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All my banana bread peeps, this is YOUR day!

Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

We are going to chat about maybe, possibly, the bestest banana bread ever… no seriously.

Prepare for all the dramatic words in the world, because this banana bread is too good. And the only words that will do it justice are the super dramatic ones… AND even those may not be enough.

Here’s the deal, I am a serious lover of banana bread. But not just any banana bread, REALLY dang good banana bread… with chocolate chips. I mean, OF COURSE there would have to be chocolate. Growing up, when I first started to get into cooking and baking I was always on the lookout for “healthier” ways to eat my chocolate. For the millionth time, I was a really weird kid.

Anyway, bananas have always been one of my favorite fruits and they are the one and only fruit that I like with my chocolate. Any other fruit paired with chocolate is a NO GO. Wait, unless it’s pureed avocado…in the form of brownies or dates…these are, as of right now, my only two exceptions. Back in the day, mom and I used to bake banana bread as our “healthy” dessert. We figured that since there were loads of bananas in the bread, that must cancel anything “not so healthy” out… Yep, we’re super smart.

Clearly.

Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvestChocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

When I would bake banana bread back before the blog, I would double the amount of bananas…ok and the amount of chocolate chips… hehe, I totally knew how to do it right.

Just saying 🙂

Because of the double amount of bananas and chocolate chips, the bread would basically never bake completely in the center and I would end up with bread on the edges and dough in the middle. AKA my dream kind of banana bread. I am SO a dough girl. Like the doughier the better (umm, hello, cookie dough!).

But since I started the blog, I’ve learned a few things, and I’ve come up with the most perfect loaf of banana bread. And trust me, it’s perfect… I’ve made it SEVEN times in the last three weeks.

NO JOKE.

Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I now have at least three loaves in the freezer, the rest have all been consumed and highly enjoyed. The sole reason I made the bread so many times was for photo purposes. I just couldn’t get the bread to look the way it tasted, so I kept trying and trying and trying.

Good news is that one, I have made this loaf to be on the healthier side, and two, my family also loves banana bread so I have had some serious help in eating it all up (thank goodness they are back… and hungry!). Lets just say breakfast and snacks have been taken care of for the month. Oh and yes, the parents even took a loaf with them all the way to Korea. Now that they are back they are still eating banana bread. Last loaf was made… yesterday!

I think by now the people at the grocery store must think I live on bananas. I bought four bunches…TWO days in a row. I also have 3 extremely ripe bunches sitting in my freezer waiting for the next batch of banana bread to be baked. You’d think I would be so over this recipe by now – thank goodness it really is, SO GOOD. One of my favorites!!!

Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

So the recipe for this Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread is simple and basic, but you need three important things: ripe bananas (can be ripe off the counter or thawed from the freezer), really good almond butter and chocolate chips. With these three ingredients you will never fail. Sometimes I use chocolate chunks, but I actually just love using semi-sweet chocolate chips best. There are times in life when you just need cute little perfectly sweet chocolate chips, you know?

Again, good almond butter is key in this recipe. It’s what sets this bread apart and makes it completely delish. It’s what takes the banana bread from really good to “can’t stop eating, totally addicting”. Think about it, perfectly moist banana bread with swirls of salty almond butter and semi sweet chocolate chips in every bite.

Yup, PERFECTION!!

AND its all on the healthier side too. Whole wheat flour, greek yogurt, bananas, almond butter, maple syrup and chocolate…ok, the semi sweet chocolate may be a bit of a stretch, but hey, all the rest is pretty dang good for you, so it’s win, win in my book!!

I don’t know about you guys, but I would say my weekend plans are set. Banana bread baking and eating… with a side of the Oscars?!?!

Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 244 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, combine the maple syrup, greek yogurt, egg, vanilla, banana, and sugar until well combined. Beat in the flour, baking soda and salt until just combined.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips. Now take the almond butter and add it to the batter in teaspoon full size dollops and then gently swirl it into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips if desired...you may also now push in a few extra teaspoons of almond butter too!
  • Place loaf pan on a baking sheet and set in the oven. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until center is set. If the top begins to brown (mine did after about 45 minutes), tent the bread with aluminum foil. Remove and let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting. Bread will keep (covered) for 3-5 days.
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 Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Yupp. I am so game for that. But really, this bread?? It’s a GAME CHANGER. 🙂

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  1. I have made this 5 times within the past few weeks…. This is one of those recipes you know you can make and everyone will love it. A recipe I will be making until I’m a granny. Best banana bread EVER. I use all purpose gluten free flour every time.

    1. Hi Meagan,
      Happy Sunday!! Love to hear that you have enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it!! xx

  2. 5 stars
    This banana bread is incredible!! I subbed sour cream for Greek yogurt and made the bread gluten free by using 1/2 cup almond flour + 1 cup bobs red mill gluten free flour. I also sprinkled some cane sugar over the top for a little crunch. It was so moist and fluffy and perfectly sweet. I’ll probably be making this bread at least a couple times a month now!

    1. Hi Kelsey,
      Happy Sunday!! Love to hear that you have enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it!! xx

  3. 5 stars
    Hi, i am Maeve and i am 10 years old. I made this recipe and it was soooooo good! It was creamy, not too sweet and I definitely recommend adding chocolate. Thank you for making this recipe. Probably best banana bread I have made.

    1. Hi Maeve,
      Happy Sunday!! Wow, that is pretty impressive!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a go, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xxT

  4. Absolutely delicious. I had all the ingredients in my possession and ready to use bananas. I also used almond and brown rice flour instead of wheat flour. First recipe of yours that I’ve made. Soo many look good, can’t wait to try more of them. Thanks

    1. Hey Cara,
      Awesome!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a bunch for making it! xTieghan

  5. I substituded sour cream in place of the yogurt, nut butter in place of almond butter and baked them as muffins, not in a loaf, filling the muffin tins 3/4 full. Tasty with a nice texture.

  6. Digging this out of the archives! Any non dairy suggestions for the greek yogurt? Will it totally ruin it if I just leave it out?

    xoxo
    Thank you

    1. Hi there! I would say the yogurt is pretty key to keeping moisture in the bread, but you could sub non dairy yogurt in for it! 🙂 xTieghan

    1. Hey Jen,
      Wonderful! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    I was looking for a way to get rid of some almond butter, and wow! So good! Thank you! I’ve even added it to my hand-written recipe box. 🙂

    1. Hey Maria,
      Awesome! So great to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and thanks for making it! Have the best week! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    Alrighty, this is the first recipe I’ve made from the Half Baked Harvest website and OH MY GOODNESS it was a hit. I added a tsp of cinnamon and will add some pecans next time. IT WAS SO TASTY. Will certainly make again. Thank you!

    1. Hey Warren,
      Awesome!! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

      1. Was bored with the same old banana bread I usually make and thought I bet Tieghan has an awesome recipe to try… Here goes nothing. Loaf pan is in the oven as I type this. ❤

        1. Hey Rosalinda,
          Wonderful! Love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for making it! Have the best week:) xTieghan

    2. 5 stars
      I loved this recipe!! I had just seen it and had everything I needed in the house! I’ve been making banana breads for 40 years and thrilled to have this one to add! It’s sooo easy and delicious! I didn’t feel bad giving some to my grandson with some healthier ingredients!!
      THANK YOU!!

      1. Hi Wendy,
        Awesome!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! xx

  9. 5 stars
    Tieghan!! I have had many banana breads but O M G this one is amazing.

    I might eat the whole loaf…

    1. Hey Madeleine,
      Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am so excited that it was enjoyed! Happy Friday! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    So good. I thought it might be a heavier bread, but it is surprisingly light and very tasty. It will be added to my rotation of banana bread recipes. I’ve made so many and this is in the top 2 that I make weekly. Thank you for slaying it!!

  11. 5 stars
    Sooooooo good!!!! You’re recipes never disappoint. I had to cook mine a little longer than an hour so that it wasn’t gooey on the inside – but what is wrong with a little banana chocolate-PB goo? I’m not complaining! Thank you for seeming to know EXACTLY what I need to cook! My family thanks you, too!

    1. Hey Laura,
      I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed. Thanks so much for giving it a try. Have a great week! xTieghan

  12. 5 stars
    This was SO good! I made it with crunchy peanut butter instead and I love the added texture. Will definitely be making this again!

  13. 5 stars
    Amazing! I was about to make your banana bread in a mug recipe but stumbled upon this recipe of yours. I didn’t make it to a T since I didn’t have all of the ingredients in hand.

    For the flour I used 1 cup of almond flour + 1 cup all purpose flour.
    Didn’t have maple syrup so I used honey.
    Didn’t have almond butter so I used 1/3 cup of peanut butter.
    Also, added mini chocolate chunks & crushed pecans. I’ve got to say, the yogurt in it tastes so amazing!

    Such simple ingredients that tastes great. Thank you for always delivering wonderful taste in all your recipes!