Easy One-Bowl Chocolate Banana Bread

Easy One-Bowl Chocolate Banana Bread

Yes, you guessed it, leftover bananas gone brown and a bit soft. 

I just couldn't throw them out. My first thought was smoothie or banana bread? I had to do something with them or Graham would have lobbed them in the bin. He has no patience with brown bananas. He feels they have no place in our kitchen or any kitchen.

Do you have a husband, wife or partner like that?

He is so short-sighted when it comes to bananas, but you can be sure he is always really happy to be offered a deliciously sweet green smoothie or a slice of banana bread which he loves to eat spread with a generous layer of dairy-free spread.

As I it's my day off, I decided to take the time to make banana bread. I say take the time, but it's really quick to make in one bowl, then once it's in the oven you can get on with other things.

Vegetarian or vegan banana bread?

It's up to you! I made this vegan for Graham, but you don't have to and to be honest the only ingredient to think about is the milk, so if you follow a dairy-free diet through health or choice then use your favourite nut milk and if you don't follow a dairy free diet, just use your regular milk.

Converting your favourite banana bread recipe to chocolate banana bread

I usually make a plain banana bread and add chocolate chips or a plain banana bread with added peanut butter. Heck, I always add chocolate chips. Well I did until today. My chocolate banana bread really didn't need the extra chocolate, but if you feel the need, add some. I won't judge you!

To convert your favourite banana bread recipe to chocolate banana bread, just remove 50g or a third of cup of flour and replace it with a good quality cocoa powder. That's it! That's all you need to do to make a chocolatey banana bread. Try this in other recipes too. Simples!

One bowl method

I usually make my banana bread in two bowls, one for the dry ingredients and one for the wet ingredients, but today I thought, lets save on the washing up and see if I can make this even quicker in one bowl. 

I have to admit as I poured the flour, then the baking powder and salt on top of the wet ingredients, I did have that moment where I thought "Should I have mixed them together so the baking powder was mixed evenly through the batter?, but I went ahead with it and look at the rise. Fabulous!

Nutrition and calories in banana bread

Only 213 calories for a thick slice of this chocolate banana bread. I divided it into 10 slices, you could go for a thinner slice (12 slices) for just 177 calories, but I think if you are having banana bread. HAVE banana bread. DON'T skimp!

As well as low in calories and fat, this banana bread contains 13% of your daily recommended amount (DV = daily value) of dietary fibre, 13% DV iron, 8% DV potassium, 3% DV calcium as well as 4.2g of protein. 

Not bad for a slice of cake!

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Yield: 1 loaf of banana breadAuthor: Jacqueline MeldrumPrint Recipe

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Easy One-Bowl Chocolate Banana BreadAn easy one-bowl chocolate banana bread recipe. Make it vegan or dairy-free by using your regular milk. Only 213 calories per thick slice.


  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp almond milk (or your favourite milk)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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