banana walnut bundt cake

healthier banana walnut bundt cake

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Seems that so many of us are looking for ways to make our eating habits just a little healthier. And, that quest for healthiness includes our desserts. Yes, our sweets. This banana walnut bundt cake could help assuage the ‘guilt’ factor!

Now I’m not sure how ‘healthy’ this banana walnut bundt cake is, but I do know that there are some additional ingredients, chia seeds, ground flax, natural pineapple juice and walnuts, that add some positive nutritional value. Of course, since it’s a banana cake, it’s got some natural sweet from the bananas.

The key to eating desserts and sweets is to know when to stop eating them. And, not to be indulging day in and day out. Make desserts and sweets a privilege and special occasion, not a daily fix. And, that’s a challenge for so many of us. Another way to look at eating desserts is to try to incorporate some nutritional ingredients like I did in this recipe. I could have added some unflavored protein powder, too. However I just might in the next go round.

Anyway, there’s also a short cut with this cake. Yes, we’re using a cake mix that helps make the baking go a little faster. I can say that this is one delicious cake! And, I’m not feeling quite as guilty having a nice thick slice!

You might also like this English Banana Bread recipe! I have several more that will help you repurpose those browning bananas!

banana walnut bundt cake

healthier banana walnut bundt cake

Yield: One Bundt Cake Pan


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • 2 slightly ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup oil, vegetable or canola
  • 1 Tbl. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1 box (15.25 oz.) cake mix, white or yellow
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut, optional


  • Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl. In a 2-cup measuring cup, whisk together the oil, vanilla and eggs. Blend into the bananas. Add the yogurt. Blend well. Add the cake mix and bring it all together using a hand mixer (about 2 minutes).
  • Add the pineapple and blend. Add the chia seeds, ground flax, walnuts and coconut and fold in.
  • Pour into a very well-greased Bundt pan. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean from the center-most part.
  • Remove the cake to a cooling rack. Flip and release from pan when cool.
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banana walnut bundt cake


  1. Michelle Esparza

    Hello Ally,

    Looks delicious!
    How much greet yogurt and how long should it bake in the oven?

    I just tried making it, without the greek yogurt, it wasn’t in the printed instructions. So I hope it turns out okay. I’m also guessing about 35-45 minutes to bake.

    Thank you so much:))

    ~Michelle Esparza

    • Michelle! Holleee schmoleee, you’re right, I forgot to add the yogurt ingredient. Just made that edit on the recipe as well as the time, which should be about 50-60 minutes. You’ll use your ‘toothpick’ test. Don’t think the yogurt will make a huge difference, but please let me know. I’m soooooooooooo sorrreee, luv. and, thanks again for the heads up! xoxo ~allly

  2. Lori McLain

    I can’t wait to try this! I bet it is really moist and yummy?❤️

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