Healthy Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Let’s take a moment to appreciate a great form of communication in our time: the sigh. With a single breath, a sigh can express a wider range of emotion than any one word (or emoji) can aspire to achieve, be it a sign of relief, frustration, or as in the case of today’s Healthy Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips, of satisfaction and delight.

Almost fat free, healthy banana bread with chocolate chips for a little indulgence. The greek yogurt adds protein and keeps the muffins moist. You'll love this recipe! @wellplated

Or perhaps you saw the words “Healthy Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips” and let out a sigh that roughly translated to, “Really? Banana bread? Does the world need ANOTHER healthy banana bread recipe?”

Why yes, yes the world does, and your oven and tummy do too. Take a deep breath, LOOK at those chocolate chips, and remind yourself that this unquestionably addictive, marvelously moist banana bread is good for you. Sigh of happiness anyone?

Healthy banana bread made with Greek yogurt—it's so fluffy, moist and delicious that no one will be able to tell! @wellplated

Baking healthy banana bread is my version of a personal reset. Most days, I blitz from task to task with a laser-like focus on my to-do list. Too often, I forget to stop, breathe, and remember why I’m working the first place.

Inhaling the warm, familiar scent of fresh banana bread baking reminds me to be grateful for my safe home, able body, and the people with whom I can share a slice. When I pull a loaf of banana bread from the oven, it is with a sigh of peace.

Eating healthy banana bread with chocolate chips is how I plan to keep myself powered through one of the busiest months I’ve ever had. Two days ago, I was in Nashville. Next week I’m headed to California. The day after I arrive from Cali, I depart again for Louisiana. Two days later, it’s back to Nashville, then on to St. Louis.

PHEW. If you see a girl at the airport with a banana bread-shaped lump in her purse and chocolate smears on her lips, that’s probably me. If she utters a sigh of deep, but contented exhaustion, that is definitely me.

The BEST Healthy Banana Bread Recipe. So soft and tender, you'll never know it's made with Greek yogurt. The chocolate chips are the perfect indulgence! @wellplated

Did anyone else just let out a sigh of longing for a hot slice of Healthy Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips?

This healthy banana bread recipe is based off of my favorite Healthy Banana Muffins. As with that banana muffin recipe, this healthy banana bread is made with Greek yogurt, sweetened with maple syrup, and is 100% whole wheat (I use white whole wheat flour, and you can’t taste the difference one bit!). You could make the banana bread recipe even healthier by omitting the chocolate chips, though I’ve decided that their presence in my banana bread is healthy for my soul. Alternatively, you can replace the chocolate chips with the same amount of fresh or frozen blueberries, chopped dried fruit, and/or toasted nuts.

This healthy banana bread recipe can also be baked as muffins. For more detail, please see the notes in the recipe directions below.

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Healthy Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

A moist, delicious healthy banana bread recipe with chocolate chips. So fluffy and sweet, no one will suspect it’s made with Greek yogurt and whole wheat!

Yield: 1 8x4-inch loaf (about 10 slices)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas (about 11 ounces or 3 large)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used non-fat. OK to substitute vanilla, though the bread will be a bit sweeter)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or melted and cooled coconut oil*
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate

Directions:

  1. Place rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. Mash bananas in the bottom of a large bowl until mostly smooth. Whisk in the egg, then the yogurt and oil. Whisk in the brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon over the top, then stir until combined. Gently stir in the flour until barely combined, then fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Check at the 35-minute mark and tent with foil if the bread is browning too quickly at the corners. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and place on rack to finish cooling completely (for neat slicing), or enjoy warm and don’t worry if the slices are messy.

*If using coconut oil, be sure all of the ingredients are at room temperature and the coconut oil as cooled, or it will re-solidify when it touches the cold ingredients.

To bake this recipe as 12 muffins instead of in a loaf pan, lightly grease a standard muffin tin, then divide the batter evenly between the cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the muffins spring back lightly when touched.

Adapted from my Healthy Banana Muffins.

// All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 slice (of 10)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 244
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 19mg
  • Sodium: 164mg
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Protein: 4g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

61 comments

  1. The world ALWAYS needs more healthy banana bread recipes, and this one just might take the cake! :) I make your Blender Banana Muffins all the time so I cannot wait to make this!! Thank you for sharing Erin! Have a happy Friday :)

  2. Yummy ripe bananas AND brown sugar AND maple syrup AND chocolate chips? Oh I am so totally in! This looks delicious and sweet and perfect and amazing! Making this tomorrow for sure :) Thanks for the recipe!

  3. If there’s maple syrup out there, count me in! This one looks so delicious – I’m definitely making it tonight!

  4. You’re coming to California!?  I live in Los Angeles, so if you have some extra time in your trip for making an extra-blogger-friend-coffee-date happen, I’m totally down! (and if you have some extra banana bread I can help you with that too  LOL)

    also ahahahaahahahh I’m DYING at “PHEW. If you see a girl at the airport with a banana bread-shaped lump in her purse and chocolate smears on her lips, that’s probably me. If she utters a sigh of deep, but contented exhaustion, that is definitely me”.  

    Thanks for sharing your chocolate chip banana bread, it looks delicious!

  5. I need instructions for speed ripening my bananas so I can try this.  :)

    • Heather, it is so hard to wait for ripe bananas when you just want to make banana bread that second! You probably heard this tip before, but I find that placing them in a brown paper bag and closing the top really speeds things along.

  6.  Someday someone will do a  scientific study to determine just what it is about banana bread that makes us feel so homey and contented. There is no other aroma quite like it! I think I can smell your kitchen from here:)

  7. Love this recipe Erin. Thank you and have a great weeknd. They come and go so quickly.

  8. hey girl this looks so yummy! Have fun and be safe on your travels! love ya!  

  9. This could also be the perfect reward for finishing your TAXES! I have ripe bananas that were just waiting for your recipe to appear! Nummy! Erin, thanks for posting!

  10. Great recipe without any added sugar!

    Rating: 5
  11. I 100% need this right now! Banana bread is the BEST smell when it’s baking. Totally making this on sunday😀😀

  12. Oh my goodness….that  looks absolutely heavenly!  I was looking for a banana bread recipe but this one takes it up a notch for sure.  Thank you!

  13. Just made this tonight, following your recipe ALMOST to the letter. My only switches were that I subbed macadamia oil for coconut oil because it was like 6 inches closer to me, used coconut sugar in place of light brown sugar, and I used 1c AP flour and 1/2c whole wheat flour instead of 1 1/2c white whole wheat. (See how my brain worked there? Haha.) It came out great! I have an older oven, so ideal cooking time was about 75 minutes. I think I’ll blend the banana more next time, I think the solid bits that were left after mashing sunk to the bottom of the bread pan and remained too moist. No matter how long I baked, it looked underbaked! Either way, it was delicious.

    Oh, and for the record, I used 3 good sized frozen bananas, thawed. Thanks for a great recipe!

    Rating: 5
    • Lindsay, I am so happy that you enjoyed this banana bread so much! Macadamia oil sounds DELICIOUS, and I love baking with coconut sugar too. Thanks for trying the recipe and leaving these helpful notes. I truly appreciate it.

  14. Can I double or triple the recipe for two or three loafs?

    • Hi Scarlet, I don’t have experience doubling the recipe, so I can’t say for sure, but it likely will work. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  15. This was THE best banana bread I’ve ever made! I used whole wheat pastry flour. Definitely a redo in our household but I will try to substitute the light brown sugar with coconut sugar the next time. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    Rating: 5
    • YAY! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Nat! Thank YOU for taking the time to leave this nice review! I really appreciate it.

  16. can i use oatmeal flour

    • Hi Shaaron, I’ve never tried the recipe with oat flour, and I’m afraid I don’t have much experience baking with it. If you’ve had success swapping it in another similar quick bread or muffin recipes in the past and were happy with the results, it could be worth a shot. You’re in the realm of experimentation though! I hope you enjoy!

  17. Hands down the best banana bread I have ever tasted !!!! I am not a huge fan of banana bread nor is my husband but we both loved this recipe soooo much I had to bake another 2 days later ! Thank you for this yummy goodness :)

    Rating: 5
  18. Thank you, this is a fantastic recipe. The banana bread was moist and delicious. It didn’t last past a day at our house.

    Rating: 5
    • I’m so glad the banana bread is a winner for you, Marlene! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this lovely review.

  19. Great recipe, you might like to try my CHOCOLATE BANANA BREAD ! Delicious as well as nutritious !
    https://leishamulvey.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/chocolate-banana-bread

    Rating: 5
  20. By far, the best banana bread I have ever made in my kitchen. The only change I made was using sour cream instead of yogurt because I had none on hand. Thanks for sharing your recipe.🤗

    Rating: 5
  21. This looks delicious! Putting it on my list for next week. What is the nutrition info if I make muffins instead of the bread??

    • Hi Cait, the recipe is currently calculated for 10 servings. To figure out the nutrition info for 12 servings, you could multiply the current numbers by 10 and then divide by 12. Or you could import the recipe into MyFitnessPal or another calorie counter and calculate it for 12 servings. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  22. that is an awesome recipe. Very easy to make and healthy. Once it is cooked, the bread doesn’t last long so it is a good sign.

    Rating: 5
    • I’m glad to hear the recipe was easy and disappeared quickly, Stef! I really appreciate your taking the time to leave this great review!

  23. Best banana bread recipe ever! Have made this twice sticking strictly to the recipe and boyyy is it delicious! And fairly healthy. I add extra chocolate chips on top. Highly recommended. 

    Rating: 5
  24. Leslie Courchesne Reply

    My 11-year-old son says this is the best banana bread he’s ever eaten. Whole family loves it. Thanks so much!!

    Rating: 5
  25. You need something after the 3/4 for the choc chips–is that a cup or ??

    Am making this right now :)

  26. this banana bread my favourite and my family also going crazy after eating this. such a wonderful. thanks

    Rating: 5
    • I’m so excited to hear the recipe was a hit for your whole family, Suhana! Thanks for taking the time to leave this awesome review!

  27. Excellent moist texture on the inside with golden crust on outside.  Delicious!  My spouse ate 3 pieces right out of the oven!

    Rating: 5
  28. The best banana bread I have ever tasted! Thank you!  I made a few subs: a packet of apple sauce instead of the coconut oil, a half cup total of maple syrup omitting the brown sugar, and I broke the flour up into 1 cup whole wheat and 1/2 cup almond flour for a bit of extra protein.  Amazing, beautiful and moist and just as delicious a few days later. very excited i found this recipe it will become a family staple for sure! xo

    Rating: 5
    • WHOOO HOOO Kimberly! I am so happy to hear this. Thank you so much for trying the recipe, leaving this glowing review, and taking time to share your tweaks too. It means a lot to me and is helpful for others also.

  29. This looks delicious! , i will try this weekend :)

    thanks

    Rating: 5
  30. Can you substitute almond meal of flour? 

  31. this banana bread my favourite and my family also going crazy after eating this. such a wonderful. thanks
    5

  32. Yummy this banana bared so delicious, My mother also make this recipe. I like this

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