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Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

4.63 from 16 votes
This Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread is delicious, decadent, and perfect for anyone - especially if you're avoiding gluten, refined sugar, or eggs!
Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread - Moist, Chocolatey, Rich AND Vegan

Hi Bold Bakers!

Is there really anything better than homemade banana bread? Actually yes. It’s this homemade and Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread! Imagine that comforting banana bread flavor we all know and love combined with your favorite chocolate cake. Sounds dreamy right? Well that’s pretty much what this is.

My recipe for Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread really does tick all of the boxes. This hearty sweet bread is great for breakfast, an afternoon snack and of course dessert. It’s actually great for you since it’s free from egg, gluten, and refined sugar. Bonus – it’s full of healthy fats, satisfying chocolate flavor and that moist banana bread texture.

This Healthy Banana Bread is so easy to make that I find myself making it a few times a month. It’s really great to keep around and never lasts long. To make this Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread, you simply mash up your bananas, mix with coconut oil, flax egg (my favorite egg substitute) and coconut sugar. Then mix your banana mixture with gluten-free flour, good-quality cocoa powder and by all means chocolate chips. This batter comes together in 10 minutes flat and it’s hard not to just dig in after baking it.

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The finished Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread is gorgeous – super moist and beyond chocolaty with that hint of banana flavor. You are going to love it!

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Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

4.63 from 16 votes
This Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread is delicious, decadent, and perfect for anyone - especially if you're avoiding gluten, refined sugar, or eggs!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 -10
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
This Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread is delicious, decadent, and perfect for anyone - especially if you're avoiding gluten, refined sugar, or eggs!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 -10

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup (5oz/150g) all purpose flour*
  • 1/2 cup (2oz/60g) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 large ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 cups (15oz/540g) mashed banana)
  • 1/3 cup (21/2oz/75ml) coconut oil, liquid
  • 3/4 cup (41/20z/135g) coconut sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup ( 41/2oz/135g) chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 350oF (180oC) and grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with coconut oil and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the flax seed meal and water. Let sit for 10 minutes. This is to make a "flax egg" or egg substitute.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork. Add the melted coconut oil and stir until combined. Next add in the coconut sugar, flax egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, being careful not to over mix.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out mostly clean.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and set on a wire cooling rack. Let the bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the bread and carefully remove from the pan.
  • Let the bread cool on the wire cooling rack before cuting into slices and serving.
  • The bread will keep on the counter, wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 4 days. This bread also freezes well. To freeze, cool the bread completely and wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost before slicing.

Recipe Notes

You can make this gluten free by using Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour
You can sub out coconut sugar for raw or brown sugar
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 241mg10%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Rafferty Erik Sy
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Rafferty Erik Sy
1 month ago

Hi,

I do not have any flaxseed meal. What can I use as a substitute in this recipe?

Aquawoman
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Aquawoman
3 months ago

Did anyone else’s chocolate chips burn on top? Mine did, after 60 mins.

Nevertheless, a yummy cake indeed. Almost like a brownie.

Risky
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Risky
4 months ago

I find it difficult not to over mix as it is a rather dry batter. I added more water to allow it to come together. Still yummy though thanks. Just wondering what I am doing wrong for my mix to be so dry. The one currently in the oven and the previous one I made I added blueberries…gave it like a forrest cake taste. I don’t usually mess with your recipes. I might add some plain yogurt next time for more moisture as others have added instead of coconut oil. I am only new to being a bold baker and… Read more »

Sonal Poddar
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Sonal Poddar
5 months ago

Hello Gemma, I have already made this once and it came out super yummy. This time i want to make it with almond flour can u tell me how much almond flour i need to use? Also do u sieve your dry ingredients always? Thanks

Sreevani
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Sreevani
5 months ago

Hi Gemma,

I’m new to baking. Today i did this and the outcome is amazing lickilicious banana bread. I’m actually not a favourite of cakes. But i baked for my family. I ate more than 1/4th of the bread. Thank you for the amazing recipe.

nija shah
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nija shah
7 months ago

Hi gemma, read some of the comments above. People have added yogurt but cannot understand what it will substitute ?
Oil or flaxseed ?
Looking forward to try the recipe
Thanks.

Norasyikin
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Norasyikin
8 months ago

Hi Gemma

What if i dont have cocunut sugar, can i substitute or use caster sugar or granulated sugar and what will the amount be?

Thank You
Nora

C
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C
8 months ago

Hi Gemma, how many eggs do I need if I won’t use flaxseed?

Binu
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Binu
10 months ago

Hello, this is a great bread!
I used 1/2 cup sprouted ragi/ finger millet flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, replaced sugar with palm sugar and used 3/4 cup yoghurt. Skipped the chocolate chips. The batter was yummy. I could have the bread for breakfast too!

Susan Herzhauser
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Susan Herzhauser
1 year ago

Love this recipe! I was thinking of trying to make this into muffins. If I did how long would I bake them? And would you change anything?

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