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Banana Nut Coffee Cake (Passover)

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 6
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Celebrate Passover with a delicious cake made with matzo meal.
Created Mar 3, 2012
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  • 6 tbsp (90 mL) matzo cake meal (see tip below for substitution)
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) potato starch
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground nutmeg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) mashed ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 small)
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil
  • 4 tsp (20 mL) grated lemon peel
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) finely chopped walnuts
  • Icing sugar


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350ºF. Spray 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. In small bowl, stir cake meal, potato starch and nutmeg until well mixed; set aside.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 1/4 cup of the sugar until stiff, but not dry, peaks form.
  • 3
    In another small bowl, beat egg yolks slightly. Gradually beat in remaining 1/4 cup sugar on medium speed about 5 minutes or until mixture is thick, lemon-coloured and forms a ribbon when beaters are lifted. Stir in bananas, oil and lemon peel.
  • 4
    Fold banana mixture into beaten egg whites. Sift half of cake meal mixture over batter; gently fold in. Sift and fold in remaining cake meal mixture. Fold in walnuts. Spoon batter into sprayed pan, smoothing top.
  • 5
    Bake 25 to 27 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Loosen from sides of pan with metal spatula; turn out onto cooling rack. Cool completely. To serve, cut into wedges; sprinkle with icing sugar.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Substitution: If matzo cake meal is unavailable, process matzo meal in food processor bowl with metal blade until very fine.
  • Tip 2
    Did You Know? From one lemon you get 2 to 3 teaspoons of peel.

Nutrition Information

220 Calories, 9g Total Fat, 4g Protein, 32g Total Carbs, 20g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 6 Servings
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
Trans Fat
Total Carbs
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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