Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

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Bake a loaf of banana bread that’s so sweet, light, cakey, and comforting, no one will know it’s a healthy makeover of this classic treat. Our healthy banana bread uses 100% whole grains, whole milk yogurt, plus honey or maple syrup as a natural sweetener (in sensible amounts!)

healthy banana bread made with whole wheat flour

Banana bread is delicious, and easy to make. And though we may WANT to eat it for breakfast, most banana bread has the nutrition of dessert.

Well, that was the old way. We’ve made classic, addictive banana bread healthier, without compromising on taste and texture!

Our recipe is rich with sweet banana flavor and it only has a quarter cup of added honey or pure maple syrup to sweeten it just right.

Plus, we fill this bread with other nutritious ingredients like 100% whole wheat flour, yogurt, and crunchy walnuts. We don’t go crazy with added oils, either. And it still tastes absolutely wonderful, with a texture that perfectly walks that line between moist and light.

Make this banana bread for yourself, for your kids, for your mom, or for a friend. There’s no one who will taste this sweet fluffy bread and not think you’re the best human ever for sharing it with them.

banana bread made without refined sugar or flour

How to Make Healthy Banana Bread

Banana bread is pretty low-fuss to begin with, and our healthy banana bread is no exception. Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately, then combine them just before baking for a loaf with a fluffy, tender crumb.

More tips for great banana bread:

  • Be flexible when it comes to how many bananas you use. If your bananas are on the small side, four is a-OK. If you have three mondo bananas, you won’t need a fourth.
  • You don’t NEED to use two kinds of whole wheat flour. But we like the balance of hearty and delicate that comes from a blend of white whole wheat and regular whole wheat.
  • To cut down on dishes, melt your butter in a big pot, then add the rest of your wet ingredients right to the pot. You can even mix in your dry ingredients in the same pot!
  • Don’t over-mix your batter. A few lumps here and there are OK, and actually make for a fluffier bread.
  • Use a light-colored or glass loaf pan to avoid excess browning. Make sure to grease it well, too.
  • If you prefer “single serving” banana breads, you can bake this healthy banana bread in a muffin tin. Divide the batter into muffin tin wells (we actually got 15 muffins!) and bake at 350 for 22 minutes.
homemade banana bread in slices

How Ripe Should My Bananas Be?

The rule of thumb here is pretty much: the riper, the better. Got dark streaky brown bananas falling off their stems? Mash ’em up. It’s banana bread time.

What Can I Add to Banana Bread?

Walnuts are the classic add-in for healthy banana bread. You can also add dried coconut, dried cherries, other nuts (sliced almonds are good), or a half cup of dark chocolate chips for a special treat.

How Should I Store My Banana Bread?

Store banana bread in the fridge for the best flavor. It actually tastes even better on the second day!

You can also freeze extra slices of banana bread in a gallon-sized zip-top bag. They make great quick, on-the-go breakfasts or healthy lunchbox treats.

freshly baked banana bread

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Healthy Banana Bread

Bake a loaf of banana bread that’s so sweet, light, cakey, and comforting, no one will know it’s a healthy makeover of this classic treat. Our healthy banana bread uses 100% whole grains, whole milk yogurt, plus honey or maple syrup as a natural sweetener (in sensible amounts!)

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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Banana Bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour, whole wheat
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 bananas mashed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, plain
  • 2 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease one standard-sized loaf pan.
  • Combine flours, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan. Whisk in syrup, yogurt, vanilla, mashed bananas, and egg. (Make sure the mixture is somewhat cooled before adding the egg.)
  • Stir in flour mixture; beat just until blended. Stir in nuts, if using.
  • Pour into loaf pan. Sprinkle extra walnuts on top, if desired, before baking.
  • Bake 55 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Love that Colleen! Plus, the dark flecks would blend in beautifully with the colors in banana bread!
Kendra- If you try it, let me know! We didn’t have enough honey to try it ourselves.. next time I get some, I’ll try too.

I love love your recipes. Can I use only whole wheat pastry flour? Would I need to add more liquid? How much flax seed do you add?
Thanks for all the yummy recipes and love your new site!

The healthy banana bread recipe is to die for! I just made it yesterday and it is soooo moist and yummy! I have tried several recipes and this one is by far the best and my go to banana bread recipe from now on. I used chopped pecans instead of walnuts or almonds though.

Amy,

Thanks for both recipes. I particularly loved that you mentioned Dole ; I’ve been a huge fan of them for a while now. My question : can I use pecan nuts instead of almonds or walnuts? I also like to add a dash of rose water as a sweetener in my pastries. Just thought you could try that out next time. Happy New Year in advance!

Jessica

You can find it in your local health food store, or on Amazon – there’s a great brand on there, but I don’t quite remember its name(all I know is that it has great ratings). Just head on to Amazon and look for rose water. Thanks!

edit : just found it ; Cortas. Let me know how it goes!

Amy: We LOVE banana bread in our household.
My UBER picky son who eats NOTHING at all will gobble up slices of banana bread. What I did was I combined both your banana recipes into one mega delicious one plus i made a few changes in addition.
I used whole wheat and all purpose flour, added 4T of butter, used less than 1/2C of honey+ agave sweetener mixture. Added 1/2 C of 2% Fage Yogurt, 2 eggs, 3 Super ripe bananas and 1/2 C grated carrots, 1/2tsp Vanilla extract and 3/4 C of mixed finely chopped nuts plus the baking powder and baking soda. It was a HUGE hit! Thank you! My son now eats protein packed ‘treat’ without even realising it!

I don’t keep as much Whole Wheat Pastry Flour on hand because it’s more expensive. Could I use 2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour instead or would it turn out too heavy?

I can’t wait for my bananas to ripen and make this yummy bread. Please be cautious of Dole (they are not the only one) many of their products are from China

Thanks for the recipe for the healthier banana bread, I am eager to try it. Kids are always the best judge of taste. I’d encourage you though to rethink your opinion on Dole produce. I provided a few links which can explain concerns better than I in this space. Happy Baking. 🙂

http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/11/bitter-fruit-dole-sued-greenwashing-guatemalan-banana-operations/

http://www.environmentalleader.com/2012/11/19/dole-accused-of-environmental-destruction-greenwashing/

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/communications/listen-how-one-brand-learned-greenwashing-never-ethical-choice

i love your recipes however most of these recipes contain nuts and im allergic to nuts. do you have anything for healthy snacks/meals that don’t contain nuts. plus most schools now a days are nut free.

I decided to make this delicious sounding healthy banana bread for my 15 month old but 1 hour and 40 minutes later I’m still waiting for the inside to cook! I use an oven thermometer which states 350. Any idea why?

@Kristin- That does not seem right! I don’t know what to tell you about that= ours only took an hour and it was all cooked through.
Erin- you could, but watch the cooking. Honey browns/burns faster than agave.

I am having same problem as Kristin, I have tried 3 times and every time the inside is still so wet its inedible hour.. Hour and half.. Two hours in oven, it just does not cook properly and im quite upset at all the ingredients I have wasted :'( I follow the recipe exactly..
Have tried loads of your recipes this is only one to fail big style. Any tips much appreciated..

Hey Laura-
of all “my” recipes, this one should actually be the most fool proof, because it was designed in the Dole test kitchens. ha ha.. other recipes have just been done in my personal kitchen.
Bummer though, I wish I knew what was happening..

No worries 🙂 its odd its so dense and weighty.
Will get trying other recipes instead! Maybe come back to it . Thanks anyway, love the site.

Can you tell me how many cups of pureed banana would that be? Bananas are all different shapes and I have about 10 in my freezer to be used right away and they are large in size. So a weight or cup measurement would be.so much help. Thank u so much

This looks yummy…. but no way would one loaf be cut into 24 servings!! ??. Maybe 10. Maybe. Even the way your picture shows is definitely not 24 slices. I’ll try it in mini-muffin pans for self control.

What is the measurement for bananas? 5 small 5 medium? If it was a per cup measurement it would turn out ok for everyone. I think those with issues of undercooked middle loads may be using too much banana

I made these as muffins and they turned out great! I halved the receipe and made about a dozen muffins at 350 for 35 mins.