Chocolate banana bread recipe - Image 1 Chocolate banana bread recipe - Image 2Bananas here, bananas there, bananas AND chocolate everywhere…now tell me honestly what could be a better combination than lovely sweet bananas with some dark chocolate?? Chocolate banana bread recipe - Image 3 Chocolate banana bread recipe - Image 4This clean chocolate banana bread is the ultimate treat, breakfast on the go, quick snack or little “me” moment with a nice green cuppa. Please I beg you not to eat it all in one go and keep some for the next day…the flavours settle and mix making it taste even better the next day! I have made this bread 3 times, the first time with rye flour and it just wasn’t good enough and ended in the bin, the second attempt was a mixture of buckwheat and oat flour and it turned out great, but didn’t raise enough and the texture was poor. So my final flour was spelt flour and that is it!

Chocolate banana bread recipe - Image 5 Moist, chocolatey, not too sweet and pumped with loads of great fiber, healthy fats and protein. If you don’t have chia seeds, you can use flax seeds instead. As for milk I used my current favourite Rice and coconut milk from Provamel – the first organic plant-based milk ever in the chiller! You have to try it, it is so delicious!

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Chocolate banana bread recipe

Clean chocolate banana bread


  • 3 medium spotty bananas
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used Provamel coconut and rice milk)
  • 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa nibs (or you could use dark chocolate sugar, but watch the sugar)
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional
  • Couple of tablespoons of liquid sweetener if you prefer something a bit more sweet (honey, maple syrup or date syrup)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease your banana bread tin
  2. Mix together flour, cacao, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Make the chia egg and let it settle for 10 minutes
  4. In another other bowl whisk together mashed bananas, coconut oil, milk and sweetener if using.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until combined. Fold in the chia egg and then the nibs
  6. Pour mixture in the tin, pop in the oven and bake for around 1 hour or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  7. Let it cool down completely before taking out of the tin

As I said above make sure you leave some of this lush clean chocolate banana bread till the next day! If you, like me, have a thing for banana bread, don’t forget to check my other recipe for clean banana bread.

Much love,

23 Comments on Clean chocolate banana bread recipe

  1. Karina
    September 21, 2015 at 9:25 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Hedi just noticed while baking…should pinch sugar in ingredients be salt and when to add the coconut milk in the method? It’s in the oven anyway. Luv trying out your new stuff tks so much xx

    • Hedi Hearts
      September 21, 2015 at 9:40 am (2 years ago)

      Hello lovely, yes and yes. Not sure, but it was showing the draft version of the recipe..all fixed now! Thank you for letting me know xxxxxxx

  2. Katie
    October 4, 2015 at 2:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Is spelt flour gluten free, or is there a gluten free alternative I could use?

    • Hedi Hearts
      October 7, 2015 at 7:43 am (2 years ago)

      Hello Katie, spelt flour is not gluten free. You could try buckwheat flour but you would probably need to adjust the baking time to slightly longer Hedi xxx

  3. Nicole
    February 3, 2016 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Hedi, could I use almond flour at all?

    • Hedi Hearts
      February 3, 2016 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

      Hello Nicole, I think this could work, but have never tried myself. Let me know! Hedi xxx

  4. Emily
    February 20, 2016 at 10:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey! I would like to use an egg instead of chia egg. Is one egg enough to replace the chia egg? Thanks xx

    • Hedi Hearts
      February 21, 2016 at 10:03 am (2 years ago)

      Yes it is Emmily xxx

  5. Grainne
    March 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Just made this, and it tastes as good as it smells! Delicious! Thanks for the recipe

    • Hedi Hearts
      March 10, 2016 at 7:54 pm (2 years ago)

      awww thank you so much for a lovely comment Grainne. This bread is my family favourite. I make it minimum twice a month! Hedi xxx

  6. Andrea Little
    March 15, 2016 at 12:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Could I use Coconut flour?

    • Hedi Hearts
      March 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Andrea, no, dont use coconut flour, it requires much more moisture because it is so dense. You could try almond flour. Hedi xxx

  7. Suzanne
    April 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I made this it was yummy but didn’t rise as much as yours 😟

    • Hedi Hearts
      April 23, 2016 at 7:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh no, what a shame, did you leave it too long in the oven? Hedi xxx

  8. Gemma
    May 3, 2016 at 6:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Can I leave the cocoa nibbs out

    • Hedi Hearts
      May 5, 2016 at 8:49 am (2 years ago)

      Yes you can, or for a naughty version use chocolate chips. Hedi xxx

  9. Sooze
    May 3, 2016 at 6:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Heidi!!

    Are cacao nibs essential! I have everything else!

    • Hedi Hearts
      May 5, 2016 at 8:57 am (2 years ago)

      You can skip them or use dark chocolate chips instead 🙂 Hedi xxx

  10. Clar Ball
    January 10, 2017 at 10:32 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Hedi
    I’ve just made it for the second time. Can I freeze it?

    • Hedi Hearts
      January 12, 2017 at 10:20 am (1 year ago)

      Yes, you can lovely xx

  11. Niamh Molloy
    April 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm (10 months ago)

    Is using Almond milk an option Hedi?

  12. Leanne
    June 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm (8 months ago)

    Where can I buy the spelt flour

    • Hedi Hearts
      June 29, 2017 at 10:28 am (8 months ago)

      Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and all health shops. Hedi x x x


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