Super moist, Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread that’s made healthier with no oil, butter or granulated sugar. Chocolate lovers rejoice!

A loaf of chocolate banana bread sliced with a knife on a floured surface.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread

This Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread is the cure to your chocolate cravings! I love that it’s made with whole wheat flour and so full of rich chocolate flavor. It’s so moist, you’d never know there’s no oil, butter or granulated sugar. This is one super indulgent tasting snack you can feel great about.

Enjoy this amazing quick bread for breakfast, an afternoon snack or late night treat. It’s so delicious any time of day!

Three slices of chocolate banana bread on a stack of three white ceramic plates.

My Banana Bread Baking Obsession

Welcome to another edition of my banana bread baking obsession. Seriously, baking and eating banana bread never gets old for me. The possibilities are endless! I can always find a way to bake overripe bananas into a yummy loaf of bread.

And this double chocolate banana bread is a must-make, for sure. It’s so easy to make, too. Waiting for it to cool just might be the hardest part!

I love baking with bananas because the result is always moist and sweet, no matter what you pair it with. We make a batch of my Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins almost every week. We keep them on hand for breakfasts and snacks.

A loaf of chocolate banana bread on a parchment lined cooling rack with scattered chocolate chips and a bread knife.

More Banana Bread Recipes You’ll Love

  • Classic Banana Bread: Turns out perfect every time. It’s crisp on top, moist in the middle and perfectly sweetened throughout, with tons of banana flavor in every bite. Everyone goes bananas over it!
  • Cinnamon Swirled Banana Bread: The internet’s favorite! This Cinnamon Swirled Banana Bread is full of buttery cinnamon sugar throughout the moistest banana bread. It’s out-of-this world delicious!
  • Healthy 5-Ingredient Flourless Banana Bread: For our gluten-free friends! It’s moist, oaty and naturally sweetened naturally with maple syrup.
  • Strawberry Banana Bread: Unbelievably moist and perfectly sweet! My Strawberry Banana Bread is a delicious spin on your favorite classic banana bread. It’s so berry tasty!
  • Nutella Swirled Banana Bread: Moist banana bread swirled with everyone’s favorite Nutella spread. I can’t think of a better way to start the day!
  • Plus more! Check out my Best Banana Bread Recipes!
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Healthy Bread that Tastes SO Indulgent!

Well, this chocolate banana bread recipe I’m sharing with you today is unbelievable. Unbelievably moist, chocolaty and healthy! Yes, I said healthy!

Bananas, yogurt and milk come together to make the bread super moist. There’s no need to use any butter or oil. Honey sweetens it perfectly without any other sugars or sweeteners.

A loaf of chocolate banana bread sliced with a knife on a floured surface.

Cocoa powder and chocolate chips make it extra chocolaty. It tastes so incredible and indulgent! You’d never believe it was made healthier unless you’re the one baking it.

I created a Flourless Chocolate Banana Bread that you’ll definitely want to check out, too. It is so fudgy and perfectly tender. No one who tastes it will know it is made without any flour, oil, butter or granulated sugar in it. It really is unbelievably delicious!

A loaf of chocolate banana bread on a parchment lined cooling rack with a bread knife.

Tip: How to Tell if Bananas Are Ripe Enough for Baking

Do you know how to tell if your banana is ripe enough for baking banana bread? The yuckier the better! Learn all about bananas in my Tips & Tricks! Plus, get tips for freezing bananas at their baking prime!

Brown bananas on a white marble counter.

What Do I Need to Make Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread?

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • Baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Vanilla flavored greek yogurt
  • Honey
  • Large egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk
  • Mashed ripe bananas
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Loaf pan
Whole wheat flour, honey and chocolate chips in small white ceramic containers and overripe bananas on a white marble counter.

How to Make Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the yogurt, honey, egg and vanilla.
Steps for Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread.
  • Add half the flour mixture into the wet ingredients mixture. Beat on low speed while slowly pouring in half the milk.
  • Turn mixer off, scrap down the sides with a spatula. Then add remaining dry ingredients to the bowl. Beat on low speed again while slowly pouring in the remaining milk. Batter will be thick.
  • Stir in the mashed bananas until well combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Spread batter evenly into prepared loaf pan. Press more chocolate chips into the top of the batter before baking, if desired.
Steps for Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread.
  • Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 50 minutes. Or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Let the bread cool in the pan for about 20 minutes. Then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve and enjoy!
A baked loaf of chocolate banana bread in a metal loaf pan topped with chocolate chips with a crack down the middle.

More Chocolate to Soothe That Craving

  • Molten Chocolate Cakes: Decadent and easy-to-make these cakes bake up with a melting chocolate center every time! Everyone will love these little cakes!
  • Easy Fudge Brownie Bites: So easy, so fudgy and gone in two heavenly bites! Way better than any store bought bites and ready in under 30 minutes. What’s not to love?
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Layered Cookie Cake: Layer after layer of chewy fudgy chocolate cookies with the most addicting peanut butter filling holding them all together!
  • The Greatest Chocolate Cake: Rich, moist cake full of chocolate. Even richer frosting with the most decadent dark chocolate flavor. Cake perfection!
  • Chocolate Sheet Cake with Chocolate Pecan Icing: Moist chocolate cake with a rich chocolate pecan icing–it’s pure goodness. And it feeds a crowd! What more could you ask for?
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls: Crunchy peanut butter and crispy cereal inside a chocolate shell make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls one scrumptious holiday favorite we crave year ’round!

How to Store Chocolate Banana Bread

Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. 

To freeze: Allow chocolate banana bread to cool completely. Then cover in a layer of plastic wrap and a layer of foil (or place in a freezer safe baggie.) Store in the freezer for up to three months.

Thaw chocolate banana bread at room temperature uncovered so it doesn’t absorb too much of the moisture. 

Three slices of chocolate banana bread on a white ceramic plate.

If you make this Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread, be sure to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see! 😍 I just love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the recipes I share. Enjoy!

xoxo,

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A loaf of chocolate banana bread sliced with a knife on a floured surface.

Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

  • Author: Maegan – The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Breakfast

Description

Super moist, extra chocolaty banana bread that’s made healthier with no oil, butter or granulated sugar. Chocolate lovers rejoice!


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla flavored greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 large)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (plus more of garnishing, if desired)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the yogurt, honey, egg and vanilla.
  4. Add half the flour mixture into the yogurt mixture and beat on low speed while slowly pouring in half the milk. Turn mixer off, scrap down the sides with a spatula then add remaining flour mixture to the bowl beating on low speed again while slowly pouring in the remaining milk. Batter will be thick. Stir in the mashed bananas until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread batter evenly into prepared loaf pan. Press more chocolate chips into the top of the batter before baking, if desired. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for about 20 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely and serve.

About The BakerMama

Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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  1. Have bananas lying around and was looking for a healthy back to school breakfast. This looks perfect. However I’m not sure about adding yogurt; can I submit it with avocado?

    1. Hi Harveen! I haven’t tried it so I couldn’t say for sure how avocado would work in this recipe, but it’s certainly worth a try. Let us know how it turns out if you try it.

  2. Hi Maegan!
    First of all I want to send you million thanks for having such a great blog! 🙂 I came across it when I was looking for a gluten free banana bread and found your 5-Ingredient Flour-Less Banana Bread. I couldn’t wait until the bananas I had get ripe enough. I finally baked it and fell in love with it from first bite 🙂 Within one week I baked it twice and also tried the four-less apple bread and it was a success too 🙂 I am a cake addict 🙁 so have been craving cakes a lot since I discovered I am gluten-intolerant. Your recipes brought sweet joy back 🙂 And I love that they are so simple, precise, quick and heavenly delicious 🙂 Can’t thank you enough!
    I have one question about this recipe , the Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread: can I replace the wheat flour with the old-fashioned oats you use in your flour-less banana and apple breads recipes? If yes, does 1&1/2 cup of oats replace 1&1/2 cup of whole wheat flour?
    Thanks a million!

    1. Hi Dinusia! I’m so sorry I’m just seeing your message. It’s certainly worth a try. I would recommend replacing the whole wheat flour with 1&1/2 cups ground oats. Let me know how it turns out if you try it and in the meantime, I’ll work on an easy chocolate banana bread in the blender recipe. 🙂 Enjoy!

  3. Hi Maegan
    I have been loving your blog and tried lots of your recipes. They are incredibly simply to make and really healthy and tasty too. Can you please look into doing a flourless bread using cocoa powder, pumpkin and oats please? Xx

    1. Hi Fizza! Yay, I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying my recipes. I love the idea of a flourless chocolate bread made with pumpkin. I’ll try it out soon and hopefully find success like I’ve done with my other flourless bread recipes. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Do you think I can use unsweetened cacao (because I have it already) instead of cocoa? Worried it might turn out more bitter. Maybe adjust the honey accordingly?

      1. Hi Samta! You can definitely use unsweetened cacao in place of the cocoa powder, but you’ll want to use less of it since it’s more intense in flavor. Here’s a great article as a guide: https://www.jessicagavin.com/cocoa-vs-cacao-powder/. Maybe start with 2 tablespoons of cacao and go from there until you get the desired texture for the batter of the bread. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

  4. Do you think I should increase honey/vanilla if I use plain greek yogurt instead of vanilla flavored one? Many thanks, Aylin

    1. Hi Aylin! I would suggest adding an extra teaspoon of vanilla to help cover up some of the tartness that will come from the plain greek yogurt. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Barb! Absolutely, you can use white all-purpose flour instead of the whole wheat flour. You can substitute with the same amount. Enjoy!

  5. Hi there,

    Love this recipe but is there any way I can make it without the yoghurt, or substituting the yoghurt for something else, as I’m allergic to it??

    Any help, much appreciated.

    Many thanks!
    Emma

    1. Hi Emma! You could use sour cream, crème fraiche or blended cottage cheese in place of the yogurt. Hope this helps. Enjoy! 🙂

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