overhead view of a sliced loaf of skinny chocolate chip banana bread

Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is my go-to recipe when I have ripe bananas. It has the perfect texture and is filled with banana, vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate flavor in each bite! At just 90 calories per slice, it’s a snack you can enjoy without the guilt!

Whenever I have ripe bananas that I need to use ASAP, this Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is my go-to. Each bite is melt-in-your-mouth good, filled with fruity banana, warm vanilla, sweet cinnamon, and rich chocolate, and smells absolutely delicious! And at only 90 calories and 11g of carbs per slice, you can have a slice, or two, or three… and still stay on track your health and fitness goals.

I love eating this banana bread with a side of yogurt for a balanced breakfast. You could also pop a slice in the toaster and spread some cream cheese or nut butter on top for a sweet afternoon snack. Or nut butter a honey! Either way it’s going to be yummy.

This recipe is also super customizable. If you don’t like chocolate chips, you could add your favorite dried fruit, nuts, candy pieces, and so much more. No matter what you add, it’s so good and will go so fast!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS SKINNY BANANA BREAD

  • You only need a handful of simple ingredients.
  • This banana bread is decadent AND skinny at just 90 calories and 12g of carbs per slice.
  • Melt-in-your-mouth texture, perfectly sweet, and filled with chocolate throughout!
  • Super easy to customize if you need to use different ingredients.
  • The add-in possibilities are endless! You can use fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, and so much more.
  • It will make your house smell AMAZING!

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Bananas – Preferably ripe bananas. The riper the banana, the sweeter it is, the easier it is to mash, and the more sweetness it adds to the bread.
  • Flour – I used oat flour, but you can substitute with all-purpose, whole wheat or gluten-free flour. I have heard from other readers that almond flour does NOT work well for a sub, so I would stick to one of these flours!
  • Protein powder – I used PEScience Gourmet Vanilla. Not all protein powders bake the same, so if you use another, make sure it is a similar whey + casein blend. For all PEScience products, you can save 15% off your purchase with my affiliate code LaurenFitFoodie.
  • Baking spices and essentials: You’ll need baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
  • Sweetener – I used granulated Stevia in the Raw.
  • Milk – I used unsweetened almond milk. Any milk will work here.
  • Oil – I decided to use olive oil in this recipe, but coconut oil or canola oil would also work.
  • Chocolate chips – I love to use the mini ones so the melty goodness spreads further!

HOW TO MAKE SKINNY BANANA BREAD

Grease your pan: Spray a 9×4” loaf pan (or size of your choice) with cooking spray. I also like to line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper to make sure the loaf doesn’t stick.

Combine the ingredients: Mash bananas in mixing bowl. Add the vanilla extract, milk, and oil. Stir well to combine. In a separate bowl, add flour, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder, sweetener, and salt. Combine the dry ingredients well, then add to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in half of the chocolate chips.

Bake: Add banana bread batter to your pan and evenly spread. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.

Let bread cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then remove, slice that bad boy, and enjoy!

GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, VEGAN

This banana bread only requires a few ingredients anyway, so it’s super easy to make make gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan.

To make Gluten-Free: just make you use gluten-free flour! I love Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour.

To make Vegan/Dairy-Free: sub whey/casein protein powder blend for a vegan blend. PEScience has a great line of plant-based protein powders (Vanilla Indulgence and Peanut Butter Delight are my favorite!). I can’t vouch for every protein powder but these are no-bake, so as long as the flavor is good, it’s hard to go wrong here!

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Yield: 8

Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

loaf of sliced skinny chocolate chip banana bread with cream cheese spread on one slice

This Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is my go-to recipe when I have ripe bananas. It has the perfect texture and is filled with banana, vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate flavor in each bite! At just 90 calories per slice, it's a snack you can enjoy without the guilt!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana (110g)
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk (90g)
  • 2 tsp oil of choice (10g) - olive oil, coconut oil, canola oil, etc.
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein (31g) - I used PEScience Gourmet Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (60g)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sweetener - I used Stevia in the Raw
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips (30g)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x4" baking loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Mash the bananas in medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the vanilla extract, milk, and oil. Stir well to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, add flour, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder, sweetener, and salt. Combine the dry ingredients well, then add to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in half of the chocolate chips.
  4. Add banana bread batter to your pan and spread out evenly. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. The bread will still bake more in the hot pan when removed from the oven. For less cake-like texture, bake closer to 12 minutes; for more cake-like texture, bake closer to 15 minutes or longer until bread is to desired texture.

Notes

MFP entry: LFF Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1/8 of loaf (38g)

Amount Per Serving Calories 93Total Fat 3.2gSaturated Fat 1gCarbohydrates 11.3gFiber 1.6gSugar 3.6gProtein 4.8g

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11 Comments

  1. This is by far the best healthy banana bread recipe I have tried! I used the protein I had which is 1up vanilla ice cream protein and I used canola oil. I used mini semi sweet chocolate chips and threw in a little bit of milk chocolate chips on the top for mine. It turned out delicious!

  2. Hi Lauren, this Banana Bread was a big fail for me. I used Almond flour instead of oat flour and followed the recipe. It was a mushy mess. I also tried leaving it in the oven longer than stated.

  3. Made this today and it was AMAZING. Used all-purpose and had to bake longer (25ish mins) but wow. I thought I’d have leftovers to eat tomorrow but my husband and son got to it first!

  4. I made this this morning and I’m having a hard time not eating it all. It’s delicious! I have to admit though, I went to get my Swerve granulated white sugar and was sadly out. So, I ended up using Swerve brown sugar for the sweetener. I also, ended up having to bake it for a total of 28 minutes and it was just barely done (better than overcooked!), and it didn’t rise much, but I don’t care. It was delicious!

  5. This was delicious. I followed the whole recipe ( I used canola and truvia sugar blend ) and baked it for 28 minutes. Came out perfect.

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