Hunting for new, healthier recipes that actually taste good can be overwhelming. That’s why we think you’ll go bananas — we did! — for this Vegan Banana Coffee Cake made with Malaysian Palm Oil shared by @hollypenokitchen

Holly is the kind of influencer you’ll feel good following: She shares healthy recipes that can be realistically worked into your busy life. We were excited that she used Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil in place of butter to give this breakfast favorite a healthy boost. Palm oil also works as a great substitute for partially hydrogenated cooking oils you’d like to use less often, such as corn or canola.

Holly explains to her followers that she uses palm oil as she would coconut oil, but she prefers the taste of palm oil: “Palm oil has a neutral, creamy taste versus the strong and sometimes overbearing taste of coconut oil.” 

Here’s the recipe. Give it a try! 

𝐕𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐧 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐚 𝐂𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝐎𝐢𝐥


  • 1 C mashed bananas (about 3)
  • 2 flax eggs (or 2 regular)
  • 1/4 C almond milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 C palm oil
  • 2/3 C brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 C gluten free flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda

Cinnamon Crumble Topping

  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 C gluten-free flour
  • 6 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cream the oil and sugar together.
  3. Mix in the eggs, vanilla and milk.
  4. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and set aside.
  5. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and cinnamon together.
  6. Add 1/2 the bananas + 1/2 the dry ingredients to the oil mixture, mix well. Then the last half of the bananas + dry mixture. (This helps with moisture.)
  7. Pour the batter into a lined bread pan.
  8. Make the streusel topping, add on top of the bread mixture.
  9. Bake for 55-60 minutes.

Palm oil is vegan and non-GMO. It has a neutral effect on blood cholesterol, and is rich in hard-to-find vitamin E tocotrienols, which have been shown to support brain, heart and skin health. Holly explained that palm oil is produced by squeezing oil palm fruit in a process similar to olive oil. Red palm oil “adds a beautiful, warm hue to your dishes,” she said. 

Holly believes sometimes the best food is the simplest. If you agree, pick up a bottle of Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil at a specialty food store and start working it into whatever you’re already cooking. There’s nothing easier than that!

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