Healthy Crock Pot Recipes: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cake

While searching for crock pot recipes, I came across one for a Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cake. Cake in a crock pot?  With peanut butter and chocolate chips? Sweet…sign me up! I was excited to recreate this recipe using healthier ingredients.

Without a doubt, this cake is delicious. But aren’t crock pot recipes supposed to save me time? Isn’t that the point? This recipe took extra steps and caused me to have to stand on my head while pulling a muscle to search in the back of my corner cabinet so that I could find a baking dish that would fit down into my crock pot. And then it took four hours to bake. 

FYI:  Laura does not make recipes that take lots of time. Laura likes to eat healthy and save time.

And apparently, Laura occasionally talks in third person like Elmo.

Anyway, while this cake recipe is very easy to mix up, I think it would be even easier if I threw it directly into a cake pan and baked it in an oven.

When might I want to make this cake in a crock pot? Maybe if I need to go somewhere and want to come home in four hours to a freshly baked cake. Or maybe if I’m having company and am busy, I could get the cake put into the crock pot so that I could then focus on the roast beef. Or, I could see the crock pot being an option if it’s really hot outside and I don’t want to heat up my house by using an oven. Yes, those would be the times I would use my crock pot for this. Otherwise, it’ll be a conventional oven at 350° for me.

Here is the recipe, with both crock pot or conventional oven options. (Because Laura thinks it’s nice to have options.)

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter CakeYum

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sucanat
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I use homemade peanut butter)
3 eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Soy Free Chocolate Chips)

Cream together melted butter, sucanat, and peanut butter with an electric mixer. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Blend in baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and flour until well combined. Fold in 3/4 cup of chocolate chips.

To Bake in a Crock Pot:

  1. Line crock pot with foil. 
  2. Pour batter into a 2 1/2 or 3 quart baking dish that will fit inside your crock pot. Spread batter into the baking dish, then set it down inside the crock pot. 
  3. Sprinkle on remaining chocolate chips. 
  4. Cover loosely with 4 layers of paper towels, leaving the lid off the crock pot. 
  5. Cook on high for four hours, testing doneness with a toothpick.

To Bake in a Regular Oven:

Pour batter into a greased 8×8 inch baking pan. Sprinkle on remaining chocolate chips. Bake in a 350° oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

And now, I can not get the sound of Elmo’s voice out of my head. 

Laura is not a big fan of the sound of Elmo’s voice.

What would you do with this recipe? Bake it in the oven or in a crock pot?  Feel free to answer the question in third person. ;)


  1. Kate says

    Kate thought this sounded like a good way to use up the extra whole wheat that got milled from bread baking. The cake’s in the crock pot now. Kathy used butterscotch chips instead of chocolate because, because, well… Kate doesn’t much like regular chocolate (please don’t disown her – she DOES like white chocolate and very dark chocolate.) She’ll let you know how it turns out in a few hours!


  2. Lyndsay says

    This made me giggle. I have always wondered about why you would use a crock pot for these kind of things too. Because I would honestly put the roast in the crock pot and whip up the cake the regular way! But peanut butter and chocolate chips. Yes please! I will make this as soon as my baby sleeps longer than 2-3 hours at night :)


  3. Lisa Cernik says

    I just made myself a note the other day to throw something together with PB & chocolate! This will work!



  4. Anita Peoples says

    Anita feels that Laura is her friend! Let’s save time and energy together…cake goes in the oven for sure!!


  5. Charlotte Moore says

    I ade your applesauce cake yesterday. I doubles the recipe and used coconut oil. I also chopped up an apple and put in it. It was a big hit. I made some into muffins and gave our pastor and his wife some for pastor appreciation. I also made some cookies today and will give them some of them also. They were not healthy ones though. I made some for my son’s employees and froze them. He will take them back with him when he comes home for Thanksgiving. I did freeze the loaf of the applesauce bread to send to his crew.


  6. Jamie Garcia says

    If I was passionate about making cake in a crock pot I’d buy a small one dedicated to just that. Guess what is not on my list of TO BUY for the kitchen ;)

    Even though the picture honestly does not look appetizing, PB and CC are right up my alley, I guess I’ll try this on my mom’s group Friday :D


  7. Kate says

    OK, update – the cake cooked in the crockpot is done. I’ll do it in the oven next time :-) The outside of the cake is tough. The flavor is good but the texture of oven baked cakes is better than this crockpot cake. Kate thinks this recipe should be moved from the Crockpot category to the Oven Cake category.


  8. Bethany B. says

    Bethany would definitely do this one in the oven…and will soon!!! She also can’t get the sound of Elmo’s voice out of her head either…*sigh*


  9. says

    Jenny makes banana bread in the crock pot all the time in the summer when she doesn’t want to heat up the house with the oven. If Jenny were making this cake tonight she would definitely bake it in the oven!


  10. Brighid says

    Brighid would try this at a long 4-H meeting -cake at the end of a long project day! or when her oven was full of something like a large turkey or two sheet pans full of roasting tomatoes.


  11. says

    Yeah, Dottie is late in reading posts again and thought this one was hilarious. Dottie can’t stand Elmo, much less his voice. But when Dottie makes the cake this week, Dottie’s gonna use her oven. :)


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