Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

This Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread is sweetened only with bananas for a guiltless treat that tastes just like traditional banana bread! This is easy recipe you’ll come back to again and again. This paleo banana bread is also gluten-free, grain free, and sugar-free.

This Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread is sweetened only with bananas for a guiltless treat that tastes just like traditional banana bread! This is easy recipe you'll come back to again and again. This paleo banana bread is also gluten-free, grain free, and sugar-free.I originally was not going to post this recipe on Bakerita, not only because I already have way too many banana bread recipes on this site, but also because 80% of them include chocolate in some way. Oops. #sorrynotsorry

But…after I made it, and it got devoured within mere hours, with everyone having no idea it was grain-free and no sugar added (besides the chocolate), I decided it needed to be posted. And YEAH – this is no sugar added. This banana bread is sweetened only with bananas. Of course, I ruined the sugar free thing by adding chunks of chopped chocolate (so much better than chocolate chips guys – try it), but who can resist melted chocolate chunks floated around their banana bread?!?

This Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread is sweetened only with bananas for a guiltless treat that tastes just like traditional banana bread! This is easy recipe you'll come back to again and again. This paleo banana bread is also gluten-free, grain free, and sugar-free.Leave the chocolate out though (or make your own batch of paleo chocolate), and this stuff is totally paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free, no sugar added, soy-free…I can’t think of any more “frees” but I’m sure it totally could apply to more diet categories too.

(P.S. if you want the chocolate flavor without the chocolate chunks, try adding 1/2 cup cocoa powder!) was eating slivers of this banana bread with some of the chocolate coconut almond butter that I used in the recipe as well. It was so beyond good, guys. I absolutely love how guilt-free this stuff is, while tasting so insanely decadent. AND – it’s easy. I hate when quick batters take forever to come together, so it makes me happy that this one doesn’t take more than a few minutes of measuring and stirring ingredients together.

This Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread is a stand out, even among all my other banana bread recipes, and I hope you guys will try this one and agree it’s worth it! This Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread is sweetened only with bananas for a guiltless treat that tastes just like traditional banana bread! This is easy recipe you'll come back to again and again. This paleo banana bread is also gluten-free, grain free, and sugar-free.

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Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread
  • 4 bananas (2½ cups mashed or 575 grams)
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup (140 grams) almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup (75 grams) coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 6 oz. dark chocolate, chopped* (see Notes for recommendation to keep 100% Paleo)
  1. Grease one 9"x5" loaf pan (or 8"x8" square pan, which is what I used) and preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large bowl or mixer, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract and nut butter until fully combined.
  3. Add the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt to the wet ingredients and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes if using a square pan, and 50-60 if using a loaf pan. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for about ½ hour. Flip out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Try making your own Paleo chocolate chunks to use in this bread, which keeps it totally Paleo!

Recipe adapted slightly from Civilized Caveman Cooking

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  1. Wow, that looks amazing! So glad you posted it, definitely going to save this recipe :)

  2. I agree – I love using chopped chocolate instead of chips! It’s so good! And this bread looks fantastic … I wish I had a piece for dessert!

  3. WHAAAA??! The pictures are awesome, ya weirdo :P

    SO glad you shared this recipe-looks totally gooey and incredibly tasty, and I cannot get over that it’s (mostly) sugar and grain free!

  4. Wow, I am in love with this bread! Banana bread is my absolute favorite, but making it paleo and with chocolate is the ultimate treat! Pinned!

  5. This looks beyond delicious and banana bread is my favorite morning treat!

  6. Yummy this looks divine! Banana bread is an all-time treat over here :)

  7. I think the pictures look awesome girl :) Definitely has me craving for some banana bread right now! Love the chocolate chunks in here!

  8. Oooh that looks great! Might need to fit that into my paleo diet this week!

  9. Thank you for posting this, and not keeping it from our taste buds! My hubanana loves banana bread (hence the name) and I Love chocolate…because I am a normal human. This is happening. Pinned!

  10. I’m so glad you posted this, Rachel! I totally never would have known it’s no-sugar by looking at the photos. I looks completely decadent and rich! I love the way that chopped chocolate looks in there too. Love all of your banana breads! :)

  11. WOW this choc banana bread looks so delicious.. definitely could devour a slice right now. yum!

  12. You can never have too much banana bread!! Especially when it’s as healthy as this.

  13. One can never, ever, EVER have too many chocolate-studded no-other-sugar-added banana bread recipes, so I will happily read, make and eat as many more as you can throw at me!This looks fan-freakin-tastic.

  14. I just started baking with coconut flour and I am in LOVE! This banana bread looks absolutely amazing. And you used almond butter – YUM!

  15. This banana bread looks great and I’ve been grappling with the idea of doing the paleo diet, if treats like this are available, the diet is a cinch!

  16. Rachel! Everything about this sounds so amazing. . Banana and chocolate chips together is just yumm!!

  17. How, how, how can you make banana bread look so sexy, how? I saw the first pic, and that melted chocolate, It looks so good … Never seen such beautiful banana bread. Thanks for sharing :)

  18. Gorgeous chunky banana bread! It looks so moist and filling inside. Wish I could grab a big slice through the screen!

  19. I died and went to heaven!!! This banana bread would be my ultimate weakness!!! Awesome!!! You have always AWESOME recipes ;-)

  20. It looks so moooooooist! Ugh, I die!!! I love banana bread and am always up for a good paleo treat. I have a tub of coconut oil in my cupboard that’s begging to be made into all the banana breads. Bravo, my dear!

  21. I love that this is only sweetened with bananas (and chocolate chips) AND is grain free. Swoooooon!

  22. I’m so happy I stopped by your blog today. I have a plethora of bananas that need using and all the ingredients to make this bread-heading to the kitchen right now!

  23. RunnerGirl says:

    This is the second recipe (first was a blueberry crumble, which I’ve made twice since it was so good!) I’ve made from your blog – loved this bread!


  24. This bread is divine. Makes one big loaf or two smaller ones. My kids love it, as do I and my husband!

  25. Joelle Mae says:

    I tried this recipe yesterday. I know the greatness of this recipe is that it doesn’t have grains in it, but I didn’t have any coconut flour on hand so I used 1.5 cups of all purpose flour (I guess you need different quantities of different flours). The bread was delicious and it felt great knowing it was good for me too. Next time I will try with coconut flour.

    • Good to know it works using AP flour as well! I have readers ask about that substitution for grain-free flours but because I’ve never tried it, I can never answer. Thanks for letting us all know it works in this recipe! So glad you liked the bread, Joelle!

    • Joelle Mae, I would love to make this with all-purpose flour since I don’t have any coconut flour. However, I’ve read that coconut flour requires the use of more eggs. Did you adjust the number of eggs with the AP flour? I assume you could substitute vegetable oil for coconut oil in this recipe?

  26. Besides almond butter, Whay other types can I use? Thanks!

    • I’ve only used almond butter, but you could use cashew butter, pecan butter, pretty much any type of nut butter you have available to you! Sunflower seed butter would probably work as well.

      • Just came across this recipe on Pintrest…want to make it for my son, but he has allergies to almonds, can you use regular butter? If so, same amount? We could try sunflower seed butter as it is a seed and not a tree nut if regular butter does not work.

        • Hi Cindy! I would definitely recommend a nut or seed butter, so sunflower seed butter would definitely be best if he can’t have nuts! You can use the same amount. Be aware that sometimes sunflower seed butter can turn a bit green in baked goods, so don’t be alarmed if that happens. I hope your son likes it!

  27. Nice recipe ! I will surely try this at home.

  28. Anne-Marie Keightley says:

    Not sure where you get 2 bananas that weigh over half a kilo! I would need up to 8 to get that weight of peeled bananas!

  29. LOVE the civilized caveman recipe. It’s one of the best banana breads I’ve ever tasted!! Love your addition of the dark chocolate. I was thinking of trying that out myself too :)

  30. This is the second time I’ve made this recipe, because I have made several other paleo-friendly bread recipes and this is so far the best base. I did make a couple adjustments. I upped the cinnamon and added nutmeg and ginger and I added a ½ c of walnuts for crunch. I find it best for all these dense breads to beat the eggs to get them frothy and to sift the flour, no matter what kind and how fine. Getting it finer makes it the bread more airy. I recently found sweet potato flour and will try it next time, though I hate to mess with a good thing, but I think since I am getting to know this recipe, trying it once, will help me know what sweet potato brings to the table, so to speak. I didn’t start making breads and using dark chocolate till I was over a year on paleo as I was afraid they’d become gate-way drugs back to my old way of eating. In fact, I’ve learned that my palate no longer craves all the chocolate and the amount in the bread makes it satisfying that I don’t consider the old ways. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  31. This is really great! I added one shredded zucchini b/c I needed to use one up and left out the chocolate b/c we’ve been eating enough of that lately. It’s really awesome even with those changes! Thanks for the great recipe!

  32. I’m not a baker in fact baking and I don’t mix. I made this recipe and holy moly it’s good! I made muffins instead of bread baked for 20 minutes and they are perfect. I’ve scarfed down two already and I’m eyeing a third. Thank you for sharing this…I’ve missed banana bread since going grain and sugar free.

  33. Quick question, where are you getting grain free baking powder? I’ve seen a couple of ‘paleo’ recipes with baking powder recently. The baking powder I have contains maize starch….

  34. Karen Larimore says:

    This recipe looks so good! I just started eating Paleo and I’m missing chocolate. I checked the link you provided for the recipe to make your own Paleo chocolate, but it states that it is not for baking. Have you (or anyone else out there) had success using this in baking? I really want to make this recipe!

  35. I’ve made this recipe several times!! It’s a massive hit in our household. Simple to make and by far the best banana bread recipe out there!!

  36. I made this on Sunday at about 11am by Sunday night it was almost gone I made it in a 9×11 pan and my hubs that HATES bananas was getting some every time he came in the kitchen as was I. It will be made for gathering ONLY I can’t be trusted with this in the house.

  37. catherine says:

    I make this recipe at least once a month. I sometimes skip the chocolate or add just a little. I add chunks of pear or apple, with added cinnamon. Once I added caramelized ginger. This recipe is awesome.

  38. I’m fairly new to paleo baking. What do you grease your pans with? I’m guessing that shortening is out?


  39. anya clark says:

    Is it better to use almond butter, because it has a weaker flavour?

    • Hi Anya. Yes, almond butter is recommended to use in this recipe, but other nut butters may be substituted based on personal preference.

  40. I absolutely looove this recipe. I have made it so many times now. And now that I have been struck down with the dreaded gestational diabetes it’s become a real life saver for when I crave sweets, which is most of the time! I just substitute five or six packets of splenda for the honey in the paleo chocolate chunks and it tastes just as good and doesn’t raise my blood sugar at all.

    • That is amazing to hear – and thanks so much for sharing your chocolate trick for others who may be in a similar situation! So glad you love this recipe, it’s a favorite of mine too. Thanks, Lexi!

  41. I made this banana bread today and my kids loved it! I went to cut a slice to put in my daughter’s lunch and discovered that it had turned green! Not all the way through, but about half of the loaf is green. The only thing I changed was substituting seed butter for nut butter so I could send it to school. Has this happened to anyone else?

    • Hi Vicky! So glad you liked the banana bread. Don’t worry about the green – that’s a reaction from using sunflower seed butter. Something in sunflower seed butter reacts with baking soda and baking powder and causes it to turn green as it cools. It’s totally safe though, just a little alarming when you’re not expecting it. Enjoy!

  42. Has anyone tried to freeze this? How was it after defrosting? It does taste amazing! :)

  43. I just made these with sunbutter and they’re delicious! My little ones and I each wolfed down our first slice and went back for seconds, thank you!


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