Healthier Chocolate Cake

This healthier chocolate cake tastes like a double chocolate chip banana muffin! No sugar, butter or oil but uses bananas, greek yogurt and honey instead!
This healthier chocolate cake tastes like a double chocolate chip banana muffin! No sugar, butter or oil but uses bananas, greek yogurt and honey instead! This is a momentous day.

This recipe contains ZERO sugar, butter, or oil. And this is just the first recipe out of several that we’re going to share that is healthier.

This healthier chocolate cake tastes like a double chocolate chip banana muffin! No sugar, butter or oil but uses bananas, greek yogurt and honey instead! WHAT?! I know.. I was wondering if I was going crazy because butter & sugar are like my BFFs.

I never really saw this day coming.. it wasn’t really intentional. Well, kind of. Obviously with it being January and everyone is jumping on the gym and healthy eating train.. what’s a dessert blogger to do?

I wallowed with a big bowl of ice cream for a while, but than I thought “Is it possible to make a baked recipe with NO sugar?” All of my friends who are healthy and paleo bloggers are probably laughing right now since that’s their jam, but I set out to discover if this whole no sugar thing could work.

This healthier chocolate cake tastes like a double chocolate chip banana muffin! No sugar, butter or oil but uses bananas, greek yogurt and honey instead! After I baked up this awesome chocolate cake, I was bragging to Ryan that it didn’t have any sugar, but that it’s sweetened by bananas and honey, but being the chemist he is, he totally called me out and said that honey is sugar. Well yeah.. but it’s more natural sugar I replied, and then he ate like 4 pieces of this cake. Booyah, honey for the win!

This healthier chocolate cake tastes like a double chocolate chip banana muffin! No sugar, butter or oil but uses bananas, greek yogurt and honey instead! The best way to describe this cake is that it tastes like a GIANT banana chocolate chocolate chip muffin! It’s so good by itself and it’s also really good with ice cream (espresso chip, just in case you were curious :)

Whenever I get a hankering for brownies, I’m going to bust out this recipe. I love that it’s better for me but taste just as good!

Healthier Chocolate Cake

Yield: one 8x8 pan

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 3 bananas, ripe
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt (vanilla or plain)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • mini chocolate chips for sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Spray an 8 inch square pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a blender, combine the bananas, greek yogurt, honey, vanilla, and peanut butter. Blend until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Pour the blended mixture into a mixing bowl. Add the egg and mix in.
  5. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda, mix until incorporated.
  6. Add the 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, mix.
  7. Pour the cake into the prepared pan. Sprinkle addition chocolate chips on top of the cake if desired.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

This healthier chocolate cake tastes like a double chocolate chip banana muffin! No sugar, butter or oil but uses bananas, greek yogurt and honey instead!

This healthier chocolate cake tastes like a double chocolate chip banana muffin! No sugar, butter or oil but uses bananas, greek yogurt and honey instead!
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  1. This Cake wins! I love that you can have your cake and eat it too!

  2. LOVE how fluffy this chocolate cake looks and that it’s all naturally sweetened!!

  3. Love that this is free of refined sugar!!  It looks so dark and fudgy I think I’m in love!  I’ll have to give this a try :) 

    • Hi Beth, I want to make this cake for my soon to be a year old’s birthday party so that she can smash it and may be eat a little. What can I substitute for Honey?

  4. I can’t wait to try this recipe, Beth! I love baking healthier desserts and this chocolate cake looks so moist and delicious. I love your photos of this cake, too!

  5. Umm yea, this is calling my name for SURE

  6. All I can say is…holy cow, that looks amazing!!!  Definitely going on the must make list for this week!

  7. This cake looks incredibly moist and rich despite the healthy swaps- I’ve been waxing poetic about bananas recently, and for good reason :) Pinning!

  8. Oh my goodness… This is pure genius! I love all the ingredients you used in place of sugar! I am going to have to give this one a try!

  9. Dear Beth, this cake looks absolutely wonderful! I love that it is healthier.  Save me a slice! xo, Catherine

  10. Healthier chocolate cake – love it! Honey is one of my favorite sweeteners so I know I’ll love this :)

  11. I’ll have a double serving, pretty please! Love healthier yet still decadent desserts! 

  12. This looks so rich and delicious. How awesome that it’s on the healthier side!

  13. I wish I could have this right now. Chocolate cake is the best and a healthy version even better :-)

  14. For a healthier cake, this looks AMAZING! Love it, Beth!

  15.  healthier way to get my chocolate fix is always appreciated—especially one that looks as amazing as this!

  16. That looks so delicious! I want some now! :)

  17. I love love love recipes with banana in them. 
    I need to make this!!

  18. This cake looks so moist and all that chocolate has me drooling for a bite right now!  

  19. Your photos are incredible! I want to eat the whole cake it looks so good!

  20. A cake I won’t have to feel bad about eating! Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Looks delicious! do you think this would work with another type of flour? like oat or almond flour or something else?

  22. What if I don’t want bananas? Do I need to substitute it for something else or just eliminate ? Thank you.

  23. I sure do love your photography!

  24. I love chocolate cake; especially without the guilt!
    Do you think coconut cream would work instead of yoghurt (for dairy free) and almond meal instead of peanut butter (peanut allergy)?

  25. Virtually all brands of chocolate chips have butter as an ingredient–just check their labels. So even this recipe has a little butter in it.

  26. I have found most chocolate chips do not have butter in them: Hershey’s Chipits pure semi sweet chocolate chips, for example, doesn’t.  Maybe people confuse “cocoa butter” with regular butter: cocoa butter does not have any dairy in it.  

  27. Tried this today:  turned out totally delish!  Great recipe and will definitely make  it again.  The texture improves after being cooled completely and wrapped for a few hours.  Will be easy to substitute with gluten free ingredients  for my celiac son. 
    Thanks for the great recipe Beth. 

    • I am so glad you enjoyed it! We actually made it gluten free too using Pillsbury’s gluten free flour!

  28. Looks so delicoius I can’t wait to try it out! Just waiting for my bananas to ripen!

  29. I just made this, and I have to say it is delicious! Even my five year old said it was amazing, an she is picky about her desserts. Definitely going into my recipe book. I love how decadent it is without all of the guilt. 

  30. Thank you for sharing this recipe! it’s mothers day and me and my sister wanted to make our mum a healthy cake – now from my experience it’s been really hard to find a great tasting cake that is still low in sugar. We followed the simple instructions and a lot of mess later, ta-daah! a beautiful cake was born and totally delicious!! will be making again. <3

  31. Is there any way to get a nutrition breakdown? How many grams of protein, fiber, sugar per serving? I’m trying this recipe regardless, but was curious if anyone knew.

  32. Hi this looks great. Any idea for something I could use other than banana as my other half is allergic?

  33. This cake is in my oven as I type this and my house smells like literal heaven. This is now my new go-to chocolate cake recipe!! Thank you SO much for sharing! <3

  34. Made this tonight and it was amazing!

  35. Thank you so much for this recipe!!!! I made it sans chocolate chips and added avocado dark chocolate frosting from Veggie Primer, plus a pile of sliced strawberries…. YUM. It made a delicious birthday cake, with much less sugar!

  36. What can you use in place of bananas?

  37. My daughter made this cake last night. Oh my!!! This was absolutely delicious. The texture was indeed moist, light, and fluffy. My husband took one bite and said, “I taste banana.” He really liked it as he is not much on sweets….but had a second piece of this! We did not have chocolate chips on hand so my daughter decorated with fresh strawberry slices instead. We also only had pina colada flavored yogurt so that was a bonus flavor!! Thank you for sharing!

  38. I was looking for something healthy to make for my husband’s birthday cake – luckily my son’s girlfriend found this recipe on Pinterest! I used coconut peanut butter but besides that I followed the recipe exactly. I probably undercooked it a bit as the center collapsed as it cooled – BUT it was so delicious!! I did not have the mini chocolate chips on top, but rather surrounded the piece of cake with fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and nectarine chunks – LOVE summer time!

  39. OK I’ll agree with everyone, it LOOKS wonderful, however, it is really quite nasty! We followed this completely, no sustitutions. It has no flavor and when cooled is rubbery in consistency. As an attempt to salvage this even made a chocolate sauce with almonds on top. No help. This is simply NOT a good recipe. Next.

    • Hi Victoria, I’m sorry the recipe didn’t turn out. Did you over bake it? Did you overmix the batter? If we were neighbors I’d be happy to make it for you!

  40. Incredible cake ! One of the best I ate in my life. Super healthy. Makes a good thing for sugar cravings. Thanks !

  41. Hi, this looks amazingly yummy and it’d be the perfect recipe for my dad, who can’t have too much sugar! I was wondering what the purpose of the peanut butter is in this recipe? Is it possible to substitute/omit it? Thank you somuch!

  42. Im wanting to make this cake but in a 9 by 13. Do i need to double the recipe to fill it? 

  43. I have made this twice now and i love it.

    The first time I didn’t want to use a blender because it was late so I used the potato masher, it was noticeably more banana-ish and the texture was very dense and almost fudgey.

    The second time i used the blender and followed it almost exactly and i can honestly say this worked excellently and is now one of my favourite recipes for something sweet and and delicious.

    The only real modification i made was 1 tablespoon extra yoghurt (black swan lactose free yoghurt) because its what i had in fridge.

    The texture is fluffy and moist and rich all at once, i would highly recommend giving this a go if you like banana and chocolate!

  44. Could i substitute flour with almond meal for a wheat free option? 

  45. I tried this out and it was so goood! I substituted all flour with Half cup ground oats and 1/3 cup whole wheat flour. Used only 2 smallish bananas. Thank you for a relatively guilt free cake :-)

  46. I have this cooling on my counter now – I used whole wheat flour instead but otherwise followed your instructions. I hope it tastes as good as it looks!

  47. What can i replace eggs with in this recipie…it looks so yummy…i can’t wait to bake it. Please give me an alternative to egg. 

  48. I made this today, and am amazed by just how moist and decadent this is! Tastes far better than any other traditional chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten. I also love that there isn’t any refined sugar in this recipe, makes me feel less guilty about eating this:) thank you so much for posting this recipe. Will be my new go to chocolate cake recipe, you’re a star!

  49. Hi Beth. Do you have suggestions for a substitute for honey for this recipe? Thanks a bunch!

  50. Hi, just making this cake for my 2 year old’s birthday. I just been wondering if you know by any chance how long does it last fresh and how to store it. I have my little guests coming on Monday morning but making it now (Saturday afternoon) as won’t have time tomorrow. Thanks

  51. Hi, i ll try this recipe, but i would like to know what ingredient could i use instead of peanut butter. I need to do it nut free because of allergies at school. Thanks :)

    • Hi Lynda, I don’t have experience with nut free butters – maybe try to google a substitute for peanut butter?

  52. So so good. I love baking in a healthy way and I am so glad I found this recipe. I definitely want a o make this again. It was fluffy a little tough on our side but nothing to bad at all. Thank you so much. 

  53. Can I substitute the Greek yogurt with sour cream?

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