Protein Chocolate Banana Bread (with pumpkin!)

I threw everything I love – that is healthy – into this recipe and came out with a winner. It was one of those that miraculously turned out right the first time (this almost never happens, trust me) and I love that it has exactly what I love in a baked good:

  • delicious and familiar banana bread flavour
  • moist consistency (people have to get over their issue with that word)
  • rich chocolatey taste (who doesn’t love chocolate)
  • high in protein, relatively low in whole grain carbs
  • naturally sweetened

= WINNER!

Enjoy…it’s more-ish, but also really filling thanks to the fibre and protein, so you shouldn’t be tempted to eat more than 2 (okay maybe 3) slices in a go…

** This is gluten-free if you use certified gluten-free oats
** Make this vegan by replacing the two eggs with two chia or flax eggs – and let me know how it works, because I haven’t tested that!

Protein Chocolate Banana Bread 

INGREDIENTS (serves 10 thick slices):

1 cup oats, blended or ground into a flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch salt
2 scoops protein powder (vanilla or chocolate) – I use this one
2 tbsp baking stevia (I use this one) or 1/4 cup granular sweetener like sugar, coconut sugar, Sucanat, maple sugar, date sugar etc
2 eggs
1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
3 very ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine dry ingredients plus optional walnuts/chocolate chips in a mixing bowl.

2. Blend bananas with pumpkin puree, eggs, milk and vanilla until totally smooth.

3. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until just combined.

4. Pour into a well-greased loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. The top cooks first so don’t go by how firm the top is – it’s all about the centre!

5. Let cool then slice into 10 slices and enjoy…!

Nutrition per slice (if serves 10, without optional ingredients):

124 calories
2.9g fat (1.1g saturated)
43mg cholesterol
127mg sodium
21.9g carbohydrates
3.8g fibre
5.8g natural sugars
8.9g protein

59% of your daily Vitamin A needs
6% of your daily calcium needs
7% of your daily Vitamin C needs
11% of your daily iron needs

I’m linking this post up at Healthy Diva Eats‘ Marvelous in my Monday link party!

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Comments

  1. Ok girl this is ridiculous- what an amazing idea- it sounds just so delicious! I can only imagine the tempting smells that would be wafting from the oven when it’s baking 🙂

    • It smelled so good! Choc and banana are one of my favourite combos. BTW, just saw on your bio that you’re studying at IIN too! When did you start? I’m from the Oct 29 start date, so quite recent :). But so glad to connect with another student – especially a Canadian one!

  2. This looks so good!! I have been wanting to make some banana bread! I only have 2 bananas left right now, boo!

    Thanks for linking up love! Miss you! Happy Monday! ❤

  3. I need to try that! Looks so good and sounds delicious! Thans for sharing!!

  4. Karey at Nutty About Health says:

    That bread sounds (AND looks) AMAZING, yum!!! Thanks for sharing & have a great Monday!! 🙂

  5. OOOhhh! I have to try this one – is it similar to the one from the Contemporary Art cafe?

  6. Anna this looks delicous and I am saving to try it soon. Thanks so much. It is droolworthy for sure!

  7. This is PERFECT!! I don’t have any pumpkin, but I bought a bunch of ripe bananas to bake with, so I may substitute them for the pumpkin and make it really banana-y! Already pinned it 🙂 Will make it on the weekend, when we re-stock the food budget. I just need some cocoa powder. This will be so good!

    • Yayyy! Extra banana flavour is never an issue. My first batch I actually made with 2 bananas and my new taste testers – Tracey and our other roommate Olivia – both said it could do with being more banana-y, so I upped it to 3 and it’s fab. Hope you love it!

  8. I like that you went with protein powder — good way to boost up your yummy bread! 😀

  9. That looks delish!! I’m totally bookmarking this and making it asap!

  10. I make banana bread all the time (i actually made a load last night and it lasted roughly 12 hours in my house!) but i always use the same recipe. I need to start fiddling around with some chocolate or peanut butter versions, yum!

  11. This recipe sounds delicious!

  12. Yum! This looks like chocolately, bananay, deliciousy goodness! 😉

  13. Yum! That looks so good, and I will need to try it!

  14. This looks so delicious! Some of my favorite ingredients!

  15. this sounds really great! the hard thing i have with these kinds of recipes is that i never have ripe bananas sitting around – i always eat them all first. but i love these high protein sweet treats!

    • Whenever I’m at the supermarket and see a bunch of very ripe bananas, I buy them, leave them a couple more days and then peel and freeze them. Then I always have bananas on hand for making banana bread! Thanks Sara!

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