Good news, today we’re going to be recreating the well-known and much loved banana bread recipe.
We don’t know about you, but banana bread instantly conjures up nostalgia. Our minds fill with memories of little butter-smeared banana bread slices full of the promise of happiness. Plus, it’s the ideal recipe for National Banana Bread Day (February 23).
Soft, moist, buttery, and fluffy— this banana bread is stuffed with all the goodness you can think of. Don’t wait, make it now!
Is Banana Bread Healthy?
Banana bread is an enticing choice for either breakfast, dessert, or side dish. However, we believe it isn’t something you should snack on without hesitation.
With any food, it’s best to always estimate your overall portion size carefully based on its nutritional content. Therefore, if you’re craving banana bread, start smaller with one or two slices of it at a time.
On the same note, please rest assured that our recipe is a tried-and-true formula. The added sugar has been kept within the healthy eating pattern limit (less than 10% of calories per day).
This banana bread recipe uses common ingredients available at food stores (and probably already in your cupboard). We’ve carefully tested the recipe to make sure it provides enough nutrients without going over any daily values.
In this banana bread recipe, one slice provides about 232 calories. Thus, a serving of two slices will do beautifully for a filling breakfast.
Banana bread is a sweet treat that’s fairly high in sugar.
With our recipe, you’ll get 62 grams of carbohydrate, in which there are 27 grams of sugar. Based on a 2100-calorie diet, this amount of sugar still falls within the healthy limit.
You’ll get 10 grams of protein from this banana bread, most of which comes from the walnuts and Greek yogurt.
Ingredients for This Recipe
When you think of banana bread there’s usually a lot of sugar going into the batter. But in reality, you only need to choose the right ingredients to easily stay on the healthy side.
1. Flour, Egg, Banana
For convenience, we opted for the most down-to-earth ingredient in every pastry recipe, which is all-purpose flour. There are loads of substitutions for all-purpose flour on the market— we’ll go into details later in this article.
Eggs are also one of the ingredients that you cannot leave out of this recipe. They help maintain the stability and fluffy texture of the bread.
The sweetness of banana bread is owing heavily to the bananas used in the recipe. Therefore, we suggest you opt for overripe bananas— those with dark brown spots.
Although they look yucky, they’re actually the most suitable ones in this situation. The riper the banana, the better it will be.
Ripe bananas make a marvelous natural sweetener as their juice lends softness and denseness to the bread’s texture. They’re also easier to mash up.
Using different types of nuts can add more nutrients. Combining walnuts in the batter will bring extra flavor and texture to the slices (as well as extra nutrition).
If you’re in the mood, you can also try adding chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, or toffee bits to the batter.
Greek yogurt adds more moisture to the banana bread. It’s also low-fat, packed with probiotics, and a great source of protein.
Cinnamon and banana may seem to have distinct flavors, but you’ll be amazed at how well they could work together. Plus, it goes a long way in enhancing any bread batter, like in this healthy Southern cornbread recipe.
After several attempts, besides cinnamon, we decided to also add cardamom and nutmeg to the spice mix. To our taste, cardamom and nutmeg make wonderful mates for the natural sweetness of banana.
Nevertheless, as banana bread is easily adapted to personal taste, this is something you should try and decide for yourself.
5. Coconut Milk
Coconut milk adds a mesmerizing aroma to banana bread. It lends a creamy mouthfeel to the overall taste and accompanies the walnuts beautifully.
6. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a must-have ingredient in this banana bread recipe.
As sugar, butter, coconut milk, and yogurt are all acids, they need to react with baking soda. This reaction will allow the batter to leaven when exposed to heat.
Please note that the amount of baking soda should be just right. Otherwise, the redundant baking soda in the batter will result in a metallic and soapy aftertaste for the bread.
How Long to Bake
In this banana bread recipe, we baked the 6-serving loaf at 350°F for 55 minutes in total. Basically, it’ll take you roughly an hour or more to prepare the batter and finish baking altogether.
For a smaller loaf of banana bread, you’ll need to reduce the baking time. We can’t tell the exact baking time for every loaf size, however, the mentioned toothpick method works for all cases.
How Long Does It Last?
Banana bread can stay fresh on the counter within the day it’s cooked. For longer storing, you’ll need to put it into the fridge.
Can You Freeze Banana Bread?
Yes, of course, you can. Here’s how to do it:
First, transfer banana bread onto a plate or a wire rack and allow it to cool to room temperature. Wrap the whole loaf or individual slices of it tightly in plastic wrap.
Next, put the wrapped bread into freezer-friendly bags or containers with a tight lid. Freeze them for up to 3 months for the best possible flavor and texture.
Banana bread is easily thawed in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Most people prefer freezing it in slices as they thaw quicker.
What to Serve with
With this banana bread recipe, we made it the simple and straightforward way. We left the bread as it is without adding any toppings so the decision of what to add is totally in your hands.
Milk And Orange Juice
After all the testing, we believe nothing would make a better pair for banana bread than milk and orange juice. A sweet-sour and refreshing drink will balance all the nuttiness and sweetness you get from the banana bread.
Don’t you think so? Try it out and send us your thoughts!
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
I just want to know if cardamom is necessary? I don’t have that ingredient and was wondering if that made much if a difference? I’ve seen other recipes and they don’t call for cardamom or nutmeg. So if I onit these two ingredients, would it make a huge difference?
Hi Mary, yes, cardamom and nutmeg can be omitted from the ingredient list. We learnt that adding cardamom and nutmeg to the batter gives the bread more fragrance, but in general, the differences in flavor are not so significant. So don’t worry if you don’t have those two on-hand and just go for it!