Chocolate Chip Almond Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Almond Banana Bread

An incredibly moist and flavourful banana bread made with freshly-ground whole almonds. This recipe is wheat and gluten-free, but you can use light whole spelt or wheat flour instead of the brown rice flour and starch if you like. Use high quality dark chocolate chips for a supremely delicious treat.



Ingredients / Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 325. Oil and dust a loaf pan - I use coconut oil and rice flour in a glass pan.

*1 c whole raw almonds, ground (1 1/3c almond meal/flour)
**2/3 c brown rice flower
**1/4 c starch (tapioca starch or corn starch)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder

*To grind almonds, pulse 1/2c at a time in a blender (or coffee grinder or food processor) until it's a fairly uniform almond meal. 1c of whole almonds will make about 1 1/3c of almond meal/flour.

**Use 3/4 c light whole spelt or wheat flour instead of the brown rice flour and starch if you like.

Combine separately and beat together:
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp melted butter or coconut oil
1/3 c agave syrup, maple syrup or mild honey
1/3 c milk or milk substitute (I use unsweetened almond milk)
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
1/2 tsp freshly grated lemon or orange zest (optional)

To this, mix in:
2 large hand-mashed very over-ripe bananas (~3/4c)

Mix dry and wet mixtures together until just combined. Then fold in:

2/3 c dark chocolate chips (I'm not one to push brands, but Ghirardelli 60% cocoa bittersweet chocolate chips are awesome!) Sprinkling a bit of flour (or dry ingredient-mixture) over the chips helps prevent them from sticking to the pan.

Pour batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Bake for about 55 min, rotating half way through baking. It will be ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to sit in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing and placing on a cooling rack.

This bread tastes great warm and fresh out of the oven, and even better the next day. When cool, wrap it up and store in the fridge.

Enjoy ♥ 



This banana bread is TERRIFIC! I left out the chocolate chips and added a full cup of bananas. I love the texture and how mosit it is! Thanks SO much!

Super! You're welcome +

Super! You're welcome + thanks for the feedback. :-)
Did you use chopped-up bananas, mashed bananas, dried bananas..?


Hi! I used mashed bananas. Do you recommend dried bananas? If I wanted a stronger banana flavor, do you think I could substitute some dried bananas for the chocolate chips?

Good to know, thanks! I

Good to know, thanks!
I meant to say "banana chips", because some people put them in banana bread - though I generally don't since they're fried and end up loosing their crunchiness in the bread.

whoa, this banana bread

whoa, this banana bread turned out so yummy and moist! Thank you for the recipe!

Thanks + you're welcome!

Thanks + you're welcome!

Patti, This recipe is so

This recipe is so Amazing! I love it more each time I make it, tonight will be the fourth time! I make muffins and bake for 15 minutes. I use carob chips in place of chocolate chips and throw in a fist full of pepitas at the same time, sprinkling a few on top for absolute cuteness.
To die for!
Thank you for your site. This recipe is just my favorite, I've tried nearly all.

Thanks so much for the great

Thanks so much for the great feedback Collette! You totally made my day. The muffins with carob and pepitas sound delicious - can you send me some here in Mexico? ;-)


This recipe is incredible! My husband and I were both drooling over every last crumble, and he said it was the best GF thing he's ever had. I put the almonds through my food processor so, while it was mealy, there were still teeny tiny chunks which made the loaf have the slightest of crunch/chew. Unbelievable. Your blog is a treasure find. Have made the banana booty bars and was impressed with those too. Thanks for sharing! I'll be back :)

Wowee - thanks for the

Wowee - thanks for the wonderful feedback + kind encouraging words! I'm blushing. :) Happy to share the healthy treats I love. xoxoxox Patty

This goes perfectly with a

This goes perfectly with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. My partner loves this recipe. Thanks.