Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

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I am so sorry that I disappeared on you last week, but I have a good reason excuse! My BFF from high school came to visit me!!! Michelle and I have not seen each other in 12 years!!! I moved away…we both have kids…I spent 8 years in a Sudafed coma…time difference…blah, blah, blah. We haven’t stayed in touch as much as we should have, but when my husband up and moved out last month with no notice, she was right there for me…like no time had passed at all 🙂

How many of you have a friend that will fly for 8 hours (with 3 plane changes), drop off their son with a coach for a college football recruiting event, and hop in a rental car and drive for 5 hours to see you? Between Thursday morning and Saturday evening, Michelle spent a total of 27 hours traveling, so she could spend 26 hours here visiting with me. She got a whopping 7 hours of sleep within those 3 days….. now that is a true friend!

I dug out an old photo of us from 1989…..

picture of Michelle and I at my wedding reception standing on the deck with trees and bushes in the background

and this is us now…..

a picture of Michelle and I standing in front of a large ocean photo hanging on a beige colored wall

I am still a little bit fuzzy on the math though. How can we have been friends for 32 years, if we are only 29 years old? LOL

Okay, enough of that…let’s move onto the reason you are here!

a slice of banana chocolate chip cake with chocolate peanut butter frosting topped with chocolate chips and chopped peanuts sitting on a square white plate

How to make Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 x 9 baking pan with baking spray, set aside.

For the Cake:

In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the liquid ingredients.

Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together until well combined.

Mix in the chocolate chips.

Stir chocolate chips into the banana cake batter

Pour into the prepared baking dish.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

banana chocolate chip cake baked in a square baking dish sitting on top of the stove

Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:

Beat together tofu/cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter in a large bowl until well mixed

Stir in the powdered sugar and cinnamon (I use the mixer without turning it on) then beat together until frosting is smooth and creamy.

peanut butter frosting mixed together in a large, clear glass bowl

Spread frosting over the completely cooled cake.

Slice and serve.

Notes:

I debated how I wanted to deal with the sour cream and the cream cheese that are traditionally included in these types of recipes, and this is what I did. I decided to use the cream off the top of a can of coconut milk…

coconut cream scooped out of the top of the can with a spoon to fill a measuring cup

then I added a teaspoon of lemon juice to give it a little tang like sour cream and voila…..Lisa’s solution to sour cream! No, you do not taste the coconut…I promise.

For the cream cheese, I opted to go with tofu. A little strange I know, but I thought it would work…and it did!!!

I chose Dark Chocolate Dreams by Peanut Butter & Co because it sounded delicious, and it was really good!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting on a small, square, white plate

So there you have it, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting. Make it with dairy or without, either way this cake is awesome!

More delicious peanut butter and chocolate recipes:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins

Peanut Butter Cup Boozy Brownies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies {vegan}

Chocolate Peanut Butter Kisses Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

Enjoy!!

a slice of banana chocolate chip cake with chocolate peanut butter frosting topped with chocolate chips and chopped peanuts sitting on a square white plate

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting. Make it with dairy or without, either way, this cake is awesome!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, chocolate, chip, peanut butter, cake, snack, recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • cup evaporated cane juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • cups coconut cream* or substitute sour cream/Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • cup canola oil
  • 1 cup ripe bananas mashed (about 2 medium)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the Frosting

  • ½ cup silken tofu
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut butter or unsalted butter
  • ½ cup chocolate peanut butter or substitute Nutella
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 x 9 baking pan with baking spray, set aside.

For the Cake

  • In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the liquid ingredients.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together until well combined.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting

  • Beat together in a large bowl, the tofu, butter, and peanut butter until well mixed.
  • Stir in the powdered sugar and cinnamon (I use the mixer without turning it on) then beat together until frosting is smooth and creamy.
  • Spread frosting over the completely cooled cake.
  • Slice and serve.

Notes

  • Coconut cream is the top layer that is scooped out of a cold can of full fat coconut milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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16 Comments

  1. Seriously yummy!…. Oh… I didn’t mean us in that picture from the 80’s, I meant the Banana cake with Chocolatey-Peanut butter goodness 😉 – I’m going to try this out. Of course I’ll have to change it up to accomodate my freakish allergy list, but it should work out :). Thanx for sharing it…. Not sure I can say the same for the picture. Lol. *Whew* I’m glad the 80’s are over!

    From big hair to Grey hair (that we’ll dye of course), here’s to good food with good friends. =]

  2. I love what you did with my Banana Chocolate Chip Cake! This looks amazing, Lisa. 🙂
    Actually one of the best cakes I ever made was a vegan one- it was a coconut cake made with tofu and coconut milk- so good & moist!

  3. Oh my gosh, how great are those pictures of the two of you? You both look so much like your high school selves, I love it! And this cake and frosting combination sounds insane (in a good way). Love the dairy-free adaptations!

  4. Peanut butter chocolate frosting? Now that is more of my kind of “frosting.” That is amazing that you have such a long time and great friend!! 🙂

  5. Pretty sure the hubby would love this recipe! He loves bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter. So glad you linked up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can’t wait to see what goods you bring next week! Hope you have a great weekend! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  6. oh Lisa that looks good. And since you were with your bff of 32 years at the age of 29, we forgive you for being MIA 😉
    LOL
    Thanks so much for linking up at Swap N Share Sunday this week. Great recipe. Pinned it
    Dawn

  7. That looks delicious. Bananas and chocolate, two of my favorites. I definitely will be trying this out soon! Thank You so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week! Happy Friday!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  8. Aren’t life long friendships so vital to us as women! I would die w/o my good friends and I’m sure the cake is amazing too! Thanks so much for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell last week… I hope you’ll come back to party with me again tomorrow! Have a great night! xoxo~ Ruthie

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