Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread

When you have ripe bananas and are craving something that’s chocolate and a little on the healthy side, this is a great recipe to try! This quick bread has lots of chocolate flavor and some buttermilk, Greek yogurt, and light olive oil to make it moist. It’s also made with whole wheat flour and sweetened with brown sugar and honey.

This Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread bakes up into a nice dense loaf of chocolate goodness, thanks to the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips that are mixed into the batter. It’s great if you like chocolatey things for breakfast or brunch, or it makes a great afternoon snack or even a simple dessert, maybe with some ice cream or frozen yogurt!


Makes one 9×5″ loaf

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2 small)
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour a 9×5″ loaf pan; set aside.

In large bowl, blend the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.

In medium bowl, blend eggs and brown sugar together until smooth. Add in the honey, mashed bananas, buttermilk, Greek yogurt, oil, and vanilla extract. Add this mixture to the flour mixture in the large bowl and stir just until all ingredients are combined. Fold the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips into the batter, stirring until they’re evenly distributed, then spoon batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake at 375˚F for 42 to 44 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or almost clean (if you overbake, the bread will be too dry). Let bread cool in pan for about 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

It’s fun trying different flavors of banana breads–there are so many different ways you can make it! Do you have a favorite banana bread recipe?

Sharing this recipe at Fiesta Friday, Weekend Potluck, Meal Plan Monday. Inspire Me Monday, Hearth & Soul.

19 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread

  1. KR

    I have a lot reading about banana bread. Seems now is time finally to bake this by myself. Thank you for inspiration !


  2. Jhuls

    I haven’t made anything with whole wheat flour. Does it makes any difference when using white flour? This looks amazing, Nancy. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!


  3. April J Harris

    Visiting via Create with Joy. It’s lovely to discover this tasty recipe – especially as it’s make with healthy whole wheat flour. I’d love for you to share this recipe at the New Look Hearth and Soul Link Party live on my site now if you have time. Following you on social media 🙂


    1. nancyc Post author

      Thanks for letting me know about the link up, April–I just now added this there! Followed you back, too! Hope you are enjoying the last of the holiday weekend! 🙂


  4. cheri

    Hi Nancy, we always have extra bananas laying around makes me cringe on the amount we throw away, chocolate would change everything!!!


  5. Juliana

    I have not made banana bread for a while and I am loving the idea of whole wheat and chocolate…it sure looks delicious Nancy!
    Have a wonderful week ahead 🙂


    1. nancyc Post author

      You’re welcome and thanks for visiting! I couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment on your site, but I hope you’re feeling better!



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