Secretly Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

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This chocolate banana bread tastes like a super rich brownie, but is only about 100 calories per slice, is low fat, and can be made gluten free!

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

Makes two 8 inch loaves or one 10 inch loaf


  • 2 large eggs (can use flax eggs)
  • 1/2 cup sweetener of your choice (I used brown sugar, but have also tried it with maple syrup or honey!)
  • 2/3 cup applesauce (I used unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups mashed very ripe brown bananas (about 6 bananas)
  • 2 cups flour (I used an all-purpose gluten free mix, but you could also use all-purpose flour or try using some whole wheat!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 10 inch bread pan or two 8 inch bread pans.
  2. Whisk together the egg, sugar, applesauce, vanilla, and bananas.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients and add to the wet. Mix just until combined.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips (you can also save some to sprinkle on the top before you bake!).
  5. Bake 45 minutes for two 8-inch loaves or 1 hour for one 10-inch loaf (cook until a toothpick comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached, or even a little gooier if you want it to be more like a gooey brownie!).

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