You don’t have to sacrifice taste for a healthier alternative with this delicious, moist, and yummy protein banana bread recipe. I threw in some cacao chips because, well, chocolate!

Three slices of protein banana bread with cacao chips on wooden cutting board

Over the past few months, two of my sons and I have been making healthier choices when it comes to eating and exercising. I still have a way to go on my weight loss journey but these changes have made a huge difference.

A Healthier Option

One of the choices we’ve been making has been eating more whole foods, i.e. less processed foods, and avoiding foods that I know were previously triggers for me, like cupcakes, cookies, sweets in general.

I have missed pancakes but, I’ll survive.

Ingredients to make protein banana bread including large box of Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes

One of my sons was away for a month visiting with family and while grocery shopping with his cousin, they spotted Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes. At first, they snickered because of the big bear on the box, then they read the label and decided to give it a try. They added a big box to their shopping cart – they were at Costco…big boxes are the norm there.

Once they got home, my son made some pancakes with the mix and then immediately sent me a picture and told me I had to get this stuff.

I got curious and headed to Costco and bought a box. I didn’t open it until my son got home but once he returned, he made me some of the pancakes (with cacao chips) and I was hooked.

Loaf of protein banana bread in clear glass bread baking pan on black wire rack with vintage green scale in background

Not happy to stop at just pancakes my oldest son suggested I use it to make some banana bread. Now my wheels were turning. I got to bake again (something I’ve missed since I’ve been trying to avoid my favorite sweets) and I got to try something new to eat and that’s the reason I baked this protein-packed banana bread.

Sliced protein banana bread and sliced protein banana bread wrapped with waxed paper on cutting board with succulents in vintage metal kitchen strainer and vintage green kitchen scale in background

It turned out deliciously, was almost too easy to make, and satisfied my desire for something sweet…plus, one slice filled me up. That’s a bunch of wins from one product.

Links to Help you Shop This Recipe Post

I purchased most of the ingredients used from Aldi and Costo, but if shopping online, I have included links below to products on Amazon.
If you shop Thrive Market, I found the Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Power Cakes there as well as coconut oil, cacao chips, and organic maple syrup. {If you’ve never shopped at Thrive Market, here is a link to start you on your way (it is an affiliate link)}.

How-To Make

Protein Banana Bread with Cacao Chips

Ingredients:

1 cup organic pure maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
2 eggs
3 tablespoons almond milk (or regular milk)
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Power Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 overripe bananas, mashed
1 cup cacao chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Greased glass loaf pans

Grease 2 loaf pans and set aside.

Glass measuring cup filled with organic pure maple syrup for protein banana bread

Maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla being mixed in KitchenAid mixer bowl

In the bowl of a mixer, combine maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Mix well.

Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes being added to pure maple syrup mixture in bowl of KitchenAid mixer for protein banana bread

Kodiak Cakes mix, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other dry ingredients added to mixing bowl for protein banana bread

Add in the Kodiak Cakes mix, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix until just combined.

Mashed over ripe bananas added to Kodiak Cakes mix for protein banana bread

Mix in mashed bananas.

Cacao chips added to protein banana bread mix in KitchenAid mixing bowl

Cacao chips mixed into protein banana bread batter

Gently fold in cacao chips.

Protein Banana Bread batter in glass baking pans ready for oven

Pour batter into loaf pans and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out mostly clean.

Freshly baked protein banana bread in pans cooling off on wire racks

Cool ten minutes on wire rack and remove from pans.

Protein banana bread with cacao chips out of baking pan cooling upside down on black wire cooling rack

Protein Banana Bread out of pan and ready for slicing

The bread may settle slightly in the middle.

Protein banana bread sliced and lying on cutting board

Allow the bread to completely cool and then slice as desired!

We added whipped cream to ours…totally not necessary but why not?

Freshly sliced and baked protein banana bread cut into slices on cutting board

Sliced protein banana bread and sliced protein banana bread wrapped with waxed paper on cutting board with succulents in vintage metal kitchen strainer and vintage green kitchen scale in backgroun

Protein Banana Bread and Cacao Chip Recipe

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Author: Mary Beth

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk or regular milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Power Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 overripe bananas mashed
  • 1 cup cacao chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease 2 loaf pans and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a mixer, combine maple syrup, melted coconut oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Add in the Kodiak Cakes mix, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix just until combined.
  • Mix in mashed bananas.
  • Gently fold in cacao chips.
  • Pour batter into pans and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out mostly clean.
  • Cool ten minutes on wire rack and remove from pans.
  • The bread may settle slightly in the middle.

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