Anna Wootton

Protein Chocolate Banana Bread (with pumpkin!)

I threw everything I love – that is healthy – into this recipe and came out with a winner. It was one of those that miraculously turned out right the first time (this almost never happens, trust me) and I love that it has exactly what I love in a baked good:

  • delicious and familiar banana bread flavour
  • moist consistency (people have to get over their issue with that word)
  • rich chocolatey taste (who doesn’t love chocolate)
  • high in protein, relatively low in whole grain carbs
  • naturally sweetened


Enjoy…it’s more-ish, but also really filling thanks to the fibre and protein, so you shouldn’t be tempted to eat more than 2 (okay maybe 3) slices in a go…

** This is gluten-free if you use certified gluten-free oats
** Make this vegan by replacing the two eggs with two chia or flax eggs – and let me know how it works, because I haven’t tested that!

Protein Chocolate Banana BreadΒ 

INGREDIENTS (serves 10 thick slices):

1 cup oats, blended or ground into a flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch salt
2 scoops protein powder (vanilla or chocolate) – I use this one
2 tbsp baking stevia (I use this one) or 1/4 cup granular sweetener like sugar, coconut sugar, Sucanat, maple sugar, date sugar etc
2 eggs
1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
3 very ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine dry ingredients plus optional walnuts/chocolate chips in a mixing bowl.

2. Blend bananas with pumpkin puree, eggs, milk and vanilla until totally smooth.

3. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until just combined.

4. Pour into a well-greased loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. The top cooks first so don’t go by how firm the top is – it’s all about the centre!

5. Let cool then slice into 10 slices and enjoy…!

Nutrition per slice (if serves 10, without optional ingredients):

124 calories
2.9g fat (1.1g saturated)
43mg cholesterol
127mg sodium
21.9g carbohydrates
3.8g fibre
5.8g natural sugars
8.9g protein

59% of your daily Vitamin A needs
6% of your daily calcium needs
7% of your daily Vitamin C needs
11% of your daily iron needs

I’m linking this post up at Healthy Diva Eats‘ Marvelous in my Monday link party!


  • November 26, 2012

    Ok girl this is ridiculous- what an amazing idea- it sounds just so delicious! I can only imagine the tempting smells that would be wafting from the oven when it’s baking πŸ™‚

  • November 26, 2012

    This looks so good!! I have been wanting to make some banana bread! I only have 2 bananas left right now, boo!

    Thanks for linking up love! Miss you! Happy Monday! <3

  • November 26, 2012

    I need to try that! Looks so good and sounds delicious! Thans for sharing!!

  • November 26, 2012

    Karey at Nutty About Health

    That bread sounds (AND looks) AMAZING, yum!!! Thanks for sharing & have a great Monday!! πŸ™‚

  • November 26, 2012

    OOOhhh! I have to try this one – is it similar to the one from the Contemporary Art cafe?

  • November 26, 2012

    Anna this looks delicous and I am saving to try it soon. Thanks so much. It is droolworthy for sure!

  • November 26, 2012

    This is PERFECT!! I don’t have any pumpkin, but I bought a bunch of ripe bananas to bake with, so I may substitute them for the pumpkin and make it really banana-y! Already pinned it πŸ™‚ Will make it on the weekend, when we re-stock the food budget. I just need some cocoa powder. This will be so good!

  • November 26, 2012

    I like that you went with protein powder — good way to boost up your yummy bread! πŸ˜€

  • November 26, 2012

    That looks delish!! I’m totally bookmarking this and making it asap!

  • November 26, 2012

    I make banana bread all the time (i actually made a load last night and it lasted roughly 12 hours in my house!) but i always use the same recipe. I need to start fiddling around with some chocolate or peanut butter versions, yum!

  • November 26, 2012

    This recipe sounds delicious!

  • November 27, 2012

    Yum! This looks like chocolately, bananay, deliciousy goodness! πŸ˜‰

  • November 27, 2012

    Yum! That looks so good, and I will need to try it!

  • November 27, 2012

    This looks so delicious! Some of my favorite ingredients!

  • November 30, 2012

    this sounds really great! the hard thing i have with these kinds of recipes is that i never have ripe bananas sitting around – i always eat them all first. but i love these high protein sweet treats!