This cake is a combination of all good things – banana bread, chocolate, peanut butter. 

Banana bread is good, cake is better. Cake with chocolate in it is quite delicious. And even though bananas are horrifying and come from the depths of hell, they are much less revolting when baked.

As long as we’re being honest, I’ll just admit it – I would eat calcified monkey shit if you put peanut butter frosting on it.

All that aside, this cake is very good. It’s banana bread in a cake pan. Baked in an 8 x 8 inch pan, so when I eat half of it I don’t feel so bad. (13 x 9 inch pans are evil in that regard.) 
This is not a light and fluffy cake, it’s dense and spiced with cinnamon. It’s made with applesauce, Greek yogurt, and a teensy bit of olive oil instead of butter. There are no eggs, the bananas bind everything together well enough without them. 

There are bananas turning brown on my counter right now, and I believe this cake is in my future. Again.

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

2 cups flour (I used a 50/50 mix of whole wheat and all-purpose)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped fine
3 large bananas, mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 8 inch pan.

Place flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Mix well. Add the chocolate chips and walnuts, mix.

In a separate bowl, mix the bananas, applesauce, yogurt, olive oil, and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture into the dry, mix just until combined. The batter will be thick.

Place the batter in the prepared pan, smooth it out evenly. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2-3 tablespoons milk (start with 2, add more if necessary)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in a bowl and beat with a handheld mixer (or stand mixer) until well combined and fluffy.

4 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting”

  1. Looks delicious. I'll just have to imagine that I am enjoying a piece of cake right now with my morning coffee. Plus, I will definitely have to remember the peanut butter frosting.

    Isn't it interesting how bananas are either liked or hated? I'm in the bananas are quite good camp.

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