Bursting with ripe banana flavors and just enough chocolate to ensure it tastes like a treat, this Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Cake is easy and delish. A perfect treat to share with the kids!

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

I used to make this cake regularly when my oldest was a toddler. We’d bake it before her nap, it would cool as she slept, and then she’d help with the frosting when she was up. We’d eat it together in the dining room for our afternoon snack and it made for near-perfect moments: We had fun, made something together, we got to share something delicious, and—most importantly—no one got upset or had a tantrum. Winning!

Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This cake, which is moist and bursting with fresh banana, has a simple cream cheese frosting on top. It’s delicious served chilled and pairs well with milk or coffee—depending on who in your family is enjoying it.

Ingredients in Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

To make this cake you’ll need:

 

how to make healthy chocolate chip banana cake step by step

How to Make Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Cake Step-by-Step

Here’s a look at the steps involved in making this gluten-free cake. The batter comes together in just minutes, so it’s a good one to make with the kids.

  1. Gather your ingredients and prepare your pan.
  2. Mix the batter together.
  3. Bake! Prepare the frosting.
  4. Let cool and top with frosting.

girl frosting healthy chocolate chip banana cake

Which parts of this cake can my kids help with?

The kids can help stir the batter together (use a giant bowl to help the batter stay in the bowl!) and they can help to spread the frosting on the cake too. You may even want them to help you hold the electric mixer to mix the frosting together!

slice of chocolate chip banana cake

Can I make this cake ahead?

You can make the cake up to a day ahead of when you plan to serve. Store in the fridge covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container. Frost soon before serving. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

  • Use full-fat cream cheese for the best texture and flavor.
  • You can use mini chocolate chips instead of chopping full-size ones if desired.
  • Mash the banana smooth for a smooth final texture in the cake.

I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe, so please comment below to share feedback!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

This gluten-free cake is moist and flavorful, and lower in added sugars than most cakes. It's a fun one-bowl cake to bake together. Adapted from Flourless
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 328kcal
Servings 10

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (from about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted and cooled slightly or use canola oil)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips chopped

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9-inch cake pan with nonstick spray.
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl—except the cream cheese, vanilla, and honey—stirring to combine.
  • Pour into cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, let the cream cheese soften for about 30 minutes at room temperature. Mix together with vanilla and honey with an electric hand mixer until smooth and fluffy.
  • Cover the top of the cake with frosting and serve.

Notes

  • You can make the cake up to a day ahead of when you plan to serve. Store in the fridge covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container. Frost soon before serving. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Use full-fat cream cheese for the best texture and flavor.
  • You can use mini chocolate chips instead of chopping full-size ones if desired.
  • Mash the banana smooth for a smooth final texture in the cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 246mg, Potassium: 128mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 371IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. Can this be made with maple syrup like some of the other toddler cakes instead of the brown sugar? We are not giving any sugar to my 2 year old son but would still like him to enjoy a treat on his birthday. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Amy,

    I made this cake yesterday and let me tell you, it was AMAZINGG. I just had two slices for breakfast today. I made two substitutions though. I used only 1/4 cup of unsalted butter and 1/4 of non fat Greek yogurt instead of 1/2 cup oil but the cake turned out so good and moist. I also did not add the frosting because it was sweet and good enough for me.

    Thanks for the recipe!

      1. 5 stars
        I made this for my son’s second birthday. I did a gluten free baking mix instead of the almond meal and added a little bit of nut milk. It wasn’t a fluffy cake but it was DELICIOUS, especially with the cream cheese frosting. I also used cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips. Thank you for this recipe! I felt great letting my son have seconds and eat it every day until it was gone.