Low Calorie Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Posted on Jul 19 2013 - 7:42pm by Demelza Young

Some days the sun just doesn’t want to come out for you. I don’t know why.  I guess it feels disagreeable on occasion, like the rest of us.  Or maybe it was just feeling camera shy today.  The point is, on those days you’ve just got to make the best of things.  Or make banana bread.  Hey, the sun will come out tomorrow, right?  This recipe is adapted from Hungry Girl’s version.

This banana bread isn’t completely fat-free, so it’s not gummy like versions that use only applesauce instead of oil.  I made my bread into muffins, but if you like loaves better you can simply pour the batter into a bread pan and bake it about the same amount of time.  Both HG’s and my recipe have about 160 calories per serving (one muffin or one slice of bread), plus more fiber and less fat than is traditionally found in banana bread.  I bet the bread would be even better with a little cinnamon dashed in.

Low Calorie Banana Bread Recipe


1/2 cup + 2 T white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup + 2 T self-rising flour
1/3 cup zero-calorie sweetener (like Splenda), or 2 T + 2 t Truvia 
3 tbsp. brown sugar, unpacked
2 egg whites
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup very ripe bananas, mashed (about 2 bananas)
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

banana bread ingredients

The bananas were happy.  Their smile says “lighten up.”



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 muffin cups with nonstick spray, or use liners.

2. Combine dry ingredients (both types of flour, sweetener, brown sugar) except for chocolate chips in a large bowl. Mix well.

banana bread batter

3. In a medium bowl, combine egg whites, butter, and vanilla extract. Whisk until uniform, then stir in mashed banana. Add liquid mixture to the large bowl, stirring until uniform. The batter will be thick.

bana bread 2

4. Stir chocolate chips into the batter and pour into muffin cups.

5. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 – 22 minutes.

6. Let cool completely, then eat.  Makes 8 servings.


banana bread



Demelza Young is an alumni of Northern Kentucky University. She currently enjoys volunteering her time in her local community, reviewing online content with her cat, and sharing quality recipes.

98 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Erica Ardali July 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I can't wait to try these! Yum! 

  2. Beth July 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious! I bet my kids would love these. They're muffin nuts!

  3. San July 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Looks yummy! Gonna try this recipe, thanks!

  4. Betty Baez July 19, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Yum I have to try these! They look very moist! Thanks!

  5. Shauna July 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Totally need to make these, super-yummy looking and love that they are low calorie! 

  6. Reesa L July 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    YUM those look so good!  My kiddos would love these!

  7. Meg July 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I don't usually care for banana bread but these look amazing and they are low cal… might have to try them!

  8. Jenn July 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    These look delicious!!! I love the combo of banana abd chocolate! 

  9. Jenny Patton July 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    I wonder if these taste similar to Starbuck fat banana chocolate chip bread, I'm all for healthier alternatives

    • Jenny Patton July 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm - Reply

      low fat! sorry!

  10. Tara July 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Oh these look SO yummy! I am so sad that I am allergic to bananas ๐Ÿ™ I love them so much but they do NOT love me!

  11. md kennedy July 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    What a great recipe!  Low cal and chocolate – I am so making these muffins!

  12. Jen July 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Great recipe! I'm gonna try it GF

  13. Dannellys rosario July 20, 2013 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    I totally love new recipes! This one looks really yummy! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing

    • Susan Bewley July 21, 2013 at 12:00 am - Reply

      Expect new recipes soon! I’m experimenting with making fudge ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Brandi Kerr July 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Looks great I would love to try making this.

  15. Mary Ann Knox July 21, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

    These sound amazing!  I love that they are low in calories!  They will work perfectly on my current weight loss program!

  16. Gloria Walshver July 21, 2013 at 10:23 am - Reply

    I'd love to taste it. it looks amazing.

  17. Heather July 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    I just had some bananas go a bit too ripe and are in my freezer right now! So excited to try this!

  18. Jessica Whitehouse July 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    I found your blog through a fiveaway post on FaceBook.  I look forward to exploring and browsing your site.  Thank you for sharing such great recipes!

  19. Omer Caudhry July 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Banana bread & muffins are fulfilling as is.  So a combination into this recipe is very interesting indeed.  May try this soon.  I wonder if I can exclude the sweetener & still have a super tasty muffin..

    Thanks for this.

  20. jessica hager July 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    This sound so good! Going to give it a try!

  21. denise smith July 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    these look so good i will have to try making these

  22. Garf July 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Chocolate chip banana bread sounds really tasty.  I occasionally bake banana bread with nuts but not with chocolate chips yet.  I might try it one of these days. 

  23. Beth Dunlavy Hoppe July 21, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    I have never put chocolate chips in my bread but I will give your recipe a try next time.  Sounds yummy

  24. Jennifer July 22, 2013 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Mmmm, gotta give this recipe a try!

  25. Laura Smith July 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    I made these today! Only saved 4 for my husband! What an easy recipe.. I'll be making these all of the time now.

    • Susan Bewley July 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      So glad you liked them! They are so easy and yummy!

  26. sandy July 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    This look yummy!  Will be trying them soon!

  27. Karine Traverse July 22, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    These look so good, might not mind the kids eating 2 or 3 of them if they have banana in them.  They love chocolate chip muffins

  28. Mary Ann Knox July 23, 2013 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I made these this psat weekend!  Super yummy!!!

  29. sherry lareau July 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    It looks and sounds delicious especially with the chocolate chips. How can this possibly be low calorie?

  30. Kiara July 24, 2013 at 12:45 am - Reply

    I would love to try this!

  31. Erin K July 24, 2013 at 1:41 am - Reply

    These look delicious! Thanks for the recipe, I'll have to try it!

  32. crystal smith July 25, 2013 at 11:29 am - Reply

    I'm definitely going to have to give this recipe a try. Chocolate is my ultimate weakness and I always love to find a lower calorie option to satisfy that addiction lol

  33. melinda willfond or @Melinda74 July 25, 2013 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Parents are diabetics, this would be great for them

  34. Jody Cowan July 26, 2013 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    These look and sound so good! AND they're low calorie! I have to make them! Thank you!

  35. Katrina Angele July 27, 2013 at 12:50 am - Reply

    I have never evn thought to try to make banana bread healthier….lol. I like your simple changes. Best thing is you said it's not gummy like a lot of "healthy" versions of things. I usually make loafs but I think I do muffins next time!

    • Susan Bewley July 27, 2013 at 10:32 am - Reply

      I realy love muffins since they are so quick to bake. Even better, they make serving sizes so easy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  36. Doreen July 27, 2013 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Made this dessert for my parents!  Especially for my dad who loves banana bread!

  37. Michelle Tucker July 27, 2013 at 3:09 am - Reply

    These look so good.  I'm putting the ingredients down for my next shopping trip.  Thanks so much!

  38. Michelle B July 27, 2013 at 4:12 am - Reply

    I can't wait to try these. They look delicous

  39. Jenni July 27, 2013 at 5:49 am - Reply

    I'm looking for something to bake up this afternoon and this sounds like just the thing

  40. Erica Garcia July 27, 2013 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I've been making choclate chip banana bread for years and been despreate for a lower calorie recipe! I never thought of making it with truvia and whole wheat flower. Its a very tasty and now I feel better about serving it to my family! Thanks for the recipe

  41. lisa July 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    I'll have to try them. I'll bet the banana makes it moist. Sounds good.

  42. Debra Elliott July 30, 2013 at 12:38 am - Reply

    I love chocolate chips and banana's and this looks so yummy on your tummy good.

  43. Shirley Carr July 30, 2013 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Gonna try this looks great!

  44. Nathalie's Talons August 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    yummy! I love banana bread or muffins.Anything with bananas in it,I love it!

  45. Deborah D August 3, 2013 at 1:29 am - Reply

    I have been looking for a low calorie banana bread recipe and finally found it.  Thank you!!

  46. Ahoura August 5, 2013 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Wow, These look amazing, I will obviously make these tonight and enjoy.

  47. Kristina L. August 6, 2013 at 1:36 am - Reply

    I make a similar recipe to this and I add walnuts. So good with a cup of coffee or hot teat!

  48. carla bonesteel August 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you sooo much for this recipe!  Bananas and chocolate are two of my favorite things, but I am post bariatric surgery, so low calorie is perfect!!

  49. judy gardner August 6, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    i am doing south beach diet and can actually have these in moderation!  finally something sweet that i can have to eat that looks yummy!

  50. maribel Raymuundo August 9, 2013 at 9:09 am - Reply

    I love banana bread, i can eat it for breakfast and snack in the afternoon. Your looks yummy

  51. Cynthia Brooks August 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Those look yummy. I usually make most baked goods vegan but this is a good recipe to veganize. I like your vegetarian section.

  52. annette anderson August 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for the recipe !  I am going to give these a try.



  53. tia albright August 12, 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

    thanks for the recipe.. i have some ripe bananas that the kids wont eat.. I think that I will go to the store and get some chocolate chips and try this recipe. 

  54. Lisa Brown August 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I love banana and chocolate together. They look moist and yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Melissa Moreno August 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Wow…I can't wait to try these…and my kids are going to love them! Thanks for sharing.

  56. judy gardner August 13, 2013 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    i have been on a diet and these would be something i could have once in a while – thank you for posting!

  57. Candace Parker August 14, 2013 at 12:55 am - Reply

    I love banana bread. I heard about the applesauce version in a nutriton class but we never tried it out. I never thought to use butter spread because its not something I generally cook with but I will have to try it.

  58. Linda Hofke August 14, 2013 at 5:04 am - Reply

    This look tasty. I think I'd add a few chopped walnuts or pecans.

    I like to make cupcakes or muffins more often than cake. The single-serving cakes can be frozen and easily defrosted and there is no need to eat a whole big cake in a few days time.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  59. Tina S August 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious. I have been on the lookout for some lower calorie versions of our favorites.

  60. Stormy August 27, 2013 at 8:07 am - Reply

    These look so yummy and combine my daughters 2 favorite things, chocolate and bananas.

  61. Olivia D Hamilton August 31, 2013 at 11:47 am - Reply

    This looks really good and super easy! I think my picky daughter would enjoy these! May have to add this to my shopping list for tomorrow!

  62. Kevin Linkie September 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Yum this recipe looks delicious.  Anything chocolate chip & banana and I am sold.  Thanks for sharing.

    Kevin Linkie

  63. Emily Linton September 10, 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply

    YUM! This is way healthier than my banana chocolate chip muffin recipe. Can't wait to try it!

  64. Nadine L September 10, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I just saved this recipe, wil be making it for this Sunday, we love homemade muffins to go with breakfast. (Think I will cut out the choc chips though, love me some Banana Nut , not so much choc chips

  65. Mary Withrow September 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    These look great and I would probley mix them up by adding strawberries or blueberries – I will have to try your recipe

  66. Shirley Carr September 12, 2013 at 10:17 am - Reply

    My sister woukld love these. Gonna try them!

  67. Elizabeth September 13, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

    These look delicious!  My family loves the banana/chocolate chip combination.  Will have to try these.

  68. BrittanyUtley September 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    These look and sound so good. I'm going to try them out.

  69. lisa September 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    That sounds like a great recipe. I like that applesauce is used. The bread is probably super moist.

  70. Michelle S October 2, 2013 at 11:13 am - Reply

    These look soooooo yummy! I think I would try it with loaves instead of muffins. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your tips.

  71. Heidi October 16, 2013 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I adore banana bread, especially if there's chocolate involved ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. heather November 3, 2013 at 12:03 am - Reply

    WOW low cal I can't believe it I have gotta try this one thanks for posting.

  73. Tiffany F November 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Nice !! I have been looking for a good banana bread recipe for a while. Will have to make these to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. Wonder if they would taste good with a little chocolate frosting on em too ???

  74. krystel November 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    this sounds so delicous just by reading im gonna try to make this

  75. Tiffany R November 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I will be trying th is soon. sounds good.

  76. krystel November 30, 2013 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    i love banna bread !!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. Gaynell Holmes December 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Thanks!! Looks delish! Love the way you posted pictures as well and!!

  78. Kelly Nicholson December 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    think ill give this on a try…it seems to be pretty simple..i  have always liked banana bread and im sure i will enjoy this,,,thansk

  79. Susana Silva December 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Lovely recipe! I will try. it seams easy,delicious, and the best: low in calories. Thank you for share ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Shannon March 2, 2014 at 1:51 am - Reply

    This sounds great, thank you for sharing this with us.

  81. theresa krier April 30, 2014 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    i have ripe bananas right now so will try this recipe, thanks

  82. M.Clark May 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious, I’m glad to know that it’s low calorie. I can’t wait to try this, thank you for sharing this recipe.

  83. kathy downey June 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks these look so good and I love the low sugar content

  84. Maggie D July 20, 2014 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Those look so good! banana bread is one of my favorite sweets!

  85. Roxie September 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

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  86. National Geographic September 27, 2014 at 4:33 am - Reply

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  87. Petra V. December 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    I have to admit that this is the best banana bread recipe so far! I simply love it. I think I will give it a try soon and since I can’t deny adding strawberries to it, I will substitute the chocolate chips with dried strawberries! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the recipe!

  88. Bogdan January 9, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    It is a good recipe! Healthy and fast cooking. With cup of tea, those cookies will be a delicious breakfast!

  89. Gagay August 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    I’ve baked a low-calorie banana muffins before.. I didn’t add a self-rising flour because it’s hard to find here in our place. So what I used was an all purpose flour instead. But this one deserves a try. I must look for a wheat flour then.

  90. john hutchens August 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    These look so tasty. I think they would make a nice breakfast when I am on the run. I will make these soon to add to my morning breakfast rotation.

  91. Miles Imhoff November 6, 2015 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Ooh, these look tasty! I don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate chip banana bread! ๐Ÿ˜€

    God bless,

  92. Marie Lowther September 8, 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

    This looks delicious! I think i’ll have to try this out sometime.

  93. Kimberly Flickinger October 12, 2016 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    I love Banana Bread, and I love the fact that this is low calorie. Thank you for sharing, will definitely try this.

  94. chrissy c May 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness these look delicious! I count calories and this will be on my meal plan now!

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