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Refined Sugar-Free Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Sugar-free January is off with a bang! I have been really excited so far with this challenge and how my body has reacted. Like I have said before, in my last sugar-free January post (here), I talked about the ‘why’ behind this challenge for me. I do this challenge every year to change my habits, clear my taste buds, and reconnect to whole foods after about 6-months of recipe testing for Christmas. As a recipe developer and food photographer, holiday baking starts in the summer and continues through December. I start working with brands on content in mid-July and typically wrap holiday content by October and then I start for myself! The months of sugar starts altering my tastebud’s sweet receptors. Come January, sweet things are not as sweet as they should be.

One thing that I have been enjoying this month so far has been bananas! I am not someone who gravitates towards bananas for fruit. To me, there are so many more enjoyable fruits. But lately, I have been really into bananas. Bananas and peanut butter on toast, frozen dark chocolate-dipped bananas, and my all-time favorite sugar-free banana bread. I had a realization the other day, my craving for sugar is more craving for snacking when we watch a show after dinner. My go-to after dinner snack is PopZero Cinnamon Toast popcorn. It is an unreal snack! I am a huge cinnamon lover and a huge popcorn fan. I also love to add little chocolate chips when I needed that cinnamon and chocolate fix after dinner. That is where the double chocolate chip banana bread was born.

Let’s Start Baking!

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Sugar-Free Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: sugar-free
  • Method: baking


A deep chocolate take on the best banana bread, but sugar-free! This bread is sweet, rich and full of rich chocolate flavor without the sugar! Not only is this bread sugar-free but it is gluten-free and dairy as well!



  • 1/3 cups of melted vegan butter
  • 3/4 cups of maple syrup
  • 3/4 cups of almond or cashew milk (I use cashew milk)
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg or flax egg
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cups of chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease your loaf pan with vegan butter
  2. Melt your vegan butter and add to your bowl
  3. Add your maple syrup and almond milk
  4. Mix your egg or flax egg  until well combined 
  5. Next, add in your vanilla extract, salt, baking powder, baking soda until combined
  6. Slowly add in your 1/2 cups of cocoa powder, scraping the sides of the bowls down to make sure nothing is dry
  7. Peel and add your ripe bananas to the batter and mix until the banana is broken into smaller pieces, but not fully broken down
  8. Add in your gluten-free flour one 1/2 cup at a time and scraping the sides down to ensure all the flour is mixed in
  9. Lastly, fold in  your sugar-free dark chocolate chips 
  10. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, level the top and spread to the corners
  11. Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick that is inserted comes out clean
  12. Enjoy! 


*to make a flax egg mix 1 tbsp of ground flax meal and 2.5 tbsp of water, let it sit for 5 minutes to form a thick texture and add to your mix

Keywords: sugar-free double chocolate banana bread

One thing that I want to make clear is that sugar-free January is a personal challenge. I got the funniest call from my grandpa yesterday making sure that I am not giving health advice. He is in fact a doctor so I definitively appreciate his concern. As a food blogger, and recipe developer, I make it very clear that I am not going to give health or nutritional advice on my platform. My expertise is in the development of recipes for flavor, texture and allergies (ie celiac, and gluten-free). The reason that I do this challenge is purely personal. As a blogger, I find it fun, encouraging and more to share my daily adventures with my audience! So from my Grandpa Dr. Joe and I, enjoy this challenge as a personal challenge for yourself!

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The End of Sugar-Free January 2020

I don’t know about you guys, but January was both the LONGEST month ever but also the shortest last few weeks. Does that even make sense?

I found this sugar free January to be 15x easier than 2019’s challenge. There are a few factors that I think played a role in the ease of 2020.

  1. I was SO freaking busy
  2. I got rid of ALL the sweets in our house, gave them to family or put them in the freezer (my true go to)
  3. The honey that I baked with was really satisfying
  4. My Sugar-Free Chocolate chip cookies
  5. I am really happy this year!

A few weeks ago, I announced on my instagram that I started graduate school. I wish I could say I have the luxury of going back to school full time, but alas Drew and I have jobs, and I run a business so we are going to school full time online. Between taking care of our amazing puppy (she will forever be my puppy although she is 4.5 years old), my full time job, my pretty much full time business that I run and school, we don’t have time to mindlessly snack during the day or night. Which has helped a lot.

When I say I got rid of all our sweets, I really did. All Christmas cookies and treats that were gifted to us or I made either made a cozy life in the freezer or my parents got them (yay for them living close)! This is my go to trick an honestly a question I get asked a ton on Instagram. I really love an active lifestyle. I love to walk my dog, workout and keep myself moving. I blame this on 18 years of ballet and 12 of those dancing 6-7 days a week. I literally can’t sit still. I am also a recipe developer for my job so I eat a lot of sweets. But I don’t eat slices on slices, I truly believe in balance and not over doing the sugar. When I am working on a recipe for my company or a client, I have to taste it. It is truly the job. BUT, I don’t need the whole cake. If the recipe turns out, I test and test and test. Those tasty tests either go to friends or right into my freezer for a later date to thaw. I have a process I shared over on this recipe on how I prep my cakes ahead of time and also keep them fresh.

The honey! Guys! This honey is unreal. It is sweet, but fresh and so light on the tongue that I really find it satisfying drizzled over frozen berries or on some biscuits! GO buy it and go try it!

My sugar-free chocolate chip cookies that are gluten-free and vegan. Go try them now. That is all I am saying. They are low carb, high fiber (so low net carbs) and just so freaking satisfying!

And lastly, I am really freaking happy. A lot happened in 2019, go read about it here, and I am just happy to be near family. Happy in the way my life has turned out, and happy in how I have been able to achieve my goals. I am really proud of my life and how I have moved the needle for work and my life. Those are the little things that really make the whole picture of happiness glow!

The big step for me is how do I move forward keeping all these amazing learnings from January? Well, balance. That is how I like to do it. The challenge, like I mentioned in this post, isn’t about a diet or restrictive eating, it is about getting down the core on what makes me feel better about my eating and allowing myself to truly savor the meals, the food and the sweets that I make. Changing your mind and your tastebuds after the gluttony that falls in the holidays.