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Traeger Banana Cake

This Traeger Banana Cake is a delicious way to use overripe bananas, combining a moist banana-flavored cake with a crunchy, sweet crumb topping. Baked on a Traeger grill, this cake acquires a subtle smoky flavor, adding a unique twist to a classic dessert. Perfect for gatherings or as a special treat, this cake is easy to prepare and full of comforting flavors.

Traeger Banana Cake

Traeger Banana Cake

I’m not a huge sweets person, shocking, I know, but I have a pretty big soft spot in my heart for breakfast cakes and pastries. This easy banana cake is the Traeger version of my Banana Coffee Cake, and this time we made it in a large rectangular cake pan instead of a loaf pan. It was excellent, and the kids loved it.

This recipe is easy enough for even a beginner baker to tackle. It isn’t super finicky, and would be very hard to mess up substantially. Our banana cake would be a great option for bringing to a potluck or BBQ, or for a holiday gathering where you’d like to offer a variety of snacks and munchies.

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Unique Flavor: The Traeger grill adds a subtle smokiness to the classic banana cake.
  • Easy to Make: Simple ingredients and steps make this recipe approachable.
  • Perfect for Gatherings: A large 9×13 inch cake that serves a crowd.
  • Versatile: Suitable for dessert or a sweet snack any time of day.
  • Delicious Texture: Moist cake with a crunchy, sweet crumb topping.

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Traeger Banana Cake

Traeger Banana Cake shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Cold Butter, cubed
  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Oats (NOT quick-cooking)
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Overripe Bananas
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Milk
  • Sour Cream
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cream

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Traeger Banana Cake

How to make Banana Cake on the Traeger

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

  1. Preheat and Prep: Preheat your Traeger to 350°F and spray a 9×13 inch pan with baking spray.
  2. Make the Crumb Topping: Mix butter, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon until crumbly. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the Cake Batter: Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Mash bananas in a mixer, add butter and sugar, then mix in eggs, vanilla, flour, milk, and sour cream.
  4. Assemble the Cake: Pour half of the batter into the pan, add half the crumb mixture, then the remaining batter. Mix oats into the remaining crumb and sprinkle on top.
  5. Bake and Glaze: Bake for 50-60 minutes until a tester comes out with moist crumbs. Let cool for 15 minutes, then drizzle with glaze.

Try our Traeger Banana Bread, too!

Traeger Banana Cake


How should I store this cake?

Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.

How do I reheat the cake?

To reheat, place a slice in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes.

Can I make this cake ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the batter and crumb topping separately and store them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before assembling and baking.

What substitutions can I make?

You can substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream and use any type of milk. For a different flavor, add nuts or chocolate chips to the batter.

Enjoy some Banana Waffles with your bananas!

Traeger Banana Cake

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Traeger Banana Cake
Yield: 12 servings

Traeger Banana Cake

Banana Coffee Cake

This Traeger Banana Coffee Cake is features a cinnamon sugar swirl in the center and a sweet streusel on top. Drizzled with a sweet vanilla glaze, this is perfect as breakfast OR dessert!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes



  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup oats (NOT quick-cooking)


  • 2 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat your Traeger to 350°F, and spray a 9x13 inch pan well with baking spray.
  2. Add the butter, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon from the crumb portion of the ingredients to a mixer or mixing bowl, and mix until crumbly. Remove from mixer bowl and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Place your bananas in the mixer. Mix until pulverized and liquified, about 1 minute. Add butter and sugar. Mix until combined for about 1-2 minutes. Next, add the eggs and vanilla and mix.
  5. Add flour, milk, and cream. Mix.
  6. Pour half of the batter into the baking pan. Top with half of the crumb mixture. Spread the remaining half of the batter on top. Add 1 cup of oats to the remaining crumb. Spread on top of the cake.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a tester comes out with moist crumbs.
  8. Let cool for 15 minutes and then drizzle with glaze.
  9. Serve WARM!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 735Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 423mgCarbohydrates: 117gFiber: 3gSugar: 77gProtein: 7g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Saturday 22nd of June 2024

Not familiar w/ Traeger so when you bake in the T, does it automatically generate smoke, if so, what type pellets do you use (Apple, pecan, etc) as I was going to give this a shot in my Ninja Woodfire Pro grill.

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 22nd of June 2024

Yeah, anytime you run the Traeger it puts out some smoke, since it is wood-fired. We smoke primarily with fruit woods, but all of the popular smoking woods will work. Let me know how it goes!

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