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Peanut Butter Chocolate Skillet Cake {Flourless}

Made with only 5 ingredients (which you probably already have in your kitchen), this flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Skillet Cake is gloriously fudgy and delicious.

Delicious easy grain-free chocolate peanut butter skillet cake.

*This post was first published in February 2015. It has been updated with new content and is being republished today.*

This flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Skillet Cake is an easy cake to make. I mixed up all the ingredients in the skillet itself and baked it in the same skillet. As the eggs were not whipped until fluffy, the resulting Peanut Butter Chocolate Skillet Cake is dense and fudgy like a brownie.

I love this Peanut Butter Chocolate Skillet Cake because:
• It is so easy to make
• It is completely flourless
• It unites 2 of my favorites – peanut butter and chocolate
• It is made with only 5 ingredients!

Ingredients to make chocolate skillet cake

What are the ingredients used to make this Peanut Butter Chocolate Skillet Cake?

The ingredients used to make this cake are:

  1. chocolate (I used milk chocolate chips and part of a semi sweet chocolate bar),
  2. coconut oil,
  3. eggs,
  4. peanut butter, and
  5. pure vanillamextract.

I have found that the older I get, the less I like extremely sweet bakes. So, as I used a combination of milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate in this cake. Now, if you like a sweeter cake, then use milk chocolate only. This skillet cake does not use any other sugar, so the only source of sweetener in this is the chocolate used. With that said if you like the taste of dark chocolate – then feel free to use that instead. However, in that case, you might want to add a half cup of sugar to this

How do you make this 5-ingredient skillet cake?

This 5 ingredient cake can be made in 5 easy steps! Yup – 5 is the lucky number for … this blog post 🙂

Beginning steps to make choclate peanut butter skillet cake
  • After I gathered my ingredients together, I added the coconut oil and chocolate to the skillet ~ by the way, I am using a small cast-iron skillet, I think it is an 8 inch one. I also turned the oven on to 350 degrees so it could begin preheating.

    I placed the skillet with the chocolate and coconut oil on the stove and turned it on low. I kept stirring as the heat melted the chocolate and coconut oil. And, about 2 minutes after, I turned the stove off and just stirred until the chocolate was completely melted by the heat in the pan.
  • Then I added in the peanut butter and whisked that it too.
Next steps just before putting this skillet cake in the oven
  • After the peanut butter had been stirred in, the mixture should be at about room temperature at this point. If it isn’t, you might want to wait until it cools as you do not want to add in the eggs and they end up cooking before you get a chance to mix them in.
  • Then add in the 3 eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until the mixture is smooth and velvety.
Easy mix in skillet cake
  • Then use a spatula and scrape off the sides of the pan so all the batter is in it and not on the sides too. Then place the skillet in the 350 degree oven to bake for 30 – 35 minutes! And that’s it!
Delicious grain free gluten free 5 ingredient cake

From February 15th, 2015:

Romantic, teen-puppy-love-type, movies are really not my cup of tea, but, seeing my sports-loving-daughter happens to be going through a phase with them. So I figured I would sacrifice my sanity and indulge her. An added bonus of my “sacrifice” happens to be some extra time with my kiddo and some animated discussions about choices after; like when we watched “Endless Love” a while back.

This past weekend, she talked me into watching “If I Stay”. I had seen the trailers – and, to me, it looked like a gal -who was comatose after a horrible accident; who had lost the rest of her family; and, who was almost at death’s door herself; who comes back for – a boy! I was mentally prepared for a discussion, similar to the one we had after “Twilight”, about girls making choices when they are all googly-eyed about some boy. And, since, mental discussions of this sort dictate the need for fuel (for me at least), I made this one-skillet, totally flourless, Peanut Butter and Chocolate cake to sustain us for the hours ahead – or, so I thought.

Flourless Skillet Cake with Peanut Butter & Co Dark Dreams @RunninSrilankan

When I first made this cake, I used Peanut Butter and Co.’s Dark Chocolate Dreams together with semi-sweet chocolate chips, coconut oil, vanilla, and eggs to make this oh-so-chocolatey, brain-food – in a skillet! No other bowls or pans to wash!

Delicious easy gluten free chocolate skillet cake

Now, in case you haven’t seen the movie and are planning on doing so – I won’t reveal any of the actual ending (other than my assumptions earlier), but I was so moved by the grandfather and the parents – especially the dad. Somewhere in the middle of the movie, we find out that the dad gave up his career as a drummer in a successful band, the first time he heard his daughter play her cello passionately. He cuts his hair and gets a job teaching.

dump mix and bake skillet cake

Then, one day, when his daughter is going through his band’s old records, she asks him if he missed being in his band and was happy now and his answer began with “sometimes we make choices and sometimes our choices make us“…I know this line isn’t anything new – it’s been said many times, in many different ways – but those words sat heavy in my heart.

My daughter and I have had discussions where she has felt she was holding me back and this post – those words in particular – are dedicated to her. Every day, the time I choose to spend with her makes me a better me. Everyday. Every Minute. Every Second.

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Delicious easy grain-free chocolate peanut butter skillet cake.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Skillet Cake (Flourless)

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Shashi
Made with only 5 ingredients (which you probably already have in your kitchen), this flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Skillet Cake is gloriously fudgy and delicious.


  • 1 cup chocolate chips I used a mix of semi sweet and milk but for a sweeter cake, use milk chocolate chips only
  • 2 heaped tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter you can also use Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter which results in a decadent cake
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pue vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a skillet and place skillet over a very low flame for about 1-2 minutes until chocolate chips and coconut oil begin to melt. Then remove from heat as you do not want the mixture to get too hot.
  • Whisk till coconut oil and chocolate chips are melted.
  • Stir in the peanut butter till well incorporated.
  • When the mixture isn’t too hot, whisk in eggs.
  • Mix in 2 teaspoons vanilla.
  • And bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes till edges are puffed and center is slightly raised
  • Two ways to eat it: Hot with ice cream or cool with chocolate sauce!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 141mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g
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  4. Lubna says:

    Wow…this looks soft, yum and delicious….

  5. Gina says:

    So fudgy and decadent and couldn’t be easier!

  6. GINA says:

    Omg, can we talk about how rich and fudgy this amazingly easy cake is?! In love!

  7. Natalie says:

    This is soooo simple! And looks fantastic. I’m a huge chocolate addict. This cake is the perfect quick fix for my cravings.

  8. Beth says:

    This is one of our favorites. So easy and delicious. I serve it with Breyers all natural vanilla ice cream.

  9. Danielle Wolter says:

    OMG this looks just incredible! Love how easy it is too. Can’t wait to try it!

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  11. Regina Nolan says:

    fantastic and easy

  12. mjskit says:

    What a sweet post to dedicate to your daughter! I love it that you two sit and watch movies together and then talk about them. I can only imagine the conversation after Twilight. 🙂 Your chocolate cake is freakin fabulous! In addition to it not having flour, I love that it also doesn’t have any dairy. I’ll be making this for sure!! Maybe I’ll make it when the hubby and I sit and watch a movie. 🙂

  13. Christina says:

    Size of skillet? Thank You! Making with my college-age daughter tonight. Love mother/daughter time.

    • Shashi says:

      Hi Christina – I used an 8 inch skillet – hope your daughter and you enjoy this – would love to know how it turns out. By the way – it is a low sugar dessert. Thank you!

  14. You are a genius for coming up with this recipe. This looks amazing… I love that this skillet cake isn’t totally unhealthy.. peanut butter is good for you, coconut oil is alright. It’s been so long since I’ve visited your blog, I’m back to blogging, will visit more often. Bookmarking this recipe.

  15. Wow! I think this is why skillets were invented!!! if you don’t mind, I’m going to featuring this inside my Skillet Crinkle Cookie post with the other skillets recipes I recommend.

  16. Shashi, this skillet cake looks out-of-this-world scrumptious! The perfect chocolate, peanut butter and cake fix all in one and so easy to make! Thanks for sharing, my friend!

  17. I would totally make this and not share! It’s drool worthy!

  18. Parita says:

    I am drooooooooling right now! This looks freakin amazing. 🙂 I am trying REALLY REALLY hard to cut down on my sugar intake but I think I may have to make an exception for this delicious looking treat! YUM.

  19. That’s exactly the kind of film I fall asleep to hahaha. Not a big fan of that genre, I guess 😉 But I’m certianly the biggest fan of the pb + chocolate combo, especially when it comes in a big, ooey gooey cookie form. Gosh, gimme this now! x

  20. chrisscheuer says:

    Looks fantastic and I love that you make it right in the pan!

  21. jessielovestorun says:

    Thank goodness Amanda @ Running With Spoons had this on her link love today. Somehow or another I totally missed this recipe during the week. I’m licking my lips just dreaming about how good it’d taste!

  22. OMG! This looks glorious!Really, wish I could just dive in!

  23. Whoa, this skillet cake looks incredible!! Perfect for girl-time! I’ll have to check out that movie—my daughter would probably love it, too, especially if I made her this fab dessert.
    P.S. Thanks for your kind comment about my mom. xo

    • Shashi says:

      You are so welcome Liz! And thank YOU for your kind comment here
      P.S. Even if I didn’t like a movie – I think Chocolate would helpme sit through it 😉

  24. Darn if this cake hasn’t stolen my heart! 😀 Deliciously chocolatey and I LOVE PB 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  25. I saw this on FG yesterday and I thought “OMG that looks awesmazing!” Of course it’s awesmazing, my awesmazing friend Shashi made it.
    Thumbs up!

  26. genevieve y says:

    I haven’t seen If I Stay yet but I will add it to my to watch list! Now, about this chocolate cake. I have a theory that everything made in a skillet tastes 10xs better! And nut butter and chocolate? Winning combination. Yum!!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – I LOVE your theory Genevieve! Skillets rock – specially when there are no other pots and pans to wash up!
      Btw – thanks so very much!

  27. Shashi: Wow! This is death by chocolate…It fills everyone’s eyes. Whatever movie one watches, this can make one happier and take away any sorrow. Happy V-day for y’all!

  28. hipfoodiemom says:

    I’m so not ready for my girls to go through that romantic, teen-puppy-love-type, movie phase. . but if I had this cake with me, that might help 🙂 love love love Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter!!

  29. Tara says:

    OMG! The recipe I’ve been waiting for! I have all the ingredients on hand to make this, but I’m dieting until next weekend so it will sadly have to wait until then.

  30. There are no words. This skillet cake looks amazing, Shashi! Well, minus the peanut butter, anyways 😛 But I’m thinking that could easily be replaced with almond butter. And I seriously love the way you write about your daughter and the relationship you have with her. She’s very lucky to have you as a momma 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Amanda – and thanks so much for linking this up on Sunday! Yes, almond butter can easily be used instead of P/B – I know cause I have made this many times before – though not in a skillet!

  31. Mira says:

    This flourless skillet cake looks so good! Love it! Their peanut butters taste amazing! And especially the chocolate flavor! When I first got samples from them, my husband ate the whole jar of chocolate peanut butter, before I even get a chance to experiment with it, then I had to go buy another one from the store 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – that’s funny – my daughter almost did the same thing too Mira – but I was able to wrestle away the jar to get what I needed for this 🙂 Btw – thanks so much

  32. Please tell me that this is all mine! Chocolate with peanut butter is always a winner.
    Happy Valentine’s Day friend!

  33. foodrecipeshq says:

    The last two pictures of this luscious cake are pure poetry. Almost like the last two lines dedicated to your daughter.

    p.s. I watched “If I stay” not long ago. I liked the way the movie tells about the fragility of life.

  34. What a lovely post to dedicate to your daughter. It sounds like you two have really good lines of communication. I didn’t have that at all with my parents growing up at all and I think it’s great when you do!

  35. This one is on my todo list for a while, you gave a great recipe here Sashi. Perfect yumminess.
    I really enjoy reading about your relationship, so touching. Btw, the pictures are amazing here.
    pinning for sure.

  36. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    Another home run Shashi, this looks incredible! As Sienna gets older, I’ll definitely be turning to you for parenting advice, you got this motherhood thing down! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  37. Mmmm peanut butter and chocolate! You know the way to my heart! And since you took out the flour, you removed the guilt as well! Isn’t that how that works? 😉 Pinned!

  38. Ashley says:

    I love that you and your daughter spend so much time together – such a sweet post friend.

    And this cake … looks sooooo good. Gimme a spoon please!

  39. You and your daughter seem to have such a great relationship, Shashi. It’s clear how much you treasure each other. My mom raised me by herself until I was 12 and she means the world to me.

    And this cake…oh my. It looks absolutely decadent delicious!

  40. Pragati says:

    This looks so delicious! I love that it’s flour free. YUM!

  41. This is seriously all I am craving right now – anything with peanut butter and chocolate is an instant winner in my books!

  42. thenutritiouskitchen says:

    Okay. STOP! As it is I am so lost as to what to make this v-day weekend for dinner/treats and I have way too many decision to make and NOW this is added to the mix…so many recipes so little time! LOL this looks so yummy!!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – Selena – I am sorry about adding to your conundrum – but this is a win win – it won’t leave you feeling stuffed and full like flour heavy, high sugar desserts might and it’s chocolate + peanut butter which we all know = a marriage made in heaven 🙂

  43. Kim says:

    The cake looks great but I loved your writing even more!!
    That part about everyday, the time you choose to spend with your daughter makes you a better person – I so get that!!! You and your daughter have an amazing relationship – love hearing about it!!!

  44. Susan Tajii says:

    I read over your recipe, when do you add the chocolate dream peanut butter to the mix?

  45. Holy yum!! Decadent, rich, and delicious!

  46. This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try this!!

  47. Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut says:

    Oh man this looks amazing! Love making cookies in a skillet!!

  48. Kelly says:

    Aaw, this is such an incredibly sweet post. I haven’t watched the movie yet and really wanted to but I love the sentiments behind it. You and your daughter have such an amazing bond and hopefully she knows just how much you cherish every second with her 🙂 Just like how I would cherish every second I had with this cake – it looks beyond amazing and I love that it’s flourless and made in the skillet!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – Thanks so much Kelly! If I stay was a sweet movie – another really good one we just recently saw was “This is where I leave you” – it’s not really a romantic movie – but a drama.

  49. Ellen says:

    This looks incredible and I can’t wait to make it! Pinned 🙂

  50. spicedblog says:

    Awww..this is the sweetest post ever, Shashi! I love how lil Shashi works her way into your blog posts. Instead of holding you back, I think she is totally inspiring you! You guys have such an awesome relationship. Love it, cherish it and then feed it with flourless chocolate cake! Speaking of cake…did lil Shashi leave me any? 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – I think it’s the magic of the flourless chocolate cake that makes our relationship so special (and no – she didn’t save you any-she’s an only child, she doesn’t share!) 🙂
      Seriously – you are spot on David – she is such an inspiration – and actually the reason behind me starting this blog in the first place! Btw -thanks so much

  51. diane says:

    Hi Shashi, I love the skillet cake photos and recipe! But I especially love your story… having 2 children (both a little older than your daughter) I can relate to the feelings of trying to protect them from life altering consequences (the negative kind). Keep up the good work of being there for your daughter!

  52. I’m glad you ended up liking the movie! This skillet though…..OHMYGOD. Perfect movie-watching snack…or anytime snack for that matter.

  53. Joanne says:

    Now this is a valentine’s day dessert dream come true!!

  54. Allie says:

    This dessert looks so yummy. I love that it’s all made in one pan and comes together in no time at all. This is my kind of cake

  55. Khushboo says:

    Have I ever mentioned that I am a fan of the peanut butter & chocolate combo ;)? Obviously I am all over this gorgeous dessert. It’s been far too long since I bought a jar of this flavour of PB & Co – it’s fabulous straight off a spoon! That last line about becoming a better person when you spend time with your daughter really gave me the chills- powerful words, Shashi!

  56. this cake looks divine! Sometimes Dave and I watch ‘chick flicks’ but not that often. However, I don’t think I need a movie to have an excuse to eat this 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – you are indeed right, Tandy – no excuses needed! Besides, I read something about chocolate and peanuts being brain food so I say let’s eat more of it, right?!

  57. hotlyspiced says:

    It’s great that you and your daughter spend so much time together. I do love flourless chocolate cakes – I think they’re my favourite. Yours looks perfect as it’s so rich, dark and chocolatey. And I do love how you go out with your bag of chillies! xx

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – I try to keep my bag of chilies on the down low, Charlie! 🙂
      I do so love flourless treats myself – specially when they combine Peanut butter and chocolate! xx

  58. You should call this ADDICTION pie!

  59. Gosh, such an easy looking and quick pudding recipe which could be in the oven baking whilst we’re eating mains. Love it! 🙂

  60. cottercrunch says:

    OMG you had me at skillet haha but then add in the pb company and that ice cream. girrrrrrl! YUM

  61. Beautiful dessert, I love that you mix and bake in the skillet. Sounds like a nice movie also with some lovely sentiments. Eating that cake warm with some ice cream is pretty much heaven in a skillet.

    • Shashi says:

      Suzanne – you are so right – eating this from the skillet w/ ice cream was heaven – but the lack of dishes to wash after was heaven on another level! 🙂

  62. THAT’S my kind of dessert!