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banana pistachio cake with lemon cheese frosting

Posted on May 6th, 2012  |  5 Comments

Want some cake?

For breakfast?

Sure thing, no problem whatsoever :)

What I’ve got for you is a health-tweaked version of my mom’s famous banana cake, how does that sound?

As I was pitching everything in sight cleaning yesterday, I found a recipe book my sister made me for Christmas a few years back. The very first recipe I came across was my mom’s cake and I damn near flew outta my seat to scavenge the kitchen for all the ingredients. Lucky for me, and my kitchen- cause I woulda let her have it- I had everything ‘cept the sour cream, which is no battle because I literally live across the street from a gourmet shop and two liquor stores. I love Long Beach.

Anyhoo, back to the cake. Actually, I’m just gonna go ahead and put this out there, I would call it more of a bread than cake, probably because I baked it in bread pans, but also ’cause cake is a misleading word.

Cake makes you think sweet, really sweet…

Cake makes you think you’re overindulging into buttery bliss…

Cake makes you think moist richness and spoonlickworthy frosting…

Okay fine, we can call it a cake, but kick all that sugar and butter out da window, we’re having this for breakfast remember?

Well shoo, let’s get to it.

Get out the mixer. It’s time to bake!

Ripe bananas on hand?

Flour, oats, butter… check, we’re ready!

Ripe bananas are my new best friend.

What? You aren’t friends with food? (Somebody’s missing out..)

Seriously though, ripe bananas stay put on your countertop for days and days without even the slightest bother.

Then, when you actually remember that boomerang looking fruit, it’s so ridiculously sweet you basically have to make a dessert out of it.

Or a smoothie, pancakes, ice cream or bread… or cake:)

That’s my kind of friend.

I’m also pretty fond of this super low-fat nut. But any nut would do. Just don’t tell the pistachios… they get really green with envy. hahaha okay I stop.

One component of this recipe that practically SCREAMS cake is the lemon cream cheese frosting.

Ummm…. yeah…. it’s really good. Like no-need-for-the-cake-aren’t-I-getting-enough-protein-from-this-alone good.

Have some cake and frosting too!


banana pistachio cake with lemon cream frosting

by The Talking Kitchen

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 mins

Ingredients (2 small loafs)

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 c. oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp sour cream
  • 3 ripe bananas


  • 1/2 c. pistachios, shelled


  • 1 80z package of American Neufch√Ętel cheese (or lowfat cream cheese)- room temperature
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


First preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and prep two small bread pans, or you can use a 9×11 baking dish, big loaf pan or small ramekins.

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar using a mixer.

Next, add the eggs, one at a time.

Then, add the bananas and sour cream, mix to combine.

In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in parts, be sure not to over mix.

Chop the pistachios and stir into mix, reserve a Tbsp or so to sprinkle on top.

Pour batter into the greased bread pans and sprinkle with reserved pistachios.

Bake on the middle rack for 45-50 minutes, check doneness with a toothpick.

To make the frosting, simply combine the lemon juice, cheese, and sugar, and mix with a mixer until combined.

{Sidenote} If using a different baking device (i.e. not small bread loafs) then the cooking time may very. I would say at least 30 minutes, but I always check the middle of the cake with a toothpick.

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5 Responses

  1. frosting on banana bread…YES!

  2. Oh, my. I really want that frosting on my banana bread now! ;)

  3. Those are some stunning photos, I’ve never seen pistachios so green!

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