banana bread

Everybody loves a good slice of banana bread, either for breakfast, as a snack, or as a sweet treat after dinner. The two biggest problems are:
1. Not everyone can make banana bread (well)
2. Banana bread is not always a healthy option; don’t be fooled by the fact that is has bananas in it.

After a bunch of research and playing around in the kitchen, I came up with a recipe that is absolutely delicious and not terribly unhealthy. My recipe is inspired by Martha Stewart’s ‘perfect banana bread’ recipe which I found on Pinterest at In Mama Steph’s Kitchen. I made small substitutions to make the recipe a little bit healthier, and added organic dark chocolate chips. My easy to make chocolate chip banana bread is a healthy alternative to traditional banana bread- it’s still sweet and delicious without all the butter, sugar, and oil. Here’s the original recipe:

by Martha Stewart:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 3)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

My Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 3)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Baking Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray; set aside. In an electric mixer, mix the applesauce, sugar, and agave nectar until combined well. Add eggs, and beat to incorporate.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add bananas, Greek Yogurt, and vanilla; mix to combine. combine all ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips, and pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

This banana bread comes out chocolatey and sweet and makes a perfect healthy dessert. Enjoy as a snack or even for breakfast with some organic peanut butter (my favorite).

What’s your favorite banana bread recipe?

Carlie is a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a communication major and psychology minor with a focus in interpersonal communication. She loves working out and being outside. She also loves to cook and experiment making delicious recipes and favorite foods healthier. Her guilty pleasure is watching cartoon movies (Despicable Me is probably her favorite). Her absolute two favorite foods are peanut butter and frozen yogurt. Someday she would love to write for a food magazine or a fitness magazine. Email her with any questions about the site.