Lightened Up Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cake

Start your day off right with this Lightened Up Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cake. It’s a delicious choice without all the refined sugars!

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Start your day off right with this Lightened Up Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cake. It's a delicious, HEALTHY choice without all the refined sugars!

It’s that time of year when many people are making their New Year’s Resolutions and goals. Do you have any?

My family is going to try to eat less meat this year by adding in more vegetarian meals. Which may sound easy to most of you, but chicken and fish are a staple in our house, so it’s going to be tougher than you may think.

I’m fortunate, however, that my kids all love veggies. I’ve got a delicious vegan (yes VEGAN) dinner recipe coming to the blog this week. That my family LOVED. So, yeah!!

In the meantime, my achilles heel has always been breakfast pastries. If there are donuts, muffins, or coffee cakes on the counter, I can’t help but snag some to enjoy with my cup of joe.

Two years ago I made these Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip muffins. And they are delicious. You won’t even miss the refined sugar in them! They are calculated at about 110 calories.

Start your day off right with this Lightened Up Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cake. It's a delicious, HEALTHY choice without all the refined sugars!

I definitely feel less guilty when I enjoy one of those muffins, or when my kids grab them as they head out the door for school!

In my attempt to start the New Year with healthier eating, I made those muffins in a Lightened Up Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cake. Not only does it taste amazing, but it freezes well too! I can’t tell you how hard it was to resist the urge to add a sweet cream cheese glaze over the top of this cake! I guess that would have defeated the “lightened up” goal.

A couple notes about this recipe:

  • It’s a very dense cake. The texture will remind you of a banana bread (that’s not a bad thing though!!)
  • Use your favorite vanilla yogurt in this recipe. I like to add Greek Yogurt for the added protein, but any brand or variety seems to work well.
  • Don’t go crazy adding in chocolate chips or you’ll defeat the purpose of “lightened up”, haha! I added about 1/2 cup to mine. You want just enough to add a pop of chocolate flavor to the cake. But not too much that you’re adding in a ton of calories. Mini morsels would work great too, as you get more “bang for the buck” with those!
  • This cake will yield about 12 slices, at about 110 calories each. If you’re on a strict diet, make sure you calculate using the products (brands) from your own kitchen
  • I’m often asked, “where do you find agave nectar??” In my grocery store, it can be found in the baking aisle near the sugar. It’s usually on the top shelf, above all the truvia and other sweeteners. If you absolutely can’t find it, you can substitute honey, however it will change the flavor slightly.

Start your day off right with this Lightened Up Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cake. It's a delicious, healthy choice without all the refined sugars!

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Lightened Up Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cake

Yield: serves 12

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 31-35 minutes


  • 3 large bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (mini or milk chocolate)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Spray 9-inch round baking pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat bananas, egg, vanilla, agave nectar, and honey until combined. Add in flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and yogurt. Beat for about 1-2 minutes until fully combined.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter in prepared baking dish. Bake for about 31-35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.
  5. Store in airtight container for up to 4 days. ENJOY

If you love today’s LIGHTENED UP recipe, you may also enjoy these:


Skinny Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins


Skinny Caramel Mocha


Skinny Shamrock Shake

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Start your day off right with this Lightened Up Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cake. It's a delicious, HEALTHY choice without all the refined sugars!

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28 comments on “Lightened Up Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cake”

  1. Mir

    I’m not a believer in resolutions. All year long, I work out, eat veggies, and lots of sugar! Seems like a balanced lifestyle to me. 😉
    But I’m a big fan of healthier dessert, and this is it! Love the density. It makes for the best texture!

  2. Our resolution is to eat more veggies too.  Not necessarily less meat, just more veggies 🙂  I would love a slice of this cake right now with my coffee.  

  3. I love that you have cut down on sugars and made this cake healthier–a great way to start anyday. 

  4. This looks like a perfect way to get back to reality today! I love baking with agave syrup!

  5. YAY for breakfast cake! Especially when it’s lightened up and jam-packed with nanners! 
    I am not much into resolutions – but I do adore breakfast pastries – especially when they are healthified! 🙂
    Happy New Year Aimee

  6. I also have a weakness for breakfast pastries and if this lovely cake was sitting on my counter this morning I can guarantee I would have had a big slice! Thank goodness you slimmed it down so I wouldn’t be kicking myself for indulging immediately after inhaling it! 🙂

  7. Cake for breakfast is always a good idea, in my opinion! This looks super delicious and the perfect way to start the day!

  8. I’m alllll about cake for breakfast- this look delish!

  9. I am all about some banana bread, and I’d digging the lightened up version here!  I might need a slice of this along with my coffee this weekend!  It looks delicious, Aimee!

  10. Love this lightened up breakfast option! Wish I had a slice to go with my coffee!

  11. I’ve been craving meat less and less lately … I don’t know why but lately I’ve been going meatless about three days a week. There are so many delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes out there that it hasn’t really been that difficult! Let me know if you want/need any ideas! 

    P.S. This breakfast cake is amazing! Pinning!

  12. Love how it’s like a giant muffin. Looks and sounds delish!

  13. This breakfast cake looks so delicious I can’t believe it’s lightened up!  I do have a few resolutions:  One of them is to blog more consistently!  😉  It can be hard at times but I so enjoy it.  Happy New Year!!

  14. This cake and coffee is all I’ll need come 7am. Can’t wait to try this!

  15. What a fantastic recipe! I love that you used unrefined sugar and only 100 calories per slice is amazing!

  16. Cake for breakfast? Who could turn that down?!! Not my kids!

  17. This recipe seems so delicious. Do you think I could make it with gluten-free flours and if yes, with what kind? Thank you!

  18. Healthy cake for breakfast?  I am so there!! My goals this year are eating healthier, exercising regularly (body & mind), and listening to that still small voice a little better 😉

  19. Too may chocolate chips defeats the purpose….that is so sad!! 
    But I am pretty sure they won’t be missed, because this cake looks amazing!

  20. Cake for breakfast – always a good idea. YUM!

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