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!
WHOLE WHEAT CHOCOLATE BANANA BREAD by NancyC
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?