Healthier Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread (With Chocolate Chips!)

"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."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins
1 Loaf


  • 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)


  • 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) In small bowl, blend flour, baking soda and salt (set aside).
  • 3) In medium bowl, mix egg, honey, stevia, cinnamon and coconut oil until combined.
  • 4) Add flour mixture to egg mixture and blend.
  • 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) Fold 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (and optional chocolate chips) in and pour into greased loaf pan.
  • 7) Top batter with remaining 1/3 cup walnuts (and choc. chips if desired).
  • 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).

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