Zespri Green kiwifruit and banana cake with a hint of lemon

If you feel like making a tasty, slightly healthier cake to the traditional versions, try this recipe. Replacing butter with a little olive oil, it includes nutritious ingredients such as chia seeds and kiwifruit that give a refreshing and original touch.


Recipe rich in fibre with high vitamin C content. Good source of potassium and natural source of folate.

Serves 10-12
Cooks in 70 min.
Recipe appropriate for
Nutrition per serving
Vitamin C16.4mg22%
Of an adult’s reference intake
Ingredients Method


  • 3 Zespri Green kiwifruit
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 40 g chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 150 g banana (approx. 1 banana)
  • The grated skin of 1 lemon
  • The juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 150 ml evaporated milk
  • 40 ml mild olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Grease and line a 20cm (8 inch) loose bottomed cake tin with baking paper
  3. Put the flour in a bowl along with the baking powder, the chia seeds and a pinch of salt.
  4. Separately, blend the banana pulp, evaporated milk, oil, lemon juice and grated skin.
  5. Using a hand mixer, in a separate bowl beat the eggs, egg whites and sugar until frothy and pale.
  6. Pour the egg mixture and banana mixture into the dry ingredients, folding everything together gently with a metal spoon to keep in as much air as possible
  7. Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the centre of the oven for around 35 minutes, until the cake is firm to the touch and shrinking back a little from the sides. Test near the end of the cooking time by inserting a clean skewer.  If the skewer comes out clean, the cake is cooked.  If there is raw mixture on the skewer, return to the oven for another 5 minutes.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven, let it cool on a wire rack for a few minutes in the tin and then turn out and remove the baking paper.
  9. While still warm, top with peeled, sliced kiwifruit and sprinkle with icing sugar.

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