Healthy Banana Bread- This healthy chocolate marbled banana bread is a delicious paleo and gluten-free option. You can eat this for dessert, a snack, or even breakfast! It’s moist, tender, and has hints of rich chocolate.
It’s made with real ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour, bananas, almond butter, maple syrup, eggs, and more!
how to make this bread marbled:
Not only does the marbled combination taste wonderful, but it’s beautiful too! I love when my food looks like art. The marbling is created by using two separate batters at the end of the recipe: one regular and one chocolate. In two separate bowls, you will alternately scoop each batter into the baking dish. Once it’s full, use a skinny knife to make the marbled design. It doesn’t have to be perfect, as it will taste delicious regardless!
what ingredients do I need to make this healthy banana bread?
Bananas: Duh! For sweetness, moisture, and taste.
Almond Flour: The base flour of this banana bread makes for a tender, fluffy base!
Coconut Flour: To add denseness and texture to the banana bread.
Almond Butter: Almond butter makes this banana bread moist and replaces oil and it gives the bread a slight nutty flavor. I always recommend using almond butter (or peanut butter) with almonds as the only ingredient, but whatever kind you have on hand should work.
Maple Syrup: Organic maple syrup for a slight natural sweetness.
Eggs: 3 total.
Cinnamon: For flavor and warmth.
Vanilla Extract: always, right?!
Raw Cacao Powder: The cacao powder is used in the last step prior to baking to make half the batter chocolate flavor. This is key to having a marbled banana bread!
Baking Soda & Powder: For leavening and volume.
healthy chocolate marbled banana bread
- 8.5 x 4.5 bread pan
- 2 cups almond flour ~192 grams
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour ~16 grams
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 4 ripe banana or 3 overripe
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup almond butter liquid or melted
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Start by mixing together your dry ingredients (excluding cacao powder) in a medium-sized bowl. The cacao powder will be added at the end.
- In a separate large bowl, mash the bananas. Once mashed, add in the eggs, maple syrup, almond butter, and vanilla extract and gently beat the mixture until fully mixed.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
- Now, using the empty dry ingredient bowl, add about half (or just below half) of the batter to the bowl and add the cacao powder. It will seem hard to mix but keep mixing until there's no more powder and you have a chocolate batter. Now you will have one bowl with chocolate batter and one bowl with the regular batter.
- Spray your baking dish with non-stick spray and add a piece of parchment paper if you'd like. With one spoonful at a time, add in a scoop of the regular batter followed by a scoop of the chocolate batter until the dish is full.
- Using a skinny knife, gently swirl the batter to create a marble pattern. It doesn't have to be perfect, so just have fun with it 🙂
- Bake for about 55 minutes or until the toothpick/knife comes out clean in the center. The center may take longer to bake that the rest so if it starts to get too browned, add a sheet of foil on top.