Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Eating healthy is important. You are what you eat, so if you can bend your taste a little and use less sugar, less fat etc... your diet will be a much better one. So what would we do without this healthy banana bread recipe :)? Ugh.. We removed some of the sugar, we replaced half flour with whole wheat flour and we erased butter from the list of ingredients. This makes this recipe low sugar and low fat banana bread recipe. And believe us, it still tastes great!

For This Banana Bread Recipe You Will Need:

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar (or you can also use honey, check out the honey banana bread recipe)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
1 1/2 cup mashed bananas (4-5 bananas)

1. Mash the bananas and beat the egg. Now mix them both together with sugar (or honey), salt and cinnamon.

2. Now take a large bowl and mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda and the mess you made in step one (just kidding about the mess :) ).

3. Stir and you are done. Now all there is left to do is pour the batter into the bread pan and bake at 350F (180C) for 50 minutes. You can test the bread by sticking a knife into the loaf and if it comes out clean it is finished.

So if you are going to eat a lot of banana bread (we sure will), try and use this Healthy Banana Bread Recipe. Enjoy!

05.02.2008. 08:46

Comments

Jill 06.07.2008. 17:29

Recipe looks great but I'm not sure what temperature to put the oven at.... I guessed it was 325 degrees f. Can you please add the correct info to your recipe? Thanks a bunch! (get it? "bunch" as in bunch of bananas... stupid joke, I know :o)

Banana 11.07.2008. 00:50

:D
You're right, I missed the temperature. Put it at 350 degrees, thanks a bunch to you too :)

Cindy 24.07.2008. 09:51

Hi, Can you tell me if I can cut out all purpose flour and just use 2 cups of whole wheat flour? Does that make the bread come out more dense?

Banana 28.07.2008. 02:14

Hi Cindy, I can't remember if I ever used only whole wheat flour... I think using only whole wheat flour would make banana bread a bit less compact and easier to crumble and also denser.

Linda 07.09.2008. 08:14

I'm going to try this, but will use 1 1/2c whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup GROUND flaxseed, and 1/2 cup applesauce (for sweetness, as a binder, and for moisture.) Will cut out the all purpose flour, increase cinnamon to 1t (love cin!) and add chopped walnuts. All other ingredients to be utilized as directed.

Flaxseed is a GREAT fat replacement believe it or not, yet also adds fiber and omega-3s.

I may end up shredding a small zucchini into this as well as they are still growing in our garden! Who says healthy can't be delicious!

BananaMan 11.03.2009. 09:38

@Linda, sounds healthy&delicious. I have to try it sometimes.

Janice 30.04.2009. 09:41

How many ounces is one cup of flour

Erica 24.08.2009. 16:59

I would love to know the nutritional value for the bread. how many calories, fat grams and fiber per serving? And howm any servings are in it?

Laura 29.08.2009. 06:06

Hi,

How much honey would you use instead of brown sugar? Also 1/2 cup?

Piroska 05.09.2009. 11:58

Is it alright to add 1/4 c. splenda for more sweetness? I read Linda's suggestion only after I put the banana bread in the oven.
thanks!

adriene 14.09.2009. 20:03

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Theresa 24.09.2009. 08:05

made this bread this morning b-4 work and now enjoying it. I like the balance of 1/2 white flour and 1/2 wheat flour. I added a hand full of chopped walnuts. I will make this again. the recipe I use to make had 1/2 cup of butter. I don't even miss it!

Nika 24.09.2009. 15:16

Mmmmm, that's tastyyyy!

Claire 10.11.2009. 20:44

Do I have to use a bread dish? Hope not as none with me far away in Asia at the moment!!!

Barbara 13.12.2009. 13:54

Made this yesterday with ALL whole wheat pastry flour (everything else exactly the same). Came out moist and tender. Slices well. Will add 1/2 cup nuts next time.

abby 29.01.2010. 17:16

do you butter the pan?

Banana 31.01.2010. 04:25

@ana, yes, butter the pan so your banana bread comes out easier when its done.

Ally 15.03.2010. 12:22

Baked this recipe the 2nd time. First time was delicious, but would like it more moist. 2nd time, it was so dense and over-cooked, probably I was baking the loaf in the toaster? How can you alter this recipe with more banana? Did try to add more banana, but it overloaded my baking pan.

Anne 20.07.2010. 18:17

OMG I added 1cup chocolate chips and 1c toasted walnuts, not sure you can call it healthy but was it ever good, best banana bread ever:)

Jim 02.12.2010. 08:44

Great Recipe, i have made this a few times. Its good enough that you don't feel like you being punished for eating healthy:)

Leigh 17.12.2010. 10:45

50 minutes is way too long to bake this bread! I took mine out at 40 minutes and it was already a bit dry and over-browned. If I had baked it the full 50 minutes, it would have been super dry and probably inedible. Next time I will take it out at 35 minutes. I like the recipe and it's very tasty, but the key to keeping banana bread moist is not to overbake it. In fact, you can actually take it out a little bit early and let it cool in the pan, (it keeps baking a little while it's in the pan) and it stays nice and moist. (I added 1/2 cup of walnuts and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to mine. Chocolate also helps to keep it moist.)

jess 28.02.2011. 22:06

great recipe! I doubled it to make two loafs and they are absolutely delicious. I added a cup of walnuts to the recipe and it came out perfectly. I had to bake them both for a full hour though, they were still runny at 50 minutes. very moist.
will definitely use this recipe again!

Danica 15.03.2011. 13:48

How many calories are in the whole loaf of banana bread?

Amy 07.04.2011. 07:54

I recently went to this site and it will calculate all the nutrition information for any recipe! :)

I can't wait to try this recipe...I just did the recipe calculator on my own personal banana bread recipe and it was HORRIBLE for you. :( So, I'm on the look for a new healthier way to make banana bread. (doing Weight Watchers!).

thanks!

jen 29.09.2011. 14:18

would i be able to use just 2 cups of all purpose flour??

Soccer 04.01.2012. 12:14

Mine turned out really sticky, anyway to change that?

banana 09.01.2012. 04:16

@amy: it's not just the calories that count...you can have lots of calories in a healthy meal and you can have very little calories in a not very healthy meal. for instance - using artificial sweetener that contains aspartame will reduce the calories but aspartame can cause all sorts of problems. I am not sure if this is what you were asking but anyway...my 5cents about this :)

@jen: you can use only all purpose flour but the point of this recipe is that you make your banana bread a bit healthier which is the reason for whole wheat flour.

@soccer: it is meant to be a bit sticky. If it's too much then 1)bake it a little longer 2)add more baking powder so it rises more..

Mez 17.02.2012. 22:06

Pretty happy with this recipe also! However, I'd have to agree with some others and say that 50 minutes is way too long to cook it from what I've experienced. I put a vegan twist on it, substituting applesauce for the egg, & used all organic oat flour. The flour made it slightly tough, but still has a great taste! Easy Peasy :)

Emily 22.03.2012. 16:17

Trying this tonight!! Can't wait(:

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