This whole wheat banana chia bread is not only extra healthy its extra delicious with the added chia seeds. Banana bread is just magical to me. It’s quick and easy to bake, plus it makes your house smell amazing while its baking! Don’t you just love when your house smells like freshly made banana bread?
Banana bread is such a classic comfort food but I do think you can up the nutrients up a notch with this whole wheat banana chia bread.
Why chia seeds?
Chia seeds may be small but they are mighty. They are filled with so many nutrients but are light in calories. Chia seeds contain fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and more! Chia seeds also contain a lot of antioxidants so much so that it helps prevent them from going rancid, isn’t that cool? I love adding chia seeds to my baking whenever I can since they are so healthy.
Why whole wheat?
Whole wheat flour has sort of a nutty flavor but it pairs very nicely with banana. It also adds more nutrients and fiber than just all purpose flour which will also help to keep you full for longer.
Do I have to make a loaf?
This recipe also works well as muffins. If you want to make muffins, it yields about a dozen muffins and you’ll need to reduce the baking time to about 20-25 minutes.
What ingredients do I need to make this banana bread?
For this recipe, you will need:
- Whole wheat flour (you can substitute all purpose flour if that’s what you have on hand)
- Ripe bananas
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- White sugar
- Brown sugar
- Chia Seeds
- Pecans or walnuts (optional)
Can I use more chia seeds?
If you are used to having chia seeds in your diet, you can add up to 1/3 cup to this recipe. I recommend starting with 1/4 cup if you normally don’t eat a lot of chia seeds because of their fiber content.
Do I have to add nuts?
I added pecans to my banana bread but feel free to skip this step.
Can I use frozen bananas for this recipe?
Absolutely! I love using frozen bananas when I’m making banana bread. Frozen bananas are also great for smoothies too.
Do I have to use whole wheat flour?
If you don’t have any whole wheat flour, you can substitute all purpose flour in this recipe, you’ll just have to watch and possibly reduce your baking time.
Can you taste the chia seeds?
Chia seeds have a very mild nutty flavor but you won’t be able to taste them in this recipe due to the banana.
How long do I bake this banana bread for?
You’ll want to bake this banana bread for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
Whole Wheat Banana Chia Bread
- loaf pan
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 large and ripe bananas
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup butter melted and cooled
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts optional
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Next, peel and then mash the bananas in a bowl. Add the dry ingredients and chia seeds with the bananas into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients. Be sure to cool your butter or it may scramble the egg.
- Mix all the ingredients well (for about two to three minutes) with a hand mixer.
- Pour the batter into a well greased loaf pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle.
If you liked this whole wheat banana chia bread, you might also like:
- Banana Flax Seed Chia Muffins
- Molasses and Buttermilk Banana Bread
- Buttermilk and Honey Banana Bread
- Cast Iron Skillet Banana Bread
- Whole Wheat Pumpkin Banana Bread
- Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal