Healthy Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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You don’t have to sacrifice great flavor when you make lightened-up baked goods! This healthy chocolate chip banana bread recipe is super moist and tastes delicious. It’s kid-friendly, gluten-free, and can easily be made vegan too!

healthy chocolate chip banana bread slices stacked on top of each other on a white plate

I am a total sucker for all kinds of baked goods. I love the aroma as it bakes, how it fills the kitchen with warm sweet smells, comforting and homey. And one of my all time favorite baked goods, of course, is your typical classic banana bread recipe. More specifically, banana chocolate chip bread!

Many people wonder whether something like gluten-free chocolate chip banana bread can be made healthy, and still taste really good. My answer to this is YES!

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This is one of my favorite recipes to make with my kids. Baking is all the more enjoyable when we can make it a weekend activity. This chocolate banana bread is so good we could eat the whole loaf in a weekend!

This healthy banana bread with chocolate chips is great for a guilt-free treat or for a healthier dessert for kids or a special weekend breakfast treat. The best part of this recipe is that It’s super simple and is ready in less than an hour (baking and prep time included). Next time I make it I think I’ll add some walnuts!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple to mke
  • Super moist
  • Light and fluffy texture
  • Will satisfy your sweet tooth!
  • A healthier version of traditional banana bread
  • Gluten-free with a vegan option
  • Stores well, tastes just as good the next day
  • Made with wholesome ingredients
  • Best healthy banana bread recipe ever!

🥘 Ingredients

ingredients for healthy chocolate chip banana bread

Flour: You can use any type of flour for this recipe! I chose gluten free oat flour to keep this recipe gluten free, but you can also use: white whole wheat flour, spelt flour, regular whole wheat flour, or whole wheat pastry flour or. If you don’t have oat flour and still want to make this recipe gluten-free, I recommend a gluten free flour like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Flour. You can also use all purpose flour, but that won’t be as healthy as the other flour options listed!

Flax Eggs: Super easy to make, and a great substitution to make this recipe egg-free. Chia eggs also work if you don’t have ground flaxseed!

Coconut Oil: I love using coconut oil in baked goods because it gives the same tender fluffy texture and rise that butter gives, but it happens to be gluten free. Any vegetable oils will work in this chocolate banana bread recipe, but I like coconut oil the best.

Pure Maple Syrup, Coconut Sugar And Sea Salt: Maple syrup and coconut sugar are a healthier option than refined sugar, and the salt helps bring out their sweetness even more! You can use any sweetener you like as a 1:1 substitution.

Vanilla Extract & Cinnamon: For sweetness and a warm flavor without adding extra white sugar!

Greek Yogurt & Baking Soda: For fluffiness & rise.

Chocolate Chips: I like using 70% dark chocolate chips for that rich chocolate flavor (and less added sugar!) You can also use semi-sweet chocolate chips for a bit more sweetness!

Fresh Bananas: You want super sweet bananas for this recipe, so make sure they are overripe!!

📖 Variations

  • Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: You can easily make this recipe vegan and dairy-free by using an unsweetened, non-dairy yogurt. All of the other ingredients are vegan friendly!
  • Banana Bread Bars: Make this recipe as is, but cut it into granola bar shapes (long rectangles) instead of squares! Wrap each bar individually in parchment paper for easy storage and a great option for a grab-and-go snack. Super easy!
  • Add Nuts: Walnuts taste great in this healthy treat, but you could also add in sliced almonds or chopped pecans. A swirl of nut butter like peanut, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter will add a nutty flavor into the batter without adding in whole nuts!
  • Banana Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread: Add in 1/2-1 cup shredded zucchini into the batter! Make sure you squeeze out all of the water from the zucchini using a cheese cloth or paper towels before adding it in.
  • Sugar Free Chocolate Banana Bread: Use monk fruit instead of maple syrup + coconut sugar, and use sugar free chocolate chips!
  • Make Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins: It’s super easy to make this healthy chocolate chip banana bread into muffins! First Lightly grease the muffin tins (a 12 muffin tin will work well here). Then Divide the batter evenly. I love to use this scoop to make sure to have muffins all the same size – it makes dividing up muffin batter SO much easier. Once divided evenly, bake at 350℉  for 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

🔪 How To Make Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch pan with olive oil spray and set aside. Alternatively, you can line your pan with parchment paper or use a loaf pan if you prefer. In a large bowl mash the bananas until mostly smooth. Whisk in the flax egg.

Step 2: To the wet ingredients, add the yogurt and coconut oil.

Step 3: Whisk in the coconut sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla.

Step 4: Sprinkle the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt over the top, then stir until combined.

Step 5: Gently stir in the flour (dry ingredients) until barely combined.

Step 6: Fold in the chocolate chips.

Step 7: Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan.

Step 8: Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center, comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.

healthy chocolate chip banana bread fresh out of the oven in a baking dish

Step 9: Cut into 16 squares and serve.

slice of healthy chocolate chip banana bread

❓ Recipe FAQs

Is Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Healthy?

The answer is: It depends! Not all banana breads are created equally, but thanks to a few simple swaps, this quick bread is totally healthy! You can enjoy it at less than 150 calories a serving! The swaps are:
Low Fat Greek Yogurt instead of butter to retain moisture but cut fat and calories. Greek yogurt has healthy fats.
Coconut Sugar instead of brown sugar or granulated sugar which has a great flavor but is lower glycemic and less processed.
Oat Flour (instead of all purpose) for gluten free whole grains and extra fiber.
Dark Chocolate Chips in place of milk chocolate for a rich chocolatey flavor with less sugar added!

How Do You Store healthy chocolate banana bread?

This is the best banana bread to bake in advance if you’re looking for a healthy sweet treat to have on hand, if you want a healthier snack for your kids, or if you want to make a quick homemade gift for a friend!

To Store: Allow your homemade banana bread to fully cool, wrap in plastic wrap or foil, and transfer to an airtight container. It’ll keep for about 3-4 days room temperature, and up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

To Freeze: Once the chocolate chip bread has fully cooled, slice it, and then wrap the individual slices in in two layers of foil and transfer to airtight containers. It will keep for up to 1-2 months in the freezer.

To Defrost: For best results, thaw in the fridge overnight, then heat in the microwave or toaster oven until warm!

How do you serve healthy choc chip banana bread?

There are so many ways to serve this low calorie chocolate banana bread, it’s hard to pick just one! Some ways I like to serve it are:
– On its own as a grab-and-go breakfast
– With some coffee or tea in the morning or afternoon
– Warmed up and with some ice cream for dessert!
– With a spread of fresh butter for a little indulgence
– With a spread of nut butter for added protein (and for a filling snack!)

💭 Expert Tips

  • Allow this gluten free chocolate chip banana bread batter to rest for 10 minutes after you create it (this will contribute to a moister, fluffier banana bread!)
  • Be sure to use very ripe / overripe bananas to take advantage of their natural sweetness in this bread. With the sweetness of the bananas, you don’t need as much sugar (I found that 1/4 + 1/8 cup was perfect, but you could reduce the sugar to be even less if you like a less-sweet bread)
  • Be sure to lightly grease your pan for easy removal, or use parchment.
  • To store the banana bread, allow to fully cool and transfer into an air-tight container. It’ll keep for about 3-4 days on the counter, and up to 2 weeks in the fridge. You can also freeze it (to defrost – just microwave a slice for about 20 seconds or pop them in the toaster oven!)  
  • When measuring your flour, make sure you choose the “scoop and level” method. Spoon the flour into your measuring cup, then level off the flour with a butter knife (don’t scoop the flour using your measuring cup!)
  • If making gluten-free don’t use almond flour as a substitute for whole wheat flour. It absorbs moisture and will result in a soggy loaf. Instead, use oat flour.

healthy chocolate chip banana bread slices stacked on top of each other on a white plate

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Gluten Free!)

You don’t have to sacrifice great flavor when you make lightened-up baked goods! This healthy chocolate chip banana bread recipe is super moist and tastes delicious. It’s kid-friendly, gluten-free, and can easily be made vegan too!

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time25 mins

Total Time45 mins

Course: Baking, Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Servings: 16 slices

Calories: 136kcal

Serving Suggestions for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
There are so many ways to serve this banana bread, it’s hard to pick just one! Some ways I like to serve it are:

  • On its own as a grab-and-go breakfast
  • With some coffee or tea in the morning or afternoon
  • Warmed up and with some ice cream for dessert!
  • With a spread of fresh butter for a little indulgence
  • With a spread of nut butter for added protein (and for a filling snack!)

Top Tips

  • Allow the banana bread batter to rest for 10 minutes after you create it (this will contribute to a moister, fluffier banana bread!)
  • Be sure to use very ripe / overripe bananas to take advantage of their natural sweetness in this bread. With the sweetness of the bananas, you don’t need as much sugar (I found that 1/4 + 1/8 cup was perfect, but you could reduce the sugar to be even less if you like a less-sweet bread)
  • Be sure to lightly grease your pan for easy removal, or use parchment.
  • To store the banana bread, allow to fully cool and transfer into an air-tight container. It’ll keep for about 3-4 days on the counter, and up to 2 weeks in the fridge. You can also freeze it (to defrost – just microwave a slice for about 20 seconds or pop them in the toaster oven!)  
  • When measuring your flour, make sure you choose the “scoop and level” method. Spoon the flour into your measuring cup, then level off the flour with a butter knife (don’t scoop the flour using your measuring cup!)

Adapted from Well Plated

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.7g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 4.4g | Saturated Fat: 3.2g | Sodium: 42mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 12g

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