Healthier Banana Bread

Healthy greek yogurt banana bread that is refined sugar, oil or butter free. This banana bread uses honey and the sweetness of ripe bananas! This healthy banana bread has been tested gluten free too!
Healthier banana bread sliced on wood platter.

When I started blogging I didn’t really have an interest in making “healthier” recipes. I am pretty sure my thought process was if the original recipe tastes good (butter, sugar & all) why mess with a good thing?

 

Healthier banana bread sitting on wood platter with knife

But I had to learn that healthier doesn’t mean bad or tasteless. It actually means getting creative and informing yourself about healthier ingredient swaps.

Because I love quick breads and muffins, and I probably won’t ever stop eating them, I thought healthier banana bread would be a good place to start!

Healthier banana bread sliced on plate

Our one bowl 10 minute prep banana chocolate chip bread is one of the top recipes on our site, and for good reason (1 bowl and 10 minutes!) so we created a healthier one bowl 10 minute prep banana bread. No chocolate chips this time, but if you’re wanting to add them in, I’d suggest 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips.

If I calculated the calories correct, the whole loaf is about 900 calories! If you slice it into 8 pieces, that’s 112 calories per slice.

Easy healthy banana bread ingredients

  • bananas: sweetness and fat
  • greek yogurt: healthier fat compared to oil or butter. Adds protein and moistness.
  • honey: natural sweetener compared to sugar
  • vanilla: flavor!
  • egg: leavener and binder
  • all purpose flour: gives structure – you can also use whole wheat flour or gluten free flour
  • baking soda & baking powder: leavener
  • cinnamon: a pinch of warm, cozy flavor

How to make healthy banana bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas until smooth.
  3. Add in the greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla, mix.
  4. Stir in the eggs.
  5. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a separate bowl.
  6. Gradually mix in the flour until no streaks remain.
  7. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Healthier banana bread sliced on wood platter

Can you make banana bread with fresh bananas?

Typically I like to make banana bread with overripe, super spotty and brown bananas. When bananas reach that state in my house, I usually stick them in my freezer to keep them for later.

But maybe you don’t have overripe brown bananas on your counter or in your freezer. So

How to quickly ripen bananas in your oven

Keep the bananas in their peel, place on a baking sheet in a 300ºF oven for 20-30 minutes, until the peels become black and shiny.

How to freeze banana bread

To freeze the whole loaf: allow it to cool completely, then wrap well in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil. Place inside a ziplock bag. To thaw, place the wrapped bread in the fridge overnight.

To freeze individual slices: allow the loaf to cool completely and slice. Wrap each slice in plastic wrap then in aluminum and place inside a ziplock bag. To thaw, place a slice in the fridge overnight. Or unwrap and microwave for 30 second intervals.

For a step-by-step of how to make this healthier banana bread recipe, watch this short video:

Healthier Banana Bread

Healthier Banana Bread

Yield: one loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

One bowl healthier banana bread recipe with no sugar, butter, or oil!

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe spotty brown bananas
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour or whole wheat **can be made gluten free too!
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas until smooth.
  3. Add in the greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla, mix.
  4. Stir in the eggs.
  5. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a separate bowl.
  6. Gradually mix in the flour until no streaks remain.
  7. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Notes

This recipe turned out great using gluten free flour! We love King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour. 

How to quickly ripen bananas in your oven

If you don't have brown spotty bananas to use up on your counter, here's how to ripen yellow bananas in your oven. Keep the bananas in their peel, place on a baking sheet in a 300ºF oven for 20-30 minutes, until the peels become black and shiny.

How to freeze banana bread

To freeze the whole loaf: allow it to cool completely, then wrap well in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil. Place inside a ziplock bag. To thaw, place the wrapped bread in the fridge overnight.


To freeze individual slices: allow the loaf to cool completely and slice. Wrap each slice in plastic wrap then in aluminum and place inside a ziplock bag. To thaw, place a slice in the fridge overnight. Or unwrap and microwave for 30 second intervals.

65 comments

  1. This banana bread is so moist and delicious- love the use of Greek yogurt :) Pinning!

  2. Your photos are BEAUTIFUL! Love them, and love this bread! Healthier is always better and this bread just looks to die for! :)

  3. I love a good slice of banana bread! Honey and yogurt are great ways to lighten it up a bit!

  4. This banana bread looks amazing! Love this healthy version and the honey and yogurt sound like it makes for perfectly moist bread!

  5. Made this last night and oh my goodness this is delicious!!!! First time making banana bread without sugar and butter….this totally compares and I wouldn’t know the difference except for the fact I made it…lol :) LOVED…LOVED….LOVED!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!

  6. Can I add zucchini to it too?  I know it has a lot of water in it, do I need to omit or add something else to counter the water in the zucchini? My son and I can not wait to make the bread for Make it Monday!

    • Hi Melissa! I am not entirely sure since I haven’t tried it myself!

    • I’d start with 1 cup of shredded zucchini, squeezed dry…. Don’t change anything else to the recipe.

  7. I’m making this for the first time and I noticed it doesn’t have any baking powder in it. Would you explain why? Thanks. 

    • Hi Charlotte – the recipes calls for baking soda instead!

    • In this recipe the Greek yogurt supplies the acidity so just adding baking soda will give you the same leavening action as baking powder. I’m a bit of a food science geek and when baking gluten free, you have to know how things rise.

    • Recipe above shows both baking soda and baking powder.

  8. I am all for healthier recipes but this bread tasted too strongly of honey for us. My kids spit it out ;( Have you tried it with 1/4 cup of honey? I don’t want to waste the ingredients so hope to hear from someone who has tried it. Thanks!

    • Hi Brandi! I haven’t tried it myself with 1/4 cup honey but I am a strong believer in trying new ideas – so I’d give it a shot!

    • I tried with 1/4 cup of honey and then added maybe a tablespoon of raw sugar. The sweetness was subtle. Very moist! The outside edges are a tiny bit chewy but the insides are perfect. Not sure how to get a crusty/crunchy edge. I divided into three mini pans and that worked well. 

      Loved the Greek yogurt and subtle sweetness! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hi brandi. Try Rice Malt Syrup. It can replace honey. It is similar just not as sweet neither does it have a strong flavour. It is a mild sweet syrup. It also is called brown rice syrup by some.

  9. Is there a way to find how many carbs are in it or per serving? I love banana bread but have gestational diabetes and don’t want to overdo my carb intake. If it is low carb, I will definitely be making this tonight. 

    Also, I’d any other low carb dessert or bread recipes you have. :)

  10. Does this make one loaf?

  11. Sounds very yummy.
    Can you make muffins instead of the bread?  If yes, would I need to adjust recipe in any way?
    Thanks Gina

  12. I have been making this once a week for snack for my kiddos for school! They look forward to the day they get banana bread, and it’s so good they don’t need to know it’s healthier !! Love, love, love this banana bread! 

  13. Can you omit the honey entirely and just count on the natural sweetness of very ripe bananas to provide the sweetness? Or perhaps replace it with more greek yogurt OR unsweetened applesauce?

  14. Is the Greek yogurt used purely because it’s a liquid and would help combine everything or is there something else in it that’s absolutely vital to the recipe? I’m trying to figure  out whether it would work just as well with an average dairy-free yogurt. Either way, sounds like it’s going to be yummy!! 

    • Hi Bex! If you need to use a dairy free yogurt for your diet, I would definitely say give it a try! I would sub one for one.

  15. Hi Beth… I am vegetarian can you please tell me what can I add instead of eggs in this recipe.

    • Hi Jasmine, I don’t have experience in vegan baking. My suggestion would be to look up a vegan banana bread recipe!

  16. Why does the bread rise up in pan and then sink as soon as I take it from the oven?  Any suggestions?

  17. Delicious! I also added 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, reduced a little honey and topped it with lots of walnuts. 
    Great for dessert with a glass of milk, and excited to have it with yogurt or almond butter for brekky tomorrow!

    Great recipe!

  18. This recipe did not work for me. It sank when it came out of the oven and had a spongy texture. I was sad b/c I really was looking forward to it! I think it was too much honey and maybe needed another egg.

  19. I just made this bread and it’s super yummy! I did substituted eggs for ground flaxseed, honey for maple syrup and yogurt for soy yogurt to make it vegan. I added the recipe to MyFitnessPal and I honestly don’t know how 1/8 of a loaf could be 112 calories! I get 220! Maple syrup has fewer calories than honey, the yogurt was only ~15 calories extra (for the whole loaf!) and ground flaxseed is 1/2 the calories of eggs. 

    Please share your calculation with me!

  20. Can we sub the half of the honey by maple syrup ?
    Someone has tried ??

    :) Thanks

  21. this looks like the best banana bread ever!

  22. I’m going to make this tomorrow to bring on the 8 hour bus ride to Boston for a class trip

  23. Sounds good BUT I think I would add a cup of chopped roasted walnuts to it. Anyone try that.? I might also consider adding some dry fruit, raisins would be my first thought.

  24. Hi Beth, I made this today and my toddler loves it! Suck a simple and delicious bake…thanks a bunch. 

  25. Can this be made in a bread maker?

  26. Any nutritional info?

  27. I’m afraid that there are more like 1700 calories instead of the 900 you thought for the whole recipe. It’s still a good number as it only works out to about 142 calories for 1 of 12 slices.

  28. I’ve attempted this recipe twice and both times it has come out like a pancake and still runny inside. What am I doing wrong? 

  29. Just made this.It tastes delicious but it’s very moist.Almost wet like a sponge.Is that right? Dont want to eat it if it’s not cooked or something!

  30. I’m 13 and was able to make it myself today!! I love that it’s both tasty and healthier???? Thanks for the great recipe!

  31. Beth,  cannot wait to try this banana bread!!  Can I add chopped walnuts?

    Thanks,

    Teri

  32. I made this bread yesterday. I realized I only had 1/4 c of raw honey so I topped it off with maple syrup 
    And it came out great. Awesome bread and so healthy. Will definitely make again.

  33. This banana bread is wonderful. Adding honey is ingenious! I love how this recipe also is low sugar, so many recipes are just too sweet. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with all of us!

  34. Can you use plain yogurt instead of greek yogurt?

  35. CAN YOU SUBSTITUTE GLUTEN FREE FLOW

    • Hi Lynette! Definitely! I recommend King Arthur All Purpose Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour.

  36. I loved this banana bread!! Shared some with coworkers and everybody loved it! Great texture, not too sweet. I threw in some nuts and dry cranberries that I had and it was delicious. Great recipe for a not-too-sweet yummy treat.

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