I had my fourth baby last year and have been gradually trying to get back into shape.
My biggest problem is how much I love baked goods. Seriously, give me all the cakes, brownies and cookies and I will be a happy girl.
I had a few overripe bananas lying around and thought I would try to whip up a snack that was delicious and that wasn’t too unhealthy.
This Sheet Pan Healthy Banana Cake was so easy to whip up and has no added sugar (except for the mini chocolate chips, but those can be omitted).
how to make sheet pan healthy banana cake
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2: In a large bowl mash bananas. It’s best to use extremely brown or black bananas. The more ripe the banana is, the sweeter it will be.
Step 3: Add honey, applesauce, eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined. You could use a wire whisk, a spoon, or hand mixer for this.
Step 4: Add baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour and stir until well combined.
Step 5: Fold in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. The chocolate chips are definitely optional, but we love the extra sweetness it gives. You could also use dark chocolate chips or sugar free chocolate chips for this.
Step 6: Spray a 13 x 18 inch baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and spread batter evenly inside.
Step 7: Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips on top of cake.
Step 8: Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the middle of the cake is set up.
Can you ever go wrong with a sheet pan recipe? I love that this recipe is perfect for feeding a crowd. I bring this to bbq’s, family dinner, baby and wedding showers, birthday celebrations, and just for fun to have as a guiltless dessert.
I was a little nervous about making a cake without any butter, added sugar or oil but this turned out perfectly.
Are you an edge or crust person?
The cake was perfectly fluffy and soft. One of my favorite parts of banana bread and cake is that nice crust it gets (Is that a thing? Am I the only one who feels this way?)
With this cake being in a sheet pan you get that all over the whole top. If you were really trying to save some calories, you could easily leave out the chocolate chips and it would still be delicious.
Serving size and calories
I cut our entire sheet pan into 15 big slices and each slice had about 240 calories, which is way less than a piece of traditional cake.
It is also full of nutritional value. If you are looking for a little more fiber, you could also use whole wheat flour to make this. I prefer the taste of all-purpose “white” flour, but this could easily be replaced by wheat flour.
If you’re feeling a little snacky (I think I just made that word up) or just need to curb some sweet tooth cravings, this cake will do the trick.
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