Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake (Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting)

Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake just happened!!  A soft and springy, moist and delicious, 100% healthy and 110% addictive Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting.

And did I mention it’s healthy??

It appears I did, but it’s worth saying twice…  because one bite and you’ll never believe it! 😎

Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake: Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) -- Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

This hunky slice of heaven is sweetened with fresh, ripe bananas and organic stevia instead of white sugar, brown sugar or corn syrup.  And, it’s made with peanut flour instead of bleached all purpose flour.

Seriously.  No butter, no white sugar and no white flour.

This Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake is a win-win-win-win-WIN all around!

Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake: Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) -- Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

The cake is moist and packed with peanut butter and banana flavor…  it’s like banana bread infused with peanut butter 🍌

The frosting is thick, fudgy and sweet.  Like the stuff out of the tub from the grocery store, but without all the sugar, hydrogenated oil and artificial ingredients 🍫

Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake: Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) -- Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Pair that peanut buttery banana cake with the fudgy chocolatey peanut butter frosting and you’ve got some serious decadence on your hands.  And, um, I’m very serious when I say that.  This is so good you will want to eat it with your hands…  why waste time getting out the utensils? 😏

Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake: Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) -- Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

2 8" layers

Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake (Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting)

Ingredients:

Cake:
  • 4 Medium Very Ripe Frozen Bananas (mine weighed 420g)
  • ⅔ cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • ½ tbs Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 5 Large Organic Eggs
  • 300g (2½ cups) Peanut Flour
  • 96g (½ cup) Granulated Erythritol
  • 1 tbs Double-Acting Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
Frosting:

Directions:

For the Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray 2 8" cake pans with cooking spray and line with parchment circle liners.
  2. In a large blender (I used my Vitamix), add the frozen bananas.  Let it thaw for about 30 minutes, then add the almond milk, vanilla extract and stevia extract.  Blend until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs and blend again until smooth.  Pour the mixture into a large bowl.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the peanut flour, erythritol, baking powder and salt.  Dump the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients and whisk together.  Scoop the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake for 40 minutes.
For the Frosting:
  1. In a stand mixer bowl with whisk attachment, add all of the ingredients and whip on medium speed until completely smooth.  Frost the cake, then refrigerate for ~30 minutes to firm up.  Serve and enjoy!

Notes:

  1. The recipe above is my revised recipe.  I originally posted a Chunky Monkey Cake recipe back in 2014 but felt like it could use some work on the texture.  Just in case you wanted to see the previous recipe and/or the changes I made, I'm providing the old recipe here:
  • 300g (2½ cups) Peanut Flour
  • 96g (½ cup) Granulated Erythritol
  • 1 tbs Double-Acting Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 310g (1⅓ cups) Mashed Bananas, ripe
  • 123g (½ cup) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 5 Large Organic Eggs
  • 85g (⅓ cup) Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar, salt or oil added)
  • ⅓ cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1½ tsp Vanilla-Flavored Stevia Extract

Be sure to follow @DessertsWithBenefits on Instagram!  If you try this recipe, make sure to snap a picture of it, tag me @DessertsWithBenefits, and hashtag #DessertsWithBenefits.  I’d love to see it and feature you on #FanFaveFridays!

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Here is a nutrition label comparison between Bon Appetit’s Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting vs. my Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake:

**Bon Appetit’s nutrition label is on the left, the Desserts with Benefits nutrition label is on the right**

Hold onto your pants people.  The difference is shocking.

UNhealthy Chunky Monkey Cake nutrition label  Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake: Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) -- Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

When I was making Bon Appetit’s nutrition label, I blurted out to everyone in the room, “GUYS.  I’m making a nutrition label for this cake recipe I found online and it has over 12,000 calories!!” 😳

Everyone was completely shocked and quite honestly, appalled.  Whoever made that recipe wasn’t trying to spread the love, more like Type II Diabetes?  I don’t think I could ever serve someone a single slice of cake with 1,200 calories, 75g of fat and 81g of sugar (nearly 7 tablespoons).  I’d rather serve them a slice (or TWO) of my cake.  They’ll be just as happy and just as satisfied eating my (secretly healthy) cake as the other cake.  And I guarantee, they’ll feel a lot better about it too.  It’s Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake without the healthy taste!

Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake: Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) -- Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Well, would you look at the time.  I believe it’s cake o’clock, so I’m gonna grab a slice of this cake right now.

Peace out! ✌️

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– Jess

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34 comments on “Healthy Chunky Monkey Cake (Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting)

  1. Just wondering – are all of your recipes going to be grain-free now? Why the change?

    • Shannon-
      Sorry if the recent change is totally out of the blue! I’m not grain-free or anything, I love me my grains 😉
      I am just working on a project (hint hint, COOKBOOK!!) right now where I’m using a lot of oat flour, some brown rice flour, oats and quinoa flakes… so I’m reserving those ingredients for my recipe testing and trial/errors.
      Hope you understand! Thanks 🙂
      -Jess

    • Shannon-
      I know you commented a few months ago, but I was looking through my comments for mentions about a cookbook. I just thought I’d let you know that I just published my very first cookbook, DIY Protein Bars!
      This is where all my oat flour went, hahaha 😉
      I hope you get a chance to check out the book! 😀
      -Jess

  2. Could you use an alternative nut flour? Also – could these be made in cupcake form?

    • Shelby-
      I’m afraid there isn’t really a good replacement for the peanut flour 🙁
      Peanut flour absorbs a lot of liquid, similar to oat flour and coconut flour (probably due to its high fiber content), so I’ve never come across a good substitute yet.
      Also, I bet this cake could be made in cupcake form! I’m not sure how long they would need to be baked for, but when the tops of the cupcakes spring back when tapped, they’re ready 🙂
      -Jess

  3. I love this! The idea of taking an ice cream flavor and making it a cake is so cool! Maybe you can try Rocky Road or Moose Tracks cake next!

  4. I love the idea of using greek yogurt as a frosting- I recently made a tiramisu with greek yogurt instead of whipping cream! It turned out great.

    I can’t tolerate stevia, and most of your recipes call for it. What would you recommend subbing for it? It gives me the worst stomach pains!

    • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine-
      Thanks Michelle! 🙂
      Stevia is hard to replace because it’s so potent… I’m sorry it’s problematic for you! That’s so strange, most people are perfectly fine with it 🙁
      It really depends on the recipe though. Do you have a specific recipe in mind? Stevia is a bit difficult to replace in baked goods, but in no-bake recipes it’s less of an issue.
      -Jess
      PS: OHHHH my goodness… I just checked out your Mexican Chocolate Tiramisu recipe… IT LOOKS DIVINE!
      Actually, all of your recipes look divine. I will go Pinterest-crazy now, thank you 😉

  5. it looks soo good!

  6. Oh, that makes complete sense! And I’m excited to hear it! I don’t mind the grain-free or lower-grain recipes necessarily, I was just curious 🙂

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  8. Jessica,
    I made this cake but did not have the brand of vanilla stevia Jess suggested so used a different brand and the frosting was horrible -a very strong aftertaste. However, miraculously, the day after, the taste had completely mellowed and it was Fantastic! So my advice to anyone making this cake – use the same brands Jess uses so you don’t have a nasty surprise. It was SOOOOO Yummy. And so guilt free. I shared it at work, and no-one would believe it was sugar free and healthy. Thanks Jess.

    • Terri-
      Oh no! I’m sorry the different stevia didn’t work out 🙁 … although, I’m glad it mellowed out the next day!
      I made the same mistake once… I bought a large bottle of stevia (because it was on sale) without looking at the ingredients and it had alcohol in it, so NOTHING I used it on tasted normal. I had to throw it away, it was completely useless!
      Anyways, I’m glad you liked the cake (overall)! It’s so great to hear how it turns out for other people 🙂
      Have a great week!
      -Jess

  9. I was wondering what you could sub for peanut flour… cant find it in my town 🙁

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  11. Can “Stevia in the Raw” (in a bag) be used in place of the “Stevia mix” you list?

  12. Excellent! There was a Jif brand of the powdered peanut butter that didn’t have the added sugar and salt that the PB2 did, so maybe I’ll go back and pick that up. Thanks! Can’t wait to try out the recipe!

  13. It looks so decadent I can’t wait to try it. Since we’re peanut free, I always substitute with “Sunbutter” (sunflower seed). Can the peanut flour be substituted with coconut flour?, and can the stevia be substituted with either honey, pure male syrup, or coconut sugar( usually an identical substitute for brown sugar but healthier)?

    • Lorraine-
      Thanks Lorraine! I think Sunbutter can replace the peanut butter just fine, but I’m afraid coconut flour might not work in place of peanut flour… both are pretty absorbent, but I think coconut flour absorbs a little bit more liquid than peanut flour. However, if you replace the stevia with a liquid sweetener like honey or pure maple syrup, it might work out? You’ll need ~3/4-1 cup of honey or pure maple syrup to replace the stevia. I haven’t tried these substitutions but I hope it works out for you!! 😀
      -Jess

  14. Hello, I just love all your recipes but I am wondering if I could make my own “sugar” blend, I have stevia and erythritol. 

  15. Okay I love all your recipes but eggs are not healthy and it says healthy chunky monkey cake so…..

  16. I’m using the frosting recipe as a dip for fruit (bananas, apple slices, strawberries). Yum!

  17. Healthy without the healthy taste- that’s my jam! I’m seriously drooling over this beauty. I’ve gotta try this ASAP.

  18. Hi Jess,

    could I possibly replace the stevia extract with honey?

    • You’d need 3/4 cup-1 cup of honey in the cake to substitute the stevia, and I think that might throw off the dry:wet ratio and cause the cake to bake off differently. The frosting also wouldn’t set, so you’d need to add more peanut flour and cocoa to thicken it up. I’d recommend just using stevia here 🙂

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