Chunky Monkey Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes : Great Treat for Kids

Chunky Monkey Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes : Great Treat for Kids

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Ok, it’s true. Like I mentioned in the Blueberry Bliss Mug-O-Muffin recipe, I am just not a banana fan. I just can’t help it when I get inspired to make something, though. These peanut butter banana cupcakes came from a few different ideas I had floating around.

Luckily, my kids don’t share my aversion to bananas so they were more than happy to be the taste-testers for these. Let me just say that this peanut butter and banana cupcake recipe is most definitely (my) kid approved!

I don’t know if I can technically call them healthy. They do have tons of fresh, healthy ingredients in them so I suppose…healthy-ish? Fresh bananas, PB2, and natural applesauce give these peanut butter and banana cupcakes a great taste without all of the added sugar and preservatives. This is a great cupcake recipe to alter in your own ways to make it even healthier too. 

Related: Strawbery Patch Cupcake Recipe ( The Ultimate Summer Dessert) 

 Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes Recipe

Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 cupcakes

1 cupcake

Calories per serving: 539

Fat per serving: 24

Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

These cupcakes combine bananas, peanut butter, and vanilla wafers for an irresistible treat.


    For the Cupcakes:
  • 1-2 bananas (older bananas actually work better so use up those old ones!)
  • 1C raw sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 C butter, unsalted
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 C PB2 (or similar powdered peanut butter)
  • 2-3 T milk (or cream)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C crushed vanilla wafer cookies
  • 12-14 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 1/2 C natural peanut butter


    For the Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. lightly beat the eggs being sure not to overdo it.
  3. Add sugar into eggs and continue mixing until well blended.
  4. Add applesauce to egg and sugar mix. Blend again until well combined.
  5. Mash bananas until smooth and fold into egg & sugar mixture.
  6. Add vanilla extract to the mixture and stir 2-3 times to combine.
  7. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  8. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and continue mixing just until combined.
  9. Spoon or scoop into lined baking cups until 3/4 full.
  10. Bake 20-22 minutes. (watch closely as oven times vary)
  11. For the Icing:
  12. Soften butter while cupcakes are being made.
  13. Combine butter with powdered sugar.
  14. Blend in PB2.
  15. Add milk or cream while mixing to reach desired consistency.
  16. Spoon frosting into decorating bag with desired tip. (Star tip used here)
  17. Top cupcake with swirl of icing and sprinkle crushed vanilla wafers over top of each.
  18. Warm natural peanut butter 10-15 seconds in microwave to reach pourable consistency.
  19. Using a spoon drizzle peanut butter over cupcakes.
  20. Top each with a vanilla wager split in half.


Dry ingredients can be sifted into mixing bowl or mixed with a wisk. white sugar can be used in place of raw sugar. However, it will change nutritional values.

A Note on PB2:

While PB2 is a fantastic substitute for a low-fat option it can pose a few problems with baking. I use it frequently for apple dips and other peanut buttery awesomeness. However, as it doesn’t contain the fats that hold things together in “normal” peanut butter I would suggest adding an extra tablespoon of applesauce or other ingredients to help hold things together if PB2 is used.

If you haven’t tried powdered peanut butter I highly recommend it. Not only is it easier to store but it also makes a fantastic substitute for a low-fat option. I haven’t noticed any real difference in taste or texture since changing to using it.

There are other brands available for powdered peanut butter that you can use in recipes such as the peanut butter banana cupcakes or others. However, be sure to read labels to get exactly what you want out of them. Some can contain added sugar or other unwanted ingredients.

Related: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes 

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