whole wheat marbled banana bread

Sometimes I’ll purposely let bananas go brown just as an excuse to make some banana bread. I think the fruit flies enjoy my secret habit just as much as I do!

Though delicious, banana bread is typically full of added sugar and white flour. I wanted something I could feel a little better about eating for breakfasts or snacks this week, so I combined a few favorite recipes to give you this delicious marbled bread option. The good news is this cocoa-y, nutty flavored bread doesn’t taste as healthy as it truly is!

whole wheat banana bread

Whole Wheat Marbled Banana Bread

  • About 3 large, ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 &  3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5 pan with coconut oil or grease with oil/butter and set aside.
  2. Mash bananas in a medium sized bowl. Add applesauce, maple syrup, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, add cocoa powder. Scoop 1/4 cup of banana mixture into cocoa powder and whisk to combine.
  4. In a larger bowl, whisk flour, flaxseed, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  5. Pour remaining banana mixture into large bowl and whisk until just combined.
  6. Pour the large bowl of banana batter into greased 9×5 pan.
  7. Add cocoa batter to top of the banana batter. Use a knife to swirl the batters together.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes uncovered. Cover pan with foil and bake for an additional 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanly.


A few recipe notes…
  • The riper your bananas, the sweeter the recipe will be! Overall, this bread is not very sweet – which leaves room for delicious toppings like honey or nut butter. If you’d like a sweeter bread, add 1/4 cup brown sugar to your wet ingredients.
  • Try layering the batters (1/2 banana, cocoa, 1/2 banana) for a pretty layered version.
  • Add-ins are always welcome! Try walnuts, shredded coconut, or (my personal favorite) mini chocolate chips. Add your add-ins to the dry mixture prior to combining.

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