The Best Chocolate Chip Cassava Flour Banana Bread

This is the best-tasting healthy Chocolate Chip Cassava Flour Banana Bread Recipe for a delicious banana bread for a gluten-free, nut-free, and grain-free diet. It supports gut health and your sweet tooth with clean, natural ingredients, including bananas, high-protein cottage cheese, applesauce, avocado oil, cane sugar, and cassava flour. Unlike other cassava recipes that can…

Loaf of cassava flour banana bread on a piece of parchment paper.

This is the best-tasting healthy Chocolate Chip Cassava Flour Banana Bread Recipe for a delicious banana bread for a gluten-free, nut-free, and grain-free diet. It supports gut health and your sweet tooth with clean, natural ingredients, including bananas, high-protein cottage cheese, applesauce, avocado oil, cane sugar, and cassava flour. Unlike other cassava recipes that can be dry and rubbery, this banana bread is moist, tender, and bakes a beautiful bakery-style loaf.

This is one of my family’s favorite banana bread recipes because it has tons of banana flavor from mashed bananas and the right amount of sweetness without being too sweet. It’s the perfect make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings, afternoon snacks, and healthier desserts. 

What is the difference between tapioca flour and cassava flour? 

Cassava flour is made from the whole cassava root, while tapioca flour is just the starch and is commonly called tapioca starch. Cassava flour has a higher fiber content and a different texture. It’s not recommended to substitute tapioca flour for cassava flour in cookies directly. Tapioca flour is much starchier and will result in a denser cake and is often substituted with arrowroot flour. Even if your diet requires you to eat gluten-free, nut-free, and grain-free you can still enjoy a light, fluffy, and flavorful banana quick bread with my recipe.

Can I substitute another flour for cassava flour? 

Cassava flour is very absorbent and has unique baking properties compared to other gluten-free flours. Substituting another flour like almond flour or whole wheat flour will change the texture of the final product. But, you can use a combination of cassava flour and almond flour by using 1-1/2 cups of almond flour and 3/4 cup of cassava flour. I actually prefer this mixture over using only cassava flour because you get more flavor and moisture from the almond flour.

Infographic explaining how to use tapioca flour and cassava flour in recipes
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Why You’ll Love This Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Loaf of cassava flour banana bread on a piece of parchment paper.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting lemon curd cake with cassava flour:

Ripe Bananas: For maximum sweetness, use slightly overripe bananas with large brown spots.

Cane Sugar: You can replace it with regular sugar, coconut sugar, brown sugar, or a sugar substitute like erythritol or stevia for a lower glycemic index option. You can also replace it with 1/3 cup of pure maple syrup.

Cottage Cheese: You can also use Greek yogurt, sour cream, or ricotta cheese. For a vegan option, you can use a dairy-free cottage cheese.

Avocado Oil: Any neutral-tasting oil like grapeseed oil, vegetable oil, or melted coconut oil can be used.

Large Eggs: For a vegan option, you can use flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal mixed with 3 tablespoons of water per egg).

Unsweetened Applesauce: You can use any variety of applesauce. This helps add flavor and a moist texture to the bread.

Mini Chocolate Chips: You can use any chocolate chips that meet your dietary needs, including dark chocolate chips. My favorite are mini chocolate chips because they are easy to cut through in the baked banana bread. Use dairy-free or vegan chocolate chips if you’re avoiding dairy.

Cassava Flour: There are many different brands of cassava flour to choose from. Otto’s Cassava Flour and Bob’s Red Mill Cassava Flour are both excellent brands to use for best results. Cassava flour is the key ingredient in this recipe, so there’s no direct substitute that will give you the same texture and flavor. However, you can try using a gluten-free all-purpose flour mixture if you’re not specifically looking for a grain-free option.

Pure Vanilla Extract: You can also use imitation vanilla extract, omit it, or use almond extract instead.

Loaf of cassava flour banana bread on a piece of parchment paper.

How to Make My Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Here are easy, detailed, step-by-step instructions for the best way to make this cassava flour banana bread recipe. The instructions are also repeated in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

Step 1: Make the Bread Batter

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.

In a large bowl with an immersion blender, food processor, or upright blender, add the ripe bananas, cane sugar, cottage cheese, avocado oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Blend until everything is combined and the cottage curds are smooth. Then add the eggs and gently blend just until blended.

Add the dry ingredients, including cassava flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

Fold in the mini chocolate chips gently. Pour the banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread it evenly.

Blending bananas and cottage cheese and the wet ingredients with an immersion blender.
Whisking banana bread batter.
Adding mini chocolate chips to the top of the banana bread.

Step 2: Bake the Bread Loaf

Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the top of the bread is a golden brown.

Remove the banana bread from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Loaf of cassava flour banana bread on a piece of parchment paper.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe Notes

Ripe Bananas: Use ripe bananas for the best flavor. They should be soft and have a lot of brown spots on the peel.

Baking Time: Baking time may vary depending on your oven, so keep an eye on the bread and use a toothpick to check for doneness. If the top of the bread is browning too quickly, you can loosely cover it with foil.

Variations: Feel free to add nuts, seeds, or other mix-ins of your choice to customize the bread to your liking.

Refrigerator: To extend the shelf life, you can store the banana loaf in the refrigerator for up to a week. Again, use an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.

Freezer: Banana bread freezes well. Wrap individual slices or the whole loaf tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place in a freezer-safe bag or container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Thawing: When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen banana bread, let it thaw at room temperature for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. You can also reheat slices in the microwave or oven if desired.

Is cassava flour paleo?
Yes, cassava flour is a grain-free and gluten-free flour, making it a popular choice for paleo baking.

Can I use almond flour instead of cassava flour?
No, almond flour and cassava flour have different textures and properties. But, for a tastier and moister bread, you can try using a blend of cassava flour and almond flour. The recommended ratio is 1-1/2 cups almond flour to 3/4 cup cassava flour. I think this combo is yummier than using just cassava flour because it adds more flavor and moisture to the bread.

Can I use frozen bananas in gluten-free banana bread?
Yes, you can use thawed frozen bananas. Make sure to drain any excess liquid before mashing them.

Can I use regular-sized chocolate chips instead of mini chocolate chips?
Yes, you can use regular-sized chocolate chips if you prefer. The mini chocolate chips are evenly distributed throughout the bread and easier to cut through.

Can I add nuts or other mix-ins to bring in different flavors?
Yes, feel free to add nuts, seeds, or other mix-ins of your choice to customize the bread to your liking.

Can I make this dairy-free cassava banana bread with this easy recipe?
Yes, you can make this recipe dairy-free by using dairy-free yogurt or mashed banana instead of cottage cheese, and using dairy-free chocolate chips.

Loaf of cassava flour banana bread on a piece of parchment paper.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cassava Flour Banana Bread

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
This is the best-tasting healthy Chocolate Chip Cassava Flour Banana Bread Recipe that's gluten-free, nut-free, and grain-free with bananas, high-protein cottage cheese, applesauce, avocado oil, cane sugar, and cassava flour. Unlike other cassava recipes that can be dry and rubbery, this banana bread is moist, tender, and bakes a beautiful bakery-style loaf.
5 from 8 votes
Servings 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium bananas (1 cup mashed)
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup oil (avocado)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups cassava flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
    In a large bowl with an immersion blender, food processor, or upright blender, add the ripe bananas, cane sugar, cottage cheese, avocado oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Blend until everything is combined and the cottage curds are smooth. Then add the eggs and gently blend just until blended.
    Add the dry ingredients, including cassava flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
    Fold in the mini chocolate chips gently. Pour the banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread it evenly.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the top of the bread is a golden brown.
    Remove the banana bread from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
    Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

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Notes

Ripe Bananas: Use ripe bananas for the best flavor. They should be soft and have a lot of brown spots on the peel.
Baking Time: Baking time may vary depending on your oven, so keep an eye on the bread and use a toothpick to check for doneness. If the top of the bread is browning too quickly, you can loosely cover it with foil.
Variations: Feel free to add nuts, seeds, or other mix-ins of your choice to customize the bread to your liking.

Nutrition

Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 220mgPotassium: 135mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 62IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 1mg
Keyword banana bread, cassava flour, chocolate chip, grain-free, nut-free, quick bread
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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Finally a cassava bread recipe that doesn’t taste like rubber!! Delicious recipe! I made it according to directions and it worked perfectly!!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m so excited for you to try this recipe! Unlike many cassava flour recipes, this bread is moist, rich in flavor, and has tons of flavor. I hope you love it as much as I do 🙂

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