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I made you this nourishing 7 ingredient chocolate chip ricotta banana bread because on Friday’s we NEED chocolate.

Nourishing 7 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Ricotta Banana Bread | @hbharvest

And since chocolate plus banana is honestly one of my favorite combos, I decided to make a Healthy January recipe out of the two. You guys are so very welcome. 🙂

In all seriousness, while I may hate these photos, I LOVE this bread. In fact it’s possibly my favorite banana bread recipe. It’s so quick, so easy, so healthy and so good! Wow, that was a lot of SO’s, but honestly, this bread is amazing. What I love most is that, unlike most banana bread recipes, this one is not overly sweet in any way and it has some serious, serious banana flavor happening, which is everything I could want in a banana bread.

I feel like often times banana bread recipes can be so overly sweet that they actually lose the yummy banana flavor. This is probably because I am the world’s biggest banana loving freak, but whatever, bananas are the best. Plus, they’re pretty much the only fruit, other than dates and avocados, that I would ever dare to pair with chocolate.

The second best part to this bread, other than it’s deliciousness? The fact that it has only seven ingredients, yes, only SEVEN! Eight if you count, salt which I am not. AND it would only be six ingredients if you left out the chocolate…but then, I am not sure why anyone would do that.

Nourishing 7 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Ricotta Banana Bread | @hbharvest

Nourishing 7 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Ricotta Banana Bread | @hbharvest

I was out hiking a week or so ago and thinking about recipes, as I normally do when hiking, when the thought hit me that I had never seen a banana bread recipe that used ricotta cheese. I’m sure it’s been done, but I personally have not seen it, and the idea intrigued me so much. I love anything ricotta, chocolate, and banana, so I knew right away that I had to try it out.

My goal was to create a super moist bread, but use minimal ingredients. I’m all about the whole “less is more” thing right now, and with this banana bread I wanted the banana, chocolate and ricotta to shine.

The ingredients are as follows…

…bananas: a total of four, for some serious banana flavor and moist bread.

…ricotta cheese: for a major protein factor and killer flavor.

…eggs: heart healthy fats and another major protein (maybe I should have called this protein packed banana bread?).

…vanilla: because I simply cannot make banana bread without vanilla…it’s a must.

…whole wheat flour: got to have those whole grains.

…baking powder: for some lightness

…chocolate chips: enough said.

Nourishing 7 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Ricotta Banana Bread | @hbharvest

Nourishing 7 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Ricotta Banana Bread | @hbharvest

Yes, you guys, you read that right. Zero added sugar. None. I just want to put it out there that this bread is not sweet. I mean, it’s sweet from the bananas and chocolate, but it’s just not overly sweet. It was perfect for my tastes as well as my family’s, so I feel like you guys will LOVE it too. If you really only love a sweeter banana bread, try adding a few tablespoons of your favorite sugar or even honey.

Also, I know some of you might question the ricotta as being healthy, but personally, I see it as a protein packed food, loaded with calcium.

This bread is not only has nourishing ingredients, it’s also nourishing for our souls. Seriously. Especially on a Friday after a grueling long, sometimes seemingly never-ending, but still awesome, week. Yes, it’s safe to say that I am happy it’s Friday! And happy to have some time to make another loaf of this bread. It’s only been a few days, but I’m in need of a chocolate fix and this bread literally takes maybe ten minutes tops to throw together and get into the oven. It’s the perfect sweet and healthy treat for tonight.

I love to eat this bread warm out of the oven, with a side of ice-cold (goat) milk, but it’s still great at room temperature. Since this bread is not very sweet, you can drizzle it with a little honey before serving for a touch of extra sweetness. Honey compliments the flavors of the ricotta really well and is perfect drizzled on while the bread is still warm. SOOO GOOOOD.

Perfect to make tonight or sometime this weekend. Who is ready?

Nourishing 7 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Ricotta Banana Bread | @hbharvest

Nourishing 7 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Ricotta Banana Bread | @hbharvest

Nourishing 7 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Ricotta Banana Bread | @hbharvest


Nourishing 7 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Ricotta Banana Bread.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 18 servings
Calories Per Serving: 79 kcal

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



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 9x5 inch bread pan with parchment paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the mashed bananas, ricotta, eggs, and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder and pinch of salt. Mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Transfer to the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. I like to bake mine around 45 minutes for an extra doughy bread! Drizzle with honey if desired. Enjoy warm or at room temp...but warm is best!
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  1. I can tell the flavors in this are good, but I cannot get this recipe to work. I bake a lot and I’ve never had this problem with banana bread! I have baked this bread for about twice the time listed, and it’s still raw in the middle unfortunately. It’s still in the oven with some foil on top in hopes that I can get it to finally cook, but I think it might be something with the ratio of ingredients being such that this may never set! I do wonder if I use bigger bananas than the original recipe. One thing that may help with this recipe is putting the amount of mashed banana needed in cups so that folks can see if they’re adding too much.

    1. Hi Laura! I’m so sorry about that! Did it end up turning out for you? If you’re feeling like you just can’t get a good bake on this, you could try to turn down the temp and leave it in for longer! xT

      1. No, it never baked right. A lower temp for longer is what I tried, but after over double the listed baked time, I gave up! I think the 4 bananas plus ricotta is just too much moisture. I have made other good recipes from your site, but this one was a flop for me!

  2. 4 stars
    I had heaps of ricotta to use up and so went looking for a variety of HBH recipes to use it up, including this recipe. I ended up adding half a cup of sugar to the recipe instead of putting honey on top afterwards and it worked well. It still has some tang to it. We probably won’t make again because my kids are very picky about their muffins 🙄 but my husband eagerly ate their leftovers. The texture came out exactly as shown in the photos. If I did make it again, I’d try adding honey to the batter rather than sugar because I think I’d prefer the flavour.
    I did make it in a muffin tin rather than a loaf pan and 12 muffins came out perfect at 350 for 20 minutes.

    1. Hey Emily,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for making it and your feedback! xT

  3. Hi, I’m making this today but wondering if I could use a cup of coconut yoghurt in place of the ricotta as I’m dairy free. Thanks, Ourdia

  4. 5 stars
    This is maybe the best banana bread recipe I tried! I did cheat a bit – added 1.5 tablespoons of coconut sugar in the dough. Also, didn’t have whole wheat so used regular all purpose flour.
    Thanks for the recipe!!

    1. Hi Jasmina,
      Happy Sunday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it and your feedback!🌼🥑 xx

    1. Hi Nic,
      Totally, that would work well for you! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope it turns out well for you! xT

        1. Hi Nic,
          Fantastic!! I appreciate you making this recipe and your comment, love to hear that it turned out well for you!🍒🥭

  5. Did anyone miss sugar in this recipe? Was it sweet enough? Would adding 1/2 cup sugar make it like a dessert item?

  6. 5 stars
    Ok yum! This is honestly my favorite banana bread I’ve ever made. Super simple but absolutely delicious. The ricotta makes a fabulously textured moist bread.

    1. Hey Kristina,
      Happy Wednesday!!🌈 🐇 I am so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you! Thanks for sharing your feedback and trying it out! xT

  7. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness. Just made this with my kids and it is hands down the best banana bread I have EVER had. Really regretting not making a double batch.

    1. Hey Rachel,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear that it was a hit! xx

  8. 5 stars
    I had some over ripe bananas and some leftover ricotta from making a lasagna. I came across this recipe because Tieghan is one of my go to people 🤍 and I decided to try this recipe. It was very good! I enjoyed it and everyone in the house who tried it said “yum..this is good”. I will keep this on repeat when I have the over-ripe bananas 🍌💛

    1. Hi Annmarie,
      Happy Sunday! 😃 Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xx