Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Healthier Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I thought I'd come up with my official favorite banana bread recipe with my previous healthy banana bread, but by an accident of ingredients on hand, I have found one I like even more.

I was going for something healthier but still a little decadent, so this time it was a chocolate chip banana bread. I didn't have the applesauce I used last time on hand, so I used fat free Greek yogurt instead. Turns out this version was even more delicious! The yogurt made it really rich and moist and provides a great alternative to recipes that use tons of butter or oil. Given this recipe doesn't include oil, butter, white sugar or white flour, even with the chocolate chips, it's pretty darn healthy.

Now I must admit, I ate this served warm with a little butter, so it wasn't exactly diet food, but good Lord, it was incredible!

A Healthier Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


2 cups white wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 very ripe bananas 
Pinch of cinnamon
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup agave nectar
Handful of chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet but use your favorites)

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray/grease bottom of a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan and set aside (I used a baking spray with flour).
  2. Whisk together all dry ingredients except for chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  3. Smash bananas and mix with wet ingredients and chocolate chips in a separate bowl. 
  4. Fold banana mix into dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Pour batter into loaf pan. Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top if you like it extra chocolatey!
  6. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Check after 45 minutes to avoid over-baking.
  7. Let sit for 20 minutes and enjoy!



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