This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is insanely good! It is a healthier recipe lower in sugar for kids that the entire family will enjoy!

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When I was developing this recipe, I tested lots of combinations of ingredients…I wanted to make something that would be lower in sugar than a “classic banana bread” but would also be enjoyed by the entire family! I hope that you love our favorite banana bread recipe for kids as much as we do!

If you are looking for a sugar free banana bread for babies, try out my Baby’s First Banana Bread.

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Ingredients

You will need the ingredients below to make this Kid-Friendly banana bread.

  • Bananas: Make sure to use ripe bananas for the best results.
  • Butter: Use salted or unsalted. Adds moisture to the bread.
  • Greek Yogurt: Source of healthy fats and adds moisture to the banana bread. I replaced some of the butter with Greek yogurt for a healthier version! Make sure to use whole plain Greek yogurt.
  • Eggs: Adds structure to the banana bread.
  • Brown Sugar: To add additional sweetness and texture. I used less sugar than most classic banana bread recipes, so this is the perfect sweetness for both kids (over 2 years of age) and adults.
  • Almond Flour: Added for nutritional value and moisture.
  • All Purpose flour: Used to provide structure and fluffiness.
  • Baking powder: To make the bread rise. You will find some banana bread recipes that use solely baking soda, however, I still prefer to use both!
  • Baking soda: For a light and fluffy banana bread.
  • Cinnamon: For flavor.
  • Dark Chocolate Chips: Added for flavor and because my son loves anything with chocolate chips! This is our favorite!

Step by Step Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 356F (180C) and prepare a loaf pan (1lb).
  • In a medium size bowl, add all dry ingredients and whisk.
  • In a large bowl, melt the butter in the microwave (30s).
  • Add the brown sugar to the melted butter and whisk.
  • Add the eggs, mashed bananas and Greek yogurt to the wet mixture and whisk until well combined.
  • Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet and mix until there are no lumps of flour.
  • Fold in the dark chocolate chips.
  • Transfer mixture to the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle some more chocolate chips.
  • Bake for about 60min, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
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Recipe Tips for Success

  • Prepare a loaf pan using baking spray and parchment paper. This will stick the parchment paper to the loaf pan making it easier to spread the bread mixture.
  • If the loaf starts getting too dark around the 45min mark, you can cover it with some aluminum foil to finish baking. This will depend on your oven.
  • Cut the banana bread into cubes for younger kids, this is great to add to lunch boxes as a sweet treat!

Storage Instructions

  • Room Temperature: Store for up to 3 days.
  • Fridge: Store for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer: Once cooled, slice the banana bread, place a piece of parchment paper between slices, place them in a Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge or microwave.

Serving Suggestions and Substitutions

Greek yogurt: If you don’t wish to use yogurt, replace the amount with butter or coconut oil.

Serve as a snack at home or on the go! Pair with fruit and a source of hydration for a complete snack for kids over 2 years of age.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do with overripe bananas?

Is banana bread healthy or unhealthy?

Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin B6. This is a lower sugar recipe, so, when eaten in moderation it is a healthy snack for both kids and adults.

What to do with overripe bananas?

This recipe is a great way to use overripe bananas! Or you can slice and freeze the bananas to use later in baked goods or nice cream recipes!

Please rate and comment if you make this recipe!

🥣Recipe

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This chocolate chip banana bread is insanely good! It is a healthier recipe for kids that the entire family will enjoy!
5 from 8 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Breakfast, Lunchbox, Snack, Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana bread for kids, Banana bread recipe for kids, Chocolate chip banana bread, Low sugar banana bread, Lower sugar banana bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Carol Pecora

Equipment

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas overripe
  • 1/2 cup butter measured at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt plain whole milk
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips plus more to sprinkle

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 356F (180C) and prepare a loaf pan (1lb).
  • In a medium size bowl, add all dry ingredients and mix well.
  • In a large bowl, melt the butter in the microwave (30s).
  • Add the brown sugar to the melted butter and whisk.
  • Add the mashed bananas, eggs and Greek yogurt to the wet mixture and whisk until well mixed.
  • Fold dry mixture into the wet.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Transfer mixture to the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle some more chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 60min or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Notes

  • Prepare a loaf pan using baking spray and parchment paper. This will stick the parchment paper to the pan making it easier to spread the bread mixture.
  • If the loaf starts getting too dark around the 45min mark, loosely throw a piece of aluminum foil over the top to protect it from getting browner.
  • Cut the bread into cubes for younger kids, this is great to add to lunch boxes as a sweet treat!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Amount per Serving
Calories
344
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
16
g
25
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Trans Fat
 
0.4
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
58
mg
19
%
Sodium
 
248
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
246
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
46
g
15
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
22
g
24
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
354
IU
7
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
107
mg
11
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this banana bread and it is so moist and it has just the perfect level of sweetness. Will definitely be making again, thanks!

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