Homey and healthy chickpea flour banana cake that is grain-free, gluten-free and vegan! Ready, start to finish in 30 minutes.
Banana Cake Made with Chickpea Flour
Yes, you need another banana cake recipe, and lucky for you, I’ve got one well worth trying.
It’s neither fussy nor precious, but it does have a special ingredient that makes it unique: chickpea flour!
What is Chickpea Flour?
Chickpea flour (aka garbanzo bean flour, ceci flour, chana, besan and gram flour) is anything but faddish. It’s been around for centuries and is used in myriad cuisines from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Northern Africa and Southern Europe.
Made from finely ground dried chickpeas, chickpea flour is naturally gluten-free, grain-free, easy-to-use, inexpensive, and incredibly versatile for making both sweet and savory eats. It has a subtle nutty flavor and packs a bonus punch of protein, too.
This banana cake is a great choice for giving it a try. It’s perfect for the lunch-packing season ahead since it can be made a the drop of a hat, is not-too-sweet and travels well.
Can I Leave out the Walnuts in the Recipe?
Yes, you can leave out the walnuts in the cake.
I can go either way with the addition of walnuts. I love their toasty flavor, but I think the cake is smashing without them, too. My husband holds fast that banana breads and cakes MUST have nuts to qualify for eating, but my sister and others believe the exact opposite.
Go with your own tastes, or by what’s on hand for the add-ins. You can also swap in chocolate chips, chopped dried fruits, or other types of nuts, or seeds, in place of the walnuts.
Can I Use A Different Flour, Less Sugar or Less Oil?
Leaving the walnuts out of this cake is one thing, but changing the primary ingredient (chickpea flour) and the ratios of sugar, oil and liquid is something else altogether.
I do not recommend any other flour for this particular recipe; stick with chickpea flour. Further, use caution with substitutions and proportions here. Chickpea flour is not all-purpose flour, so changes in the amount of sugar, oil, banana, etc. will likely require some experimentation before achieving the right balance.
More Grain-Free & Vegan Chickpea Flour Cakes & Baked Goods to Try:
- Chickpea Flour Chocolate Cake
- Chickpea Flour Carrot Cake Bites
- Chocolate Chickpea Flour Muffins
- Chickpea Flour Gingerbread Bundt Cake
- Chickpea Flour Banana Bread
- 1-Bowl Chickpea Flour Brownies