Give in to your deepest chocolate cravings with this rich chocolate banana cake that’s loaded with chocolate chips…inside and out! No one will know this cake is vegan AND gluten-free!
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You know when you eat a dessert so good that you have to pace yourself because you don’t want it to finish?
That’s how I felt the first time I ate this vegan gluten-free chocolate banana cake.
It’s vegan and gluten free, but as mentioned above, no one will know! It has no eggs, no butter, no oil, no milk, and tastes amazing.
Just further proof that you don’t need those things to make an great-tasting dessert.
It took me a few tries to get the recipe just right, but once I got it, it was perfect.
For this recipe, I went back to my vegan gluten-free chocolate banana bread recipe and made a few changes. I wanted to use a different flour, so the first time I made it, I used only oat flour, I knew better, but I wanted to try, anyways.
That result was good, but it was way too dense and fudgy, kind of like extremely fudgy brownies. Nothing wrong with that, but that wasn’t what I was going for.
What I wanted was…cake! But, a disclaimer: If you’re looking for a fluffy, spongy, light, airy cake, then this isn’t it.
What you’re going to get with this recipe is a cake that’s a little fluffy, but at the same time, a little dense and at the same time, a little fudgy.
The mix and balance between these three textures is perfect.
Part of what contributes to the fudginess is the chocolate chips inside and outside of the cake.
Cocoa powder in the cake, chocolate chips in the batter, mini chocolate chips on top? I guess that makes this a triple chocolate banana cake?
And speaking of brownies, this recipe can definitely pass as brownies because of the high level of chocolate fudgy-ness, but I don’t consider them brownies because:
a) bananas do not belong in brownies, my unapologetic opinion
b) I wanted cake, not brownies 🙂
(But if you do want brownies, try these bite-size brownies)
Chocolate banana cake goes perfectly with a cold glass of non-dairy milk, or if you want even more chocolate, hot chocolate!
Can I use a different flour to make this recipe?
I have not tried with any others, so proceed with caution, but based on experience, I do think that 1 cup of all-purpose flour can replace the oat and brown rice flours, OR you can try with 1 cup of a gluten-free flour blend.
Do I have to add chocolate chips?
You don’t, but I recommend it for the full triple chocolate effect! If you prefer to not add chocolate chips to the cake, try using walnuts instead or just leave an add-in out all together.
As for the mini chocolate chips on top, you don’t have to add those either, omit if you’d like, or top with a nice vegan frosting. Find some vegan frosting recipes to choose from here.
If you like this vegan chocolate banana cake recipe, you may also like these:
- Banana Oat Pancakes
- Fluffy Vegan Banana Pancakes
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread
- Chocolate Banana Coconut Chia Pudding
- Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Mint Doughnuts
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