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8 Best Healthy Banana Bread Recipes

You love your sweets more than your savory foods, but you know it is time to change your sugary ways.

Start with your favorite banana bread recipe. Transform it from your average sweet, delicious dessert to a healthy banana bread recipe.

Meet Halfway Between Healthy and Delicious

It’s not too difficult to change your sweet banana bread into a healthy banana bread recipe just by subbing out a few ingredients.

Swap your all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour.

Cut down on sugar and use natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, and even an extra banana or two.

Use avocado oil, olive oil or coconut oil instead of butter.

Here are 8 healthy banana bread recipes you should know about.

Joyful Healthy Eats Banana Bread Recipe

brown bread

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Joyful Healthy Eats brings you this spiced, healthy banana bread recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. 1Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. 2In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir together.
  3. 3To a medium bowl, add mashed bananas, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and eggs. Whisk together until smooth.
  4. 4Pour the wet mixture over dry ingredients. Stir ingredients using a spatula. Then pour banana bread dough into prepared loaf pan.
  5. 5Place in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  6. 6Let cool for 10 minutes before enjoying.

Gimme Delicious Moist Banana Bread

banana bread with chocolate toppings on top

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Joyful Healthy Eats brings you this spiced, healthy banana bread recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. 1Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. 2In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir together.
  3. 3To a medium bowl, add mashed bananas, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and eggs. Whisk together until smooth.
  4. 4Pour the wet mixture over dry ingredients. Stir ingredients using a spatula. Then pour banana bread dough into prepared loaf pan.
  5. 5Place in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  6. 6Let cool for 10 minutes before enjoying.

2. Gimme Delicious Moist Banana Bread

Brought to you by Gimme Delicious, this moist, healthy banana bread recipe yields both delicious and healthy results.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup milk or Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2-3 medium bananas)
  • 1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour or plain all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips or chopped walnuts, raisins (optional)

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

To a large bowl, beat eggs, oil, honey, milk, and vanilla for 2 minutes. Stir in bananas, the dry mixture, and chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the pan — sprinkle the loaf with more cinnamon, raw sugar, or banana slices. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before enjoying.

3. Inspired Taste Guilt-Free Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

With its healthy ingredients, this banana bread recipe by Inspired Taste won’t make you guilty for wanting a second or third slice.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large bananas, ripe and mashed
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and grease lightly.

Whisk the dry ingredients: flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

In a large bowl, mash bananas to a chunky paste. Add olive oil, molasses, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla into the bananas and blend.

Add the dry ingredients in three parts to the wet mixture and stir with a spatula until fully incorporated.

Pour the banana bread dough into the pan and even the top. Bake for 40 to 65 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

4. A Mindful Mom Banana Bread

This Mindful Mom graces you with a healthy banana bread recipe that ditches the sugar for honey and the white flour for whole wheat flour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed banana (3-4 bananas)

Directions:

Lightly grease a loaf pan with butter or coconut oil. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder.

To a large bowl, whisk oil, honey, egg, and vanilla. Add mashed bananas and stir well.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients and pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake for 40-45 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan and then finish cooling before slicing.

5. Well Plated Healthy Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Who would ever suspect that a chocolate chip covered banana bread could be healthy with its Greek yogurt and whole wheat bread.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups mashed overripe bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Lightly grease an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Mash bananas in a large bowl until mostly smooth. Whisk in egg, yogurt, oil, brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Sprinkle baking soda, cinnamon, and salt over the mixture. Gently sift in flour and stir until completely incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.

Pour the banana bread dough into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. At 35-minute mark, tent the bread if it is browning too quickly. Let it cool for 15 minutes before enjoying.

6. iFoodreal Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

This healthy banana bread recipe features avocado oil, honey, and whole wheat flour and still tastes delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium very ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs, large
  • ½ cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons avocado or coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder, aluminum free
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cups whole wheat or spelt flour

Directions:

Line a 9 x 5-inch pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork or masher. Add applesauce, eggs, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour and stir gently enough to mix.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes before enjoying.

7. What Molly Made Banana Bread Recipe

Molly Leonard has outdone herself with this coconut oil, Greek yogurt, honey, and whole wheat flour filled healthy banana bread recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas, very ripe
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pure honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

Position oven rack in the center and preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a loaf pan with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork until almost smooth. Add the eggs, coconut oil, and Greek yogurt.

Whisk in brown sugar, honey, and vanilla. Add baking soda, salt, and baking powder using a rubber spatula to fully incorporate. Stir in the flour and add dark chocolate chips until combined.

Pour batter into a prepared bread pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Check the bread at the 40-minute mark for browning and cover it with foil.

Remove from the oven and cool for 20 minutes before enjoying.  

8. The Baker Mama’s Healthy 5-Ingredient Flourless Banana Bread

Yes, you read that correctly. There are really only five ingredients in this flourless, healthy banana bread recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

Lightly grease 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Add all the ingredients together in a blender and mix until smooth and well combined.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let loaf cool completely before enjoying.

Try a Guilt-Free Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Go ahead and indulge in one of these 8 banana bread recipes.

Or create your own healthy banana bread recipe. Just swap out some of the not-so-healthy ingredients for the healthy ones.

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