Healthy Banana Bread

healthy banana bread

Everyone needs that good staple, go-to banana bread recipe. The one where you no longer need to look at the directions because you’ve made it so many times you just know what to do. So I thought I had it, until I made this one!

This healthy banana bread recipe actually comes from our intern Lindsay’s grandmother. And you know any recipe that comes from a grandma is going to be good. 🙂 Lindsay said she grew us making this ALL the time. Then over the years she started to make this bread a bit healthier, because you know; we don’t use 3 cups of sugar anymore. 😉

We experimented a bit more and came up with this amazing recipe! This bread is naturally sweetened with bananas, apple sauce and coconut palm sugar. You can make it using whole wheat flour or gluten free all purpose flour, depending on your needs. It’s also super simple to make. Hardest part is slicing the banana to layer on top. 😉

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Ingredients
  1. 2 large or 3 small ripe bananas
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 3 tablespoons of olive, walnut, or melted coconut oil
  4. 1/2 cup of applesauce (sweetened or unsweetened)
  5. ¼ cup of nut milk
  6. 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  7. 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  8. 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  9. 1 ¾ cups of flour (organic whole wheat or gluten free all purpose)
  10. ¾ cup of coconut palm sugar
  11. ½ teaspoon of salt
  12. ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  13. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  14. Chopped walnuts (optional)
  15. Semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F
  2. Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl with a fork.
  3. Add all the other wet ingredients (eggs, oil, applesauce, milk, vinegar, vanilla) and mix with a fork until well combined.
  4. Add the baking soda, flour, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Mix to combine. It should form a thick but not dry batter.
  5. Stir in any desired toppings (walnuts, chocolate chips).
  6. Pour the mix into a greased loaf pan.
  7. Bake until the top is golden brown and splits, around 1 hour.
Notes
  1. If using gluten free flour, the brand may alter the taste/texture slightly!
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  • This looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it! There is absolutely nothing quite like a fresh loaf of warm banana bread. I always have a bunch of over ripe BANANAS just for this purpose… definitely a BANANA bread addict. Okay, ERRr scratch that, banana addict in general, lol. I’m vegan though, do you think It would be better to sub extra unsweetened applesauce or flax egg? I’ll also most likely sub applesauce for the oil, i do this for everything I bake.

    • Hi Allison! I love bananas too. 🙂 I would try subbing flax eggs for the eggs (although I have never tried it!). Let me know how it turns out!

  • Good Morning,
    I am readying my attack for this wonderful-looking banana bread. Do please tell me the size of the loaf pan i use to have it result as in the pictures?
    Thank you!
    Jackie from the Northern Rockies