Rustic Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Cake with PB Banana Glaze



Hello, my name is Angela and I hoard black bananas.

(Eric made me tell you this today.)

Every time I go to the grocery store, I head straight for the ‘Reduced’ produce section just so I can see if there are any bananas that I can save. I see people passing by perfectly good bananas and I want to leave a sticky note on the bananas saying ‘I’m great for BANANA BREAD!’ or ‘try me in a GREEN MONSTER!’ and then hide behind the bins to see their reactions. I’m afraid they would ban me from my beloved grocery store and that would never be a good thing for a food blogger.

When I finally admitted to Eric that I had a problem, I agreed that the bananas were beginning to pose a health risk to all parties involved. I had several spotted bananas on the counter and a stash of black bananas in a paper bag in the fridge.

Over 10 of them…solid black and starting to leak juices.

When Eric exposed my stash of bananas in the paper bag I knew it would all be over soon if I didn’t take action.

But health risk or not, these babies are at the PEAK of their lives! Yesterday morning, I celebrated by making a chocolate chip banana cake. It would taste so delicious our heads would spin.

Because you really can’t screw up a banana cake when using bananas that look like this…



It’s just not possible.



Rustic Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Cake with Peanut Butter Banana Glaze

This rustic looking banana cake blew our socks off with an intense banana flavour and sweet bites of chocolate. It has a wonderful chewy texture from the oats and a little bit of crunch from the nuts. You’d never guess it has just two tablespoons of oil and it can easily be made gluten-free by using GF oats!

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Yield: 8-10 servings


  • 2 cups regular oats, processed into a flour
  • 1/2 cup regular oats (not processed)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed firmly
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8th tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/16th tsp ground cloves (optional)
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar (or regular white)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (or other light tasting oil)
  • 2 medium very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Fold in: 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips; 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped; 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks



1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 8 inch (4 cup) casserole dish or 8” cake pan. Take 2 cups of regular oats and process them in a food processor until flour like in consistency.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (processed oats, regular oats, sugars, spices, baking powder, and salt).

3. In another bowl, mix together the oil, applesauce, almond milk, and vanilla. Add in the two peeled bananas and smash into the wet ingredients until smooth.

4. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until just combined. Now fold in the chips, optional walnuts, and the chopped banana.

5. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 36 minutes at 350F or until a toothpick comes out clean. The cake must be cooled for at least 15-20 minutes before attempting to remove.

6. Once fully cooled, slice and top with PB Banana Glaze (see below). Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Makes 8-10 servings.


The great thing about this recipe is that I used regular oats and processed them into a flour, so this recipe can be easily made gluten-free if you use GF oats.


It also contains just 2 tbsp of oil, but it is a very moist and flavourful cake. The unsweetened applesauce and ripe bananas replace most of the oil in this recipe. This is not your average banana cake by any means.


it takes just 10-15 minutes to throw it together and pop it in the oven.

Add wet to dry:

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Fold in chopped banana, chocolate chips, and nuts:

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Scoop into baking dish or cake pan.


My sister Kerrie gave me this baking dish on the weekend! Does she know me or what? I’m in love. :)


Bake for 36 minutes at 350F or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes so it can firm up and set otherwise it will fall apart when you try to get it out.


While you are waiting you can make the delicious glaze.




After cooling, slice and serve!


This rustic cake turned out so much better than I thought it would, especially because I just winged the recipe by the seat of my pants. The result is a dense, moist, and extremely flavourful cake with a lovely chewiness from the oats and nuts.


Oh, and the bites of banana are out of this world!


If you want to make this into a dessert, serve it with the PB Banana Glaze.

If you want to make it into a breakfast cake, you can leave out the chocolate and use more nuts. Or just leave in all the chocolate! ;)

Eric said this one is ‘in the vault’


Oh and I still have about 7 black bananas to use up….what to make….


Are you a banana fan? What are your favourite meals or recipes that include bananas?

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels February 7, 2011

I am laughing tooooooo hard . . . Brad always threatens to start his own blog to “out” all of the things I do like the above mentioned black banana stash . . . How’s this for his blog name “LIVING With Life After Bagels”


Alyyyyyyne February 7, 2011

Ummm, that looks RIDICULOUS. You. Are a genius.

I just made a fiber one, tofu/yogurt/creamcheese cheesecake last night and had…you know…maybe 2/3 of it for brunch? ;) Bahaha.

(Don’t worry, I made a “real” cheesecake too for people who might be unaccustomed to the thought of tofu in their desserts).

Also FYI due to your influence, the last time I went grocery shopping I bought 11 pounds of bananas.


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 7, 2011

That looks amazing – I love bananas. I stasrt my day off with one in my oats every morning! Yum!


Ellie@fitforthesoul February 7, 2011

*DRRRROOOOOLLL…..* This looks amazing! Gotta make it soon after I get bananas today! I couldn’t believe I had forgotten that I ran out of bananas this morning. Thanks once again Angela!


megan @ blackberries for jam February 7, 2011

Why do none the of stores around me have a discounted produce selection?! Bananas in my house never make it to optimum ripeness for banana baking goodness. Must. buy. more.


Katie (quickcookrice) February 7, 2011

Yummy! Thank you for saving perfectly happy and delicious bananas and for sharing this amazing recipe. You rock.


Beach Bum Beauty February 7, 2011

I have to put my hands up and admit that I am guilty of throwing away bananas that have gone black because I don’t like eating them like that BUT I prmise that from now on, I will salvage them and make this instead :-D


Laura @ Starting Out Fit February 7, 2011

HOLY YUM!!!! you have outdone yourself yet again! another one added to my “must-bake” list!!! ;)

p.s. do you know where your sister got that casserole??? I NEED it for my kitchen!! it’s the same colour as my wall~


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2011
Laura @ Starting Out Fit February 7, 2011

Pefect – thanks! :)


Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 7, 2011

Ohh my that cake looks divine! And that glaze just puts this cake over the top! I can’t wait for my bananas to turn black now!


Little Bookworm February 7, 2011

Love bananas and that cake looks fantastic! Favourite recipe to use bananas in = porridge and pancakes! :)


Beth February 7, 2011

I’m totally with you about the Reduced Produce section. I’ve found many a lovely packaged banana, greens, cilantro, carrots, berries, and more. And on sale! :)

That is one yummy looking cake. I’ll have to keep the recipe handy for my next over-ripe banana score.


Julie (A Case of the Runs) February 7, 2011

Wow, I would have probably tossed those bananas if they were leaking, but that’s just me who likes firm bananas. I do try to bake with them or make smoothies out of bananas that are past (my preferable) peak, though!


Emily February 7, 2011

Is the “tablecloth” in that last picture a shower curtain? We used to have a shower curtain that looked EXACTLY like that. :-) Oh and the cake looks yummy, too!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2011

BUSTED!!!!!!!!!! hahaha


Jess February 7, 2011

peanut butter, bananas and chocolate? come on, it’s like you’re reading my food fantasy journal:D


Lauren February 7, 2011

I’m droolingggggg


Anna February 7, 2011

That last photo is super, super gorgeous!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 7, 2011

the best recipes ARE the ones that you just wing it and fly by the seat of your pants! thanks for remembering what you put in it (when i do that, all my measurements on my blog are….”approximate”…haha)

The oats, bananas, all in one bowl, just mashed up..PERFECT! That’s how I make most of my muffins and cakes…just throw in my ripe nanas and dry ingredients and sugar til I get a good batter and bake. And hope for the best :)

Love the frosting!!! PB + Choco = Winner!



Becky February 7, 2011

I love bananas! I use them in everything! My problem is I never leave them around long enough to get black! I am going to try your trick with the brown paper bag in the fridge, I just can’t forget about them! Love the recipe! Can’t wait to get some black bananas and try it!!


Niki Mendez February 7, 2011

Ooh I love that last picture. It looks so cozy!


Sarah @ Flavoropolis February 7, 2011

Wow, those bananas are hardcore. I had no idea they were still even remotely edible at this stage – good to know. And the cake looks delicious!


raechel February 7, 2011

I just discovered your site a month ago right when I started the Alejandro Junger CLEAN program and you’ve been so helpful with great clean recipes!

This looks delicious! Question: Is that white chocolate peanut butter vegan?


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2011

yes it is…it just contains peanuts, and a bit of sugar and salt


Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 7, 2011

oh this looks undeniably delicious!


Ashley February 7, 2011

Oh. My. Gosh. There are not words. You have managed to combine my four absolute FAVORITE foods into one fabulous recipe! I am trying not to lick my screen, would probably be frowned upon at work…
I am SO making this as soon as I find me some blackened bananas!!


Lauren February 7, 2011

Yum! One time, I asked one of the dining halls on-campus if they had any bad bananas, and they gave me a few for free! They were awesome in green monsters that week.


kell February 7, 2011

my favorite ‘special’ thing to do with banana’s are to make PB and banana “sushi” rolls.
soooo good and really fun to eat – just roll up banana and PB in brown rice (like you would sushi) and the “soy” dipping sauce is actually chocolate!!!
so cute and this could be fun for valentine’s day too!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2011

that sounds fun!


kell February 7, 2011

… it is! also forgot to mention the rice is best made in coconut milk – im sure you could get creative with crunchy coconut flakes too!! oh man, it has been sooooo long since i made these, i think i just convinced myself to roll up a few :)


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy February 7, 2011

Everyone in the blogging world seems to be on a banana kick, which makes me sad because I’m allergic. I do like the taste of them when I DO try them (and then realize again why I shouldn’t eat them).


Teagan February 7, 2011

Ohhh my gosh this looks amazing, I am making it asap! I just made your peanut butter banana bomb muffins the other day and they were to die for…I substituted coconut butter for the yogurt in the filling, OMG. I love bananas oh so very much so keep these recipes coming : )


Ambika S. February 7, 2011

I just made this, and it came out amazing!! I didnt have any chocolate chips or nuts on hand (clearly i need to go grocery shopping!) but the bananas + brown sugar ended up caramelizing, and theres a subtle coconut taste, and its just perfect!!
thank you!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2011

Glad to hear you enjoyed it! :)


Michelle February 7, 2011

This looks incredible! I want a piece right now! And the ingredient list is so clean. Love that.


Tina February 7, 2011

I’m a college student and I live in a suite with six other girls. Every morning, I wake up an hour earlier than them to sneak out and use the microwave in the quad kitchen to make oatmeal. I love making oatmeal with cinnamon, oats, Almond breeze, and to sweeten it, a black banana. Only, most people are very grossed out by black bananas. However, every time I come in with my completed meal and sit down to eat it, people comment on how good it smells (like a cinnamon roll! And it tastes like one too ;) ) One day, maybe I’ll offer to make breakfast for them all and after they’ve eaten I’ll whip out a black banana and be like, “You just ate THIS! Wasn’t it GOOD?” Until then, I’ll keep my black banana hoarding a secret.


Jill E. February 7, 2011

ahah i to hoard black bannanas and am always looking for new recipes because the fiance gets pretty fed up with the freezer is full of them. thanks!


Jill E. February 7, 2011

ahah i to hoard black bananas and am always looking for new recipes because the fiance gets pretty fed up with the freezer is full of them. thanks!


Mary February 7, 2011

I love ripe bananas too. This weekend at the grocery store I made a comment to my husband tht you can never have too many bananas because if they get really ripe you can freeze them. A lady overheard me and asked if she heard me right about freezing bananas, and I told her that chopped and frozen they make a great smoothie, or whole and frozen you can just thaw a little and then squeeze out the end for easy baking. I may have created a new ripe banana lover (but hopefully not so much that she starts buying out the reduced price ones that I also love!).


Traci(faithfulfoodiefashionista) February 7, 2011

This looks delish and I too am a`black banana hoarder only I hide them and forget about them……Just the other day I was cleaning out my purse and came across one that was way past walking death row :) I’m just lucky it did not explode on the inside of my purse…Whew!


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 7, 2011

Angela – this seriously looks absolutely amaaazing.


Geraldine February 7, 2011

Sometimes I ask people for their black bananas! Is this socially acceptable?! :-) Most people throw them out because they look gross but little do they know the amazingness they can create.


Ashley k February 7, 2011

I am currently baking these as muffins in the oven right now, so excited! :)


Tracey February 7, 2011

Bananas and chocolate? What’s not to love about this?!!


Lisa February 7, 2011

Oh, goodness. From the pictures, it looks almost like a cookie-cake. Must make this tomorrow. Can’t wait!!!!


Gill February 7, 2011

I “save” the bananas at work that are about to get tossed. Thanks for another idea of what to do with them!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2011

great idea :)


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