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Easy Banana Bread Recipe With Kodiak Cakes Pancake Mix

You don't have to sacrifice taste for a healthier alternative with this yummy, moist, and delicious banana bread recipe made using Kodiak Cakes Mix. 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.

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A Healthier Option

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

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 banana pancakes with the mix and then immediately sent me a picture and told me I had to get this stuff.

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

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 adding chocolate chips to the pancake batter 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 as we were all missing the classic banana bread recipe I usually make.

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 this was a great option for something new to eat that would still be a healthy sweet treat.

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

This easy banana bread satisfied my desire for something sweet...plus, one slice filled me up.

I made two loaves and as you can see, they don't rise the way traditional banana bread loaves do - like this one...which is so deliciously fluffy...but the taste is still wonderful!

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🧾Ingredient List

This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

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I purchased most of the ingredients used from Aldi with Instacart 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 oilcacao chips, and organic maple syrup. {If you've never shopped at Thrive Market, here is a link to start you on your way and you'll get a discount with your first order.

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🔪 Instructions

This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Greased glass loaf pans

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease 2 loaf pans and set aside. In a small bowl mash the extra ripe bananas and set aside.

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

In a large mixing bowl or bowl of an electric mixer, combine maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Mix well.

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

Add the dry ingredients - Kodiak Cakes mix, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg - into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

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

Next, mix in mashed banana.

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 banana bread batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out mostly clean, and the top side of the bread is a nice golden brown.

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

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

Allow the bread to completely cool to room temperature and then slice as desired.

Protein banana bread sliced and lying on cutting board

We added a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of maple syrup to a few slices for dessert!

👩🏻‍🍳 Variations

  • Spread on some peanut butter for a hearty lunch
  • Add chopped walnuts to the batter in place of the chocolate chips for a banana nut bread recipe
  • Substitute banana extract for the vanilla extract to give this easy recipe a bolder banana flavor

🍱How to Store and Freeze Banana Bread

Banana bread can be kept on the counter for up to 3 days if tightly sealed. I like to slice mine and place it in either a glass container with a lid or a storage bag. You could also use plastic wrap or aluminum foil, whichever works best for you.

To FREEZE: Once your loaf has cooled off you can slice it and freeze it. You can also freeze it whole by placing it in a freezer bag or by wrapping it in plastic wrap then aluminum foil.

📖 Recipe

Protein Banana Bread and Cacao Chip Recipe

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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

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic pure maple syrup
  • ½ 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
  • ¼ 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
Calories: 0kcal
Author: Mary Beth

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  1. Yum! Your bread looks delicious. I'll have to check this out, I think I saw it a Meijer in a regular sized box. Glad you can enjoy some treats and still meet your health goals, Mary Beth! xo