluffy cake, or the crunchy sugary topping? Is it subtle spice, or sticky glaze?

Yes. Yes to all of those. Coffee cake is one of those treats that is always good, always appreciated, and always devoured. Its the perfect excuse to invite a dear friend over for tea, or a quick on-the-go breakfast that can be tucked into your purse. Regardless of what you’re up to, coffee cake is for you.

Banana Coffee Cake (with chia, hemp and flax)

1 cup cream cheese (low fat or regular)

1/2 cup butter OR coconut oil

1 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups ripe mashed bananas (about 3 large)

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour (white or whole wheat)

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp hemp hearts

2 tbsp ground flax seeds

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Spice Glaze:

1/4 cup cream cheese (melted)

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

splash of vanilla or maple extract

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and mashed bananas. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, chia, hemp, flax, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix into the wet ingredients until incorporated well (but don’t beat/overmix).

Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan, or a greased 9×12 baking tin. The baking times will vary greatly for these two pans; the bundt will take about 60 minutes at 350 degrees, and the baking tin will take about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. The cake is ready when a toothpick comes out clean.

Whisk together the glaze ingredients, adding more powdered sugar if the glaze is too thin. Pour over the top of the cake, and let sit until it hardens. Serve with coffee, tea, or hiding in the kitchen so you don’t have to share with your kids.

*note: if you don’t have hemp, chia or flax on hand, increase the flour by 1/4 cup.

Alicia Mason is a wife to a wonderful husband, mother to a beautiful daughter. She bakes up a storm to celebrate and cope with new motherhood after infertility. Visit her blog at Baking and Babies. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
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  1. i made this with everything except the hemp hearts and it came out so good!

  2. Sarah Johnsen says:

    That looks delicious!

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