Healthier banana chocolate chip bread (muffins)

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a pretty big sweet tooth. I love love love my sweets and banana bread is no exception. However, I do try to cut back on sugar if I can. That’s where this banana bread recipe comes in. It’s sweet but not too sweet, but still delicious.

Ambitious Kitchen always has delicious healthier treats and this bread is no different. It’s made with delicious oats, banana, coconut oil, brown sugar, vanilla and of course, chocolate chips. This recipe can be made into a small bread or muffins. Enjoy!

Healthier banana chocolate chip bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Healthier banana chocolate chip bread

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted and cooled)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips (1/2 cup also works well)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 9x5 loaf pan by spraying cooking spray or using parchment paper, or a 12 cup muffin pan, if making muffins. 

  2. Place oats in blender or food processor and blend until it looks like flour.

  3. In one bowl, whisk: oat flour, banking powder, baking soda and salt

  4. In another bowl, place bananas, brown sugar, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil and mash with a fork until smooth. 

  5. Pour dry ingredients into wet and slowly mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. 

  6. If making as loaf bake for 33-38 minutes or if making as muffins bake for 16-18 minutes. Remove from oven when toothpick comes out clean.

  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan. 

Recipe Notes

Tip: It can be made vegan by swapping out the chocolate chips with vegan chocolate chips.

Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen.

Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

I came across this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen  a few years ago, and now I cannot make any other chocolate chip cookies.

The secret ingredient to these cookies is browned butter. I had not heard of browned butter until I came across the blog, but it’s so tasty and takes chocolate chip cookies to another level. Also, make sure to chill the dough for at least two hours, to ensure the cookies will not spread too thin. You’ve got to give them a try!


Favorite chocolate chip cookie
Prep Time
2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 32 mins
Chocolate chips cookies made with brown butter
Servings: 2 dozen
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Whisk together : flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Brown butter: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. After butter completely melts and starts foaming, start whisking consistently. After a few minutes, you'l start seeing browned bitts at the bottom. Remove from heat once butter begins browning to prevent burning. Set aside to cool.
  3. Mix butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
  4. Add eggs, vanilla and milk and mix until combined.
  5. Slowly add in dry ingredients until just combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips.
  7. Chill dough for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
  8. After chilling, preheat oven to 350 F.
  9. Measure 1.5 Tablespoons of dough into a ball and place on a cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart.
  10. Bake cookies for 11-13 minutes or until edges begin to brown. They will look a little undone, but will continue to cook on the sheet once out of the oven.
Recipe Notes

Slightly adapted from Ambitious Kitchen.