The other day I was thinking about making something sweet, and of course, banana bread came to mind as a healthier option than cake. But then I began to think about all of the not-so-healthy stuff in it, and I almost didn’t make it. Instead, I decided to make my own recipe of healthy banana bread and see how it turned out.
Let me tell you—this recipe is the most delicious banana bread recipe I have ever tried. It is denser than your regular banana bread, fats are cut in half, there is almost no added sugar, and it is delicious.
What else could you want from healthy banana bread?
I love it when my house smells like freshly baked goods, and this banana bread recipe is my go-to. The best thing about it is that you don’t even have to make it a loaf; you can turn this recipe into muffins as well. And the even better thing about this recipe is that you can freeze it, so you can toss it into your microwave whenever you’re in a hurry or want a quick energy refill in the middle of your day. It’s very similar to homemade healthy protein balls.
What Makes This Banana Bread Healthy?
Bananas — This is the obvious ingredient. There are so many benefits of bananas, and perfectly ripe bananas are what makes this banana bread naturally sweet and delicious. Bananas are packed with potassium and vitamin B6. They also contain vitamin C, manganese, and fiber.
Oat flour — Instead of using traditional all-purpose white flour, I decided to try oat flour, and it turned out perfectly. Oat flour has practically all the benefits you can find in oatmeal. It has fewer calories and more protein and fiber than regular flour. An additional benefit of oat flour is that it doesn’t contain any gluten.
Greek yogurt — This is the healthier version of regular yogurt. It contains more protein and less fat. It’s also a probiotic, which will help your gut in many ways. Another great benefit of Greek yogurt is that it contains calcium, which is necessary for your bones’ health.
Applesauce — Applesauce is an excellent substitution for butter. It adds moisture to your cakes, but it doesn’t contain as much fat. It is low in calories and contains fiber.
Stevia — In this recipe, I used Stevia as my main sweetener. Now, I know Stevia is not a regular sweetener, so if you don’t like the taste, you can easily try something different, like maple syrup or honey.
As you can see, my healthy banana bread recipe contains all of the good stuff, and the best part is, you can barely tell it’s healthy. Lots of unhealthy fats are not ideal in a heart healthy diet, and that’s why I use coconut oil in my healthy banana bread recipe.
Banana Bread Recipe
- Bread Pan
- Sauce Pan
- Small Bowl
- Large Bowl
- 2 ripe Banana Mashed
- 2 pcs Eggs
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 cups Oat Flour (made by blending rolled oats in my blender at home)
- 1/3 cup Greek Yogurt Vanilla
- 1/2 cup Applesauce Unsweetened
- 1 tsp Stevia Liquid
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Cinnamon Ground
- 1 pinch Salt
For the topping, you'll need:
- 1/3 cup Chocolate Chip Semi-sweet
- 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
- Mash your bananas with a fork. I find that the easiest way to do this is by mashing it on a wide plate because you can evenly mash every bit of the banana, and it’s much quicker than trying to mash it in a small bowl.
- Add eggs to your bananas and stir to incorporate. Melt your coconut oil and add it to the banana and egg mixture. Spoon in your Greek yogurt and applesauce, and stir well until all is combined. If you're using Stevia or any other liquid sweetener, now is the time to add it.
- In another bowl, add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, then stir to combine.
- Add the dry mixture to your banana and egg mixture, and stir until incorporated. It should have a pancake-like consistency.
- Spray your bread pan with coconut oil and spoon the bread batter into it slowly. Even it out with a spatula and bake at 375 F for about 40–45 minutes.
For the topping:
- Combine all of the topping ingredients into one pan, and melt on low heat, stirring constantly. When it is melted, leave it for about 10 minutes to cool down a bit, and then drizzle your chocolate sauce over your cooled banana bread.
Healthy Banana Bread Substitutions
I used oat flour, but you can use any flour that you have in your pantry. Of course, if you want this bread to stay on the healthier side, you’re going to have to make healthier choices when it comes to flour. You can use wholewheat or spelt flour; you can also mix it up and add a couple of tablespoons of rye flour in your oat flour and test it. I personally haven’t tried that, but I can imagine how good it would taste.
If you’re more of a muffin person, you can totally make muffins instead of one big loaf. Those are a great option for something to grab on the go for a slight energy boost or when you’re in a rush. One slice can also be a great option for a pre-workout snack.