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Double Chocolate Banana Cake


This lightened-up healthy chocolate cake has no oil, but gets its super moist crumb from bananas and applesauce. It’s also whole grain and lower in sugar than typical cake (with no need for frosting!) Go ahead and indulge!

Banana lovers, don’t forget to check out our Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Double Chocolate Banana Cake. This lightened up chocolate cake has no oil, uses bananas and applesauce to keep it moist, and has just the right amount of chocolate to make it feel like an indulgent treat. No frosting required! www.superhealthykids.com

Get the kids in here. We have some good news. Chocolate cake? It fits into your family’s balanced eating plan.

This cake is made from 100% whole wheat flour, sweet ripe bananas, and two kids of chocolate. The bananas and applesauce make it tender and moist without the need for added oils. And we’ve reduced the amount of sugar in this cake compared to a typical cake by about a quarter cup (you can actually reduce it further, if you like.)

Not only does this healthy chocolate cake taste amazing and mesh well with a healthy lifestyle, it’s also super easy to make. So gather up those ripe bananas and let’s bake.

Double Chocolate Banana Cake. This lightened up chocolate cake has no oil, uses bananas and applesauce to keep it moist, and has just the right amount of chocolate to make it feel like an indulgent treat. No frosting required! www.superhealthykids.com

What Makes Our Healthy Chocolate Cake So Good

  • It’s healthier than typical chocolate cake. This cake is free from added oils, sweetened with fruit, and has less added sugars than typical cake. It’s also made from delicate white whole wheat flour, which is a 100% whole grain flour.
  • It’s quick and easy to make. Really, all you need to know how to do here is mash bananas, dump ingredients into a bowl, and stir. It’s really simple! And we bake it in a square pan to halve the baking time compared to baking in a loaf pan.
  • It’s moist, sweet, and chocolatey. If you’ve ever made a “healthy” dessert that just didn’t satisfy in the flavor department, this is your cake. You and your kids will love the indulgent double chocolate taste.
  • You can freeze it. Satisfy your future chocolate cravings by stashing a few squares of cake in the freezer.
Double Chocolate Banana Cake. This lightened up chocolate cake has no oil, uses bananas and applesauce to keep it moist, and has just the right amount of chocolate to make it feel like an indulgent treat. No frosting required! www.superhealthykids.com

Tips for Baking This Cake

  • We used a stand mixer to combine the mashed bananas and sugar. If you don’t have one, a hand mixer works just as well. Don’t have one of those either? Break out a big fork and put those wrists to work!
  • If you don’t want to grease the pan, you can cut a square of parchment paper (or a long rectangle, to make a “sling” and put it in the bottom of the pan instead.
  • Use an 8×8 baking dish for a healthy chocolate cake that bakes quickly and evenly. You can also use a muffin pan.

Double Chocolate Banana Cake. This lightened up chocolate cake has no oil, uses bananas and applesauce to keep it moist, and has just the right amount of chocolate to make it feel like an indulgent treat. No frosting required! www.superhealthykids.com

Sweet Serving Suggestions

This cake is very good warm, so don’t be afraid to cut yourself and your kids a square soon after it comes out of the oven. (Give it 20 minutes to cool so it doesn’t burn anyone. Not even chocolate is worth a burn.)

Since this cake has no oil in it, you might like to pair it with a glass of whole milk, especially when you’re serving your kids. Milk and cake taste great together, and milk also balances the nutrition in their dessert.

Finally, give yourself permission to ENJOY. Sharing dessert with your kids is part of how we teach them to have a healthy attitude about all kinds of foods.

Double Chocolate Banana Cake

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Double Chocolate Banana Cake

This lightened up chocolate cake has no oil, uses bananas and applesauce to keep it moist, and has just the right amount of chocolate to make it feel like an indulgent treat. No frosting required!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 282kcal



  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the bananas and brown sugar until the bananas are mashed and the sugar is dissolved. (Note: you can also use a regular hand mixer OR you can even fork-whisk these ingredients together.)
  • Add the applesauce, vanilla, and egg. Mix together.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  • Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pour batter into a greased 8×8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the top with mini chocolate chips.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 35 minutes. Check the center with a toothpick to determine doneness. Best eaten warm.



Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 288mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 36g
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Hi I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong but my cake is not looking light and fluffy like this one not saying it’s not good though… Help please….

Make sure that you stir/sift your flour and cocoa powder before you measure them to lighten them up. When they’re stored, they settle and you end up measuring more if you don’t give them a quick stir first, resulting in a denser product. I hope this helps!

If you froze it, how did you do it – did you double-wrap before putting it in the freezer, or freeze pieces on a tray and then wrap after frozen (can you tell I’m new to freezing?! ), did you microwave to defrost, and for how long, and most importantly, was it still good? Thanks!

I haven’t frozen this particular cake, but you can freeze cake in general when individually wrapped. I would just let it come to room temperature, but you can microwave it too. I’ve done that with frozen cookies. Start with 30 seconds and go from there.

This cake was exactly what I needed today’s delicious and indulgent, and perfect to use overripe bananas and leftover applesauce. I used egg replacer (neat egg) and added a splash of almond milk to loosen batter a bit. Also added some PB to the top and swirled it. Baked for 35 minutes and it is delish!! I wanted to report my alterations in case anyone was in the same predicament. Great recipe, thanks!!

My son loves this cake and wants to bring it to school for his birthday celebration. Is it possible to make it as muffins?

Is there a way to know the approximate fat and sugar carbs? Is it More diabetic friendly using the applesauce and brown sugar? Suggestions?

This is AMAZING. So moist and delicious!!! I put some peanut butter chips on it this time (I’ve made it a few other times) and that adds just that much more especially for those like me who love peanut butter.

Do you know the calories or fats, etc in this recipe?

Hi Tina,

This recipe should make about 12+ cupcakes and you would bake them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 to 20 minutes.

I just tried a piece, delicious! What a quick and easy cake that doesn’t make me feel too guilty.

I made the cake recently. I cooked it as long as suggested and tested it before taking out of the oven. However the cake was much gooey-er than I expected and I wondered if I undercooked it. That said, it sure did taste good. We had it again another night and warmed it in the microwave to melt the choco chips. It turned out well on the re-heat.

I used coconut sugar which is lower glycemic and it was really good. I would think dates would make it too wet but I’m not sure (I didn’t write the recipe, just trying to help! haha)

Yum! My family loved this! It was gone in 2 days. I substituted a sprouted gluten free flour blend for the flour, 1 flax egg for the egg and coconut sugar for the brown sugar. It was moist, fudge and delicious!

This recipe is truly fantastic! Thank you!!! I used half spelt/half AP flour and the cake was delicious. I will be making this often.

I’d like to make this for my son’s first birthday on Sunday. Can I make this today (Friday) or is that too far in advance? How would you store this cake to keep it fresh?

This cake looked so good I had to try it asap! I just made it with my son.? We added:
-2/4 c brown sugar and I/3 c sugar
-we put nutella in the middle of the cake. (Cake batter, nutella, cake batter.)
-we put extra chocolate chips on top
-cooked it for 30 mins

It smells so good in here!!

This recipe is wonderful! I had some bananas that I either needed to make something or throw out they couldn’t have lasted another day and love chocolate with bananas so found this. I made muffins out of it and baked on 350 for 15 min. They turned out fantastic!! Thank you!

hi! would this recipe work out if I made it in two 8” circle pans and stacked them? like birthday cake style?

5 stars
First time baked this and hmmmm…! Great taste! I made it for 6 servings and used a 13″x7″ pan and it took 40 mins. I also added walnuts, and used 1/4 cup of milk chocolate chips and whole wheat flour. We love it! ?

5 stars
Made this for my brother in laws birthday. The entire cake was gone in a blink of an eye. Everyone loved it. The only change I made was to use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. Baked in 8 inch pan took 35 min. Will most defiantly make again and again.

If you ditched the “All purpose flour” it would be healthier, not to mention less carbs, calories and SUGAR.
Looks yummy though

5 stars
Easy and tasty. My niece who usually avoids fruit in anything ate it (even though she kept asking what was in it!)

5 stars
Wow. This was so rich and delicious. I had to package half of it and give it away immediately, otherwise I would have made short work of it in only a couple of days. My kid loved it, too. She’s already asking me when I’m going to make it again.

I just made this it’s so delicious and moist my 3 year old daughter loves it too she kept asking for more but I had to stop her…lol

5 stars
I have made this 3 times and it was delicious every time! I truly felt I was indulging in a dessert. I did not feel like I was missing out on the sweetness.

Super Healthy Kids! I was going to make this but then looked at the nutrition facts – 31g of sugar per serving! Straight away your child is getting 6g more sugar than daily allowance

I made this cake today and it is amazing!!! S o moist and chocolatey almost like a mud cake but with fruit in it..So good..I will definitely be making this again!!

Thank you so much for this recipe. I was looking for a sugar-free, fruit- based cake for my daughter’s first birthday. I didn’t put the brown sugar, and added a banana (they were very ripped so very sweet)
She never had sugar or chocolate before, but she loves banana so I wasn’t sure she would love it . It was a success!! Both kids and adults loved it

I made the cake today and it was awesome. It was moist and chocolaty and really wonderful. My mom and daughter loved it. It’s a bit healthier than other cake recipes, needs no frosting and satisfies the chocolate cravings. Will definitely be making this again.

doesn’t get any better than this! ok, so I added walnuts and served warm with whip, and its sooo moist and delish. My current favorite dessert. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Hi. I just made this for my girls afternoon tea, it’s so good. The smell when they walked in!!
I used greek yoghurt instead of apple sauce as that’s what I had in the fridge ( apple sauce is not a big thing here in NZ) turned out so moist, light and fluffy and fudgy all at the same time. We had it warm, not long out of the oven as we couldn’t resist ha ha. Great recipe , thanks!

4 stars
I made this cake without the apple sauce as I did not have any but added Greek yoghurt as one lady in the comments suggested. I also only put the chocolate chips in the cake and omitted sprinkling the chocolate chips on top but did added fresh raspberries for added vitamins. I also did not put the sugar in but added a quarter of honey for sweetness. The cake has come out moist and gooey. It is not too sweet but I like it that way.

I was looking for something a little different as I had bananas too use up
I only have dark brown sugar
And no coco powder
But I have dark chocolate chunks and dark chocolate
chips! How would I adjust

Can’t wait to try this! A couple of questions: did you use natural or Dutch processed cocoa? Also, what changes would I need to make if I’m using a 9” square pan? Thank you!

Hi Sara! You can use either kind of cocoa powder. As for using a 9″ pan, I would just check the cake for done-ness a few minutes earlier than the recipe calls for. Start peeking in at 20 minutes to see if the cake is firm in the middle. If not, check again at 25 minutes. I hope this helps!

5 stars
I made this without applesauce, and it was still beautiful. I baked for 35 mins, Andy checked every 10 m or so

it was completely flat like a pancake. very disappointing. Children were doing it for their father’s birthday and no time to do another one.

I’m so sorry to hear this, Lucie! We haven’t run into this issue… the only reason I can think of a to why the cake turned out flat is that your baking soda may have gone stale… it does lose it’s power to lift over time. I hope the birthday celebration was happy nonetheless!

Hi Indy, good question! I’m not sure if frozen banana will have a great texture in this cake (it tends to get a bit brown and slimy when thawed.) I recommend fresh ripe bananas if possible.

5 stars
I unfortunately didn’t have applesauce so had to use oil. I ended up not using any chocolate chips as I felt the batter was sweet enough. My kids loved it! Will definitely be adding this recipe to the favorites!

Hi Lisa! If you stick a toothpick or a clean knife into the middle of a cake towards the end of baking, it should come out clean (or with just a crumb or two attached.) That’s how you know the cake is done. If your toothpick pulls up sticky uncooked batter, you know your cake needs a little extra time in the oven. I hope this helps!

Hi Lisa, I would store this on the counter top for the first day or two, and refrigerate if it’s not all eaten up after that. 🙂

5 stars
Absolutely delicious! Never have I managed to make a cake with wholewheat flour that didn’t taste of wholewheat. And it’s so moist! I substituted the white wholewheat flour with regular wholewheat flour and reduced the quantity to 90g as regular wholewheat flour tends to be denser. Worked out perfectly.
Thank you for such a delicious recipe! It was a hit with everyone who ate it!

5 stars
This snack cake was delicious! My bananas were very, very ripe which means they were very, very sweet, so I cut the sugar down to a half-cup and thought it was still plenty sweet. I also cut the chocolate chips down to a half-cup, just to save the calories; I’m sure it would have been even more scrumptious with the full cup of chocolate chips! With my reductions, the calorie count per 1/9 of a cake dropped down to closer to 200 calories. This is a keeper; I will make it again. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

5 stars
I changed it a little.
1/2 cup coconut oil instead of applesauce
3/4 cup maple syrup instead on sugar and I popped in an extra egg. Sooo light n fluffy moist and delicious

You could try using extra banana as a substitute for the applesauce (I haven’t tried this myself, so I’m not exactly sure how it’ll turn out!)

5 stars
This recipe is excellent! I’ve used it several times now. Always turns out moist and rich. Great way to use up bananas. Thanks!

5 stars
We used coconut flower sugar in place of brown sugar (1:1) and yoghurt in place of apple sauce (1:1). Cake was good! Moist enough. Adults and kids loved it 🙂 thanks for the recipe. The message thread is really helpful too.

5 stars
Me and my daughter just loved making this one and sharing with her friends..
Such a wonderful recipe.:)

5 stars
I’m so amazing at what I saw on your blog,was searching for a nice site where I can get Banana caramel cake for my cousin’s birthday. Your Banana caramel cake looks attractive and adorable .
I will like to you to bake a cake for my cousin’s birthday that is coming up next month

Hi Neha! I’m not confident that the cake will rise well if the batter is made a day ahead. This is one I would try to mix together just before baking if possible.

Made this over the weekend and not a crumble left after a day. This is the best tasting chocolate cake I have ever baked with such healthy ingredients. My boys love it. Thank you for such amazing recipes

5 stars
Thanks a lot for the recipe. I increased the amount of cocoa powder slightly and used 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chunks instead of chips. 3rd time doing this cake and it is delicious!

5 stars
I almost didn’t choose this recipe because I wanted a YUMMY chocolate banana cake, and this recipe is for a Healthy chocolate banana cake. So good and super moist! I don’t know why I would ever make a chocolate cake with butter or oil again.

Hi Sara, I have never tried making this in the microwave, so I can’t say whether it will turn out or not. You could try looking up cook times for “mug cakes” and spoon some batter into a mug to try it in the microwave that way. I hope this helps, have fun experimenting!

Tried it last weekend and it disappeared in a couple of days! I used half cup gluten free baking flour and half cup whole wheat flour along with only half a cup of coconut sugar. It turned out amazing! Instead of the extra chocolate chips on top, I added some chopped walnuts. This recipe is a keeper.

5 stars
This turned out super delicious. I substituted the sugar with one extra banana and 1/2 cup of maple syrup, applesauce with olive oil, AP flour with oat flour, and half the chocolate chips with chopped dates. So so good!

5 stars
Divine & so easy to make.I replaced sugar with sweetener granules & used very dark cocoa & chocolate. Just to cut sugar a bit.was still delicious

Hi Jasmin, if you don’t mind adding some fat to the cake, you can use butter or oil in place of the applesauce.

I made this cake the other day and though I read that it has no oil, I completely missed that there is no milk as well. I am lactose intolerant but I indulge in cake sometimes. But this was yummy and no milk. Going to make it again. Making muffins this time!

5 stars
Such a great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ve made it 3 times now and thoroughly enjoy the ease, taste and being able to use up my bananas in a healthy way

We’re so happy to hear that this recipe was such a hit with your family! Thanks for sharing your experience! 🙂

5 stars
My son loved it!!! It’s a great recipe and even it has bananas, it tastes more like a chocolate cake.. I was worried as my son doesn’t prefer banana base dessert. ?

We haven’t tried it, so we can’t say for sure- but we use gluten-free substitutes in many of our recipes with good results. 🙂

5 stars
This was A M A Z I N G!!! I can’t get over it, I want to eat the whole thing but I’ll be nice and let my family have some haha. Thank you so much for making this recipe 10/10

Hello! Can you please tell me if this tastes like a normal chocolate cake, or, if you will taste the banana as well?

Thank you!

5 stars
I just came across this recipe while trying to find some banana loaf/cake recipe variation earlier today. I was glad to find this and your website. I can try something using the apple sauce I made while on lockdown. I just tried it tonight. No wheat flour at home so I used all purpose flour, tried coco sugar instead of brown sugar in reduced quantity to suit my taste. I am soo happy and it turned out really good and delicious just perfect for my taste. very moist and yummy. By the way, I am from Cebu Philipppines. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I will be a regular visitor to your site now. 🙂

5 stars
The BEST Banana Cake Recipe ever encountered!
Simple, Healthy & ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! Thank you so much for this recipe!
I used very ripe banana plantains and oh my goodness, totally scrumptious!

5 stars
I made this cake together with my 3years old. It was my first time trying my hand at baking from scratch. So I did not have any expectations. I just wanted to fulfill my son’s urge to make a chocolate cake. Guess what, the whole family loved it. Almost half of it was finished even before it cooled down. AWESOME as my son said. Thank you for the recipe.

5 stars
I’ve made this cake and it was perfect, delicious.

I want to make it again, but make it into a 2 layer cake (doubling recipe, baking 2)…do you think the cake will stand the height?

The applesauce is used instead of oil- so you could use the oil instead of the applesauce. Or you could try another fruit puree!

I would like to make this cake for my son’s birthday but I wanted to use a 10.5″ bundt cake tin instead of a square 8″ dish. Would that work or would the cake be drier? Would I need to change the proportion, the temperature and baking time? Thank you

That should work just fine! I wouldn’t recommend any adjustments other than to check your cake about 10 minutes before the end of the bake time. 🙂

5 stars
This cake is a staple dessert in our household with nut allergies, gluten-free and vegan diets! THANK YOU?
The flour is easily replaced with any GF options and an egg replacer used without even noticing.

Thanks for sharing your substitutions- and we’re so happy to hear that this recipe is such a hit with your family! Yay!!

5 stars
I love this recipe so, so much! I’ve made it multiple times now, and my husband, daughter and I can’t get enough!

Hi there, I have a child with some sensory challenges. I’m trying to find a creative way to get some banana into his diet every now and then. This cake looks amazing and very chocolatey. Does the chocolate somewhat hide the banana or is it very strong? Thank you!

This was to die for. The family just polished it off! Incredibly moist. The only thing I wish it tasted less banananish .. so thinking will add more coco ?

5 stars
Just made this with my 3 and 5 year olds and had so much fun! We only used 1/2 cup of brown sugar and a cup of dark chocolate morsels. Thinking next time even less brown sugar and maybe 1/2 cup dark chocolate morsels. So rich and moist! Loved this and I hate cake! Definitely saving for another day!

5 stars
Thank you for this awesome recipe! It’s our go-to for making healthy-ish chocolate cake that the adults and kids in the house can enjoy – and no one can tell that it has bananas or WWF 🙂 I do reduce sugar by half as we don’t eat a lot of sugar and sub the applesauce with 1/4cup oil + 1/4 cup curd… Delicious!

5 stars
OMG. This CAKE, holy moly. My kids liked this and my chocolate loving husband DEVOURED it. I’m eating the last piece with some tea as my treat after kids went to bed and can say it’s a family favorite!! I’d absolutely make this over regular chocolate cake any day. I think the tip that it’s great warm out of the oven is spot on. I may have slightly undercooked it since I stuck with the 25 min time (a toothpick came out pretty clean though)It was perfect. Almost like lava cake tasting though firmer – think fresh brownie out of the oven. Cold it was good but warm was amazing. We kept reheating it for dessert all weekend. It was perfect as is, but still really sweet where if you wanted to be healthier you could probably play around with cutting down on the sugar.

Any chance you can give a weight or an approximate cup size for the bananas? I cut mine up and put them in the freezer lol

5 stars
Loved this recipe!!
I didn’t have the 1 cup chocolate chips, but my family did not miss them. I baked the cake into muffins (made exactly 12) and can’t wait to make more.

5 stars
Made this today with my 8 year old daughter…. It’s delicious and so easy! Thank you!

5 stars
This cake recipe turned out PERFECT! It had a great rise and was very moist and flavorful! Ten stars!! **********

5 stars
This is so delicious. It is very moist and chocolatey. I feel like I am indulging in a not so good for you treat!

5 stars
Decadent yet guilt free!!

My third grade niece made these under my watch and they turned out perfectly! These are moist, chocolaty, scrumptious!!

We doubled the batch with a 9×13 pan, only used 1 cup brown sugar, and only 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips mixed in.


Don’t wonder. Don’t wait.

Bake these!!!

5 stars
I forgot to mention (and I couldn’t reply to my own review)…

We used straight oat flour and it baked perfectly at about 35 – 40 minutes!!

Thank you for your great, healthy recipes! Do I need to substitute applesauce if I dint have any? What can Ibise as a substitute pls?

5 stars
I made these in muffin tins, the only change was to reduce cooking time to 18min. I sprayed the tins well with baking Pam.

They are like semi molten cakes because of the amount of chocolate chips. Very moist and not super strong banana taste.

I’m bringing them to a friends for dinner so this will make it easier to warm them in the microwave.

I plan to serve with banana ice cream!