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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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You don’t have to sacrifice great flavor when you make lightened-up baked goods! This simple, healthy, chocolate chip banana bread recipe is super moist and tastes delicious. Kid-friendly, and can be made gluten-free or vegan too!

healthy chocolate chip banana bread slices stacked on top of each other on a white plate

I am a total sucker for all kinds of baked goods. I love the aroma as it bakes, how it fills the kitchen with warm sweet smells, comforting and homey. And one of my all time favorite baked goods, of course, is banana bread. More specifically, chocolate chip banana bread!

Many people wonder whether something like chocolate chip banana bread can be made healthy, and still taste really good. My answer to this is YES!

And now that both of my kids like helping me in the kitchen, baking is all the more enjoyable when we can make it a weekend activity!

This healthy banana bread with chocolate chips is great for a guilt-free treat or for a healthier dessert for kids. It’s super simple and is ready in less than an hour (baking and prep time included).

Recipe Ingredients & Notes

ingredients for healthy chocolate chip banana bread
  • Flour: You can use any type of flour for this recipe! I chose white whole wheat flour, but you can also use: oat flour, spelt flour, whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour or, to make this gluten free, I recommend Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Flour. You can also use all purpose flour, but that won’t be as healthy as the other flour options listed!
  • Flax Eggs: Super easy to make, and a great substitution to make this recipe egg-free.
  • Chocolate Chips: I like using 70% dark chocolate chips for that rich chocolate flavor (and less added sugar!)
  • Bananas: Make sure they are overripe!!

How To Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – Step by Step

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch pan with olive oil spray and set aside. In a large bowl mash the bananas until mostly smooth. Whisk in the flax egg.

Step 2: To the banana mixture, add the yogurt and oil.

Step 3: Whisk in the coconut sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla.

Step 4: Sprinkle the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt over the top, then stir until combined.

Step 5: Gently stir in the flour until barely combined.

Step 6: Fold in the chocolate chips.

Step 7: Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan.

Step 8: Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center, comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.

healthy chocolate chip banana bread fresh out of the oven in a baking dish

Step 9: Cut into 16 squares and serve.

healthy chocolate chip banana bread slices stacked on top of each other on a white plate

Variation – How to Make Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins!

It’s super easy to make this healthy chocolate chip banana bread into muffins:

  1. Lightly grease the muffin tins (a 12 muffin tin will work well here).
  2. Divide the batter evenly. I love to use this scoop to make sure to have muffins all the same size – it makes dividing up muffin batter SO much easier.
  3. Once divided evenly, bake at 350℉  for 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

What Makes This Chocolate Chip Bread Healthy?

Not all banana breads are created equally, but thanks to a few simple swaps, you can enjoy this version at less than 150 calories a serving! The swaps are:

  • Low fat Greek yogurt instead of butter to retain moisture but cut fat and calories.
  • Coconut sugar instead of refined sugar which has a great flavor but is lower glycemic and less processed.
  • Whole wheat flour or oat flour (instead of all purpose) for whole grains and extra fiber.
  • Dark chocolate chips in place of milk chocolate for a rich chocolatey flavor with less sugar added!

Will Kids Enjoy This Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread?

Kids will literally gobble up this chocolate chip bread so fast you better grab a piece for yourself before it’s all gone! The sweetness of the bananas, the moist, soft bread, and the gooey chocolate are all things that kids will absolutely love.

slice of healthy chocolate chip banana bread

Recipe FAQs

How Do I Store Choc Chip Banana Bread?

To Store: Allow the banana bread to fully cool, wrap in plastic or foil, and transfer into an air-tight container. It’ll keep for about 3-4 days on the counter, and up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
To Freeze: Once the chocolate chip bread has fully cooled, slice it, and then wrap the individual slices in in two layers of foil and transfer to an airtight freezer safe container. It will keep for up to 1-2 months in the freezer.
To Defrost: Thaw in the fridge overnight, then heat in the microwave or toaster oven until warm!

This is the perfect recipe to bake in advance if you’re looking for a healthy sweet treat to have on hand, if you want a healthier snack for your kids, or if you want to make a quick homemade gift for a friend!

How Do I Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread?

For a vegan version: Use an unsweetened, non-dairy yogurt. All of the other ingredients are vegan friendly!

Can I Make Chocolate Chip Bread Gluten-Free?

For a gluten free version: Use gluten free oat flour instead of the white whole wheat flour.

Serving Suggestions for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

There are so many ways to serve this banana bread, it’s hard to pick just one! Some ways I like to serve it are:

  • On its own as a grab-and-go breakfast
  • With some coffee or tea in the morning or afternoon
  • Warmed up and with some ice cream for dessert!
  • With a spread of fresh butter for a little indulgence
  • With a spread of nut butter for added protein (and for a filling snack!)

Top Tips for Making Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • Allow the banana bread batter to rest for 10 minutes after you create it (this will contribute to a moister, fluffier banana bread!)
  • Be sure to use very ripe / overripe bananas to take advantage of their natural sweetness in this bread. With the sweetness of the bananas, you don’t need as much sugar (I found that 1/4 + 1/8 cup was perfect, but you could reduce the sugar to be even less if you like a less-sweet bread)
  • Be sure to lightly grease your pan for easy removal, or use parchment.
  • To store the banana bread, allow to fully cool and transfer into an air-tight container. It’ll keep for about 3-4 days on the counter, and up to 2 weeks in the fridge. You can also freeze it (to defrost – just microwave a slice for about 20 seconds or pop them in the toaster oven!)  
  • When measuring your flour, make sure you choose the “scoop and level” method. Spoon the flour into your measuring cup, then level off the flour with a butter knife (don’t scoop the flour using your measuring cup!)
healthy chocolate chip banana bread slices stacked on top of each other on a white plate

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healthy chocolate chip banana bread slices stacked on top of each other on a white plate
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5 from 5 votes

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

You don't have to sacrifice great flavor when you make lightened-up baked goods! This simple, healthy, chocolate chip banana bread recipe is super moist and tastes delicious. Kid-friendly, and can be made gluten-free or vegan too!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Baking, Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 3 large ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 flax egg
  • cup plain lowfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons melted cooled coconut oil
  • ¼ + 1/8 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cups white whole wheat flour or oat flour
  • ½ to ¾ cup 70% dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch pan with olive oil spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl mash the bananas until mostly smooth. Whisk in the flax egg, then the yogurt and oil. Whisk in the coconut sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt over the top, then stir until combined. Gently stir in the flour until barely combined, then fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Cut into 16 squares and serve.

Notes

Serving Suggestions for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
There are so many ways to serve this banana bread, it’s hard to pick just one! Some ways I like to serve it are:
  • On its own as a grab-and-go breakfast
  • With some coffee or tea in the morning or afternoon
  • Warmed up and with some ice cream for dessert!
  • With a spread of fresh butter for a little indulgence
  • With a spread of nut butter for added protein (and for a filling snack!)
Top Tips for Making Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
  • Allow the banana bread batter to rest for 10 minutes after you create it (this will contribute to a moister, fluffier banana bread!)
  • Be sure to use very ripe / overripe bananas to take advantage of their natural sweetness in this bread. With the sweetness of the bananas, you don’t need as much sugar (I found that 1/4 + 1/8 cup was perfect, but you could reduce the sugar to be even less if you like a less-sweet bread)
  • Be sure to lightly grease your pan for easy removal, or use parchment.
  • To store the banana bread, allow to fully cool and transfer into an air-tight container. It’ll keep for about 3-4 days on the counter, and up to 2 weeks in the fridge. You can also freeze it (to defrost – just microwave a slice for about 20 seconds or pop them in the toaster oven!)  
  • When measuring your flour, make sure you choose the “scoop and level” method. Spoon the flour into your measuring cup, then level off the flour with a butter knife (don’t scoop the flour using your measuring cup!)
Adapted from Well Plated

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.7g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 4.4g | Saturated Fat: 3.2g | Sodium: 42mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 12g

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16 responses to “Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread”

  1. I always bake my banana bread in loafs, so I think it’s really cute to see it served as squares! Mine is never that healthy, definitely need to try something less guilty! Thank you for the inspiration!5 stars

  2. I really appreciate that this recipe uses flax egg. For those of us who can’t eat eggs, it’s a great substitution. Banana chocolate bread is my new favorite breakfast.5 stars

  3. YUM – I’m in the middle of packing for a move this weekend and I NEED a double batch of these! Healthy and sure to satisfy my chocolate addiction, these bars sound so delish!5 stars

  4. This looks delicious! You can’t persuade me that anything with sugar and chocolate chips is really ‘healthy’ but it’s still a great treat and a fab way to use up ripe bananas.

  5. These look fantastic – my kids want to try making them at the weekend, so glad they are healthy as well as delicious, win-win!!5 stars

  6. Hello! I was wondering if there would be much of a difference if I substitute the flax egg with a regular egg? I thought you put it in the recipe to keep it vegan but then again it is not specified that I must use dairy-free Greek yoghurt.

    • Hi Krisy! You can totally use a regular egg instead of the flax egg — I just put it in the recipe to keep it egg-free (not necessarily vegan, but for those with egg allergies). But the regular egg is a 1:1 replacement for the flax egg so it’ll work great!

  7. This is such a perfect recipe for someone who loves Taco Bell (like me) but is trying to be more health conscious! Thanks!5 stars

  8. Why don’t you just say 3/8of a cup of sugar?
    Very good but the amount of chocolate chips is maybe too much. Chocolate flavour overwhelms others. And that’s coming from a chocolate lover!

    • Fair enough! I could have written it that way 🙂 I just put it as 1/4 + 1/8 because it’s how I measured it out (I don’t have a 3/8 cup measure 🙂 ). You can always use less chocolate chips if you’d like! My chocolate was super super dark, so it didn’t make the banana bread too sweet.

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