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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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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43 Responses to “Healthier Chocolate Cake”

  1. Mandy @Mandy's Recipe Box — January 11, 2016 at 7:41 am

    This Cake wins! I love that you can have your cake and eat it too!

  2. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — January 11, 2016 at 8:01 am

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

  3. Serene @ House of Yumm — January 11, 2016 at 11:50 am

    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 :) 

  4. Kristine | Kristine's Kitchen — January 11, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    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. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — January 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Umm yea, this is calling my name for SURE

  6. Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — January 11, 2016 at 3:49 pm

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

  7. Medha @ Whisk & Shout — January 11, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    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. Megan Keno — January 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    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. Catherine — January 11, 2016 at 4:44 pm

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

  10. Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog — January 11, 2016 at 7:44 pm

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

  11. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — January 11, 2016 at 10:05 pm

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

  12. Jennifer | Bake or Break — January 12, 2016 at 7:42 am

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

  13. eat good 4 life — January 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

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

  14. Cathy Trochelman — January 12, 2016 at 10:10 am

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

  15. Liz — January 12, 2016 at 11:20 am

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

  16. Manila Spoon — January 12, 2016 at 3:25 pm

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

  17. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — January 12, 2016 at 6:36 pm

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

  18. Denise — January 12, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    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. Christie — January 13, 2016 at 8:14 am

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

  21. nadia — January 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

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

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 17, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      I know it works with gluten free flour!

  22. Mariam — January 14, 2016 at 1:43 pm

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

  23. Yvonne [Tried and Tasty] — January 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I sure do love your photography!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 17, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Awwww!! <3

  24. Lisa | Mummy Made.It — January 15, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    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. Jodave — January 18, 2016 at 12:31 am

    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.

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 18, 2016 at 7:19 am

      You could definitely omit the chocolate chips if you prefer!

  26. Debbie G — February 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    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. Debbie G — February 12, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    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. 

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 14, 2016 at 8:27 am

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

  28. Cynthia — February 16, 2016 at 1:18 pm

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

  29. Katie — February 29, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    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. 

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      I’m so happy that it was a winner all around!!

  30. Alison — March 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    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

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 6, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      I love hearing how it turned out!!

  31. Krystal — March 22, 2016 at 4:03 am

    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. ellie — March 28, 2016 at 4:30 am

    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. Sarah — April 24, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Made this tonight and it was amazing!

  35. Rebecca — May 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    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!

    • Beth @ The First Year — May 6, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      That sounds AMAZING!!

  36. Tiffany — June 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    What can you use in place of bananas?

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