Delicious Banana Bread for the Whole Family

February is Bake for Family Fun Month. Families are encouraged to spend time together in the kitchen sharing traditions, recipes and creating memories. This month, try out our healthy banana bread recipe that the whole family is sure to love.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time:
45 minutes
Total Time:
2 hours 15 minutes


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting the pan)
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 medium very ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Lightly mist a 9-by-5-inch metal loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and dust it with all-purpose flour to cover the pan completely, tapping out excess.
  2. Place the chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate on high, stirring at 30-second intervals, until it is melted and smooth (1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds). Set aside to cool while preparing the batter.
  3. Combine the bananas and sugar in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork until mostly smooth, with just a few small pieces of banana left. Add the oil and eggs and stir until combined. Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to mix in both flours, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in the buttermilk and vanilla. Stir 1 cup of the batter into the melted chocolate.
  4. Fill the loaf pan with half the banana batter and then half the chocolate batter. Repeat the layers and gently swirl together using a spoon or knife.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the loaf is golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, and then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: 203 calories, 8 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 212 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 4 g protein

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