The BEST Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

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A healthy banana bread recipe your family will love. This super moist & flavorful loaf is probably the best banana bread I’ve ever had!

The BEST Healthy Banana Bread Recipe you'll ever need. An easy to make banana bread that's super moist and refined sugar free.

Easy & Healthy Banana Bread

This is the BEST healthy banana bread recipe and the last one you’ll ever need to try. An easy to make banana bread that’s super moist and refined sugar free.

Banana Bread is kinda a staple in our house. For the longest time it was my “treat” of the day! Moist flavorful banana bread topped with a tablespoon of creamy smooth peanut butter.

Mmmm… seriously you can’t beat it!

I would find myself buying extra bananas because I knew they’d go bad and I’d have to make banana bread.

The BEST Healthy Banana Bread Recipe you'll ever need. An easy to make banana bread that's super moist and refined sugar free.

It’s also a great snack for me to throw in Cason’s snack bag for the day while he’s at kindergarten. He loves it just as much as his momma does. In fact, he makes this banana bread with me each week so he probably has the recipe memorized as well.

What I love about this version of banana bread is there really aren’t a lot of ingredients. So many people now add greek yogurt or applesauce to the batter to make sure it’s “moist.” But honestly, you don’t need either of those. This recipe just has coconut oil and maple syrup for a sweetener. It is perfectly sweet and incredibly moist!

The BEST Healthy Banana Bread Recipe you'll ever need. An easy to make banana bread that's super moist and refined sugar free.

This recipe is versatile enough that if you’d like to add nuts or chocolate chip to amp it up a bit you totally could.

On a side note, usually I make this recipe without either of those. But whenever my dad stops over he wants a slice, and EVERY time he says. “You know what would make this better? Chocolate Chips.” Doesn’t fail. Clearly he is a chocoholic! I did tell you I get my sweet tooth from my dad and this is case in point, never enough chocolate for that guy. 🙂

The BEST Healthy Banana Bread Recipe you'll ever need. An easy to make banana bread that's super moist and refined sugar free.

What Makes this the Best Banana Bread Recipe?

So why is this the best banana bread you’ll ever have?

Well, in my opinion this bread is banana forward. Meaning, you taste the banana first. It’s not oily. All of the ingredients are real food ingredients, no extra added ingredients. It is refined sugar free and you get a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg in every bite. But most of all this bread is seriously so moist. I guarantee you’ll be obsessed after the first bite.

The BEST Healthy Banana Bread Recipe you'll ever need. An easy to make banana bread that's super moist and refined sugar free.

You can totally use this recipe to make muffins as well. Which is what I do when I’m making snacks for Cason. The cooking time will obviously go down to 15-18 minutes instead of 45-50 minutes. But they are still just as delicious!

So if you’re looking for a quick easy snack to munch on during the day or a fast breakfast option this Healthy Banana Bread Recipe is it! It’s easy, flavorful and the perfect start to a new year and new you!

Bon Appetit friends! Happy Banana Bread eating!

The BEST Healthy Banana Bread Recipe you'll ever need. An easy to make banana bread that's super moist and refined sugar free.

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The BEST Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

  • Author: Krista @ JoyfulHealthyEats.com
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices) 1x
  • Category: Quick Breads
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This healthy banana bread recipe only needs a few simple ingredients & makes the best banana bread ever! A moist & flavorful banana bread you’ll love!


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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. To a large bowl, add white whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir together and set aside.
  4. To a medium bowl, add mashed bananas, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract and 2 eggs. Whisk together until the wet ingredients are smooth.
  5. Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients. Using a spatula stir all the ingredients together.
  6. Pour the banana bread mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Smooth out to make sure the batter is even.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes. Until it passes the toothpick test and comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before devouring!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 177
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 166 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 31 mg

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43 Responses
  1. Bianca

    I turned the bread into muffins, but I have had better banana bread before. I guess it was just the lack of sugar that made me go “there’s something missing here.” Other than not satisfying one’s sweet tooth, it is a winner for those cutting on sugar and looking for a healthier snack option!

  2. I have always been obsessed with banana bread but the bakery I like for this perticular product is pretty far out of my way. hopefully this recipe will save me from the struggle to go all the way to buy bread. thanks in advance.

  3. I love, love your recipes and would love to navigate this website more BUT these annoying google ads are covering half of the screen including the content I am reading. Its really annoying. I get that you need adds but if you could please put them in places where they don’t cover the actual content.

    Thank you so so much for sharing your amazing recipes!

  4. Sunny

    Loved this recipe! Had some leftover bananas and decided to make this. Wonderfully moist and just the slightest bit crunchy on the outside! I only had 2 bananas so I halved the recipe and used honey instead of maple syrup. Delicious taste and texture, will definitely be making these again soon!

  5. This has been my all time favorite banana bread over the last couple of months, even with flax “eggs” (we’re vegan). It’s super fluffy (check your baking soda if it isn’t, it could be no longer active. I had this problem a while back), moist, and perfectly sweetened. I did have to put foil on it near the end for ten minutes to make sure the inside baked properly, but it just rose so fast, so that was probably why. 🙂 Thank you so much for this recipe!! I’m planning on making chocolate banana muffins out of it this morning!

  6. Andrea Gonzalez

    This is the best banana bread recipe, it taste so natural, my husband loves it too, I have made this recipe about 9 times so far in four months, right now I’m baking one for a family gathering, it just taste so good, I like to add walnuts to it.

    Thank you for your recipe, it’s amazing!!! God bless you.

  7. K.

    I am dying to try this recipe and this may sound VERY silly but, is there an alternative for the “whole wheat flour”? Is “wholemeal” flour (in Australia) the same thing?

    1. Hmmm… not sure. I’ve never heard of whole meal flour before. I would just use the regular flour that you can purchase at the grocery store.

      1. Laura

        Aussie living in the US here! For future reference, in case someone asks again –

        Yes, they are the same thing (wholemeal/whole wheat) 🙂

        1 stick of butter is 122.5g (I usually just say 125g and call it a day)

        Baking soda is bicarb soda

        If you’re ever stuck without a calculator, 350F = 180C

        Lol – so many disasters behind this knowledge!

  8. LD Dillard

    Just made these and I LOVE THEM!!!!!!! Made a few changes, added walnuts, plant based protein powder, and fresh bananas in the middle and top. Again, I LOVE THEM…

  9. Constance Harry

    I tried this recipe for the first time and it was AMAZING! I reduced the amount of maple syrup to 2 T and that was enough for me, because the bananas were so ripe anyways. It came out incredibly moist and delicious after about 40 minutes in the oven. I poked in a toothpick and it came out clean, so don’t worry lol.

    I really recommend this recipe! Some changes that I made were to bake it for only 40 minutes, and reduce the amount of maple syrup. I also baked it with 1/2 cup all purpose flour and 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour because I didn’t have any white whole wheat.

  10. Adam

    Made this tonight – turned out beautifully! I even took your cue and added sliced bananas on top – great way to score the otherwise very wet dough to encourage it to rise even more. You might want to add that in the instructions. I used whole wheat flour (not white), and had to add a good 25 minutes extra to the cook time. I didn’t have any vanilla on hand, so just skipped it; subbed olive oil and honey – still tastes great. The top bananas caramelized beautifully, and the bread made the house smell amazing. I’m wondering if molasses would taste good? I have some I never seem to use…

    Anyways, I’ll give it 1-2 days tops before it disappears.

  11. Lee Cannon

    I was looking at making this but I will probably substitute honey for maple syrup. Was the sodium calculated correctly? 978 mg/slice is very high – not very heart healthy.

  12. Shauna

    First time making Banana Bread and it was really good! I added chocolate chips and extra nutmeg (I loove nutmeg) and tasted really yum.

  13. Quinn

    WOW this banana bread is really good!!! 10/10 recommend making. Super impressed and will certainly make again. It’s hard to find recipes that are good for you and taste good!

  14. Diana

    Can you please specify how many cups of mashed banana is needed. Bananas vary greatly in size, so ‘4 bananas’ can be very different. Thanks!

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