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Slices of Banana bread with crunchy aloud topping and bitter sweet chocolate chips

Whole Wheat Banana Bread With Roasted Almonds and Chocolate Chips

by Karen D. Insignares
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This easy to prepare banana bread recipe is so tender and delicious. You would hardly believe you make it with applesauce and whole wheat flour. The combination of honey, banana, and applesauce does a fantastic job of adding a natural fruity sweetness that balances the earthy notes of whole wheat flour. Incorporated with semi-sweet chocolate chips and topped with crunchy chopped almonds, this recipe is a treat and super friendly to your wallet at only $0.49 a serving. You’re going to want to indulge in this treat.

Waste Less, Make Banana Bread.

Making banana bread is our favorite way of using up extra bananas we didn’t get around to eating that week. On the down low, I buy bananas with no real plan for them on the chance a few will make it to the end of the week to make banana bread.

Make this easy to prepare banana bread recipe. It is so tender and delicious, you would hardly believe it’s made with applesauce and whole wheat flour. Incorporated with semi-sweet chocolate chips and topped with crunchy chopped almonds, this recipe is a delightful treat. 

This recipe comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I’ve been visiting her page a lot because she has so many varieties of tasty treats! The core recipe is hers. I took the liberty of changing up the add-ins and giving it an extra crunchy topping. Visit her page for the full details on how the ingredients create this healthier and satisfying banana bread.

I’m going to be honest though, I didn’t go searching for a whole wheat recipe because it was healthier. I was looking for a 100% whole wheat banana bread because I bought several five pound bags for .23 cents each! Granted, they’re past their best by date, but still good!

Slices of Banana bread with crunchy aloud topping and bitter sweet chocolate chips

Cooking Tips and Substitutions

Toppings

You know me and toppings! You can get really creative with what you layer on top of this deliciously moist banana bread. I liked the idea of adding somthing crunchy and salty on top. You could opt for layering something different like:

  • Extra bananas sliced onto with a sprinkle of brown sugar for some caramelized action
  • Crumble topping with just flour, butter, and sugar for a coffee house feel
  • Dried cranberries and walnuts
close up banana bread with almond and chocolate chip topping

Storage

The bread will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. You can also store it in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. For longer storage, baked bread can be frozen up to 3 months. We like to slice the bread before freezing so that slices can be thawed individually. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or eat them frozen as my husband does.


Slices of Banana bread with crunchy aloud topping and bitter sweet chocolate chips
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Whole Wheat Banana Bread With Roasted Almonds and Chocolate Chips

Make this easy to prepare banana bread recipe. It is so tender and delicious, you would hardly believe it’s made with applesauce and whole wheat flour. Incorporated with semi-sweet chocolate chips and topped with crunchy chopped almonds, this recipe is a delightful treat. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 8 slices

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce ($0.68)
  • 1/4 cup honey ($0.44)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar ($0.05)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract ($0.02)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk ($0.14)
  • 2 large eggs ($0.46)
  • 4 medium ripe bananas, mashed about 1 and 1/2 cups ($0.33)
  • 1 and 3/4 cups whole wheat flour ($0.03)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda ($0.01)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon ($0.02)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt ($0.01)
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips ($1.44)
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour ($0.01)
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds ($0.24)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt ($0.01)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the applesauce, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and almond milk together until combined. Then, whisk in the eggs and bananas until combined. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and slowly whisk until combined.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips and coat the rest with the tablespoon of whole wheat flour and gently fold into wet mixture.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Top with remaining chocolate chips, chopped almonds, and a sprinkle of seas salt.
  • Bake for 60-65 minutes. Loosely cover the bread with aluminum foil after 30 minutes to prevent the top from getting too brown. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with only a few small moist crumbs.
  • Allow the bread to cool completely in the pan.

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