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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!

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!

A square of healthy chocolate chip banana bread 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 now that Layla likes helping me in the kitchen, baking is all the more enjoyable when we can make it a weekend activity! Recently, we had a ton of leftover bananas that were getting way too ripe. The obvious answer was banana bread, but this time I wanted to change things up and make it more of a sweet treat for all of us to enjoy.

So here it is: my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread! healthy chocolate chip banana bread in a baking tin

Many people wonder whether banana bread can be made healthy: especially chocolate chip banana bread? My answer to this is YES!

For this recipe, I was inspired by a recipe I found on Well Plated, but I modified it to make it even healthier, lower in sugar and higher in fiber! Even with the modifications though, it stayed super moist and perfectly sweet.

It’s 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).

healthy chocolate chip banana bread in a baking tin with a square on a white plate

How to make Healthy 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.

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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.

Variation – Make chocolate chip banana bread muffins!

Just lightly grease the muffin tins (a 12 muffin tin will work well here). 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.

Once divided evenly, bake at 350℉  for 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Close up of a square of banana bread

To make this healthy chocolate chip banana bread vegan or gluten-free…

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

For a vegan version: Use an unsweetened, non-dairy yogurt

You will not believe that this banana bread is made without butter and eggs – it tastes just like a traditional banana bread recipe!

healthy chocolate chip banana bread in a baking tray with a piece cut out

Storing banana bread

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 them for about 20 seconds or pop them in the toaster oven!)  

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!

Is banana bread healthy?

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

  • Use a low fat Greek yogurt to retain moisture but cut fat and calories.
  • Use coconut sugar which has a great flavor but is lower glycemic and less processed.
  • Use whole wheat flour or oat flour for whole grains and extra fiber.
  • Use dark chocolate chips in place of milk chocolate.

How to serve this simple, super moist banana bread with chocolate chips

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!)

healthy chocolate chip banana bread served on a white plate on a wooden surface

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.
  • When ready to bake, place into a pre-heated oven.
  • 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!)  

Be sure to check out these other healthy banana recipes!

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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: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 3 large ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 flax egg
  • 1/3 cup plain lowfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons melted cooled coconut oil
  • 1/4 + 1/8 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour or oat flour
  • 1/2 to 3/4 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

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.
  • When ready to bake, place into a pre-heated oven.
  • To store the banana bread, allow to fully cool and transfer into an air-tight container. They'll keep for about 3-4 days on the counter, and up to 2 weeks in the fridge. You can also freeze them (to defrost - just microwave them for about 20 seconds or pop them in the toaster oven!)  

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.7g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 4.4g | Saturated Fat: 3.2g | Sodium: 42mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 12g
You don't have to sacrifice great flavor when you bake healthy! Check out this simple, healthy, chocolate chip banana bread recipe that tastes delicious!

 

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4 responses to “Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread”

  1. 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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