A healthy banana bread recipe that is easy to make and is moist, has no refined sugar, and can be easily made into muffins! This whole wheat banana bread is made with coconut oil and with chocolate chips!
One of my favorite things in life is having overripe bananas. It’s like they are begging for me to bake with them. I have been trying to come up with fun and creative ways to use them in recipes but everyone needs a banana bread recipe, am I right?
An easy banana bread recipe is a staple in every household. This recipe is so simple to make that I always suggest people start here when they want to create a healthier creation to take somewhere.
If you love banana bread, but want to make sure it is a little bit healthier, this nutritious recipe is for you! It is literally meant for mornings when you wake up and want something easy for breakfast and remember that you prepared a big loaf of banana bread to have with coffee!
This banana bread is made with healthier ingredients like whole wheat flour and coconut oil to replace the traditional ingredients like white flour and canola oil.
Ingredients in healthy banana bread
This recipe is healthier than traditional banana bread because of the nutrient value in the ingredients.
whole wheat flour – this recipe calls for whole wheat flour over white flour for more nutrients. We like to use white whole wheat flour in this recipe, but regular whole wheat flours works as well! To make gluten free, substitute a 1:1 gluten-free baking flour.
coconut oil – my favorite oil for baking is coconut oil. It’s a great healthy replacement for butter or canola oil like traditional recipes call for. Use a refined coconut oil to ensure there is no coconut taste if you don’t like coconut!
ripe bananas – super ripe bananas are key for making this recipe perfectly sweet. With a touch of maple syrup, we create the perfect balance of sweetness.
eggs – haven’t tested this recipe with flax eggs, but if you try it out let me know!
How to make healthy banana bread
This banana bread recipe is seriously easy to make. If you have ten minutes and two little bowls, you can create the most delicious healthy banana bread.
You’ll start by mashing the ripe bananas in one of the bowls.
One of the best tips I have for this recipe and for any banana bread recipe in general is to use a potato masher for when you want to mash your bananas up! It seriously makes them so mushy and perfect for banana bread, and is a lot easier to do than if you were doing it with a fork.
Add in the rest of the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients, then add them to your wet ingredients. Mix until well combined and when combined, add in your chocolate chips.
You can also add in nuts or any other mix-in that you want!
If you find yourself with ripe bananas or just in the mood to make a healthier version of banana bread, I’ve got the perfect recipe for you!
Photos beautifully styled and taken by Sam Florio
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- Preheat oven to 350F and prepare 9×5 loaf pan.
- In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk mashed bananas and eggs until combined.
- Mix in oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.
- Add dry ingredients to wet and stir to combine.
- Add in any mix-ins – chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
- Pour into greased bread loaf pan.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
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