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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

How many of you were super excited to watch Downton Abbey last night? I’m super excited it’s back, especially right now since Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time is on a hiatus for Sunday nights. I feel like I should have made a Downton-inspired dinner last night, but we had enchiladas instead. I did, however, enjoy a big cup of tea and it was a complete coincidence that I had made a loaf of this whole wheat chocolate chip banana bread yesterday, but it went perfectly with my tea. Banana bread is close enough to a scone or other tea party-type bites, right?

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

While I love all quick breads, my favorite is always good ol’ banana bread. It’s comforting and perfectly sweet. I could eat it any time of the day. This version is made with whole wheat flour and chocolate chips. While it does contain some butter, I also added some Greek yogurt to cut down on some of the fat and it also adds some protein! There aren’t a ton of chocolate chips in the batter but there are just enough so that it tastes a little more decadent than regular banana bread. And oh man, does it smell good while it is baking! Is there really anything more comforting than banana bread baking in the oven?

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

A low-fat banana bread made with whole wheat flour and chocolate chips!

Yield: 14 slices

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a loaf pan or spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Then mix in the Greek yogurt, eggs, mashed banana, and the vanilla extract.
  3. In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and the salt. Pour the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Then gently stir in the chocolate chips. Scoop the batter into the greased loaf pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Let cool before cutting into slices.

Serving size: 1 slice; Calories: 217; Fat: 6.7g; Carbs:37g; Sugars: 15g

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

   

9 Responses to “Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread”

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    Sarah Toasty — January 6, 2014 at 12:12 am

    did you know downton abbey has a tea? my friend got it in our secret santa swap! http://www.republicoftea.com/downton-abbey/c/DOWNTON/

    and the episode was nuts, god I the missed old time sass!

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    Ashley — January 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Banana bread is so comforting! I haven’t made it in a really really long time! I love that this has all whole wheat flour in it!

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    leslie — January 6, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I am so embarrassed to say I have never seen an episode :/
    But I will certainly take this bread!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — January 7, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I am making this ASAP. Love love love the lighter version of my favorite quick bread!

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — January 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I love just a few chocolate chips in my banana bread – extra special!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — January 7, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    GAHHH. I have a severe banana bread weakness and cannot resist its delicious powers. This bread is no exception!! Kiiiinda sorta obsessed with the fact that it’s basically a health food. Have I mentioned you’re my hero?

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    Wendy | Around My Family Table — January 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Every time bananas start turning brown, I get an urge to make banana bread- chocolate chips are a must!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — January 12, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    My husband had an early morning work trip Monday so I literally just watched the premiere Saturday. I am glad it is back on too. This bread looks so good, I would really like to have a piece now. We buy so many bananas but never have any left to bake with….ahh a food bloggers problems.

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