Healthy Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
This Healthy Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting is super moist, packed with fresh banana flavor, and it’s secretly good for you too — free of butter and sugar and full of fiber, protein and whole grains!
Peanut Butter & Jelly is so yesterday. The combination that is about to ROCK. YOUR. WORLD. is Peanut Butter + Banana! The peanut butter adds richness and decadence, the banana adds natural sweetness and pure satisfaction.
This cake is so moist and rich it tastes like it’s full of butter, oil and sugar. But it isn’t. It’s like banana bread in cake form and cloaked with peanut butter Heaven, yes?
And it’s also light, yet surprisingly filling. So, as much as you want another slice you’ll be satisfied with just one.
One bite of this and your socks are bound to fly off.
So delicious. So nutritious.
See how moist this cake is?
It’s seriously like heaven on a fork… soon to become magic in your mouth.
I was curious to see what the nutrient breakdown of this recipe would look like so I made a nutrition label for the cake and the frosting. To put it simply, I was shocked… but in a good way! Then I wondered how this cake’s nutrition label would stack up to a typical unhealthy recipe, so I made a nutrition label for Betty Crocker’s banana cake and peanut butter frosting recipe. I was horrified by what I saw, especially in comparison to my recipe’s nutrition label. I reduced the serving size of the Betty Crocker nutrition label from a good-sized, 1/8th of a cake to a smaller, 1/10th of a cake. Still, there is a pretty large discrepancy between our two labels.
Betty Crocker’s nutrition label is on the left, the Desserts with Benefits nutrition label is on the right:
WHAT?! A smaller slice of Betty Crocker’s cake has double the calories of a larger slice of my cake.
And to make matters worse, a small slice of Betty Crocker’s cake has 68g of sugar. That is more than a 1/3 cup of sugar per slice (5 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons to be exact). A slice of that cake has the same amount of sugar as four Pop Tarts and more sugar than three Hershey’s chocolate bars. To be honest, that really upsets me.
My recipe only has 280 calories for the cake AND frosting… uhhh, YES please. The 6g of fiber and 20g of protein are incredibly filling so you will be satiated after one slice. Highly unlike the typical kind of cake, where one slice is never enough. We’ve aaaallll been there…
Oh, and if you’re wondering how many calories are in a 1/8th slice of Betty Crocker’s cake, it’s 700.
Because my cake is pretty low in fat I like to serve it alongside some extra peanut butter banana goodness. I mix a spoonful of my Banana-Infused Peanut Butter with a tiny splash of almond milk to make a rich and tasty glaze.
I think it goes without saying that we all deserve a little extra peanut butter lovin’ 😉