Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Whole Wheat, Eggless & Vegan)

A Chocolate Chip Banana Bread that is moist with a soft crumb with gooey chocolate chips is a delight to have. And you will love this recipe which exactly delivers that.

A simple no fuss eggless, vegan baking recipe of making a quick sweet bread and that too with whole wheat flour.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Loaf sliced on a white platter placed on a wooden board.

The recipe is a one bowl recipe and adapted from my Eggless Banana Bread recipe. All you need are some ripe or overripe bananas. You can even add frozen bananas.

Most of my baking recipes are simple and utilize readily available pantry ingredients. This recipe falls in the same category of easy baking recipes.

I have compiled some Frequently Asked Questions which I often get on our youtube channel on my banana bread and banana cake recipe video during this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I add all purpose flour (maida)?
Yes, you can do that.

2. Can baking powder be skipped?
Replace with an overall total of ½ teaspoon of baking soda. So do not add the extra ¼ teaspoon of baking soda mentioned in the recipe. Also add 1 teaspoon lemon juice and vinegar which will reduce the soapy aroma of the soda a bit. You can even add 1 to 1.5 teaspoons of Eno (fruit salt).

3. Can I skip baking soda?
Add a total of 1.5 teaspoons baking powder.

4. Can I skip both baking powder and baking soda?
You can skip both only if you have Eno (fruit salt). Add 1 to 1.5 teaspoons of Eno (fruit salt).

5. What if I do not have chocolate chips?
You can add some chopped nuts & dried fruits or berries like cashews, almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, dried berries and many more.

6. Replacement for almond milk is?
You can use soy milk (gmo free), cashew milk, rice milk, oats milk, light coconut milk (thin or medium consistency) or any vegan milk. If you are a vegetarian, you can add dairy milk.

7. Which chocolate chips to add?
For a vegan bread you can add vegan semi sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips (if you don’t mind a slight bitter taste) and cacao nibs. For a vegetarian version, add milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.

8. What if I do not have vanilla?
You can easily skip vanilla and add aromatic spices instead – ground ginger powder, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder & ground pumpkin spice.

9. Can I add coffee?
Yes you can. Take 1 tablespoon coffee and sift it with the flour.

10. Can I add cocoa powder?
Of course. Take 2 to 3 tablespoons cocoa powder and sift it with flour. Do note that you may need to add ¼ cup almond milk more if using cocoa powder.

10. Can I skip sugar?
Yes of course. But replace it with maple syrup, jaggery (Indian unrefined cane sugar), coconut sugar, palm sugar or any sweetener. Just do not add honey as it becomes toxic when heated.

11. Can I bake it in the microwave?
If your microwave oven has convection mode, then only you can bake the recipe using the convection mode. In a purely microwave mode, the recipe may not work.

12. What should be the temperature or time when baking in convection mode or convection ovens (oven with fan) ?
For convection baking, bake at 165 or 170 degrees celsius or you can reduce the baking time by 15 to 20 minutes.

14. Why has my chocolate chip banana bread has become dense or hard?
Most of the times when eggless quick bread or cakes become hard, it is due to too much mixing or folding of the batter. So fold with light pressure from the hands and go easy. Do not overdo the folding part.

15. Why has the bread cracked or sunk?
If the bread cracks, this could be to a very high temperature in the oven. A sunk cake would be due to uneven heat in the oven. This happens when you open the door many times, leading to cold or cool air from the room going in the oven. So only open the oven door when the bread or cake is ¾ done.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread slices kept on a white rectangular tray on a wooden board

How to Make Eggless Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

1. Peel and chop 2 large bananas and add them with 6 tablespoons raw unrefined sugar in a mixing bowl.

chopped bananas and sugar in mixing bowl

2. Mash bananas very well with a potato masher or a fork. You can even mash both bananas and sugar in a blender.

mashed bananas

3. Next add ¼ cup oil, ¼ cup almond milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

added almond milk, oil, vanilla

4. Mix very well till the mixture is homogeneous.

mixed very well

5. Sift 1.25 cups whole wheat flour (150 grams) with a pinch of salt, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon baking powder. You can also sift the ingredients directly in the bowl containing the mashed bananas. Also preheat oven for 15 to 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease with oil or line a loaf pan ( 8 x 4 x 2.5 inches) or round cake pan (7.5 or 8 x 2 inches) with parchment paper.

whole wheat flour, ground cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt in a sieve

6. Below is a photo of the sifted dry ingredients.

sifted dry ingredients

7. Now add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet banana mixture. Also add 6 tablespoons semi sweet chocolate chips (vegan). Substitute with chopped nuts if you do not have chocolate chips.

sifted dry ingredients, chocolate chips added to wet banana mixture

8. Using the cut and fold technique, fold gently the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Do not over do this step. Fold with light pressure from your hands.

folding dry ingredient in wet ingredients

9. The batter should not look gluey or doughy. It should have volume and look like a cake batter.

bread batter ready

10. Pour in a greased loaf pan. Level neatly from the top with a spatula. Tap the pan lightly a couple of times on the kitchen countertop.

batter poured in a greased pan

11. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 45 minutes or till the top crust is golden. The timing varies from oven to oven so it can take less or more time for baking. You can use only the bottom heating element or both the heating elements if using an OTG.

bread being baked in the oven

12. Check the quick bread with a fork or bamboo skewer and it should come out clean.

checking bread with bamboo skewer

13. Keep the sweet bread on a wired rack to cool at room temperature.

chocolate chip banana bread is baked

14. When completely cooled at room temperature, gently remove the bread from the pan. Serve or store in an air-tight box and refrigerate.

removing chocolate chip banana bread from pan

15. Slice chocolate chip banana bread and serve as a dessert or as a sweet snack.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread slices kept on a white rectangular tray on a wooden board
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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Whole Wheat, Eggless, Vegan)

5 from 5 votes
Moist, soft Chocolate Chip Banana Bread made with whole wheat flour. The recipe is also eggless and vegan.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:35 mins
Total Time:45 mins
Course:desserts
Cuisine:american,world
Servings (change the number to scale):10 slices or 1 loaf
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 large bananas or 1 and ⅓ cup chopped bananas or 280 to 290 grams bananas (with peels)
  • 6 tablespoons unrefined sugar or 60 grams raw sugar, can also use white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup almond milk or any vegan milk
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil or any neutral tasting oil

Dry Ingredients

  • 1.25 cups whole wheat flour or 150 grams - leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder - leveled
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda - leveled
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 tablespoons semi sweet chocolate chips (vegan), 60 grams

Instructions

Preparation & Mashing Bananas

  • Grease with oil or line a loaf pan ( 8 x 4 x 2.5 inches) or round cake pan (8 x 2 inches) with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl mash chopped bananas with sugar very well.

Sifting Dry Ingredients

  • Add oil, almond milk, vanilla and mix very well till the mixture is homogenous.
  • Sift whole wheat flour with salt, cinnamon powder, baking soda and baking powder in a tray or plate.
  • Add the sifted ingredients to the wet banana mixture.
  • Add chocolate chips. Substitute with nuts if you do not have chocolate chips.

Folding Batter & Baking

  • Fold gently. Do not over do this step.
  • Pour in the greased loaf pan. Level neatly from the top with a spatula. Tap the pan lightly a couple of times on the kitchen countertop.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 35 to 45 minutes or till a fork or bamboo skewer comes out clean.
  • Keep the sweet bread on a wired rack to cool at room temperature.
  • When completely cooled at room temperature, gently remove the bread from the pan. Serve or store in an air-tight box and refrigerate. Stays good for a couple of weeks in the fridge. You can even freeze the bread.
  • Slice chocolate chip banana bread and serve as a dessert or as a sweet snack.

Notes

  • All purpose flour (maida) can be added instead of whole wheat flour.
  • To skip baking powder add an overall total of ½ teaspoon of baking soda. So do not add the extra ¼ teaspoon of baking soda mentioned in the recipe. Also add 1 teaspoon lemon juice and vinegar which will reduce the soapy aroma of the soda a bit. You can even add 1 teaspoon of Eno (fruit salt).
  • To skip baking soda add a total of 1.5 teaspoons baking powder.
  • To skip both baking powder and baking soda add 1.5 teaspoon of Eno (fruit salt).
  • Instead of chocolate chips add some chopped nuts & dried fruits or berries like cashews, almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, dried berries etc.
  • For replacing almond milk substitute with soy milk, cashew milk, rice milk, oats milk, light coconut milk (thin or medium consistency) or any vegan milk. If you are a vegetarian, you can add dairy milk.
  • Chocolate chips can range vegan semi sweet chocolate chips to dark chocolate chips (if you don’t mind a slight bitter taste) and cacao nibs. For a vegetarian version, add milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.
  • No Vanilla, no problem. Add aromatic spices instead - ground ginger powder, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder & ground pumpkin spice.
  • To skip sugar replace it with maple syrup, jaggery (Indian unrefined cane sugar), coconut sugar, palm sugar or any sweetener. Just do not add honey as it becomes toxic when heated.
  • If the chocolate chip banana bread has become dense or hard then it is due to over mixing or too much folding of the batter. So fold with light pressure from the hands and go easy. Do not overdo the folding part.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Whole Wheat, Eggless, Vegan)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 230mg7%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Vitamin E 2mg13%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 37mg4%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 11µg3%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 43mg11%
Phosphorus 110mg11%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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12 comments/reviews

  1. Hi,

    Can we skip sugar totally?

    • You can but the bread will not have enough sweetness.

  2. Hi Mam,
    I tried the rawmango murabba it turned to a one string consistency and is hard.. Could you please share tips to alter it.
    Thanks

    • Hi Anita, Just add some boiling hot water in the murabba and mix very well. The consistency will change and become soft. Add water in parts and continue to mix till you get the right consistency. Alternatively, you can take some water (at room temperature) and murabba in a pan. Keep on a low or medium-low flame. Stir and mix and you will see the murabba softening. Add more water if required.

  3. Thanks for this recipe. Some queries – how much quantity of cinnamom/cardamom powder to be used if I want to avoid vanilla essence(which is artificial). Also, can I increase the quantity of bananas to make it more healthy? Please share the brands of vanilla essence and chocolate chips and buying links, if possible.

    • Welcome. You can add an overall half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder if using only it. In combination with cardamom powder, you can add one-fourth teaspoon cinnamon powder and half a teaspoon cardamom powder. If you increase the quantity of bananas, the texture may change and become softer. I use homemade vanilla extract. The method is already shared on the blog. For chocolate chips, I had got some from a supermarket some months back. If possible buy couverture chocolate chips.

  4. Hi Dassana!!

    You are AWESOME!!

    I have so far made good amount of recipes from your website and have always followed the exact measurements and have read the whole description for each recipe. You just perfectly detail everything. You are like a star to me now!

    Thank you so much for the time and effort you have put into this so people like me can enjoy them. 😊

    Thanks again!!
    Vidya

    • Thank you so much Vidya. So glad to read your lovely feedback and good to know that the details are helpful. Thanks again.

  5. GM man,excellent recipes, I would check for it before every dish .Your cake recipes with whole wheat flour are amazing and inviting, how do I make them in a pressure cooker. Thank you.

    • Thank you. You can check the method of making any cake or bread in a pressure cooker here on this link – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/pressure-cooker-cake-recipe/

  6. Can I include cocoa powder? if yes how many tbsp?
    Thank you for this delicious recipe.5 stars

    • Hi Ria, I have mentioned in the Frequently Asked Questions listed in the post that cocoa powder can be added. You can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and sift it with flour. Note that you may need to add ¼ cup almond milk more in this case. Welcome and Happy Baking.