Healthy Banana Bread - Chef Abbie Gellman MS, RD, CDN

Healthy Banana Bread

Chef Abbie Gellman RD

Healthy Banana Bread

Who doesn’t love banana bread? And guess what – this is my version of Healthy Banana Bread! Super delicious and nutritious – it’s hella good!

Healthy Banana Bread

To make this scrumptious treat, all you need are some healthy-ish baking ingredients and ripe bananas. I like to use whole wheat pastry flour because it is softer and lighter, making the healthy banana bread tender, moist, and fluffy. I look to maple syrup and maple sugar to add some sweetness as well as minerals, including iron, zinc, and magnesium. The final key ingredient is plain kefir or yogurt, which adds puff and lift to the batter.

Bananas, a super nutritious part of this recipe, provide us with vitamins and minerals too. Specifically, bananas have a ton of potassium and folate, along with antioxidants, and – my favorite – FIBER!

To make this banana bread even healthier, feel free to add in chopped nuts or raisins.

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Looking for other delicious and nutritious recipes? Try my Healthy Carrot Muffins, Healthy Pumpkin Muffins, or Gluten Free Corn Muffins.


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Healthy Banana Bread

5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: banana, banana bread, kid friendly
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • Makes one 8.5- or 9.5-inch loaf pan


  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup maple sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/3 cup plain kefir or yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups 4 each ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray loaf pan with oil spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, maple sugar, eggs, kefir, and vanilla. Mix/mash bananas into the wet mixture well.
  • In a bowl, mix baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and flour.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and incorporate together. Do not overmix.
  • Pour mixture into loaf pan and place into oven. Cover with foil and bake for 65 minutes, removing foil halfway through. Banana Bread is done when toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool 10 to 15 minutes prior to removing from loaf pan.


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