This is the best Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread you'll ever make! This easy recipe is gluten-friendly, naturally sweetened and moist. There's nothing better than a thick slice of homemade banana bread for breakfast.
Why You'll Love This Healthy Homemade Banana Bread!
Most banana bread recipes are packed with lots of refined sugar, don't always use much banana and have conventional oils that don't offer any health benefits. Of course we want you to bake what makes you happy, so keep doing you friend!
But if you're someone who is looking to cut back on a little sugar and bake healthier treats, this recipe is for you! We're using melted coconut oil to add healthy fats to this moist banana bread. To make this recipe gluten-free, simply use your favorite gluten-free all-purpose flour that's 1:1. This healthy banana bread can be made with all natural sweeteners like honey and pure maple syrup or a lightened up amount of brown sugar or coconut sugar.
Feel free to customize this recipe to fit your likings by using a unique combination of sweeteners or swapping the coconut oil for your preferred oil.
We Think This Loaf is Sweet!
To keep this healthy chocolate chip banana bread refined sugar-free, reach for natural sweeteners like honey and pure maple syrup!
If you don't mind using traditional sugars, I recommend brown sugar! You can use ½ cup brown sugar or ¼ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup pure maple syrup.
Another great option for adding sweetness to this banana bread is coconut sugar! Coconut sugar adds a rich caramel flavor similar to brown sugar and is considered a healthier alternative.
How To Make Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:
To start making your healthy chocolate chip banana bread, beat ripe bananas, sweeteners of choice, eggs, milk and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. This easy banana bread can also be mixed by hand! Just use a fork to mash your ripe bananas first before adding the remaining ingredients.
Next, stir together the dry ingredients including the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Partially fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and then add the melted coconut oil and chocolate chips. Mix batter until just combined. Adding the coconut oil towards the end ensures it doesn't harden from the cold ingredients. (If you're using avocado oil or another conventional oil, you can add at the beginning with the other wet ingredients.)
Grease two loaf pans or line with parchment paper and divide your banana bread batter between the pans. Pop your loaf pans in the oven to bake and then enjoy your healthy treat made with sweet, ripe bananas and simple pantry staples.
My #1 tip for baking banana bread at home is to divide the batter between two loaf pans! Here's why this tip is my first recommendation:
- shorter baking time in the oven 👏
- two smaller loaves that make better serving sizes
- more control to get a consistent bake
- no soggy middles or tenting with foil
If you don't have a second loaf pan, you can also turn this recipe into banana muffins! Simply shorten the baking time to 15-20 minutes and check with a toothpick for doneness.
If you want to make one big loaf of banana bread, you will need to cover it with a foil tent so the center can bake before the top is too brown. To make your foil tent, take a large square of aluminum foil and loosely cover your loaf pan leaving space at the top to create a triangle tent shape. This extra space under the foil gives your banana bread room to rise. Secure the foil around the two sides of your loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes before removing the foil.
Everything You'll Need
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:
- Ripe Bananas
- Honey and/or Maple Syrup
- Brown Sugar and/or Coconut Sugar
- Milk of Choice
- Vanilla Extract
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Soda
- Coconut Oil
- Chocolate Chips
Other Healthy Mix In Ideas:
Need to make a substitution?
Sub for Coconut Oil?
Avocado oil, canola or vegetable oil make a good substitute for coconut oil in this recipe.
To make this recipe gluten-free, use 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour.
Use non-dairy milk like almond, coconut, hemp or soy milk to make a dairy-free banana loaf.
More Muffin and Bread Recipes:
- Healthy Lemon Blueberry Greek Yogurt Muffins
- Maple Glazed Bacon Banana Muffins
- Cinnamon Sugar Apple Coffee Cake
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filled Bread
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