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Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

Peanut butter is a favorite of ours, and it brings a fun element to these cupcakes. They're good with or without garnishes. —Holly Jones, Kennesaw, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 5 medium)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 to 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Chopped salted peanuts, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • Beat first five ingredients until well blended. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into banana mixture. Fold in chocolate chunks.
  • Fill prepared cups three-fourths full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, beat cream cheese, peanut butter and butter until smooth. Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to reach desired consistency. Spread over cupcakes. If desired, sprinkle with peanuts. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 250 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • 3LabHm
    Aug 20, 2019

    These are pretty darn good! Like a banana cake with chunky chocolate. I followed the recipe exactly as written, except I added 1/2 cup chopped nuts. I could not help myself. I felt like the recipe was calling me to add nuts. :)) The frosting was just enough to cover each cupcake and really adds to the flavor! I will make these again and again. Thank you for sharing!

  • MamaMeese
    Jul 15, 2018

    These were very moist and had just the right balance of bananas and chocolate. I would definitely recommend going a little heavy on the confectioner's sugar when making the icing, otherwise it will be too soft and thin.