Super moist and rich Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread sweetened with pure maple syrup. This gluten free and dairy free treat comes together quickly and is packed with chocolatey goodness!
Oh my lanta, do I have a treat for youuuuuu.
I figured now is the perfect time to release this fantabulous gluten free chocolate banana bread into the world since everyone and their brother is baking. Ugh, isn't baking just the best?
I mean if this isn't a family you want to be a part of, I don't know what is!
How to make healthy chocolate banana bread (step by step)
This recipe comes together in minutes! It would be great to bake with kiddos. Be sure to jump to the full recipe below for complete instructions.
Step 1: Blend the wet
Preheat oven to 350F and grease a standard loaf pan. You can also line with parchment paper for easy removing.
Place the wet ingredients (banana, maple syrup, eggs, oil, and vanilla) in a blender and blend until smooth. You could also mix by hand, but I like the banana to be throughly incorporated throughout. Since it's gluten free, you don't have to worry about over-mixing, hooray!
Step 2: Mix the dry
Place the dry ingredients (almond flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt) in a medium mixing bowl and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Step 3: Combine wet and dry
Pour the blended wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until you don't see any flour. Pour into loaf pan. Top with extra chocolate chips.
Step 4: Bake
Bake for about 55 minutes, or until a knife comes out almost clean. A few crumbs are ok! Let bread cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Key ingredients and substitutions
- Almond flour: aim for the super fine blanched kind, not almond meal (which has the skins). I get Kirkland brand at Costco.
- Oat flour: another favorite gluten free flour of mine, I love the flavor it adds. Be sure to use certified gluten-free if you have a gluten intolerance.
- Cocoa powder: a full half cup for extra chocolate flavor. I used the unsweetened baking kind, but cacao powder works as well.
- Maple syrup: my favorite natural liquid sweetener.
- Eggs: to bind everything together and contribute to rising. Sub flax eggs for a vegan banana bread.
- Coconut oil: adds flavor, moisture and richness. Salted or unsalted melted butter both work as well.
- Vanilla extract: to enhance the chocolate flavor ever more.
- Salt: key for flavor and helps bring out the sweetness.
- Baking soda and powder: for proper rising.
- Chocolate chips: for double chocolate goodness!
Tips for the best chocolate banana bread
- Use very overripe mashed bananas. We're talking mega brown and spotty. No yellow bananas here.
- Use a combination of almond + oat flour. I love almond flour because a) it makes things taste like sugar cookies and b) it's so freaking moist. This flour marriage is my favorite for gluten free baked goods.
- Go double chocolate! We're using both cocoa powder and chocolate chips for epic chocolatey flavor in every bite. You could add a teaspoon of instant coffee or espresso if you want to enhance the chocolate flavor even more.
How to store
The best place to store the bread is on the countertop in an air-tight container for up to four days. It stays moist for a surprisingly long time! If you still have some left, you can store in the fridge for up to a week or more and it will stay moist.
Can your freeze chocolate banana bread?
Yes! To freeze bread, simply wrap the loaf tightly in foil then in a plastic bag with the air squeezed out. It will stay fresh for up to four months. You can thaw it on the counter when you're ready to eat.
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Deliciously moist and rich Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread! This easy gluten-free and dairy free treat made with almond and oat flour will become your new favorite snack or breakfast. For the non-chocolate version, try my Gluten Free Banana Bread!
- 3 medium over-ripe bananas (very brown and spotty)
- 2 large eggs (sub 2 tbsp ground flax mixed with 6 tbsp warm water for vegan)
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup avocado oil or melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups packed super fine blanched almond flour
- ¾ cup oat flour* (certified gluten free if needed)
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp fine sea salt
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a loaf pan.
- Place bananas, eggs, maple syrup, oil and vanilla in a blender or Nutribullet and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can whisk by hand if you don't have a blender.
- Place almond flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl, stirring to combine. Add wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips, reserving a few for topping.
- Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for about 55 minutes, or until a knife comes out almost clean. Allow bread to cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to cool.
*TO MAKE OAT FLOUR: If you don't have store bought, make your own by grinding old fashioned oats in the blender until it resembles a fine flour.
TO STORE: Keep bread on countertop in an air-tight container for up to four days. It stays moist for a surprisingly long time! If you still have some left, you can store in the fridge for up to a week or more and it will stay moist.
TO FREEZE: Wrap the loaf tightly in foil then in a plastic bag with the air squeezed out. It will stay fresh for up to four months. You can thaw it on the counter when you're ready to eat.
Keywords: gluten free, chocolate banana bread
Recipe by Alexis Joseph of Hummusapien™. Photos by Eat Love Eats.