Healthier Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

A delicious spin on your classic banana bread recipe - add chocolate! Made with healthier ingredients, this bread is a winner and you can feel good about feeding it to your family.


I love making banana bread when I have over-ripe bananas at the end of the week and this recipe has quickly become a family favorite. It almost tastes like a cake! The best part is that I swapped out some of the ingredients for healthier choices and my family still loved it!

Serves: 12

Healthier Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

10 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 large)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (plus more for garnish, if desired)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the yogurt, honey, egg and vanilla.
  4. Add half the flour mixture into the yogurt mixture and beat on low speed while slowly pouring in half the milk. Turn mixer off, scrape down the sides with a spatula and then add remaining flour mixture to the bowl with the remaining milk.
  5. Stir in the mashed bananas until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spread batter into prepared loaf pan. Press more chocolate chips into the top of the batter before baking, if desired.
  7. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  8. Let the bread cool in the pan for about 20 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.



2764 cal


66 g


497 g


78 g
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2 Responses to “Healthier Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe”

  1. Could you make these into muffins? It seems like every time I try to take a loaf bread recipe and make muffins they end up dense and dry. However, my kids are quirky like kids can be and will eat banana bread, zucchini bread, etc when I make them in muffins but not when I make them in a loaf 🙄

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