Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Frosting (Oil-Free, Date Sweetened)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Monkey Bars – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Date Sweetened, Whole Wheat Vegan Baking Dessert Recipe


Easy |  Servings: 12 |  Ready In: 10 minutes |  Yield: 2 cups

This healthy, vegan recipe frosting cuts refined sugars or syrups for natural sweetness from bananas and dates.  And no one – child or adult – can resist the classic combination of bananas and peanut butter.  Use it over Chocolate Peanut Monkey Brownies or spread it on slice apples.


How It’s Done

To make frosting: Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pot.  Cover and simmer 8 minutes, until dates are completely soft.
Pour everything into a blender or food processor.  Puree until smooth.

Let cool before using.

Spread on Peanut Butter Chocolate Monkey Bars or any other baked treat. Freeze for long-term storage.

Yield: 2 cups

Cover with Peanut Butter Banana frosting for an impressive Go Bananas Bar

Chef Katie’s Tips:

Microwave Method: Combine everything in a microwave-safe container.  Microwave 70-90 seconds, until hot.  Be careful to watch so that it doesn’t overflow!  Puree with an immersion blender.  Chill, freeze, or spread 🙂

Freeze your Ripe Bananas: Save over-ripe bananas in the freezer: Simply peel, break into pieces, and store in a plastic bag.  When ready to make this recipe, thaw out in your refrigerator overnight.

Weigh your Ingredients: For consistent results, use a digital kitchen scale for precise measuring.  This small investment will save you time from fooling with measuring cups. It will also help make you a better baker.

Nut-Free? Swap out the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter for a nut-free alternative.  If you just need to avoid peanuts, use almond butter or cashew butter instead.

No Refined Sugars, Syrups, or Oils: I’m on a mission to avoid using sugar, maple syrup, and other refined sweeteners.  These ingredients leave you feeling hungry and can spike a sweet-tooth craving that pushes you to overeat.  For this recipe, whole foods, natural sweetness comes from unsweetened applesauce, banana, and dates.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/12 of a recipe (about 2-3 tbsp.)

Calories 67.48
Calories From Fat (36%) 24.45
% Daily Value

  • Total Fat 2.91g 4%
  • Saturated Fat 0.58g 3%
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids g
    Omega-6 Fatty Acids g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 32.48mg 1%
  • Potassium 143.71mg 4%
  • Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
  • Fiber 1.33g 5%
  • Sugar 6.94g
  • Protein 1.73g 3%
  • Calcium 1.31mg <1%
  • Iron 14.25mg 79%
  • Vitamin A 10.17IU <1%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%

Shopping and Gear List

  • Sincerely Nuts Chopped Dates – One Lb. Bag
  • Teddie All Natural Peanut Butter, Smooth, 26-Ounce Jar (Pack of 3) (Packaging may vary)
  • Watkins Original Gourmet Baking Vanilla Extract, with Pure Vanilla Extract, 11 Ounce (Packaging may vary)


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