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Healthy Chocolate Banana Snack Cake

Healthy Chocolate Banana Snack Cake - Quick and easy chocolate banana snack cake that you can feel good about putting in the kid’s lunch boxes! Super healthy and they won’t even know it!

Quick and easy chocolate banana snack cake that you can feel good about putting in the kid’s lunch boxes!  Super healthy and they won’t even know it!

Healthy Chocolate Banana Snack Cake - Quick and easy chocolate banana snack cake that you can feel good about putting in the kid’s lunch boxes! Super healthy and they won’t even know it!

I have never made a snack cake before.  I know they’re a thing.  I see recipes for them all the time.  I guess when I think “snack”, “cake” isn’t usually the next thing that jumps to mind.

That needs to change.  I need to think of “cake” and “snack” as belonging together because it is a wonderful thing.  Especially when it’s as tasty and as healthy as this chocolate banana snack cake is.  My kids had no idea that this was healthy.  They were just flabbergasted that they were being given chocolate cake for a snack instead of a piece of fruit.

I happily ate some myself, because who’s going to say no to chocolate cake?  Especially when it doesn’t negate the run I just went for?  You can’t say no to that.  Plus – chocolate.  Chocolate and healthy.  All in the same wonderful snack cake.  That, my friends, is a beautiful thing.

Healthy Chocolate Banana Snack Cake - Quick and easy chocolate banana snack cake that you can feel good about putting in the kid’s lunch boxes! Super healthy and they won’t even know it!

 

Which is why snack cakes need to become something I make more often.

Especially when they are as healthy as this one.  No butter or oil, just some plain Greek yogurt plus the bananas for moisture.  No refined sugar, and only three tablespoons of honey to sweeten the entire cake.  Plus, it’s made with whole wheat flour.  I suppose there’s the sugar in the chocolate chips, but I think you could probably even omit the chocolate chips (or reduce them) if you want it to be completely free of refined sugar.  (Of course, those melty chocolate chips in a warm piece of chocolate cake are maybe the best part, but that’s just my opinion!)  And it can be in the oven in less than 15 minutes and stays moist for days.

Fast, easy, tasty and healthy.  That’s something that needs to be made more often.  Because like I said, healthy chocolate banana snack cake is a wonderful thing.

Healthy Chocolate Banana Snack Cake - Quick and easy chocolate banana snack cake that you can feel good about putting in the kid’s lunch boxes! Super healthy and they won’t even know it!

I also shared this healthy chocolate banana snack cake recipe over on Food Fanatic.  

  1. Kayla says:

    I was so excited to try this recipe, as healthier treats are great for my kids. I just pulled this cake out of the oven however, and am highly disappointed in its outcome. I followed directions exactly, but while mixing the wet and dry ingredients together it was so dry it wouldn’t even come together, so I added a few tablespoons of milk to get it to mix together. Perhaps my bananas were not quite big enough? The bake time is also quite confusing, as the directions state to bake for 55 minutes, but the note at the bottom says it will be done around 32. I put mine in for 25 and it is overdone. The upside is that it made my kitchen smell amazing while baking!

    1. Stacey says:

      Hi Kayla, I’m so sorry this didn’t turn out for you. I’m not sure what happened with the typo in the bake time there, but it should read 28-32 minutes bake time. That’s what my document has when I pulled it up, so I don’t know how that happened, but I will get it fixed, and I do apologize for the typo! It had been awhile since I’d made this recipe, so when I saw your comment this morning I made time in my day to try the recipe again myself. I baked it for 30 minutes and it was perfect. My batter was not overly dry, it was a bit thinner then a regular muffin batter, but thicker then a normal cake batter. I didn’t have any trouble mixing it. It might be the size of your bananas. I measured mine after mashing them and had 1 cup of mashed banana, which I will add to the recipe. It could also be the way you measure flour. If you measure it differently then I do it could make a big difference. I use the scoop and sweep method, which is scooping a dry measuring cup through the flour, and then sweeping off the excess with a knife, without shaking the flour down into the cup at all. I use the same method for measuring cocoa powder. Hopefully that helps!

    1. Stacey says:

      Fat free Greek yogurt should be fine. I’m not sure if I’ve tried it with fat-free, I usually buy 2%, but I’m pretty sure it would work just as well.

    1. Stacey says:

      I hadn’t made this in quite a while, but it did look like a long bake time so I immediately went and made it to see. And you are right, the time is wrong. It should be 28-32 minutes. Mine was done perfectly in 30 minutes. I’m so sorry. I’m not sure if it was a horrible typo, or if it was because I was in between houses when testing this recipe and tested it with a gas oven which did seem to bake a little differently – but that bake time was definitely too long. Again – so sorry, but thank you for bringing it to my attention so I could test it again and fix it. I’ll get the recipe card adjusted.

    1. Stacey says:

      It’s 106 calories per serving. For any of my recipes that are also on Food Fanatic, you can go to the post on Food Fanatic (it’s linked above the recipe in my post) and the recipe card over there shows the nutrition information.

    1. stacey says:

      Hi Rhonda, you could try replacing the flour with a gluten free flour blend, but as I’ve never tried it, I couldn’t say for sure how it will turn out.

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