This Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread is one of my most delicious and easiest recipes. Whether you are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, or neither, you will absolutely love this chocolatey, banana-y, wonderful quick bread! Perfect for an afternoon snack, dinner parties, or a casual weeknight dessert!
How to Make Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread
Gather all your ingredients. You really only need 6 main ingredients here, and you probably have them all in your pantry. One of the best part of this recipe is its simplicity!
This recipe is very easy and forgiving, too. So if you are out of one thing, you can probably find a simple substitute or just leave it out. I will outline substitutions and more options in this post.
Ideally, you will have rolled oats or oat flour, brown bananas, maple syrup (or honey), cocoa powder, eggs, and chocolate chips!
Ingredients in Easy Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Oat Flour. The base of this quick bread is Oat Flour, which is simply ground up rolled oats. You can purchase Oat Flour (like this), or buy Rolled Oats (like these) and grind them yourself in a blender or food processor!
Bananas. An obvious staple in Banana Bread. Browner bananas are sweeter. The browner, the better!
Maple Syrup. Maple Syrup serves as a natural sweetener in this recipe, keeping it refined sugar free. Just a quarter cup goes a long way in enriching the chocolate flavor, while keeping the taste natural.
Cocoa Powder. This is what takes this recipe from a Chocolate Chip Banana Bread to a DOUBLE CHOCOLATE BANANA BREAD.
Eggs. A couple eggs work as binders to hold everything together. If you are a vegan or allergic to eggs, you can easily sub this with a Flax Egg! Just take 2 Tbsp of Ground Flax (I love this one), mix with 6 Tbsp water, and let it sit until it forms a gel.
Baking powder. Oats, bananas, and maple syrup are heavy! Gotta help this puppy rise.
To make your double chocolate banana loaf, start by whisking all the wet ingredients in a bowl.
Then, gently fold all the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. You want to mix until just combined, and not overdo it. Oats are very absorbent, so you don't want them to absorb them too much moisture before baking, or you will end up with a denser loaf.
Lastly, fold in those chocolate chips! I love using Mini Chocolate Chips in this loaf, as it ensures there are little chocolate nuggets in every bite. I love this brand, which is gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.
Pour everything into a loaf pan and top with MORE chocolate chips.
Because you can never have too much.
Also, here's an idea. Use some milk chocolate chips and some dark chocolate chips.
Voila - TRIPLE CHOCOLATE BANANA BREAD.
After baking, wait AT LEAST 5 - 10 minutes before digging in.
THIS IS IMPORTANT.
This Banana Bread recipe is made with lots of liquid ingredients and will be extremely moist. You need to let it cool down after baking to give it a chance to come together nicely.
The good news is that it only takes a few minutes. You just have to WAIT a few minutes. Okay?! You can do it!
Serving Chocolate Banana Bread
There are many ways and many occasions to enjoy a slice of Healthy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.
Top it with Peanut Butter or Almond Butter. Or a dollop of Greek Yogurt for a kick of protein. But seriously, it is moist and flavorful and amazing enough to enjoy completely on its own! Maybe with a nice glass of Oat Milk to wash it dwon.
Is it healthy enough for breakfast? Why yes. Picture a bowl of oatmeal with some sliced banana, cacao powder, and a drizzle of maple syrup. This is essentially a food anagram of that!
Is it decadent enough for dessert? Oh you betcha! Especially if you don't listen to me and add even more chocolate than the recipe calls for.
Oh PS! Another really awesome thing about this super easy recipe?
It keeps really well in the fridge for a few days!
Not only that. It actually tastes great cold too. Some might argue even better.
Do you have a regular Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe?
Yes, of course I do. That one is only 5 ingredients and you can actually make it in a blender for the easiest clean up ever. Get the recipe here.
Will this work with frozen bananas?
Yes! You can thaw them for a few minutes on the counter or under some water, enough to be able to mash them. If they are still very cold once you've made the batter, you may need to add up to 10 minutes to the baking time.
What can I sub for the Maple Syrup?
You can sub in Honey, Date Syrup, or Agave.
You could sub in brown sugar if you don't have anything else, but it will no longer be refined sugar free.
I don't love Strawberries. Can I use another fruit?
Yes! Any berry should work. Apples and stone fruits should work too, but will require a longer cooking time to get really nice and soft. Add some oven time and keep a close eye to make sure the top doesn't burn!
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- 3 Large Brown Bananas (about 300 grams once mashed)
- 2 Large Eggs
- ¼ Cup Maple Syrup
- 1 Cup Oat Flour
- ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf tin, or line with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add in egg and maple syrup and mix well.
- Add in all dry ingredients and mix gently, until combined. Lastly, fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour in loaf pan and top with more chocolate chips. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes, Then, enjoy warm, or allow to cool for longer and enjoy later at room temperature. Store in the fridge for up to a week.
For a vegan option, replace the 2 eggs with 2 flax eggs by mixing 2 Tbsp ground flax + 6 Tbsp water.
The browner the bananas, the sweeter the bread will be.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 4g
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