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4 Healthy Banana Bread Recipes That Will Rock Your World! (+ 1 Splurge Recipe)

Banana bread is a family favorite, and every family has their favorite banana bread recipe. But, if you are eating Paleo, keto, or grain-free, it can be challenging to find a recipe that satisfies your cravings.

Here are four of our favorite healthy banana bread recipes, including a Paleo banana bread recipe, a keto banana bread recipe, a vegan recipe, and a grain-free recipe. And, we’ve thrown in a more traditional one you can enjoy from time-to-time.

Banana Bread Health Benefits

The following healthy banana bread recipes contain ingredients loaded with dietary fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Before we get to baking, here are some noteworthy nutrient highlights.

Nuts

Nuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E, and the amino acid L-arginine. According to the Mayo Clinic, the healthiest nuts for heart health include walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, pecans, and hazelnuts. Any of these nuts are delightful in banana bread. Research shows that walnuts improve cholesterol levels without causing weight gain according to a review of clinical trials published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an excellent source of medium-chain fatty acids that have been shown to reduce inflammation, increase metabolism and energy, and help you lose weight according to a 2012 clinical study published in Obesity, a Research Journal.

Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is a gluten-free and grain-free flour high in fiber, loaded with healthy fats and protein, and low in carbohydrates. Coconut flour is truly a superfood that can be incorporated into recipes with a few adaptations accounting for its density. Research shows that coconut flour as part of a hypoenergetic diet decreases blood pressure and triglycerides.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the most popular spices used across the world. This pantry staple adds so much more than its unique flavor profile and touch of heat—it is an excellent source of antioxidants. Research shows that antioxidants demonstrate antidiabetic activity and antimicrobial activity, and they help to fight disease-causing free radicals.

Vanilla

Like cinnamon, vanilla is used for culinary purposes around the world. But, research shows that this baking favorite contains antibacterial properties, anti-inflammatory agents, and antioxidants. And, according to an animal trial, vanilla can reduce bad cholesterol and total triglyceride levels.

Bananas

Bananas are known for their potassium content and their ability to lower blood pressure, but they offer so much more nutritionally. Bananas are a good source of dietary fiber, prebiotics, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6, magnesium, and tryptophan. According to Australian researchers, tryptophan is better than a placebo at alleviating depression.

These health benefits of banana bread ingredients go to show that a slice of healthy banana bread may be just what the doctor ordered.

Enjoy one of these tasty and healthy banana bread recipes today.

4 Healthy Banana Bread Recipes

Grain-free Banana Bread Recipe

If you are on a grain-free diet and still crave a good slice of banana bread, this recipe is for you. The base of this quick bread is almond flour, coconut flour, and arrowroot flour, and it is sweetened with date paste. This is a dairy-free banana bread recipe, but it does contain eggs.

 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 10 Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (toasted almonds, walnuts, or pecans)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the Medjool dates in a small bowl and add just enough warm water to cover. Let sit for 10 minutes and then strain and blend.
  3. Rub coconut oil into a loaf pan.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the baking soda, salt, and three flours together.
  5. In a separate bowl, blend the eggs, coconut oil, and blended Medjool dates together until light.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  7. Fold in the mashed bananas and the chopped nuts.
  8. Spread batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes to 55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

In classic quick bread recipes, eggs provide structure, fat, and proteins that help the bread rise. In a vegan recipe, you can use any number of DIY egg substitutes to replace the function of an egg.

 

Ingredients

  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup almond or cashew milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or Medjool dates soaked and blended
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare a loaf pan with coconut oil and parchment paper.
  3. With a hand mixer, whip the coconut oil, nut milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and mashed bananas until light and airy.
  4. Add the flour, cinnamon, and salt.
  5. In a separate medium-sized bowl, mix the baking soda, vinegar, and water together, and then immediately pour into the bowl and stir to combine.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. If the banana bread starts to get too brown on top, cover with foil.
  7. Don’t overbake this recipe—it could become chewy and dry. Remove from the oven when a toothpick comes out clean.

Keto Banana Bread Recipe

If you maintain a keto lifestyle, this low-carb banana bread recipe is for you. This banana bread is more dense than traditional recipes. It has a texture similar to many other low-carb quick muffins and baked snacks. But here, it isn’t a bad thing—this banana bread is packed with dietary fiber to help keep you satiated throughout the morning or afternoon.

 

Ingredients

  • 3 large bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare a loaf pan with coconut oil and parchment paper.
  3. In a stand mixer, whip the eggs and the coconut oil until light and fluffy.
  4. Turn the mixer on low, and add the flour, baking soda, nuts, and mashed bananas.
  5. Mix until well combined.
  6. Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Paleo Banana Bread Recipe

If you adhere to a Paleo diet, this recipe is for you. With a ton of bananas, maple syrup, coconut flour, and almond butter, this recipe is a game-changer for what it doesn’t contain. There is no oil, no butter, no grains, and no added sugar.

 

Ingredients

  • 4 large overripe bananas, mashed
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare the loaf pan with coconut oil and parchment paper.
  3. Whisk the eggs and the maple syrup in a stand mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the almond butter, mashed bananas, and vanilla. Mix until light and fluffy.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and sea salt.
  6. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix slowly. This is a very thick batter. Depending on the humidity in your home, you may need to add an extra egg or almond butter.
  7. Spoon the batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 50 minutes to 60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven and let it cool for at least 30 minutes before removing from the pan.

Bonus Splurge Banana Bread Recipe

Splurge Banana Bread Recipe

Let’s be clear, this banana bread recipe is a splurge. It contains white sugar and butter, but it’s delicious when you’re down for some indulgment.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 large overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of nuts, toasted

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter a loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together, and set aside.
  4. With a hand mixer, cream the eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  6. Fold in the mashed bananas and the toasted nuts.
  7. Pour into the loaf pan, and bake for 45 minutes to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 5 minutes before removing from the pan.
  9. For extra decadence, top with whipped honey butter.

Enjoy one of these tasty and healthy banana bread recipes today.

Did you know that banana bread makes amazing French toast? Yes, you read that correctly. Banana bread french toast is a thing, and it is perfect for Sunday breakfast. Simply slice any one of the recipes above into 1/2-inch slices and soak in an egg and milk mixture. Add a touch of cinnamon and vanilla to highlight the flavors. Fry in butter or coconut oil until golden brown and delicious. Top with warm maple syrup or a drizzle of raw honey and enjoy.

 

Believe it or not, banana bread makes terrific croutons too! Slice into small cubes, and let dry on the counter overnight. Toss with a touch of olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes or until crunchy.



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