Friday Fit-bits with healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It’s Friday again! I have lots of little updates today- some good, some not-so-good, and then we’ll wrap up with an amazing banana bread.

  • Fit Gear

Running blogs are buzzing with talk of the Mezamashii Project, and there have been numerous opportunities to win a pair of Mizunos.  Guess who totally lucked out and won a pair?!

I’ve never tried Mizunos before, but I took them for a spin this week and they were perfect- great fit, comfy ride, and lighter than I’m used to. I am still in awe that they fit so well for an online shoe purchase- their website was really helpful in the decision-making process. Thank you, Mizuno!

  • Fitbloggin

More good news… I’m officially signed up and registered for FitBloggin!  This will be my first blogging conference, and I am beyond excited.  I have so much to learn, I can’t wait to soak it all up.

And I’m thrilled to be sponsored by Drink Chia!

I came across Drink Chia earlier this year, and was impressed with everything about the company: their mission and the story behind them (started by another running mom),  their availability and approachability,  and, of course, their delicious drinks.

I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about this in the next few months!


  • Fit Hiccup

I hate to break the flow of good news, but my unhappy shin is not going away.  I can trace it back to that superhero week when I did HIIT (with lots of plyo moves), then raced a 5k on the unforgiving treadmill, and finished off with a weekend 15 miler instead of my planned 12.

I’m good at ignoring aches and pains, but this week my shin finally got my attention.  So… with the triathlon a week away, I’m going to focus on biking and swimming (and tapering) and hope it’s happy come race day.  Wish me luck!

  • Fit Fuel

I’ll leave you on a happier note, with this amazing (whole-grain, low-fat) chocolate chip banana bread. Despite being very low in sugar, this is dangerously good. You can also double it, and freeze one for later.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (print recipe)

  • 3 mashed, ripe bananas
  • 2/3 c. plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 c. milk or non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c. chocolate chips

Mash bananas and mix the first five ingredients together. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour through salt). Add wet and dry ingredients together, stirring only until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and optional walnuts.

Pour mixture into a greased 9×5 bread loaf pan. Bake in a preheated oven for 45-50 minutes at 350, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Hop over to Jill’s for more Friday Fitness posts!


51 thoughts on “Friday Fit-bits with healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  1. I only wear Mizunos,I freaking love them. I get so much great distance and no pain with them. I really wanted those colors but the store I bought mine at didn’t have them. SAD I love yellow. I have never had Drink Chia, I want to try it.
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  2. Thanks so much for the banana bread recipe! I’ve been simultaneously in love with/terrified of the stuff. You have the solution 🙂

    I have troublesome shins too, and I sympathise! Rest up and good luck. x
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  3. i’m surprised that your blog post is the first i’ve seen of fit bloggin- what a novel idea!
    I want to like mizunos, so i’ll have to try another pair- their stability shoes were too ‘stable’ / heavy for me, but i’ve heard nothing but great things about the company.
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    • Mine were neutral- I haven’t tried the stability shoe. I have the Wave Riders. Yes- I only learned of Fitbloggin earlier this year, and I’m really excited about it!

  4. Love the shoes! Do you think they would be good for crossfit exercise too? I’m looking for a good light weight pair. Hope your shin feels better. Icing and rolling with a tennis ball always does the trick for me 🙂
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  5. Doesn’t it stink that our bodies won’t just let us have all of the working out fun that we want to have?! It seems like if I want to do, my body should be game too, right?!

    Get that stinking shin better soon!!
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  6. Mizuno’s – you know how I feel about them. 😉

    I really wish I was going to Fitblogin’ so we could meet. Awesome that you have a sponsor. I may be picking your brain soon so watch for an email. 🙂

    I’ve done the same with breads. I love that it tastes great even without the sugar!
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  7. Fitbloggin looks fun! Glad you are smokin’ it out there in your super bright shoes! Every time I wear mine, I’m motivated to run faster because I look like I should run super fast in them 🙂
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  8. that’s a whole lotta’ good news in one post!! except of course for the shin…hopefully easing up on it will have you back on track in no time.

    i LOVE my mizunos. i already have a couple of back-up pairs in the house 🙂

    btw, that banana bread sounds delicious!
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  9. Yay for Fitbloggin! I’ve always wanted to go to one!!! Put it on the bucket list!! That bread looks amazing! Thanks for the recipe!!

  10. Aren’t Mizunos great?! I love mine. So glad I went with them and have not had any issues since I have been running in them. Yay for being sponsored by Drink Chia 🙂 sad news your shin is bugging you, foam roll it and stretch or do some yoga and pray (I’ll pray too!) it feels good on race day 🙂
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    • I didn’t know you were a Mizuno fan, too! I’m really excited about them. Thanks for the prayers for a happy shin. 🙂 It’s so hard to know how serious it is- will it just go away? Should I get it looked at? Is it nothing, or is it on its way to becoming a problem? Hoping a week’s rest will do the trick.
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  11. Congrats on the Mizuno score! I hope you love them. Yay for FitBloggin. I swear I need to find out the date for next year and make sure I don’t book any races then.
    That banana bread looks divine!
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  12. Love my Mizunos – been running in them for two years now, and no plans to change brands anytime in the near future : ) Hope the shin feels better soon!!!! We are banana bread fanatics over here, but I have to admit that my boys will not eat it unless it has chocolate chips!
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  13. I’m drooling over the banana bread, it looks delicious! Congrats on the FitBloggin sponsorship, what a great brand to represent! Can’t wait to meet you there!

  14. Yummy banana bread. I will have to try the recipe because I have some frozen smashed bananas to use up. Do you think Almond Milk would work instead of regular milk?

  15. Yum on the banana bread recipe – during the summer bananas seem to turn to mush here so quickly this will be great to be able to do something with them!

    And even cooler on the shoes! Wow!
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  16. Congrats on winning the Mizunos! So cool about the fit blogging conference. I’m going to have to think about that. The banana bread looks delish! I hope all the aches go away soon:)
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  17. I am so excited you won Mizuno’s. I LOVE mine. I bought Mizuno Wave creation 13. The best sneaker I have ever owned. Fit me like a glove too, their springy, light and just plain comfortable plus I have custom insoles in mine. Because I went to Road Runner Sports and they did the whole personalization for my sneaks and insoles.
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  18. That banana bread looks great. My family has always been a big fan. The banana bread page in our Joy of Cooking is splattered with goo, which is a sign of being well used! I think that maybe tweaking the JoC recipe a bit with the whole wheat flour and the yogurt/applesauce is a great idea!
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