Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

As days dwindle down in the month of February, I’m astounded by how much I’ve already accomplished in the new year.  There were times  (oh so many times) over the past few years when I questioned my decisions.  Going back to school, leaving my career, leaving my city… This month has really sealed it for me.  I made the right decision.  If you’re not feeling satisfaction in your current life, it is NEVER too late to start over and follow your dreams.  Fear is the biggest obstacle.  

I will soon have time to post new recipes on a regular basis but for now I’ve enlisted a few more friends to fill the void.  Today’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Cake is from my neighbor, Sherron of Simply Gourmet. We were blog friends before finally meeting in person and I’m so happy to know her.  She’s awesome and her blog is fantastic.  Beautiful recipes, gorgeous photos.  Make sure to visit her site and say hello!

What a delight it is to be guest posting on a page that I was a fan of long before Jennifer and I became friends. The first recipe that I saved and printed was her pumpkin ravioli.

It encouraged me to make my first batch of fresh pasta and purchase my own pasta machine. The simplicity and beauty of her photos are just a few more reasons why I enjoy Savory Simple.

It was shortly before her ravioli post that I started my own food blog, Simply Gourmet. I have been cooking forever it would seem, growing up in the restaurant business taught me a lot about food and people. I went on to become a food photographer and recipe developer/writer.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

I currently write for Capital Style Magazine in Annapolis, MD. I love my job.

Four years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. My world, for a short time, was turned upside down. Everything I had spent years learning in the kitchen was suddenly taken away from me. The bread, cookies and cakes that I made would no longer be enjoyed at family functions or parties. I was heart broken, to say the least.

My sadness turned into determination. I was determined to relearn how to make bread, cookies and cakes but this time around, it would all be gluten free. The learning curve was huge in the beginning. I relearned ratios and new flours. I had to accept failure on occasion.

I can happily report that in the past four years I have come to accept my intolerance to wheat and embrace it. I love working with an assortment of flours and starches. I am grateful for the communities that exist to help those recently diagnosed with wheat issues.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

Growing up I loved banana bread and this cake is a reflection of that fond memory. I find that when cooking with gluten free recipes, the smaller and shorter the dish used, the better the recipe turns out. I don’t really make banana bread anymore, but I do make this cake quite often. I tend to over buy bananas and have a whole freezer shelf with dark brown frozen spears that are ready to be used.

I have made the cake in a 9-inch tart pan (see picture) and I have doubled the recipe to make it into a two-layer cake (see picture). My family does not like frosting–weird, I know—so more often than not, we make the single layer and enjoy it with a dab of butter melted on top.

The addition of chocolate chips is optional. I personally like the combination of chocolate and banana together.

I want to thank Savory Simple for allowing me to share a recipe that has become a family favorite in our home over at Simply Gourmet.


Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Cake
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  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup sweet sorghum flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca or arrowroot starch
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup oil (sunflower oil or light olive oil)
  • ½ cup of milk, room temperature
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ⅓ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9-inch tart pan by spraying with cooking oil.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gently combine.
  5. Add the banana and chocolate chips. Stir well.
  6. Pour mixture into pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cake will brown slightly and rise in the middle. It should be firm to the touch.
  7. Let cool slightly and then remove the bottom of the tart pan from mold.
  8. Serve as is or frost with your favorite frosting.
This recipe will make one layer




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  1. What a lovely cake, I love chocolate with banana!

  2. Awesome guest post! I sure could use a slice of that cake as a midnight snack right now!

  3. Firstly can I say to Jennifer… thanks for the advice to follow your dream… and yes it is “The fear” that holds us back. And to Sherron… what a great cake and inspired by your story. I’m constantly baking banana muffins because of overbuying – I hate throwing out anything so they all get mashed and mixed up into muffins for handiness. Thinking I might try this recipe for a change. Thank you both :)

  4. What a bizarre twist of fate to be a food professional and to have a diagnosis like Celiac disease! I am so glad for you that you were able to turn it around and not let it get you down. Eating treats like this glorious-looking cake must sure make it not so bad! Ha ha. I wonder, do you have issues with dairy? I was personal chef to a woman with Celiac disease for years, and she could only tolerate small amounts of dairy. I am so glad to know about you and your blog.

  5. Bananas and chocolate go so well together, and I´ll take the top pic, since I don´t like frosting much either! This is a great gf recipe and a great way to learn about alternative flours and nuts. Gorgeous guest post!

  6. What an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing it with us (and for a fantastic recipe!) I feel comforted just looking at the pictures, and I am craving this cake for breakfast!

  7. Simply beautiful and delicious looking!

  8. Chocolate and banana have to be one of the best combinations. This looks absolutely delicious!

  9. This sounds fantastic! I’m forwarding this on to my friend, who needs plenty of good GF recipes on her side.

  10. Why did I throw those three bananas in the trash? Almond meal is one of my favorite things.

  11. I love banana bread and especially with chocolate chips. I haven’t tried making anything gluten-free and I wonder if it’s time I did…mostly out of curiosity but also for health reasons. I’m not sure if I’m allergic to gluten but it would be nice to have an alternative to using regular flour. Thank you for sharing this!

  12. I love that this is gluten free since I really try to avoid gluten the majority of the time. Just too many reactions to it. I also love this post. It’s so nice to see someone living out their dreams! Have fun with it!

  13. Thank you Jennifer for allowing me to be a guest on your blog. What a treat to wake up from being ill all day and read these lovely comments. Thank you everyone!

  14. i LOVE banana and chocolate together. this cake looks so good!

  15. Love the banana and chocolate chip combination! I have a family member that has recently had to start eating GF. She’d love this!

  16. chocolate and bananas are made for each other. This is something I can not wait to try!

  17. Fantastic recipe! I have to make this one! I love it!!

  18. I know my family would love this cake- I’m thinking for a weekend breakfast ;-)

  19. I am really hoping things start to click for me soon like they have for you. I take comfort in knowing it can happen. I once thought I had Celiac Disease and was shocked at how many foods have gluten in them. I’m glad you have found your happy place in a wheat filled world.

  20. Bravo, Jen! From your diagnosis you’ve created/ spotlighted sweets recipes for others (like my husband) who are also gluten sensitive. P.s. Your photos are going on The Ninja Baker Pinterest Vegan & Gluten-Free board =)

  21. Sharon: Stunning cake, food photography, and story-telling.

    Jen: What a great intro and so glad you feel you’re on the right track and path!

  22. I love banana chocolate chip bread myself. This looks delicious!

  23. Hi Sherron! Nice to meet you! This cake looks so beautiful!!

  24. What a nice post about friends and of course about following your dreams! I’m going to share this recipe with my aunt who has celiac disease. I know she will love this!

  25. yum!!! This looks great and its gluten free! awesome!!

  26. What an inspirational post and lovely cake, chocolate and banana go so well together!

  27. thanks so much. looks great

  28. Always inspiring to hear someone turn something negative into something positive (and delicious!). This banana cake is exquisite- I love it’s simplicity.

  29. Sherron, I have a blogger friend who has just been diagnosed with Celiac disease (you know Jessica?). Listening to her story I totally understand how shocking it can be – the whole new eating habit and adjustment you have to go through. As bananas are always tend to be brown in my house (kids prefer non-brown banana and they don’t seem to eat fast enough!), but never thought of freezing brown bananas! I’ll def do that. Great and inspiring post!
    Jennifer, good luck with everything! I’m looking forward to see your new posts again, but meanwhile will enjoy your guest posts! :)

  30. Great cake. I’m always looking for new gluten-free recipes to try.

  31. Kate@Diethood says:

    My mouth is on the floor… I think I am going to dream about that last photo! I need this cake in mah belly.

  32. ashley - baker by nature says:

    I am totally dreaming of this right now!

  33. Jennifer! I made this amazing dessert last night and it was outstanding! I made 2 very minor changes: for the oil, I used flavorless coconut oil (since that’s what I use in all my baking) and I doubled the amount of chocolate chips (I use E. Guittard brand…yum!) In my oven it took an extra 12 minutes (perhaps because the organic bananas I used were very large?)
    This was so good that my boyfriend and I ate the… ENTIRE….thing. 4 pieces each. That’s saying a lot, since we never do that kind of thing. Best part was that we didn’t feel stuffed afterward, as one would normally feel after a gluten-filled dessert.
    LOVE this!

  34. Is it just me or does this seem like it qualifies as healthy? It’s got fruit. Fruit is health. Which means that I can make the cake, do blogilates, and then cut myself a big ‘ol slab. Right? Right.

  35. Jeeeebus, Jen. Way to make me get all awkward and lick my computer screen. Banana cake happens to be one of my favorites. And it’s a scientific fact that chocolate chips make everything better.

  36. Jen, I completely adore chocolate and banana together. Now it’s about time I bake a gluten free cake! SUCH gorgeous photos here! You are so talented with the camera and in the kitchen girl. :)

  37. This looks fantastic! I haven’t attempted anything gluten-free yet, but you may inspire me to try!

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