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sliced healthy chocolate banana bread loaf

Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

Healthy chocolate banana bread made with almond flour and sweetened only with bananas and a touch of pure maple syrup. This paleo, dairy free and gluten free chocolate banana bread tastes like a delicious brownie and will be your new favorite to bake when you have extra bananas.
Course Breakfast, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Paleo Friendly, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free chocolate banana bread, grain free chocoalte banana bread, healthy chocolate banana bread, paleo chocolate banana bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 258 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 3 very ripe medium bananas (ones with LOTS of brown spots), mashed (1 ¼ cups mashed banana)
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups packed fine blanched almond flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips (dairy free if desired), plus 2 tablespoons extra chocolate chips for sprinkling on top
  • Fancy sea salt, for sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 ½ x 4 ½ inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, eggs, pure maple syrup and vanilla extract until well combined. Add in the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Use a wooden spoon to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top. Bake for 50 minutes-65 minutes or until the tester comes out almost clean in the middle of the bread. Cool bread for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling completely. Once cool, cut into 12 slices. The bread is best the next day (as are all banana breads!) Top with your favorite nut butter or butter and sprinkle with a little sea salt. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Feel free to add in ⅓ cup chopped walnuts or pecans for additional healthy fats.

Bread should be kept well-covered at room temperature for up to 3 days, then I recommend transferring to the fridge or freezer.

This bread freezes well, simply wrap in plastic, then tightly in foil and finally place in a reusable bag or freezer friendly bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature once you are ready to eat. You can also feel free to freeze individual slices for a quick on the go treat.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3.9g24%
Carbohydrates 25.7g9%
Fiber 5.3g22%
Sugar 14.9g17%
Protein 7.5g15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.