Healthier Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread (With Chocolate Chips!)

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

Someone posted the recipe for Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread (which I love, love, love!) and I decided to change it to make it a little healthier, including whole-wheat flour, no white sugar, buttermilk substitute and extra virgin coconut oil. The chocolate chips are optional but you don't feel as bad when the other ingredients are a tad better for you! My kids liked both with and without chips.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (Starbucks had just regular flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 12 cup raw honey (Starbucks used 1 1/8 c. white sugar)
  • 14 cup stevia (or omit and just use 3/4 c. honey)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (Starbucks didn't have this but we like cinnamon)
  • 12 cup extra virgin coconut oil (Starbucks used vegetable oil)
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk, substitute (put 1/2 tbsp white vinegar in a 1/2 c. measuring cup and fill to top with skim milk, let sit 5 min t)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Starbucks had 1/2 tsp)
  • 3 bananas, ripe and mashed
  • 12 cup chopped walnuts
  • 13 cup chopped walnuts
  • 12 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. 1) Preheat oven to 325. Grease (with plenty of butter) a 9x5x3 loaf pan. May want to use parchment piece under bread to help lift out.
  2. 2) In small bowl, blend flour, baking soda and salt (set aside).
  3. 3) In medium bowl, mix egg, honey, stevia, cinnamon and coconut oil until combined.
  4. 4) Add flour mixture to egg mixture and blend.
  5. 5) In large bowl, mash bananas and stir in vanilla and buttermilk. Add other mixture to large bowl and mix well (don't over mix).
  6. 6) Fold 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (and optional chocolate chips) in and pour into greased loaf pan.
  7. 7) Top batter with remaining 1/3 cup walnuts (and choc. chips if desired).
  8. 8) Bake for about 1 hour until toothpick comes out clean. After about 10-15 min remove loaf from pan and cool on rack (can loosen sides with spatula if need to).