Banana Toffee Snack Cake

Banana Toffee Cake

I almost called this “Banoffee Cake,” but then I remembered that we’re not in England.

Across the pond, “banoffee” refers to the combination of bananas and toffee, typically in the form of a creamy pie. I must be honest: it’s not my favorite way to do pie. I’d rather hang out with key lime any day.

But then I got to thinking: what if the flavors got put into a different textural context? It turns out that I love banoffee when it’s in a cake. Or to be more specific, a cake I can’t stop eating. Which is fine, because it’s pretty healthy!

Banana Toffee Cake

It’s taken eight years of mothering to figure out how I want to spend Mother’s Day. Sure enough, Kenny hit the jackpot this year. It wasn’t just that everyone let me have a whole morning to myself, though that was nice. I used it to take pictures for the blog and then I watched episodes of Entourage in bed. That was quite lovely.

And it wasn’t just that Kenny bought me the best box of chocolates ever, either, though that was quite lovely too.

Banana Toffee Cake

He actually (wait for it) tore one of my meal planning sheets off the notepad I keep on the fridge and worked out the weekly meal plan with the kids. Then they went to the store and bought all the groceries for the plan. I didn’t have to think about what to have for dinner, which is one of my least favorite things to do. I hate that Sundays are synonymous with meal planning.

Banana Toffee Cake

And he made dinner, too! I found steaks marinating in the fridge and the boy actually grilled vegetables. Like, zucchini and whatnot. If you know Kenny, you realize that’s a step in a new direction, because he’s picky with veggies. And then…he ate the zucchini.

You can be married to a guy for a long time and know him even longer, and he can still surprise you. And give you the best Mother’s Day of your life. Did I mention that swirly frozen margaritas also made their way into the day?

Banana Toffee Cake

This banoffee cake was my morning snack. It made Mother’s Day even more amazing, and healthy, too. The cake is packed with Greek yogurt, bananas, heart-healthy canola oil and gluten-free oat flour. If you don’t have oat flour you can just use the regular stuff, and that’s fine too!

Banana Toffee Cake

There are days that are just perfect, and I had it happen this past Sunday. I can’t replicate that for you, but I can give you this cake recipe. It will make any day just a little bit better, and for little to no effort. So act like our friends across the pond and go for banoffee!

 

Banana Toffee Snack Cake

Ingredients

1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup Greek yogurt (I used the vanilla flavor)
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups oat flour (you can use regular flour if gluten isn't an issue)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup Heath chocolate toffee bits, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oil and brown sugar, mixing until smooth and all the brown sugar lumps are gone. Add the eggs, yogurt, mashed bananas, and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oat flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until well combined.
  4. Take half of the toffee bits and mix them into the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining toffee bits on top.
  6. Bake 30-35 minutes until the a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely. Cut into squares. Store covered.
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Mir

I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Ami@NaiveCookCooks

    Girl I love banana cake but never tried it with toffee!! I can only assume how delicious it must be!! Looks superb Mir 🙂
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    1. Mir

      It’s pretty great with toffee, Aimee. Give it a shot!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I would take this snack cake over the pie version any day! I love how thick and fluffy this is, Mir. I’ve heard of banoffee pies and treats, but I’ve never actually tried that combo before. I must, though, after seeing this delicious cake!
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    1. Mir

      It was so fluffy, Gayle. Fluffy cake forever!

  3. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    Your Mother’s Day sounds just plain perfect – he’s set the bar high for next year, your wonderful husband! And since Banofee Pie has been on my bucket list of things to make for, oh, forever, I’m going to try this as a roll-up to that! (I think it might be even better!)
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    1. Mir

      We’d better not set a higher bar. I’m thinking we should keep things nice and simple!

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Kenny is just the sweetest! I can’t believe he did that! and he grilled veggies too?! that takes Mother’s Day to a whole new level for me. . congrats! And swirly frozen margaritas too?!!! Glad you had such a wonderful day . . you deserve it! and I love this banana-toffee-snack-cake!!! Winning!

    1. Mir

      I know. Since when do most guys grill veggies? Hope your Mother’s Day was just as good. Looks like you got some Kate Spade action, so that is pretty much bliss in my book!

  5. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    So glad you had a fabulous Mother’s day, Mir! LOVE that your hubster did the weekly meal planning AND cooked! Keeper, for sure! 😉 This snack cake is all sorts of amazing, chicka!! Banoffee is such a yummy combination, and I LOVE that you turned that into a cake AND it’s healthy! Woot woot! I could snack on this all day long, dear! Cheers, lady! <3
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    1. Mir

      He is totally a keeper. I tell him that all the time!

  6. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I could 100% get behind this. The bananas and toffee are such a great combo!!
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    1. Mir

      Get behind it, girl. It’s the best!

  7. Rachel @ Bakerita

    Oh yeah, this banana snack cake looks SO good, especially with the toffee addition! I want a slice 🙂
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    1. Mir

      The toffee just makes it crazy good, Rachel!

  8. David @ Spiced

    What a great mother’s day right there! You had me at banoffee and Entourage…but then I saw steaks…and swirly margaritas! Swirly ‘ritas are so much better than non-swirly ‘ritas, so I totally know you had an awesome day now. 🙂 Seriously, though, this cake is right up my alley. I love anything and everything involving toffee, so I’ll take a couple slices of this cake and be on my way now. Thanks!
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    1. Mir

      I love Entourage, but I love steaks more. And swirly margs are so much better than plain, so we’re on the same page here!

  9. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    This is what love looks like! Banana and toffee is a combo that will win my heart every single time. This looks incredible, Mir.
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jen. I love this combo, too!

  10. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    That sounds like a wonderful Mother’s Day! I don’t look forward to meal planning either, so what a treat to have that taken care of! And this cake looks terrific!

    1. Mir

      Seriously. Meal planning is the WORST!

  11. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    That’s so sweet that your husband did all of that for you for Mother’s Day! Once and a while the men can surprise us. 😀 I’m so glad you posted this recipe because I have some ripe bananas sitting on the counter right now. Yum!
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    1. Mir

      I was really happy, Michele. It was a good day!

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