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Healthier Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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top view of a loaf of baked chocolate chip banana bread

This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe is a comfort food classic. Moist and tender and homey and delicious with melting chocolate and fresh bananas enhanced by a touch of maple cinnamon.

It’s truly… sigh-worthy. And when you smell that baking banana bread aroma circulating throughout the kitchen, you’ll know you’re home.

Wherever home may be. I say that because I tend to make this recipe in my home and the homes of my friends and family. 

Stacked Slices of Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

That baking bread aroma lends a feeling of security, a mouth-watering expectation of yumminess, and a signal to your brain that it’s comfort food time.

I’m feeling nostalgic because as I write this post, the snow is falling outside my window, stacking up and drifting under the trees. 

It’s so incredibly beautiful. This January snow. My busy world has paused and the silent, falling snow is so incredibly peaceful.

Snow in Seattle

That’s rare in Seattle (falling snow… and peace — I’m smiling). With my warmest Irish wool sweater (straight from Ireland), another loaf of Chocolate Chip Banana bread baking in the oven, and a cup of my favorite tea, I’m one happy girl.

Whole Baked Loaf of Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

So the next time you’re feeling cozy or craving a homey, delicious treat… you’ll simply have to try this Chocolate Chip Banana bread. Whether the snow is falling… or not!

Oh… I mentioned “healthier” in the title. It is, “healthier.” I’ve reduced the sugar and fat slightly, adding a bit of maple syrup to replace the sugar. But it’s still a treat. Just “slightly” less of a treat than normal. 


Sliced Chocolate Chip Banana Bread on Cooling Rack

Healthier Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Healthier Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe is moist and tender and homey and delicious with melty chocolate and fresh bananas with a hint of maple cinnamon.


  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray the bottom of a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cooking oil, maple syrup, sugar, eggs, mashed bananas, and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together the salt, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and flour. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the egg and banana mixture. Stir until the batter is just moistened. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes. Or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out mostly clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before using a sharp knife to loosen the bread from the sides of the pan. Invert the bread and let cool completely on a metal cooling rack.



Be sure to use ripe bananas as they make the very best banana bread!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

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