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Whole wheat chocolate chip banana bread

Updated on February 17, 2015
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A long-time whole grain baker, Kathryn discovered the thrill and ease of cooking with whole, fresh foods decades ago. Still chopping!

Whole wheat chocolate chip banana bread
Whole wheat chocolate chip banana bread | Source

Our favorite banana bread recipe with a chocolate twist

How did it take me this long to think of adding chocolate chips to my favorite whole wheat banana bread recipe?

After all, I make it fairly often--a family favorite. We especially like it for an easy breakfast on the run.

Usually, I make banana nut bread, but I was planning to share this with one of my granddaughters, who has a nut allergy. What would give it that extra bit of texture and crunch we love? Chocolate chips, of course!

I wasn't sure how it would taste. We love chocolate, and we love banana bread. Heck, we love frozen chocolate covered bananas. Why not give it a try?

The verdict: My granddaughter LOVED it; my sweetheart wants me to make this recipe and only this recipe from now on.

How do you like your banana bread?

Do you prefer your banana bread plain, with nuts, with chocolate?

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We love bananas, but are they good for us?

Bananas are as healthy for our bodies as they are tasty and sweet.

According to Jessie Szalay in Bananas: Health Benefits, Risks and Nutrition Facts on LiveScience, bananas contain plenty of vitamin B6, which helps keep our immune system healthy, reduces inflammation, and a host of other benefits.

What's more, bananas are a good source of magnesium, vitamins A and C, and something called fructooligosaccharides, which help our bodies absorb calcium.

So you can feel good about baking a banana bread like this for your family, especially when you factor in the added nutritional benefits of whole wheat flour.

Whole wheat chocolate chip banana bread recipe

Chocolate chip banana bread, hot from the oven
Chocolate chip banana bread, hot from the oven | Source

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: Approximately 1-1/2 hours

Serves: 12

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  • 1/2 C olive oil (or substitute your favorite baking oil)
  • 1/3 C Raw wild honey
  • 3 Medium slightly over-ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 t Organic vanilla extract
  • 2 Large eggs, beaten well
  • 1 -1/2 C Organic stone-ground whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C Organic oat bran
  • 2 t Baking powder
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1 t Ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 C Fair Trade and organic semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. In mixing bowl, beginning on low speed and increasing to medium, cream honey and oil.
  3. Add the beaten eggs, mashed bananas and vanilla and continue to beat on medium-low speed.
  4. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, oat bran, baking powder, salt and cinnamon until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Stir chocolate chips evenly into flour mixture.
  6. Add flour mixture all at once to batter and mix on low speed or by hand until flour is completely moist, but just barely. Do not over-mix.
  7. Pour batter into butter-greased loaf pan and bake one hour and ten minutes until golden brown.
  8. Remove pan to wire rack and turn on side without removing bread from pan. Let rest 5 minutes.
  9. Gently slide bread from pan onto wire rack, set loaf upright and let cool an additional 10-15 minutes before cutting, if you can wait that long.
Frozen bananas, thawing in bowl
Frozen bananas, thawing in bowl | Source

Freeze over-ripe bananas and use them in your bread

According to Wikipedia, banana bread first appeared in cookbooks in the 1930s, when thrifty housewives started to bake their overripe bananas into quick breads.

Here at Chez Grace, thrift matters as well, so we freeze our overripe bananas.

On baking day, I pull four frozen bananas from the freezer and plop them in a bowl. Within an hour, they are thawed enough to peel and break apart for mashing. Another thirty minutes is usually all they need to thaw before using in bread.

They look mighty ugly, but they bake well.

Lodge L4LP3 Lodge Logic Loaf Pan
Lodge L4LP3 Lodge Logic Loaf Pan

Cast iron is wonderful for baking quick breads. It gives a nice crisp texture on the outside while retaining moist goodness inside. I wouldn't bake my banana bread in anything else.

SunSpire Organic Fair Trade 42% Cacao Semi-Sweet Baking Chips, 9 Ounce Bag
SunSpire Organic Fair Trade 42% Cacao Semi-Sweet Baking Chips, 9 Ounce Bag

The chocolate for these chips comes from plantations that do no employ child slaves to grow and harvest the cocoa beans.


Make this treat even better

Here are two more tips for making this banana bread the best it can be.

  1. To get an extra crispy crust on the outside without over-baking, use a cast-iron loaf pan.

    Heat it, ungreased, with the oven during the pre-heat. When you're ready to pour the batter, use oven mitts to remove the pan to the stove top. Dip a pastry brush in butter and quickly grease the pan. Daub the corners extra well.

    Pour the batter and return the pan to the hot oven.
  2. Always bake with Fair Trade organic chocolate. It's the only way to be sure no child labor or child slave labor was used in the growing, harvesting and processing of your chocolate.

    I couldn't bear the thought of children so like my own grandchildren working long, hard hours in horrible conditions, without pay and at risk for abuse, could you?

National Banana Bread Day - February 23

In the United States, February 23 is designated National Banana Bread Day. If you plan on baking this sweet treat next February 23, and especially if you plan on baking it with the children in your life, why not celebrate with this rousing, and slightly humorous song: Oh Banana Bread (to the tune of Oh Susanna!).

Won't you sign my guestbook? What do you think of adding chocolate to your favorite banana bread recipe? Or have you already tried it?

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      Kathryn Grace 22 months ago from San Francisco

      I am honored, Margaret. Thank you!

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      Margaret Schindel 22 months ago from Massachusetts

      I also make whole grain banana bread with chocolate chips but I definitely want to give your recipe a try! Sounds great.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @julieannbrady: So do I! But since we can't give nuts to two of our grandchildren, I had to improvise.

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      julieannbrady 2 years ago

      I hadn't thought about adding chocolate, but that does sound like an excellent idea. Normally, I want lots of nuts in my banana bread recipe.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @MarathonRunning: You're welcome. Let me know how it turns out for you, either way, won't you?

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      It sounds and looks great! I will certainly try this. Thanks for sharing!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Yum Grace! And on our G+ page too!! ;)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @cdotthought: You must let me know how it turns out for you and how you tweak it. Thanks for giving it a go.

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      cdotthought 3 years ago

      I have some bananas that will be perfect for this recipe, I think I'll try it today. Thanks!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Ruthi: Yes, and somehow it seems just-right sweet--not too much. I much prefer honey over refined sugar, don't you?

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Chocolate added to a banana bread recipe sounds heavenly! I absolutely love that you use honey instead of sugar-sweetness!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @acreativethinker: You're welcome. Thank you for taking a look.

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      Just lovely and looks so moist and flavorful! Great lens, thanks for sharing. :)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @smine27: Thank you for being the very first to view my new recipe and leave a note. Unfortunately, this is definitely not a low-carb recipe, but I know sometimes you make exceptions.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Brite-Ideas: I'm looking forward to seeing your recipe. I hope you post it here on Squidoo soon.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      this sounds good - I have my own recipe for this but have to give this one a try

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Now that's what I want! banana bread with chocolate chip sounds awesome.

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