Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Hi friends! How’s the day going? Hope you’re having a wonderful week. P’s 8-month update is up on the Family page here.

Yesterday was one of those wild and crazy days. I felt like I was running around constantly until teaching hot barre last night.

I thought last night was my first night teaching Cardio Barre, and I drove down to the studio a little stressed about teaching a new format. It’s been a few years since I’ve taught anything new, so I spent time mentally preparing the flow for my class. Turns out that I don’t switch to Cardio Barre until Thursday! Sweet. Relief. 

The day settled down with a nice glass of wine and date night with the Pilot.

Date night 2

(First time wearing my new kicks!)


We had an awesome dinner at Queenstown Public House:



(I Snapchatted some silly parts from the evening, including the fact that the Pilot’s pot pie had an ENTIRE chicken baked into it)

Chicken 3

and a treat from iDessert to cap off the evening.

Idessert 2

(Tower of floating meringues!)

Idessert 3

iDessert has kind of a lame name, but I can’t be mad about it, because it is an awesome place. They have a variety of freshly made meringues on display, which was enough to draw us in. You pick your meringue “crust” and fillings via an iPad in the lobby, and can include gelato filling, a cake base, liquid center (PEANUT BUTTER. Yas.), fresh fruit and crunchy toppings. We shared an M&M meringue filled with vanilla cake, chocolate cream, peanut butter center, and vanilla gelato. It was perfect. We can’t wait to take Liv to check it out because it will rock her world.


So today, I have a new banana bread recipe for ya! On our busier days, I’m always thankful when I’ve done some food prep and have healthy meals to choose from….

Grain free chococlate chip banana bread

or at least something with chocolate chips that I can eat with one hand. 😉

It’s been way too long since we’ve had banana bread around here. I’ve been freezing sad bananas for smoothies, or turning them into pancakes, and when the latest batch decided to brown, I decided to switch it up. 

This version of banana bread is grain-free, packed with healthy fat, protein, and contains very little sugar. It’s similar to this other banana bread we love, but I added chocolate chips into the mix. 

According to Liv, “It tastes delicious, but I can taste the nuts.” 

The next day, she walked into the living room holding the last chunk out of a plastic baggie. She had grabbed it out of the fridge and decided to finish it off.

So there we go.  

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try! It makes a wonderful afternoon snack, or breakfast option with a side of scrambled eggs. My favorite way to enjoy it is toasted with a smear of almond butter and drizzle of honey.

Grain free chocolate chip banana bread

-Preheat the oven to 325 and spray a standard loaf pan with avocado oil or nonstick spray.

-In a large bowl, combine 2 medium mashed bananas, 1 eggs, 1 cup almond meal, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon molasses, a pinch of sea salt, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and mix well.

-Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until set and golden brown. Cool completely before serving. 



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  1. Jacquelyn on June 29, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Looks delicious!! Any suggestions if I don’t have molasses on hand?? Thanks Gina!! Happy winenot Wednesday 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      winenot wednesday! YES
      i think you could totally use honey instead

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on June 29, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I’m teaching at a new spin location next week and nervous for that. It’s funny how something like teaching at a new place or a new format can throw you off a little. Creatures of habit!

    • Fitnessista on June 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      exactly! you get so used to your own routine and method

  3. Juliana on June 29, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I love Queenstown Public House! Their brunch is AMAZING, if you haven’t tried it yet you definitely should! Cheers 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      ahhh we will definitely check it out!

  4. candace on June 29, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Would peanut flour work for almond flour?

    • Fitnessista on June 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      i’m not sure :/ i haven’t done a ton of baking with it, but love the flavor

      • candace on June 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm

        Hm ok thanks! If I give it a try I’ll let you know if it works! Same here, I love putting it in my overnight oats, bought a huge thing of it (thanks costco 😉 ) and was looking for more uses for it

  5. Nicole on June 29, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Oh my goodness, I love, love, love the sandals!! I fell in love with a pair of flat Valentino espadrilles when I was in Vegas, but couldn’t justify the cost since I didn’t win big:) I bought a cheaper pair of knockoff’s, but sorta regretting that decision now- they look great!

    • Fitnessista on June 29, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      thank you! i was apprehensive about spending that much too, but they’re easily my favorite thing in the closet. they’re so well-made and sparkle when you walk 😉

  6. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on June 29, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I always have bananas on hand and the other ingredients as well. Look quick and easy. Have to say the tower of floating meringues is very cool.

  7. Jessica on June 29, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    $945… thats a typo, right? Or you got them from a rental place?

    • Fitnessista on June 29, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      nope, all mine. 🙂 it was my “two surgeries, a baby with terrible reflux/choking issues, and a sick family member but they made it, and you made it” celebration gift

  8. Meagan @ My Life as Mrs on June 29, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    It would be fun to take a class from you someday! I’ve heard awesome things about barre classes. Have you said where you’re moving to next yet?

  9. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on June 29, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    That chicken pot pie looks insane!!

  10. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on June 30, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Love this – and so super easy to make! I’ve had two feet firmly planted in the “making banana ice cream” zone for my browned bananas lately. This looks like the perfect way to spice it up a bit!

    Thanks for sharing!
    XO, Jessica

    P.S. Lovin’ the new kicks, too! 🙂

  11. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on June 30, 2016 at 8:22 am

    OMG that dessert place. I need it in my life.

  12. Nour @ Kale and Coconuts on June 30, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I think it’s so great that you make time for date nights. It’s so important! I’d like to get back into doing that, post baby #2. I find it hard to make the leap and get a babysitter that isn’t my mom! How did you make that transition?

  13. Jenna on June 30, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I just made banana bread muffins! I will def try your recipe too!
    I want to try out an individual serve banana muffin.

  14. Sara @ saralouyoga on June 30, 2016 at 9:31 am

    That’s so great that you made a date night…it’s really important to prioritize time with your love…rekindle that fire!

    The charcuterie looked amazing…I want some now 🙂

    I need to try that recipe, too! Love chocolate chip banana bread! 🙂

  15. Sameera on June 30, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Awesome recipe , will try it out today.
    You look great too. Those sandals … On point….
    Where’s your dress from? Looks super good on you. You are my body goals. Thank you for inspiring me everyday…

  16. Jennifer on July 9, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I ate the whole loaf in like 3 days by myself

    • Fitnessista on July 10, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      hahah YESSSSS

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