May 17, 2022

Easy Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

whole wheat banana bread

Warm banana bread with sweet melty chocolate chips all encased in fluffy whole wheat bread. Hands down, this is sure to be one of your family’s favorites! Also, for my vegan people, I have some ways to make this `delicious vegan banana chocolate chip bread!

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Best Whole Wheat Flour

The basis of a good banana bread recipe is good flour and since this recipe is a whole wheat banana bread recipe let me introduce you to the best whole wheat flour. Bob’s Red Mill Stone Ground 100% Whole Wheat Flour is the best for all your whole wheat needs! I use it to bake bread, doughs, cakes, and more. It produces light and fluffy desserts and has a lovely and subtle flavor.

Baking with Whole Wheat Flour vs All-Purpose

Baking with whole wheat flour makes the finished product more flavorful and nutritious. However, using only whole wheat flour can make the final product a little drier. The texture and consistency may change. To combat this I like to add more moisture and fat. You can also give the mixture a rest before putting it in the oven. Whole wheat flour contains both the bran and germ of wheat, which is coarser in texture, so giving the batter a chance to rest for about ten minutes gives the wheat and germ a chance to be rehydrated by the liquids.

whole wheat banana chocolate chip bread

How to Make Vegan Banana Bread

I love vegan food! I half-jokingly call myself vegan-ish because I often enjoy foods that aren’t vegan. However, I’ve taken a big liking to vegan baking so, on my blog, you’ll find vegan substitutions for almost all baked goods.

For this banana bread recipe, there are 2 not-so-vegan ingredients: an egg and greek yogurt. To turn this into a vegan banana bread recipe, simply replace the egg with 1/4 cup of applesauce and replace the greek yogurt with vegan yogurt.

The applesauce and yogurt will also add the necessary moisture to the whole wheat.

Banana Bread Ingredients

Although we call it bread, this banana dessert isn’t made like one. We start with mashed ripened bananas and then add all of our other ingredients. Bananas are the star of this show!

This time, I choose to use maple syrup instead of sugar. This adds a little extra depth to the flavors. My family loved the change and didn’t even notice!

Here is a list of ingredients!

whole wheat banana chocolate chip bread

Easy Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Easy Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Warm fluffy and soft banana bread with melty chocolate chips, vegan friendly substitutions available
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, banana bread, bread, chocolate
Servings: 10 slices
Author: johnniemay


  • 3 large overripe bananas
  • 1 egg or 1/4 cup applesauce if making vegan version`
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt use plain vegan yogurt if making vegan version
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon optional
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare loaf pan
  • In a bowl, mash the three bananas with a fork or potato masher. Then add egg, greek yogurt, coconut oil, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Mix until smooth.
  • Add vanilla extract, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Mix until smooth
  • Add in whole wheat flour and mix until well combined.
  • Add in chocolate chips. I like semi sweet, but milk chocolate works well.
  • Cover and let batter rest for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, remove from the fridge, uncover, and place the batter in the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes.
  • Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes, then slice and enjoy!

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