Healthy Chocolate Banana Cake

Healthy Chocolate Banana Cake

Some people are still pretending to be on a health kick, so I’ll throw a few more atcha before the onslaught of Valentine’s recipes begins. JAB seeks to accommodate you!

And these are quite lovely, even though the word “healthy” appears in the title. Chocolate, banana, and no butter or oil. Plus, there’s a Greek yogurt protein kick in there. Can we all cheer?

I almost called these brownies. That’s how fudgy they are. Have I ever mentioned how difficult it can be to name some recipes? Or children?

Healthy Chocolate Banana Cake

With every single one of our children, we didn’t name them until they were born and we could look into their faces. I had a hard time committing anyway. Being a teacher made it a lot harder.

You see, I associate names with people. And while I really enjoy most of my students, I didn’t want to name my kids anything that I’d associate with my workplace. It’s just nice to keep home and work as separate as possible.

As a result, my kids have fairly obscure names (with even more obscure spellings) and while their names fit them quite nicely, it wasn’t an easy process. Names are so dang important. What if a kid gets the wrong one?

Healthy Chocolate Banana Cake

Forget about real people. Character names bug me, too. When Big fromย Sex and the City finally got a name in the last episode, it was “John.” Really?! John? That’s the best they could do for him? It was so unbelievably frustrating.

If you could name yourself, what would it be? Feel free to let that marinate, or share below! No, this is not that game where you come up with your accidental stripper name. This is you deciding what you would have been called, had it been your choice.

If this cake had a choice, it might ask to be buttery and full of fat. Actually, no, it wouldn’t. When I brought this to work, not only could people not believe that it was healthy, but almost everyone also asked for the recipe. Here’s a video tutorial, but see the full recipe below as well:

Aside from its health benefits, this cake (almost brownie) is super simple to make. Without butter to cream (and no oil either), it’s just mixing ingredients together. Have I mentioned that this cake is also gluten-free?

The only danger here is that you’ll convert to healthy cake and miss out on the Valentine’s Day splurging. Nah, I’m not really worried about that. But this is really good, whether it’s named right or not. In the end, it’s the taste that matters!


Healthy Chocolate Banana Cake


2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
1 cup Greek yogurt (I used vanilla)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup oat flour (labeled gluten-free)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mash the bananas. Add the sugar, egg substitute, and vanilla. Stir well and set aside.
  3. In a larger bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips). Add the banana mixture and stir until the batter is smooth. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and cut into squares.
  5. Store covered.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss

    I love a good dessert that’s been health-ified and still tastes fabulous. AND it has chocolate?! Sign me up! I haven’t had to name any children yet but I can see how that would be difficult as a teacher!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jessica! I’ve taught so many kids by now, and it gets hard to be creative with names!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I love using Greek yogurt in baked goods! And I’m loving this healthier cake, too. I can’t believe there’s no butter or oil in here. That texture looks amazing, Mir. And I love your video, too. Such a perfect cake for Friday!
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    1. Mir

      Greek yogurt is the best in any cake!

  3. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    Healthy AND chocolate? You know how to make a girl happy on a Friday morning with a weekend of baking ahead of her. And I have 2 ripe bananas at home – it’s a SIGN!
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    1. Mir

      It’s TOTALLY a sign, Kate! Go crazy, friend!

  4. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Haha “some people are still pretending to be on a health kick”. I am one of those people, but really hoping that it continues throughout the year.
    I love making cakes with Greek yoghurt, it adds a really nice texture.

    1. Mir

      I kid, I kid. I’m kind of on a health kick always. And I agree with you about texture!

  5. annie@ciaochowbambina

    I like this game…hmmmm – what would I rather be named? I will ponder. Did you come up with one? I’d love to know! I’ll let this cake occupy my mouth while my brain is working! YUM!
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    1. Mir

      You know, I have no idea what I’d be named. Some girl name that sounds like a guy’s name. It would make me cool, and tough. Let me know if you think of one!

  6. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    haha. . JAB seeks to accommodate you! I love it! and so true, we’re healthy for like a month and then it’s Valentine’s Day!! ๐Ÿ˜› I never really thought about it but you are right. I guess we do sometimes associate names with people, or types of people .. And I like my name .. I don’t know too many Alice’s so I’m happy with what I got! and it’s funny you mention this. . I used to write “mom moments” on my blog and will probably get back to doing these more this year. . anyway, read this: I think you’d enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love this healthy chocolate banana cake . . it’s like you made this for me, Mir, so thank you!!! TGIF!!!
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    1. Mir

      Loved that post, Alice! I just read it. Names are pretty life-changing, aren’t they? And I like Alice for you…it fits!

  7. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    This cake looks amazing- love baking with Greek yogurt!
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    1. Mir

      Me too, Medha!

  8. mira

    My health kick lasted for about 2 weeks, but the cake is just perfect and I’ll try it soon! Love the video!
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    1. Mir

      Ha! Well, two weeks is pretty good, Mira. Yay for you!

  9. Manali @ CookWithManali

    greek yogurt is so good in baked good, isn’t it? Love this cake, always have ripe bananas at home, will make this the next time ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Mir

      I have them a lot too, Manali! Unless my kids get to those bananas first, that is!

  10. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    I am always up for a healthy cake! Besides, the healthier it is means I get to eat it for breakfast right? And who doesn’t love cake for breakfast!? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Mir – you pose an interesting question, I’m not sure what I would name myself…that is food for thought …in fact, think I’m gonna ask my daughter that question today!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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    1. Mir

      Ask you daughter and let me know what she comes up with, Shashi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Amanda

    This isn’t the first time I’ve thought about what I’d name myself. When my parents named me they thought it was unique because there weren’t too many other Amandas around. I always say that all the other families that year were thinking the same thing. I grew up in a small school and there were five other Amandas in my class, and about twenty others in the surrounding grades. ๐Ÿ™‚
    This cake looks so good. Chocolate and banana is a combination I never get tired of. And it looks super moist!
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    1. Mir

      That’s pretty funny, everyone thinking they were original and doing the same thing!

  12. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    I am all about bananas right now so this cake looks scrumptious!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Renee! I’d totally be about bananas if they ever lasted in my house…

  13. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    This looks so decadent! Some of my favorite recipes are healthy. I’m pretty sure I would fall madly in love with this cake. Bravo!
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    1. Mir

      I love making cake healthy because it’s not hard to get there at all!

  14. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Mir – This cake looks awesome. January is always healthy month. I can’t say no to cake, but this one has my name all over it. I might even put some peanut butter on top of this! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Erin! I can never say no to cake, either!

  15. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Oh, my word!!! This cake really does look like brownies! I have got to try it!!! And yay for having a few extra ripe bananas right now!
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    1. Mir

      It’s so fudgy, Jocelyn!

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