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Healthy Banana Bread

This super healthy banana bread recipe is so moist and sweet, everyone is always shocked to find out it’s actually good for you!

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Healthy Banana Bread – The Perfect Recipe For Breakfast Or Snack

To lower the oil without sacrificing moisture, I pack a full 1 1/2 cups of mashed banana into this recipe, which also sweetens the banana bread without the extra sugar.

And while I’m normally not a fan of oil-free baking, this banana bread is definitely an exception – you can easily omit the oil entirely if you’d prefer, and it will still turn out amazingly soft and delicious!

While many traditional banana bread recipes call for at least a cup of refined sugar and half a cup of butter or more, this lightened-up healthy banana bread recipe cuts way back on the ingredients you don’t want and replaces them with good-for-you ingredients, adding extra banana for natural sweetness.

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How To Make Banana Bread

The vegan banana bread is super simple to make, and leftovers can be sliced and frozen for an instant breakfast or snack any time you are craving banana bread.

It’s good with or without the chocolate chips added to the top, although my personal preference is probably easy to guess!

And my favorite way to eat this banana bread is either topped with Coconut Butter or my homemade Healthy Nutella.

It’s also still perfectly good to eat plain if you want to skip the frosting altogether.

(Watch the video of how to make the chocolate version, above)

Simple Whole Grain Banana Bread

The addition of yogurt to the recipe adds even more softness without weighing this bread down, and it’s sweetened with pure maple syrup instead of refined sugar.

Thanks to the extra banana, the bread needs just half a cup of sweetener for the entire recipe—half of what is called for in banana bread recipes from Martha Stewart, Food Network, Rachael Ray, Betty Crocker, etc.

Can You Make It Vegan? Gluten Free?

As long as you use nondairy yogurt, the recipe is naturally vegan.

I often use my own vegan homemade Greek yogurt when I make this recipe, but it works fine with non-Greek yogurt as well. Readers have successfully used coconutmilk yogurt, cashew yogurt, soy yogurt, and almondmilk yogurt, so feel free to use whatever type you wish.

You can even change up the flavor if you want by using strawberry, peach, or even blueberry yogurt for a fun and subtle flavor twist.

Or if you don’t have yogurt, just use more banana, and that’s fine as well!

For gluten free banana bread, the recipe works with oat flour or certified-gluten-free oat flour. Some readers have reported success with gluten free all purpose flour as well, although I haven’t personally tried it yet.

If you still have leftover bananas after making the bread, try out one of these other healthy Banana Recipes.

The Best Easy Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Adapted from my Pumpkin Banana Bread

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Healthy Banana Bread

This healthy banana bread recipe is so moist and sweet, everyone is always shocked to find out it’s actually good for you!
4.94/5 (116)
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 12 – 16 slices

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white, spelt, or oat flour (240g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • optional 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • optional 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed overripe banana (360g)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, such as almondmilk yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • 2 tbsp any sweetener of choice OR 1/16 tsp uncut stevia
  • 1/3 cup oil OR milk of choice
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • *Also be sure to try this recipe for Banana Muffins!
    Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan, or line with parchment. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk liquid ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour wet into dry, and stir to form a batter. Smooth into the prepared pan. If desired, press some chocolate chips into the top. Bake on the center rack 40 minutes, then do not open the oven door but turn off the heat and let sit in the closed oven 10 additional minutes. If your bread is still undercooked at this time, simply turn the oven back on and continue baking—checking every 5 minutes–until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Taste and texture are much better the second day (and even better the third day as it gets sweeter). Leftovers can be sliced and frozen for up to a month. If you try the recipe, be sure to rate it below!
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Published on January 16, 2017

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  1. Kerry says

    This is the best banana bread recipe ever!! It’s even better than the fattening kind! When I make it, I bake 2 small loaves and they’re both gone in a couple days! LOVE this recipe!

  2. Lenia says

    I had this on my mind for so long and yesterday I finally came around to making it. I actually went to the shops and asked for mushy bananas. Got a weird look, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do, right? ;D Anyway, it’s sooooo good! I can’t stop eating it. I want it to be my breakfast, lunch AND dinner. And snack and dessert. Yummy!

  3. Peeps says

    Just made this. Followed the recipe. It looked cooked when I took it out but when i did the knife test it came out gooey. I stuck it back in for 15 minutes. We’ll see what happens. Can’t comment on the taste yet! i never have issues usually with baking times and i bake a lot.

  4. Carolina says

    I have tried so many different banana bread recipes before – until I found this one 5 months ago! I have never looked back! My husband loves it.

    It comes out soft and moist -not dry at all & if you eat it the next day – which is a real challenge it tastes even better! Love it!

  5. Adele says

    Hey Katie! I was wondering if I could use your recipe to make a pumkin bread recipe, I would add one cup of pumpkin puree, maybe a little less sweetener, and of course some spices. Do you think I could?

  6. Gina says

    Think this would work if I used it for some type of “French Toast” ? I’m going to make this soon, it looks amazing! Thank you!

  7. Lor says

    I’m so happy i found your website. This is the 4th recipe I’ve made. They all have come amazing.
    For this banana bread, i substituted applesauce for the Greek yogurt. This came out so delicious and is the best thing I’ve ever done with overripe bananas. 🙂
    Thanks Katie!

  8. Zoe says

    This recipe is absolutely amazing! I’ve made it twice now and it has been a hit each time. It’s so gooey and decadent that it’s hard to believe it’s made with mostly healthy ingredients. I used whole wheat flour, honey and coconut oil and for this most recent batch skipped the pinch of stevia — and it was still wonderfully sweet. For best results, enjoy with your morning coffee…mmm.

  9. sheila says

    I made these into muffins. The recipe made 16. I used honey, no stevia or extra sweetener. I used a generous 1/2 cup of greek yogurt, added a handful of chopped walnuts and topped with chocolate chips. I also used white whole wheat flour. Great for breakfast as they are sweet but also hearty and pretty healthy.

    • Natasha @ Thoughts of Tradition says

      Since the bread doesn’t have any preservatives, and banana is a key ingredient here, I really think you ought to chill it. Leftovers definitely need to be stored in the refrigerator, and I cover mine with aluminum foil.

  10. Elizabeth says

    I love this bread. I’ve made it many times and no one knows it’s healthy. Thank you Katie for all your wonderful recipes. You’ve definitely converted me to eating healthy and I tell friends and family about your website.
    Does anyone know if the calories are the same using sugar instead of maple syrup? Thanks!

  11. Natasha @ Thoughts of Tradition says

    This is, without a doubt, the best banana bread I have ever baked. The crust on the outside is completely phenomenal. The inside is sweet and slightly crumbly, almost like cake. I didn’t use any oil, and I had only 1/2 cup of honey, and it still turned out perfect.
    I have some recommendations and tips:
    – Add the cinnamon. It pairs with the banana so well, and it adds extra flavor.
    – My bread turned out rather sweet even with only a 1/2 cup of honey, so if you don’t have enough I think you’ll be alright.
    – I used 3 large bananas, and after I mashed them up, I had exactly 1 1/2 cups of banana puree.
    I also made my own oat flour. I regret not keeping track of the amount of oats I used, but you’d definitely need more than 2 cups since you’re blending them into a powder.
    I will be making this again and again. Thank you for a recipe that is both delicious and healthy.

  12. collee says

    I made this for myself and friends, and it was delicious! I find, though, that there is too much sugar. There is about 1/2 cup of maple syrup or honey, which is really sweet, as well as the white flour, etc. My sugar level elevates whenever I eat the loaf, despite cutting back on some of the ingredients. Can you reduce the sweetness in some way, Katie? It is a delicious loaf.

  13. NP says

    I’ve made this banana bread several times now and it always comes out a perfectly moist cake texture with just enough sweetness. It definitely needs longer in the oven than the time stated – I usually leave it to bake for at least 45 minutes, usually up to an hour. Otherwise it would be quite gooey in the middle. I use wholemeal flour, don’t bother with the extra sweetner or choc chips, and choose coconut oil and greek yoghurt. I also add a handful of desiccated coconut, chopped walnuts and raspberries. I freeze pieces and grab one when I feel like a healthy and filling snack – highly recommend!

  14. Ruth K says

    When you use frozen bananas should you strain tnem to remove the excess liquid? And should you decrease the amount of sugar or liquid in the recipe?

  15. Nadia says

    Hi Kate,

    Not sure what happened but the middle of my loaf won’t cook. I followed your directions and I placed it back in the oven, I thought it was ok and wrapped it overnight. This morning when I cut into it the middle is STILL uncooked! I put it back in the oven…15 minutes later and it still isn’t cooking. Anyone have any ideas? I think this beautiful loaf might be wasted.

    • abc says

      somehow an extra egg makes a big difference, I have made this recipe twice–the first time, perfect result with an extra egg, however the second time the bottom looks gummy, and not cooked properly. (I baked at the bottom rack both times).
      next time, you could try to place it on the bottom rack, and if it’s not cooked, could use the lower fire mode for extra bake time, I would suggest checking every 10 minutes interval.

      • Jason Sanford says

        Hi, baked goods should always be baked on the center rack unless a recipe specifically says something different. Hope that helps!

          • Jason Sanford says

            I think it sounds like there’s something wrong with your oven. All baked goods should be baked on the center rack to ensure proper baking. Unfortunately, baking on the top or bottom rack will yield results that are not evenly cooked. (This is in general, not just for Katie’s recipes.)

        • abc says

          it’s just the top is easily browned every time I bake on the center rack, except muffins and cheesecake. My oven is a whirlpool steam oven, which has the function of digitally displaying the internal temperature of the oven, so the temperature should be accurate

          • Jason Sanford says

            I’m not sure what to say except to repeat that if your baked goods are coming out unevenly cooked, it’s most likely due to not cooking them on the middle rack. It has nothing to do with temperature. It has to do with the heat not being able to get as evenly around the baked good. I’m not making this up – any baking site will say that baked goods should be cooked on the middle rack. But of course you are free to keep baking as you wish. I’m just trying to help because you mentioned that you were frustrated it cooked unevenly and I was sorry to hear that. I’m not trying to be contentious. I know it can be hard to tell from written words. Just trying to help!

      • Brynn says

        There are no eggs in this recipe, so adding any egg is adding an “extra” egg. I’m not sure how anyone is making this successfully; it has zero binders in it. Flour alone doesn’t hold a ton of wet stuff together. Perhaps it’s paramount to add many eggs to this recipe so it has any hope of baking into something resembling bread. I have made banana bread so many times and I never have had this issue I had with this.

  16. abc says

    made it twice now, I have discovered that 3/4 tsp salt is way too salty (second time minus a dash of salt, and still too salty!) also the first time I added an egg to the recipe, and it was cooked perfectly moist, however, the second time, because I don’t have any eggs in the fridge, so i followed the recipe to the t, and somehow I don’t know why it is undercooked, the bottom is not cooked through, looks kind of gummy (I baked it at the bottom rack, in both times), but when I taste it, the texture is okay.

  17. SP says

    I made this with white flour, agave syrup and oil+milk combo. The batter was light coloured but the baked result is very dark. It is too sweet with the added sweetener in it, and it is quite squidgy. Is it supposed to be squidgy? My one-year old baby likes it though.

    • Jason Sanford says

      I’m not really sure what squidgy means, but if it means that the bread is too soft or moist, just leave it out loosely covered overnight and it should firm up more!

  18. Jeanne Breck says

    This recipe is a KEEPER. So moist, I added some chopped walnuts and almonds, so healthy.. This will be my go to banana bread..

  19. Jess says

    How does this come out using homemade out flour vs just regular white flour? Im just curious the difference in consistencies? I’ve made this several times (always with white or wheat flour) and it’s always gone the same day, we love it!

  20. METHOD says

    I just took a flat of mini muffins out of the oven. These are simply delicious! I used 3 bananas that were browning. I subbed in a 1/2 C of Vega-Plus protein powder and used 1 1/2 C all purpose flour. I also only used 1/4C maple syrup. I did use 4g of Stevia (powdered form that is a mix of stevia leaves and erythritol). I opted for avocado oil because I want the extra fat in the muffins. And I used the PC brand plain greek yogurt.
    My 8 yr old just had one and her eyes bugged out of her head. She quickly (and kindly) offered to eat all them because I am eating Keto.
    I can’t wait to see how these are tomorrow and on the third day too!… (I tastes part of one 🙂 Yummy!)

    • METHOD says

      I also included the cinnamon, and I may have been a little bit relaxed when eyeballing the vanilla as I poured it in 😉

    • METHOD says

      I also included the cinnamon, and I may have been a little bit relaxed when eyeballing the vanilla as I poured it in 😉

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