Healthy Banana Cake with Strawberry Sauce

I added a little twist to my favorite boxed vanilla cake for the most dense and delicious dessert. This healthy banana cake topped with fresh strawberry sauce is made gluten free and dairy free and is perfect for Mother’s Day!

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What you need to make this healthy banana cake

This healthy banana cake was made using Simple Mills Vanilla Cake Mix with a few add-ins and substitutions. I topped this tender and delicious cake with a homemade strawberry sauce and fresh banana which really pushed cake over the edge of absolute deliciousness!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, this recipe would be a perfect brunch treat–I promise your Mom will love it!

What’s in Simple Mills cake mix? Glad you asked because I was so surprised to find out that it only has six simple ingredients: almond flour, organic coconut sugar, arrowroot, organic coconut flour, baking soda and salt!

So here’s what you need to make this cake…

  • Simple Mills Vanilla Cake Mix
  • mashed banana
  • eggs
  • coconut oil
  • almond milk
  • vanilla extract

For the strawberry sauce

  • strawberries
  • lemon juice
  • maple syrup
  • tapioca flour or cornstarch

That’s it!

healthy banana cake made with boxed cake mix. gluten free cake recipes.

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healthy banana cake made with boxed cake mix. gluten free cake recipes.
healthy banana cake made with boxed cake mix. gluten free cake recipes.

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Happy Baking!

Banana Cake with Strawberry Sauce

Super delicious and tender banana cake with fresh strawberry sauce made gluten free and dairy free using boxed vanilla cake!
Pin Recipe
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, dairy free, gluten free
Keyword: banana cake, simple mills
Servings: 10
Author: Ciarra Siller


Strawberry Sauce

  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced stems removed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp tapioca starch

Banana Cake

  • 1/2 cup mashed banana about 2 bananas
  • 2 eggs large at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup almond milk room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 package Simple Mills Vanilla Cake Mix


  • Start by preparing your strawberry sauce. Combine the strawberries, lemon juice, maple syrup and tapioca starch in a medium pot and turn on medium-low heat. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until the strawberry juices release and the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and prepare a loaf pan with non-stick spray. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, eggs, oil, milk and vanilla until smooth. Add in the cake mix and stir until combined and no dry spots remain. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 45-55 minutes and toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center. *Cook time will vary depending on your oven and shape of your loaf pan*
  • Let the cake cool completely before serving with fresh strawberry sauce and banana slices *optional*

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4 years ago

This looks so yum! Super excited to make it for Mother’s Day 🙂 It says for the strawberry sauce all you need are
lemon juice
maple syrup

but in the actual recipe it states tapioca starch. Which one is it?

Thank you!

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