slice of healthier chocolate cake on metal plate with banana in the background

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 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.

tray with baking ingredients - bananas, yogurt, peanut butter, flour, chocolate chips, egg

Is It Even Possible To Make a Healthier Chocolate Cake?

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.

slice of healthier chocolate cake in glass pan

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!

 
healthier chocolate cake on plate with bananas in background

Healthy chocolate cake ingredients

  • bananas: sweetness and fat
  • greek yogurt: healthier fat compared to oil or butter
  • honey: natural sweetener compared to sugar
  • vanilla: flavor!
  • creamy peanut butter: healthy fat and flavor
  • egg: leavener and binder
  • all purpose flour: gives structure
  • cocoa powder: deep rich chocolate flavor
  • baking soda: leavener
  • chocolate chips: hello, necessary!!

How to make healthier chocolate cake with bananas from scratch

  1. Blend the bananas, greek yogurt, honey, vanilla, and peanut butter.
  2. Pour the blended mixture into a mixing bowl. Add the egg and mix in.
  3. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda, mix until incorporated.
  4. Add the 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, mix.
  5. Pour the cake into the prepared pan. Sprinkle addition chocolate chips on top of the cake if desired. Bake for 27-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

What does healthier chocolate cake taste like?

The best way to describe this skinny chocolate 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!

For a step-by-step of how to make this healthier chocolate cake recipe, watch this short video:

More healthier desserts

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies
Healthier Fudgy Brownies
Healthier Banana Bread
Healthy Dark Chocolate Cookies

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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!

Healthier Chocolate Cake

Yield: one 8x8 pan
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

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!

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas, ripe
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt (vanilla or plain)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour **can be made GF, see note
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • mini chocolate chips for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  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 27-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Notes

This recipe turned out great using gluten free flour! We love King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour