Chunky Monkey Vegan Cake

This moist, rich Chunky Monkey Vegan Cake is made with bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate. It’s a delicious, dairy-free cake that everyday ingredients. Each slice of this easy vegan recipe yields a buttery banana cake base, with melted chocolate chips, and a generous layer of chocolate frosting!

This Chunky Monkey Cake is made with bananas, peanut butter, chocolate and a whole lot of goodness. It's also dairy-free and delicious all the way!

The Fall-Back Recipe

Do you have a fall-back recipe?

You know, one of those tried-and-true dishes you can always make in a pinch if you need it?

My fall-back recipes save the day! If I’m going to a potluck-type dinner and need to take something, or have friends stopping, by, or just need a quick fix for a weeknight meal, my fall-back recipes save the day!

Today’s Chunky Monkey Vegan Cake is no exception! If you’re into chocolate, banana, and peanut butter mixed all together, then you and me? We are two peas in a pod. Kindred Spirits! As they say, the proof is in the pudding, so check out my Chunky Monkey Vegan Ice Cream or how about my Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites. So good!

You know how this goes. A call comes from a friend. And guess what? They’re stopping by to see you tonight on their way out of town. You want to share some special dish with them but you’ve got nothing.

Boom! Fall-back recipe!

Mashed bananas are a perfect beginning for this Chunky Monkey Vegan Cake

You had a bad hair day, followed by traffic jams, incessant meetings, and general overall life gridlock?

And there’s nothing in the cupboards to make that day any better! Put the kibosh on that negative vibe. That’s right…fall-back recipe to the rescue!

This Vegan Chunky Monkey Cake is my favorite fall-back recipe. The ingredients are always on hand and it's quick to throw together and eat!

We all need a recipe like this and today I’m going to share mine with you. It’s one of those recipes that you can make time after time and everybody loves it, or you can wait three months to make it and everyone loves it even more.

Personally, trying new recipes is a hoot, but it’s also important to have some oldies but goodies in the mix.

Vegan Chunky Monkey Cake is an easy-to-make, fall-back recipe because you probably have all the ingredients on-hand right now. Yay!

Why You’ll Love Chunky Monkey Vegan Cake

What’s not to love about a recipe that includes peanut butter, chocolate, and bananas! It’s my favorite triple threat combination!

This cake is made with the kinds of ingredients that you almost always have around the house:

  • flour
  • sugar
  • bananas
  • peanut butter
  • chocolate chips
  • cocoa powder

It’s the simple ingredients that makes the Chunky Monkey Vegan Cake so easy to throw together for just about any reason. See? It’s my fall-back cake!

It’s a real crowd pleaser which means when I announce I’m making my chunky monkey vegan cake, the crowd goes wild. OK. Honestly, they might applaud a little, which may not be the true definition of wild, but there’s excitement in the air.


This is a dense, moist cake that’s full of flavor..and chocolate! The peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate combine in each bite to keep you coming back for more.

I sprinkled some Cocao Nibs on the top of my Vegan Chunky Monkey Cake to give each bite a little bit of pop!

How to Make This Cake

The cake is pretty straight forward. Simple, mix together the wet ingredients:

  • peanut butter
  • vegetable oil
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • mashed bananas
  • plant-based milk
  • ground flax seeds
  • apple cider vinegar

Followed by mixing together the dry ingredients:

  • all-purpose flour (although whole wheat pastry flour works great too)
  • whole wheat flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • chocolate chips.

Oh, and I sprinkled some Cacao Nibs on the top to give each bite a little pop. Cacao Nibs are crunchy and chocolate, but you can’t always find these at Target so if you don’t have them on hand, just chop up some chocolate chips and sprinkle those across the top. Whatever works!

Obviously, I’m not the only one who loves this banana, peanut butter, chocolate combination. Check out this gorgeous Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Breakfast Bars recipe from Vanilla and Bean. And there’s also Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Muffins from Vegan Richa. Amazing!

I LOVE this recipe for Vegan Chunky Monkey cake because it's SO easy to make and so fun to eat!

We LOVE this Chunky Monkey Vegan Cake recipe…especially this time of year. We hope you like it as much as we do! You know the only thing that would make me happier than this cake? If you made it and shared a photo on Twitter or Instagram. I’d love to see it!


I LOVE this recipe for Vegan Chunky Monkey cake because it's SO easy to make and so fun to eat!

Vegan Chunky Monkey Cake

Chunky Monkey Vegan Cake includes bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate. A delicious dairy-free cake made with ingredients you might have on hand right now!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Chunky Monkey Cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 385kcal
Author: Namely Marly


For the Chunky Monkey Cake:

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 large bananas mashed with a fork
  • 1 cup plant-based milk soy, almond, etc
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips dairy free

For the Vegan Chocolate Frosting:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 - 3 tablespoon plant-based milk


For the Vegan Chunky Monkey Cake:

  • Heat your oven to 375F. Spray a 9 X 13 cake pan with vegetable spray
  • In a large bowl combine the peanut butter, vegetable oil, sugar, vanilla, mashed bananas, soy milk, ground flax seed, corn starch, and apple cider vinegar. Stir together until combined.
  • In separate bowl combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir together until combined and then pour into bowl with wet ingredients. Stir vigorously until combined.
  • Finally, add chocolate chips and give the batter a couple more stirs to incorporate them.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared cake pan and place in the heated oven and bake for 40 minutes, or until a piece of dry spaghetti inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely then ice with Chocolate Frosting

For the Vegan Chocolate Frosting:

  • Combine powdered sugar, cocoa, and margarine in a medium bowl and stir until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Add the teaspoon of vanilla and stir some more.
  • Finally, add plant-based milk one tablespoon at a time until you get a desired consistency.

Check out some of my other Chunky Monkey recipes including these Chunky Monkey Cookies.


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