Healthy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Healthy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting — the cake is super moist and chocolatey, the frosting is incredibly rich and sweet and PACKED with peanut butter flavor…  you’d never know the slice in front of you is sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, and keto-friendly too!

Ohhhh yes baby.

Healthy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting recipe (sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free) - Desserts with Benefits

I was in the mood for Chocolate Cake, but I was also kinda in the mood for peanut butter…  just like every other day.

So I made a healthy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting.  And it’s the bomb.

But this isn’t just like any other Chocolate Cake, this is a HEALTHY Chocolate Cake!  It’s super chocolatey, moist and decadent, just like the storebought mixes.  And the frosting?  OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS.  It’s heaven.  Wait no, it’s not “like” heaven, it IS heaven.  And that’s a fact.

I’ll let you in on a little secret here too:  When I was about to make the peanut butter frosting, I remembered I had run out of peanut butter the day before (crying and screaming occurred here, obviously).  And then I remembered my Peanut Butter Frosting made without peanut butter.   Peanut flour literally saved my life this cake.  Peanut flour is like peanut butter in powder form.  You can use it in baked goods and frostings, you can even reconstitute it with water or milk to make “instant peanut butter.”  I use peanut flour quite often in my recipes and even used it in my cookbook, DIY Protein Bars, too!  If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it.

Healthy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting recipe (sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free) - Desserts with Benefits

Can I tell you another secret?  I ate this cake for breakfast.  Like, three days in a row.  And I’m pretty sure those three days were the best days of my life.

And I’m just doing my duty — sharing the good news with y’all.  I think you should make this cake too.  Every slice makes life infinitely better  🙂

Healthy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting recipe (sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free) - Desserts with Benefits

Imagine this in your face:  Healthy. Chocolate. Cake.  With Peanut Butter Frosting.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  Yes, of course.  Because it is, duh.

Healthy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
 

This Chocolate Cake is super moist and chocolatey and the Peanut Butter Frosting is incredibly rich and sweet and PACKED with peanut butter flavor. You'd never know it's sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free, and dairy free too!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake & Cupcakes
Servings: 2 8" cake layers
Calories: 190 kcal
Ingredients
  • 224g (2 cups) Coconut Flour
  • 192g (1 cup) Granulated Erythritol
  • 80g (1 cup) Unsweetened Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 430g (1¾ cups) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 320g (1⅓ cups) Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 6 large Eggs (room temperature)
  • 4 large Egg Whites (room temperature)
  • 1 tbs Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tbs Liquid Stevia Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray 2 8” cake pans with cooking spray and line with 8” circle parchment paper liners.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, erythritol, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

  3. In an electric stand mixer bowl fitted with a beater attachment, add the applesauce, almond milk, eggs, egg whites, vanilla extract and stevia extract. Mix on low speed. Add the dry ingredients to the stand mixer and increase the mixer speed to medium. Mix until the ingredients are fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.

  4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans. Tap the pans on the counter a few times to make sure the batter is level. Bake for 50 minutes, or until the surface springs back when tapped. Let cool completely in the pan.

  5. TO FROST-  Flip one cake layer onto a cake pedestal, peel off the parchment paper cake liner, and frost with your frosting of choice. Flip the other cake layer onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, peel off the parchment paper cake liner, then carefully slide it onto the frosted bottom cake layer (this is a delicate cake, so be careful!). Frost the remainder of the cake. Slice and serve, or store in the fridge covered with a cake dome for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

This recipe was republished with permission from the Naughty or Nice Cookbook.  Chocolate Cake (pages 88-89) and Peanut Butter Frosting (page 155).

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 serving = 1/10th slice)
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4.5g 23%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 380mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
Sugars 6g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 15%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy  🙂

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Be happy.

Live fully.

Feel naughty, eat nice.

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– Jess

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44 comments on “Healthy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting”

  1. Looks YUM!
    But hold up – CHECK OUT THAT HOTTIE!! Loving the new picture!
    There’s a gorgeous girl!
    Pinning! This looks to die for – as always!

  2. I’m really intrigued by the look-alike Pay Days!

  3. I love anything chocolate mint. So of course, I would make the choco-mint bars, yum!

  4. Definitely the peanut butter and jelly, all the way! 🙂

  5. The peanut flour in the icing is really cool… dying to try it out!

  6. mmmm yum! I love peanut flour, it is so versatile!

  7. Fudge! Also I’m already an email subscriber, and don’t have social media (work restricted). I love peanut flour!

  8. looks amazing! can’t wait to try it!

  9. Love the idea of peanut butter frosting! I could think of a bunch of things to put it on!

  10. I want to make all the chocolate protein bars!!! Hope I win 😉

  11. I want to make the PB&J protein bars!

  12. Why do you have to cover it and leave it overnight?

  13. Oh I’d definitely make any chocolate flavor bar no matter what!

  14. Michelle Petty
    14

    Ill be making this peanut butter frosting vegan style for sure!
    I love the caramel apple protein bars 🙂

  15. Healthy chocolate cake? This is my kind of recipe! I never have seen peanut flour before – so thanks for drawing my attention to it, I have to get my hands on some!

  16. PB & Chocolate is a match made in heaven!

  17. The red velvet ones look delicious!

  18. Definitely the peanut butter fudge (basically, you had me at fudge.) Yum.

  19. Can we substitute another vegetable puree for the pumpkin?

    …PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE. Jussayin’

  20. wow, I never knew you could do that with peanut flour! awesome!

  21. Yum! My favourite combination! I have to try this!

  22. This cake looks great, looks very moist and light too! And oh peanut “butter” frosting, my very favorite. I’m also a huge fan of peanut flour, it is really the best thing ever!

  23. Chocolate peanut butter is my favorite combo!!!

  24. Alexis Henry
    25

    Love this recipe! Perfect for birthdays!

  25. Chocolate Peanut Butter!

  26. I would so make the s’mores bar.. I just love anything s’mores!

  27. Carolyn Marquis
    28

    I would definitely make the red velvet fudge bars!!!! mmmmmmm…… 🙂

  28. Peanut Butter Fudge!! Yum!

  29. Anything with peanut butter in it looks good!

  30. Hey
    This looks to die for.Is ther a reason you’ve started to use whole milk again and whole eggs, rather than egg whites alone? Just curious!
    I don’t have any stevia left…do you think I could increase the sugar by about 1/2 cup and just reduce the milk or something? Would that work?
    Love this site so much! Thank you for your awesome recipes!!!

    • Emma-
      I usually use almond milk in my recipes but I ran out when I wanted to make some cake, and I have organic whole milk in the fridge so I just used that 🙂
      My parents have issues with their cholesterol, and I did too when I was younger, but now that I eat healthier my cholesterol levels have dropped and I can afford it with milk, cheese, bacon, etc. I use whole eggs in recipes with coconut flour because coconut flour bakes up super crumbly without them.
      The stevia will be difficult to replace… 1 tsp has the sweetness of ~1 cup of sugar.
      If you’re using the organic stevia mix/Truvia, you’ll need to increase it to ~1 cup total.
      If you’re using a sweetener that’s cup-for-cup as sweet as sugar, you’ll probably need ~2 cups.
      You won’t need to reduce the milk, you’ll probably need to increase it (if you use the organic stevia mix/Truvia, add ~2 tablespoons; if you use a sweetener that’s cup-for-cup as sweet as sugar, add ~1/4 cup)
      I hope this substitution works out for you!
      -Jess

  31. This looks great. I will try it out if i can find peanut powder.

  32. Last night I baked the chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting for my boyfriend’s birthday. The cake tasted absolutely incredible! My boyfriend loved it and said it was the best cake he ever had. Thank you so much for your healthy dessert recipes that also taste amazing.

  33. I plan on making this for my hubby for Father’s Day (he loves Choc/PB combo). Can I use Swerve for the Organic Stevia Mix, and if so how much would I use ?

    Thanks so much ! Love your website, it’s a lifesaver !

  34. Ugh, so this didn’t work out so well for me. I used swerve instead of stevia mix and applesauce instead of pumpkin. Those were the only differences. The texture was a bit grainy; this is the first time I’ve baked with coconut flour so maybe that’s normal ? But it completely stuck to the pan and crumbled when I tried to get it out. I used parchment paper sprayed with a generous amount of non stick spray. I did manage to finally get (most) of it out and assemble it, but it looks like a hot mess, LOL. I’m not sure what I did wrong. I make wedding cakes for a living and I’ve never had this much trouble having a cake crumble or getting it out of the pan. Please help ! I really want to embrace the low carb, healthy sweets…. (this is my first low carb cake). Thanks !

  35. Have you tried using erythritol in this recipe instead of the stevia blend? Also, how is it the next day? I know most cakes are better the day after, but I’m unfamiliar with these kinds. 🙂

    • I haven’t tried using erythritol instead of the stevia blend, but it will work just fine!  You’ll just need to increase the vanilla-flavored stevia extract by a 1/2 teaspoon  😀
      I feel like the cake is pretty much the same the day you make it and the day after…  if anything, it just slices a little better and cleaner.  Since the frosting contains peanut flour (an ingredient that basically acts like a sponge and absorbs a ton a liquid), it’s best to frost the cake the day you serve it.
      Hope this helps Sarah!
      -Jess

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