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November 8, 2022

The BEST Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Made with NO sugar, NO butter, and NO oil, this chocolate chip banana bread is so moist with tons of dark chocolate chips. All you need is wheat flour, bananas, greek yogurt, Stevia, and a few pantry staples for the best healthy banana bread recipe!

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Like, this is the recipe that I'm known for.

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Collins says, "I have tried so many banana bread recipes and this is the one I keep coming back to over & over!"

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And Tailer said, "YUMMIEST EVER! We may have downed the whole loaf before lunch. Seriously the the most moist banana bread I’ve ever made. You wouldn’t even know it’s healthy! Forget any other banana bread recipe you have, this ones the best!!"

Sooooo if you're convinced, jump to the recipe card and get baking!

If not, keep reading to find out why this is the best banana bread you'll ever eat.


Why this recipe is the best

Made in one bowl: minimal dishes and easy cleanup. You're welcome!

Wholesome ingredients: each ingredient is packed with nutrients without sacrificing flavor

Perfect texture: fluffy and moist with a tender crumb. The only way to banana bread.

Puddles of chocolate: it's almost like it should be chocolate with banana bread mixed in. It's a good problem to have!

Kid friendly: this banana bread is safe for babies, toddlers, and the whole family, really. My one year old devours it and it's my husband's favorite recipe!

A loaf of chocolate chip banana bread with puddles of chocolate


Does banana bread require yeast?

No. Banana bread is a quick bread, which means it doesn't require yeast to rise.

Instead, it uses baking powder or baking soda.

This means the bread is ready to bake right away!


Health benefits of banana bread

Now, it's important to know that "healthy" is relative to each person.

Some people have certain intolerances or dietary needs that change what is healthy for them.

Also, not every banana bread recipe is created equal. Recipes that use large amounts of flour, sugar, and butter taste great but aren't the best for you.

THIS healthy banana bread recipe, however, has many nutritional benefits that not only do good things for your body, but taste amazing too.

Ingredients for chocolate chip banana bread


Ingredients you'll need

  • Overripe bananas: those glorious bananas with lots of brown spots on them. The majority of the starches have converted to sugar, so they're sweeter and easier to mash. If you only have fresh bananas, store the bananas in a brown paper bag overnight and they should brown a little faster.
  • Nonfat vanilla greek yogurt: for added protein and moisture. I always use this brand because there's no fat, no artificial ingredients, and no sugar, so it's basically pure protein. Plain greek yogurt is a great option too, but not as sweet, so you'll need more vanilla extract.
  • Stevia: for added sweetness without the extra calories
  • Large egg: for structure, moisture, and leavening
  • Vanilla extract: optional if you're using vanilla greek yogurt
  • All purpose flour: for a light and fluffy crumb
  • Whole wheat flour: a healthier option than regular white flour that adds vitamins, protein, and fiber
  • Cinnamon: optional but recommended. It enhances the chocolate flavor and adds a boost of antioxidants
  • Sugar free chocolate chips: all the deliciousness without the blood sugar spike. You won't even notice!

Substitutions

For the sugar: there are a few options here. In a pinch, you could also use equal parts brown sugar or white sugar, but this will significantly increase the calories and the added sugar to the recipe.

To keep this recipe refined sugar free, you could use:

  • Another zero calorie sweetener like Monkfruit
  • Equal parts coconut sugar (this will give a slight caramel flavor)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raw honey

A loaf of chocolate chip banana bread with extra chocolate chips on top

For the egg: I have successfully use equal parts liquid egg whites, but I have not tested vegan egg substitutes like flax eggs, chia eggs, or nut butters.

I cannot guarantee this recipe will work without the egg. Please leave a comment if you try it!

For the chocolate chips: any chocolate chips will work, like milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips. You could also use equal amounts of chopped chocolate.

For the flour: you can use entirely white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour in place of the all purpose flour and wheat flour.

I don't recommend using only white flour because that takes away protein, fiber, and the whole grains. You'll also need more flour in general, which isn't ideal.

For gluten free banana bread: you could try gluten free all purpose flour in place of regular flour and oat flour instead of wheat flour, but I haven't tested this combination.

Using a grain free flour like almond flour or coconut flour will not work, so don't try it.

If you need a grain free recipe, try this 5 ingredient banana bread!

For dairy free banana bread: use equal amounts of dairy free yogurt, melted dairy free butter, or a neutral oil like coconut oil, avocado oil, or olive oil in place of the greek yogurt.

I don't recommend using vegetable oil or canola oil because they are inflammatory oils.

You could also use your favorite nut butter like cashew butter or almond butter, but you might have to add a little bit more milk. I haven't tried this swap, so let me know if you do!

For vegan banana bread: you'll love this recipe!

Variations

  • Add a swirl of almond butter on top of the batter before baking
  • Add an extra banana (slice in half lengthwise) on top of the batter before baking
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar on top for a caramelized crunch (SO good)
  • Only mix in half the chocolate chips and save the other half for a chocolate drizzle on top
  • Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder for added protein
  • Wanna add some cocoa powder? Check out this healthy chocolate banana bread recipe!

A loaf of chocolate chip banana bread cut into slices


Equipment you'll need


How to make healthy banana bread

Step 1: prep the kitchen

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray your loaf pan with cooking spray, then line with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 2: combine the wet ingredients

Mash the bananas in your large mixing bowl, then whisk in the remaining wet ingredients with the mashed bananas until well combined.

A bowl of wet ingredients for making banana bread
A bowl of banana bread batter

Step 3: fold in the dry ingredients

Place the sieve over the mixing bowl and add all the dry ingredients to the sieve. Sift over the wet ingredients, then use a spatula to gently fold the banana bread batter together until a few streaks of flour remain.

Add the chocolate chips and fold until just combined. No more!

Step 4: bake the bread

Add the banana bread batter to the prepared loaf pan and smooth into an even layer.

Top with extra chocolate chips, if that's your jam.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Step 5: cool and serve

Let the bread cool for 15-20 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack (or your mouth!) to finish cooling.

Be sure to run a butter knife along the perimeter of the loaf to unstick the sides before pulling on the parchment paper to release.

A loaf of chocolate chip banana bread on a cooling rack


Expert tips

  1. How to measure flour: spoon flour into your measuring cup, then level off the excess with a knife. This will keep you from packing the flour and using too much flour. Please please please use this method EVERY time you bake!
  2. How to choose bananas: my rule of thumb is if there's brown spots, they're good for banana bread. Now, if your bananas are totally brown, those aren't my favorite, but they'll do. The sweet pot? Lots of brown spots with some yellow peel.
  3. Use room temperature ingredients: this ensures even mixing and even baking. It's worth the extra effort, I promise.
  4. Leave a few streaks of flour: when folding in the dry ingredients, leave a few streaks of unmixed flour in the batter before adding chocolate chips. This way, when you add the chocolate chips, the batter is mixed until just combined.
  5. Prep the pan: for the best results, I always grease the bread pan with olive oil cooking spray AND line with parchment paper.
  6. Be patient: let the bread cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes before slicing. Don't worry, it'll still be warm! The bread just needs time to "settle" or it will crumble to pieces and dry out.


How to store banana bread

Banana bread will stay fresh for 2-3 days if stored in an airtight container or bread bag on the kitchen counter at room temperature.

You could also store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week.


How to freeze banana bread

Let the bread cool completely to room temperature, then slice the entire loaf into 12 slices.

Wrap the individual slices in plastic wrap, then add all the slices of bread to a large ziploc bag or airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

To thaw, let sit overnight in the fridge or leave on the counter for a few hours.

For the best results, microwave for 10-15 seconds to warm before serving.

A loaf of chocolate chip banana bread


Frequently asked questions

Which bananas are good for banana bread?

The best bananas for banana bread are bananas with lots of brown spots. This is an indication that the starches in the fruit have converted to natural sugar and the bananas will be sweeter and easier to mash.

Can I use frozen bananas for banana bread?

Technically yes, but I don't recommend it. When you thaw frozen bananas, they leave lots of extra liquid and it's hard to separate the bananas from that liquid. This will result in a bread that is too mushy and might require extra baking time, which will make the top over baked and the inside dry.

Can I use baking powder instead of baking soda?

Not in this recipe. Baking powder isn't as powerful as baking soda and is usually used if there isn't any acid in the recipe. In this banana bread recipe, the greek yogurt is an acidic ingredient, so baking soda is necessary. If you use baking powder, your bread won't rise and will have a metallic aftertaste.

Do I need an electric mixer for banana bread?

No, and I don't recommend it either. It's very easy to over mix banana bread already, and using an electric mixer will make it even easier to over mix. Besides, it's extra dishes, so just do it by hand!

Which bread pan is best for banana bread?

Most food bloggers use an 8x6 bread pan. This is the one I recommend. You should avoid glass pans if at all possible, and dark pans if you can. The best material for baking is a light aluminum.

How do I know banana bread is done?

The top should be firm and browned (but not burnt) and an inserted toothpick should come out clean or with a few crumbs on it. If the top is done but the inside is gooey, cover your banana bread in foil and continue baking.

Why is my banana bread dry and crumbly?

You either packed your flour (thereby adding way too much flour), over baked the bread, or over mixed it. Check out the expert tips section above for more information.

How many calories are in a slice of homemade banana bread?

In this healthy banana bread recipe, each slice has 130 calories, with 3.5 grams sugar and 4 grams protein.

Are bananas sugar free?

Bananas are refined sugar free, meaning the only sugar present is natural sugar. Carbohydrates are just a fancy term for sugar, and 1 large banana has 27 grams of carbs with 13 grams of sugar.

Can I use less sugar in banana bread?

YES! In fact, you don't need any sugar at all if you use this healthy chocolate chip banana bread recipe. Thanks to Stevia, greek yogurt, and sugar free chocolate chips, this recipe is completely sugar free.

Is banana bread ok for diabetes?

This healthy banana bread recipe is a good option for people with diabetes because it is made with whole grains, no added sugar, and heart healthy fats. This combination of nutrients will help stabilize blood sugar instead of spike it.

Can I make this banana bread recipe into muffins?

Yes! Just portion out the batter into 12 greased muffin tins and bake 20-25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

A slice of chocolate chip banana bread on parchment paper


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Healthy S'mores Banana Bread

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Healthy Fluffy Banana Bread Pancakes


Next time you have a craving for puddles of chocolate and sweet bread, look no further than this healthy chocolate chip banana bread. It's the best way to satisfy your sweet tooth without any of the sugar or processed ingredients in traditional banana bread.

Be sure to leave a star rating and review if you tried the recipe so other readers know how you liked it. Happy baking!

The BEST Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Made with NO sugar, NO butter, and NO oil, this chocolate chip banana bread is so moist with tons of dark chocolate chips. All you need is wheat flour, bananas, greek yogurt, Stevia, and a few pantry staples for the best healthy banana bread recipe!

Author:

Brooke Harmer

Prep:

15

min

cook:

45

min

total:

60

min

servings:

12

Ingredients

  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 C nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/3 C Stevia
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp milk (I use almond)
  • 1 C whole wheat flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 C all purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C sugar free chocolate chips*

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and line an 8x6 bread pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the bananas, greek yogurt, Stevia, egg, vanilla, and milk until well combined.
  3. Fold in wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until a few streaks of flour remain.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips until JUST combined. Do not over mix!
  5. Pour batter into prepared bread pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. I usually do 43 minutes.
  6. Let the bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes, transfer to a cooling rack before slicing.

Notes

*Any chocolate chips will work.

See blog post for all substitute recommendations.

Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of 1/12 of banana bread, including chocolate chips.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 slice / Calories: 130 / Fat: 3.8g / Saturated Fat: 0.2g / Carbohydrates: 23g / Fiber: 2.5g / Sugar: 3.5g / Protein: 4.1g