Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Originally published August 14, 2020, Updated August 26, 2021

Moist and tender whole wheat banana bread with just the right amount of sweet, nice banana flavor and speckled with chocolate chips, shredded coconut and nuts.

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Is there anything better then the smell of fresh baked goodies? We love baking things to make the house smell good like our Whole Wheat Apple Bundt Cake or Pear Upside Down Spice Cakes.

This banana bread is made with all whole wheat flour but is still ; and delicious. We actually prefer the taste of most baked goods made with whole wheat flour. Not to mention it’s more healthy! So it’s a win win right? Our Gingerbread Loaf is also made with whole wheat flour.

A slice of banana bread spread with butter.

Want to know how to make this into an easy yummy dessert? Course you do 😁😁 Toast a slice of this banana bread, place a scoop of ice cream on top and drizzle with fudge sauce or caramel, or both!

Recipe Features

  • Made with oil so it’s super moist
  • Uses 2 bananas
  • Made with whole wheat flour so it’s healthier
  • Has chocolate chips, nuts and coconut

What You Need to Make This Recipe

Ingredients for whole wheat banana bread on a tray.

Ingredient List

  • Whole white wheat flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Milk or Rum
  • Oil
  • Eggs
  • Ripe Bananas
  • Walnuts or Pecans
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Shredded Coconut

Extra Tips and FAQ

How Ripe Should Bananas Be For Banana Bread?

The more ripe they are the more banana flavor you will get. Ideally the peeling should be almost all dark brown. They will work as long as they have several brown spots on them. And as far as being too ripe, as long as they aren’t moldy or fermented smelling they are good to go.

To Make Banana Bread Muffins

Divide batter between 12 greased or paper lined muffin cups. Bake at 400° F for 15-18 minutes

How to make Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Preheat oven to 350° F

Mash 2 medium bananas very well

In a large mixing bowl combine 1 1/2 cups whole white wheat flour flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Add 2 eggs, 1/2 c oil and 3 Tablespoons milk or rum and the mashed bananas. Stir just until combined.

Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips (we used semi-sweet) , 1/2 chopped pecans or walnuts and 1/2 cup shredded coconut (we used unsweetened).

Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake @ 350° 55-65 minutes for a 9×5 inch pan or 70-80 minutes for a 8×4 inch pan. Or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out barley clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a cooling rack.

After cooled completely store in a covered container or resealable bag

Top view of a loaf of banana bread on a cooling rack

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Straight on view on a cut loaf of banana bread with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Is there anything better then the smell of fresh baked banana bread? Loaded full of goodies this banana bread will disappear faster then you know it! Eat it plain or toasted and slathered in butter. Either way it is bound to please.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Cool time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 314 kcal


  • cups Whole white wheat flour
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¾ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon optional
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk or Rum
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 medium Ripe Bananas mashed well about 1 cup
  • ½ cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
  • ½ cup Chocolate Chips
  • ½ cup Shredded Coconut unsweetened


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5 or 8×4 inch loaf pan
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the oil, eggs, milk or rum and the mashed bananas. Mix just until combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips, nuts and, coconut. Pour into your greased pan.
  • Bake for 55-65 minutes for 9×5 inch and 70-80 for 8×4 inch or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out barley clean. Cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan.


To make muffins
Divide batter between 12 greased or paper lined muffin cups
Bake at 400° F for 15-18 minutes 
Keyword Banana Bread, quick bread

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