Frugal Foodie Mama: Banana Chocolate Chip Cake {A Recipe Makeover}

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake {A Recipe Makeover}

Banana bread doesn't stand a chance against this Banana Chocolate Chip Cake-a moist, thick banana cake studded with chocolate chips and then topped with a creamy and decadent Nutella cream cheese frosting...
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake-a moist, thick banana cake studded with chocolate chips and then topped with a creamy and decadent Nutella cream cheese frosting
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First off, let me wish you all a VERY Happy National Chocolate Chip Day! 
Yes, it is my job as a food blogger to make sure I properly inform my readers and followers when a national food day of any type or form is happening.  ;) 
It seems like every type of food and dish ever created has their own special day- not that all of them need their own day.
Come on...  do chocolate chips really need their own holiday? 
Like we are going to forget they exist or something....  
I am pretty sure we dip into that bag of chocolate chips in our pantry almost every single day. And it seems like I am buying a new bag at the grocery store every week.

But hey? Chocolate Chips have their own day, so let's celebrate and take full advantage!
And I honestly can't think of a better way to celebrate than with this Banana Chocolate Chip Cake.  

I have been wanting to do a makeover of this recipe of mine for months. Because it truly deserves it.  It is a moist, thick banana cake studded with chocolate chips and then topped with a creamy and decadent Nutella cream cheese frosting.
Can you see why the photos desperately needed to be updated??  Yeah, that one up there didn't come close to doing this recipe justice at all. ;)

I only swapped out a couple of ingredients- Greek yogurt for sour cream, coconut oil for canola oil- but the recipe is pretty much the same.  
The cake itself is actually pretty low fat and healthy.  
The Nutella cream cheese frosting gives it a little bit of indulgence, but you could leave it off if you are really watching your calories.
But I say go ahead and indulge a little... the frosting is actually not all that bad when you use 1/3 less fat or fat free cream cheese. :)
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake-a moist, thick banana cake studded with chocolate chips and then topped with a creamy and decadent Nutella cream cheese frosting
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25-35 minutes
Ingredients (serves 9-12)
    For the cake
    • 3/4 cup wheat flour
    • 3/4 cup white flour
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 2/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt (I used light sour cream in the original recipe.)
    • 1/3 cup coconut oil (I used canola oil in the original recipe)
    • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
    For the frosting
    • 4 oz of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
    • 2 tbsp butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup Nutella
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    Instructions
    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together- the wheat flour through the cinnamon. Set aside.

    In a large bowl, beat all of the wet ingredients- the Greek yogurt through the egg- until well mixed. Beat in the dry ingredients mixture into the wet ingredients mixture a third at a time, until well incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips.

    Pour the batter into a greased 9x9 baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick through the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.

    To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese, butter, and Nutella in a medium bowl until well mixed. With your mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar and cinnamon. Beat until the frosting is smooth and creamy.

    Once your cake is cooled, frost it with your Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting. Cut and then serve!
    You can store any leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
    Enjoy!
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    Banana Chocolate Chip Cake-a moist, thick banana cake studded with chocolate chips and then topped with a creamy and decadent Nutella cream cheese frosting
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    This cake is a must try- on National Chocolate Chip Day or any day, really. And besides, this is a ten times better use of those over ripe bananas than making banana bread again for the umpteenth time. ;)

    What is your chocolate chip of preference- milk, semi-sweet, white, dark, or those mini ones? Gah, I love those mini ones! 

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