Lickety-Split Banana-Pecan Upside Down Cakes

Banana Upside Down CakesI admit it.  I don’t get very excited about bananas.  Sure, I eat at least one a day, usually sliced and put on top of my morning oatmeal.  I feel it’s my duty to my body.

Now.  Having said that…bananas do get a little exciting when you do something with them – frozen and added to a smoothie, for instance, or blended into tofu pudding, or mashed and added to muffin batter, or – the best way of all – caramelized.  The flavor takes on a whole new rich and decadent dimension.  Roasting brings out the tropical in the banana.  Which is what makes these simple cakes so delicious.  I put these together as I was making lunch yesterday so that they’d be finished in time for us to have with our post-lunch latte (Kel) and Choffy (me).  And, the recipe can be easily doubled in case you have more mouths to feed.  Mouths that either love or just kinda like bananas.  Hey, it’s your duty to get your daily banana!

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Banana-Pecan Upside Down Cakes

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  • Author: Annie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35
  • Yield: 2 1x


Sweet little cakes for two that bake up while you eat lunch or dinner.


  • 2 Tbsp. vegan “butter,” divided
  • 2 Tbsp. prune puree
  • 2 tsp. maple sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1 banana, sliced into 1/4” rounds
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. cardamom
  • pinch salt
  • 3 Tbsp. maple sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed meal + 3 tbsp. water (whisk together and set aside for a minute)
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
  2. In a small microwave-safe measuring cup, melt 1 tablespoon of the “butter.” Stir in the prune puree and divide the mixture between two ramekins. Sprinkle with pecans and then layer the banana slices over the pecans.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cardamom and the pinch of salt. In another small bowl, cream together the remaining tablespoon of “butter” and the maple sugar. Add the flaxseed meal mixture and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Stir in the flour mixture and beat until just combined.
  4. Divide the batter between the two ramekins and bake for about 25 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edges of the ramekins, then carefully invert the cakes onto plates.


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 376
  • Sugar: 22
  • Sodium: 80
  • Fat: 19
  • Saturated Fat: 8
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 52
  • Protein: 4
  • Cholesterol: 31

Baked, In Ramekins

Eating Banana Upside Down Cake


25 thoughts on “Lickety-Split Banana-Pecan Upside Down Cakes

  1. Shira

    Those look awesome! I admit I am a giant banana fan – loving them mostly in smoothie, but also occasionally on my peanut butter toast or sliced down the center and laden with almond butter 🙂 I love that this recipe makes only 2! No waste or feeling like you *have* to eat another one (hehe) – so awesome!

  2. vegancharlie

    oooo fancy cakes 😛 I am super picky about bananas no bruises/ brown spots lol every time you post something yummy I want to try it 🙁 then it reminds me that I am broke in college and starving half the time lol! I wonder how this would taste with cherries or blueberries 😀 I have those on hand. Awesome post!

  3. Barb

    These look great (As is- no “unveganizing” needed!), but I’m allergic to bananas. I’ve read online that many people who share my allergy don’t have any problem with cooked/baked bananas… so many I’ll give them a try!

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  6. Sid

    I love your Choffy desserts! Thanks for sharing. I am an independent Choffy distributor putting together a page of Choffy recipes. The page links out to your site (it does not contain your content). May I please use one of your Choffy recipe photos as the featured image on my page? I’m open to your thoughts on attribution credit and cost.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Hi Sid – let me know which photo you’re interested in and I can send you a copy. All I ask is that you give me credit for the photo w/ my name (Annie Oliverio), the blog name (An Unrefined Vegan) with a link back to my site – either to the recipe or my site in general. If you can, it would be great to have the photo take viewers to my site as well if they click on it. Thanks for your interest – – and I love Choffy :-)!

      1. Sid

        Fantastic! Thank you so much, Annie. Please send the Key Lime Pie pic. I will credit the photo as requested. My Choffy recipe page will link to each of your Choffy recipes. If you post more recipes, LMK and I will add them. Hopefully soft launch is within 24 hours. The URL is in my email address 🙂

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