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The best and (easiest) Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread…for your Friday chocolate fix. One bowl, pantry staple ingredients, super quick to mix up, healthy…ish, and SO DELICIOUS! Yes, that pretty much sums up this banana bread, and it’s the perfect bread to bake up this weekend. With over-ripe bananas, good honey, and your favorite chocolate bar, this is sure to become your favorite banana bread. Perfect for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or a late night dessert.

over head photo of sliced Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread with honey jar and butter on table

This past week all I’ve wanted to do is bake. I”m sure the very cold temperatures and snowy weather have something to do with this. Regardless, I really just want to bake. And if I’m not baking, I’m making homemade pizza in the pizza oven. Which is currently my very favorite thing to do, I can’t get enough pizza (new recipes are coming).

Or banana bread.

Clearly my “Healthy January” is going soo well…

In all honesty, I’ve found this year’s “Healthy January” to be a little tougher than in years past. I’ve had to really scratch my head to brainstorm “healthy” recipes over the last few weeks.

You see, I am very much craving warm comfort food…

Celery juice on the other hand? Not so much. Don’t get me wrong, I actually love celery juice. But it’s cold, and just not what I want to sip on a white blustery January day, you know?

Instead of denying those cravings, I tried to make my favorite cozy recipes a little on the healthier side. It’s all about balance over here, no diets, at least not temporary ones. Just creating recipes that are delicious and wholesome. Which is where this banana bread comes in. Yes, it has honey. And yes, my dark chocolate chunks are not 100% cacao. But hey, this bread is made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and plenty of bananas. All healthy things, especially when it comes to the dessert world. So, I’m going with it, and very excited to be sharing today’s recipe. Just in time for the weekend too!

PS. have you tried celery juice? I know it sounds odd, but I recently tried some (because of this book) and it’s actually so good.

brown bananas

Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread before baking in bread pan

Moving on to the details. This is the best and easiest banana bread I’ve ever shared. It’s my go-to…that is until I develop a newer version in .02 seconds, and that becomes my favorite. Ahh, the life of someone who makes up recipes for a living. We always have a new “favorite”.

Seriously though, this banana bread is moist, very banana-y, hinted with coconut, sweetened lightly with honey, and swirled with chocolate throughout. Every last bite is roll your eyes back delicious. Best part? It’s the easiest to make, requiring just one bowl and a handful of pantry staples.

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Here’s the quick run down.

Find yourself some very ripe bananas, I’m talking practically black bananas everyone. Like, you think they are too black to eat? Nope, that just means they are perfect for banana bread. Use them.

Mash up the bananas and then mix with a little coconut oil, honey, a couple of eggs, and a splash of vanilla. Add whole wheat flour, a pinch of cinnamon, and a dash of salt. The cinnamon is that unexpected ingredient that might seem a bit off, but it’s actually what makes the bread really good. It’s subtle enough that you can’t really tell it’s there, but it adds a special touch.

Now stir in all the chocolate chunks that your heart desires. Bake, and less than an hour later your house is going to smell incredible, and you’ll have the prettiest deep golden, and chocolate filled loaf of banana bread.

Great for breakfast, delicious as an afternoon snack, and chocolatey enough for an evening dessert.

The perfect recipe, right?

Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread with 2 pieces cut and honey in photo

If you can resist, you should wait 30 minutes or so to slice into the bread. That way the bread will have time to properly set-up and fully finish baking after coming out of the oven. Waiting is what any professional baker would tell you to do, but let’s be real, no one cares what you should do. Do what your stomach and your eyes are screaming at you to do. Slice the bread and enjoy it warm while the chocolate is gooey.

It might not be what you should do, but it’s the right thing to do. That I am sure of.

Oh, and major bonus points if you enjoy this with a little smear of butter and a drizzle of honey. It’s Friday, live a little. AND if you happen to have a snowy weekend in the forecast, you really need to bake this up. It’s great any day, but it’s best enjoyed on the coldest of days.

overhead close up of Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread sliced with butter

Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread with honey being drizzle on

If you make this chocolate banana bread be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories Per Serving: 356 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5 inch bread pan.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the mashed bananas, coconut oil, honey, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks. 
    3. Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until center is just set. Remove and let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting...or just eat it warm with a smear of butter and a drizzle of honey (you should do this!). Enjoy!

Notes

Bread will keep (covered) for 3-5 days.
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  1. 5 stars
    This is such a hit! I love how there’s no refined sugars (except for choc chips of course!) but it’s perfectly sweet and delicious! I also throw in a small amount of shredded unsweetened coconut, and this time I added a little bit of walnuts too. I can’t wait til it’s done baking! Thanks again for an amazing recipe!

  2. Hello! I have a friend I want to make this for but she’s gluten free. Can I sub the flour with gluten free flour? Will it work the same? Thanks!

    1. Hi there! I haven’t personally tried this recipe with GF flour but that should work okay! I would just use a 1:1 ratio of Bob’s red mill GF flour! xT

  3. 5 stars
    I make this at least monthly but always make it into muffins instead of bread because we can’t wait that long to eat it! We love it. I do half and half wheat and white and it is delicious.

  4. 5 stars
    Amazing! I followed the recipe to a “T” (with all purpose flour) and it was delicious! It was a bit dry at first, but perfectly moist after spending a night in a sealed plastic bag. Everyone loved it.

  5. Picked up all the ingredients for this today! Looking forward to making- suggestions for alterations to the heat/timing of the recipe for baking at altitude in Denver? 🙂

    1. Hi Elli! I really don’t adjust my recipes too much for elevation, but I would say when in doubt just underbake and add a little less flour! xT

  6. 5 stars
    Love it! So simple and delicious. I subbed in butter for the coconut oil but otherwise made as is. My daughter’s favourite. She always laughs at the comment that the bread lasts for 3-5 days because in our house you’re lucky if there’s any left after 24hrs! 😂

  7. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! This is the second time making it – it is so easy and so delicious! The chocolate chunks/chips just make it so amazzzing! And… I feel like it is kinda healthy!
    Thank you Tieghan!

  8. Just made this, so easy and delicious!! If I wanted to make this recipe into muffins next time how long would I bake?

    1. Hi Ellie,
      Thanks so much for trying this recipe!! If you made them as muffins, I would start checking for doneness at 25 minutes. Let me know if you give it a try! xT

  9. 5 stars
    I just put a loaf of this banana bread in the oven. It’s so easy, so delicious, and quite adaptable! I subbed in a pint of raspberries for the chocolate – they were nearly past their prime and it adds a fruity tang. I think using coconut oil instead of butter makes the banana flavor stand out. This is a keeper!

    1. Love to hear this Kersten!! Thanks so much for trying this recipe and your feedback! Have a wonderful weekend!🌈🌤️ xT

  10. 5 stars
    I just made this. It’s so good! I subbed honey for maple syrup and made my own oat flour so it GF and even a healthier snack for my babe. 😊

    1. Hi Emily,
      Happy Friday!!🍪🍦 Thanks so much for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear that it turned out well for you! xT