When you have some extra ripe bananas and are craving something that’s chocolate and a little on the healthy side, this is a great recipe to try! This Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread has lots of chocolate flavor! Baked up with buttermilk, Greek yogurt, and light olive oil, it’s a dense, moist loaf of chocolate goodness that’s sweetened with mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, brown sugar and honey.
This chocolate banana bread is great for breakfast or brunch (who doesn’t like chocolate for breakfast?) and it also makes a tasty afternoon snack. You could even serve it as a simple dessert for dinner with a scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt. The possibilities are endless! 🙂
Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread
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.
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com
It’s fun trying different flavors of banana bread—there are so many different ways you can make it! Do you have a favorite banana bread recipe?