If you are looking for a healthy treat to make with those old bananas, look no further. If you are a chocolate fan, this skinny chocolate banana bread is a lightened-up, chocolate spin on the classic sweet treat. I love eating this banana bread as-is, or alongside fresh berries and whipped cream or nut butter, or some ice cream for the ultimate indulgent-tasting dessert. It’s sweet and delicious, and lightened up just enough without compromising flavor.
What makes this chocolate banana bread “skinny?”
This chocolate banana bread recipe is just lightened up a touch from a classic banana bread; let me explain how. It mostly has to do with the sugar and butter components.
Traditional banana bread doesn’t involve much, aside from really ripe bananas, sugar, flour, and some other basic ingredients to make this dense, cake-like treat. Since the basis for banana bread is so simple, I didn’t find it very hard to “lighten-up” this chocolate version without sacrificing the flavor or traditional texture and overall experience of banana bread.
Banana bread is such a wholesome, crowd-pleasing dish, and it’s so perfect for using up overripened bananas, which we all usually have laying around!
How I lightened up this recipe
What I did with the sugar
- I do not use any sugar replacements here.
- This recipe uses maple syrup as a sweetening agent.
- I stretch the maple syrup by using unsweetened applesauce. The natural sweetness from the apples adds sweetness to this recipe without using more syrup.
How I incorporated butter
- I use light butter (I use this one from Land ‘o Lakes) which is essentially like a margarine.
Can I make any substitutions?
You can use sugar replacements if you wish, and the macros and points would change for this recipe. I have not tested this recipe with almond flour or other gluten free flour varieties, but will update if I do! If you do not like bananas, this recipe is not for you, sorry! They are a crucial element to banana bread.
How to serve skinny chocolate banana bread
This chocolate banana bread is a delicious sweet treat. You can either serve it on its own as a delicious breakfast alongside some eggs and fruit, or you can serve it as a snack or dessert. My favorite way to eat this banana bread is toasted with some butter, but since this is a chocolate flavored banana bread, you can serve it with a doll-up of almond butter for a nice change. You can also warm up a slice of bread and serve it alongside some ice cream, berries and whipped cream for a super delicious dessert or sweet treat.
If you love the taste of bananas in baked goods, you might also enjoy these chocolate banana muffins. They use overripe bananas as well, mixed in with high protein chocolate pancake mix. They also make a delicious snack or dessert. You can also try my original skinny banana bread with walnuts recipe.
What will I need to make skinny banana bread with walnuts?
- super overripe bananas
- It is really important for your bananas to be extremely overripe for this recipe. Mashing overripe bananas allows them to release the wet consistency we are looking for to bring this banana bread together. Overripe bananas are also really sweet and give lots of that banana flavor to this bread.
- You can store overripe bananas in the freezer, and then pull them out for whenever you want to make a treat like this one!
- light butter
- baking soda
- kosher salt
- vanilla extract
- maple syrup
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- unsweetened applesauce
- The only ingredients in unsweetened applesauce are apples. This is also sometimes branded as “no sugar added” applesauce.
- all purpose flour
- I have not tested this recipe with other flours (almond, gluten free) but plan to! I will keep you posted on how they work out!
- reduced sugar or no sugar added chocolate chips
- If you do not like sugar replacements (like me) I highly recommend these no sugar added chocolate chips from Hu. They are sweetened with dates.
- Here is a link to the chocolate chips: No Added Sugar Keto Baking Chocolate Chips – Hu Kitchen. My code STEPH saves money at checkout, on non-subscription orders only.
How to make skinny chocolate banana bread
To make skinny chocolate banana bread, preheat the oven to 350F. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas, add the unsweetened applesauce, melted butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup, egg, salt and baking soda, and stir to combine. Next, fold in the cocoa powder and flour. Stir in half of the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into a loaf pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Top the loaf with the remaining chocolate chips. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Skinny Chocolate Banana Bread
- loaf pan
- 3 bananas medium, extremely overripe, mashed, equivalent to 1.5 cups
- 1/4 cup light butter melted
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup maple syrup used: Kirkland organic
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup no sugar added or reduced sugar chocolate chips used: 36g Hu No Sugar Added Chips
- non-stick cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Mash the bananas with a fork in a mixing bowl.
- Melt the butter. Add the melted butter, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, egg, maple syrup, and applesauce to the bowl.
- Stir to combine.
- Add the flour and the cocoa powder. Combine thoroughly.
- Fold in half of the chocolate chips.
- Spray the loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Top with the remaining chocolate chips.
- Bake at 350F for 45-60 minutes or until set up.
- Allow to cool. and slice into 12 slices.
- To store: wrap each slice individually in plastic wrap and store in the fridge. To serve, eat plain or toasted with butter.
- 4 WW points per slice (all plans)