Healthier Banana Bread

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

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

One bowl healthier banana bread recipe with no sugar, butter, or oil!
I’ve always been on the leaner side, except for my chub stage in 4th and 5th grade (didn’t we all have a chubby stage?!) so I haven’t had to worry too much about what I eat.

I thought because I ate a balanced diet, I had some wiggle room to fit in dessert. But now that I am creeping up on 27, I’m pretty sure my body is changing. I know a lot of you 30-40 somethings are probably laughing at me, saying “Just you wait!”

And I haven’t even had any babies yet.. I know I’m in for some changes after that!

One bowl healthier banana bread recipe with no sugar, butter, or oil!
So all in all, I am getting more curious about healthier ingredient swaps. Honey for granulated sugar, greek yogurt for butter or oil, applesauce for oil, bananas for fats and sweetness. I’m also learning that a recipe doesn’t need to have 1 cup of sugar or 1 stick of butter to taste good. We can create a healthier alternative that is just as delicious.

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

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 or cocoa nibs.

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.

Healthy banana bread never tasted so good :)

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

Healthier Banana Bread

Yield: one loaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe 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
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  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, 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 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

One bowl healthier banana bread recipe with no sugar, butter, or oil!
One bowl healthier banana bread recipe with no sugar, butter, or oil!
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44 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.

  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. Such a perfectly moist bread!

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

  24. 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.

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

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