Spiced Banana Cake

Spiced Banana Cake

And so begins a gleaming New Year, inspiring and hopeful; when you think about it, the start of the New Year is a little like mornings, both bearing the optimism of a new beginning, except mornings come around daily.
My little end-of-year break sadly ended today, and this morning I got ready for work thinking about resolutions, and how I try not to make them on New Year’s.

I used to think I wasn’t really a resolutions maker, but the fact is, I’ve been making resolutions all my life, just not necessarily at the start of each year.

Spiced Banana Cake by Elsa Brobbey

One resolution I’ve had a hard time keeping is breakfast, for some reason eating in the morning has been a bit of a challenge. So my resolutions for mornings this year is to eat breakfast.

It seemed so easy during our relaxing Christmas holiday, breakfast just seemed to happen naturally; we had our granola on some mornings, mum made her special Hausa koko, then there were those endless pots of coffee and tea to go with panettone, pandoro and this delectable spiced banana cake I made for Christmas morning.

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This cake is truly simple, more like banana bread but fluffier, finely spiced and topped with crushed nuts and dried cranberries.

It gets its yellowish hue from turmeric, a mildly fragrant warm spice with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
I love the colour it lends to the cake, also, it boosts the flavour of the cake with earthy hints and and a faint peppery flavour.

I try to add turmeric to my cooking as often as I can since it’s such a powerful healing spice.


What I do is mix all the spices; cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom and turmeric together to make a rich warm mixture and then add it to my flour before the wet ingredients.

And when it’s baking, the smell of the bananas and the spices sweetly wafts through the kitchen and fills everywhere, that’s how you know something wonderful is baking.

It’s perfect with tea for wintry mornings, the spices aren’t overpowering, hints of ginger, cardamom and cinnamon comes thorough, balancing with the delicate aromas of bananas and vanilla.

This cake makes me hopeful, that maybe breakfasts wouldn’t be so hard after all.

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  • You need to keep up with your resolution, breakfast is super important, hahaha. Fingers crossed.

    • I’m going to try Maarta. Fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  • I can’t imagine not eating breakfast! This cake looks so scrummy and no sugar either! I’m off fruit at the moment but can’t wait to get back on the bananas πŸ™‚

    • Ha! Looks like I forgot the sugar πŸ™‚

  • kitchenbutterfly

    Beautiful. Breakfast helps me a lot……and this would inspire me too if I hadn’t already mastered the art πŸ™‚

    • Here’s hoping I master it too. I tell myself I can’t find time but I guess I should be making time. πŸ™‚

  • Abbie E

    This cake looks so delicious. Absolutely gorgeous photos. Pinning!

    • Thanks Abbie! πŸ™‚

  • Haha! Well it’s probably sweet enough for me for breakfast without the sugar πŸ˜‰

    • Yeah, you probably don’t need the sugar if you’re using very ripe bananas πŸ™‚

  • Elise

    Would cow milk work for this too?

    • Hi Elise, Yes. Definitely, cow milk would work perfectly πŸ™‚

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