Healthy Banana Bread is my forever faithful friend. I’ve made this recipe dozens of times over the years. Whatever my mood or motivation, it comforts me in the most genuine, judgment-free fashion, the way a true friend would.

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This easy banana bread recipe is made with yogurt and is 100% whole grain. It’s naturally sweetened with honey or pure maple syrup.

It’s also marvelously moist, fluffy, and easy to make. It uses just ONE BOWL and you don’t even need a mixer!

You may find yourself subconsciously stockpiling bananas, just so they can turn spotty and you have a new excuse to whip up a loaf.

While I’ve certainly baked my share of different banana breads (Pumpkin Banana Bread, Zucchini Banana Bread, and Paleo Banana Bread are but a few) when I’m craving a simple, classic banana bread recipe, this one is my go to.

Of course, if you feel the urge to turn it into a healthy chocolate banana bread with chocolate chips, or go the banana nut route with walnuts, I certainly won’t stop you.

Healthy banana bread with whole wheat flour

5 Star Review

“This was THE best banana bread I’ve ever made! Definitely a redo in our household. Thank you for this amazing recipe!”

— Nat —

How to Make Healthy Banana Bread

To me, banana bread is the embodiment of homeyness and warmth, in baked breakfast form.

This easy banana bread is good for you and made with nutritious ingredients, but it doesn’t sacrifice the pure comfort you long for when you reach for a slice.

I have yet to serve it and not have someone ask me for the recipe on the spot!


The Ingredients

  • Bananas. The delicious star of the show! Bananas add wonderful moisture, natural sweetness, and nutrition. They’re packed with potassium and fiber.
  • Whole Wheat Flour. To keep this bread on the wholesome side, I used whole wheat flour. It works perfectly in this recipe and adds a light nuttiness.
  • Greek Yogurt. Adds protein, moisture, and helps to tenderize the bread.
  • Brown Sugar + Maple Syrup. While this isn’t an exclusively no sugar healthy banana bread, it uses just the right amount of brown sugar to create a moist texture. The rest of the flavor comes from maple syrup, which helps reduce the amount refined sugar in banana bread and adds rich flavor.

Substitution Tip

You can swap the maple syrup in this banana bread for the same amount of honey. The honey will make the bread look darker, since it caramelizes more intensely as it cooks, but the bread will taste delicious.

  • Canola Oil. Just 2 tablespoons are all this recipe needs; the rest of the moisture comes from the bananas and yogurt. I would not recommend making this healthy banana bread with applesauce instead, as the bread will be too dry. I’ve cut down on the oil as much as possible.
  • Vanilla + Cinnamon. Two cozy, must-have ingredients that make this bread taste truly special.

The Directions

Mashed fruit in a bowl
  1. Mash the bananas.
An egg cracked into a mixing bowl
  1. Whisk in the egg, yogurt, and oil.
Batter being whisked in a bowl
  1. Whisk in the brown sugar, syrup, and vanilla. Stir in the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Healthy banana bread in a bowl
  1. Stir in the flour. Fold in any mix-ins.
  2. Transfer the batter to a loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes. Banana bread can be undercooked, so make sure to check it before letting it cool. DIG IN!

Banana Bread Mix-Ins

  • Chocolate Chips. Add 3/4 cups of dark chocolate chips for a healthy chocolate banana bread.
  • Nuts or Fruit. If you’d like a more low calorie banana bread recipe, you can omit the chocolate chips or swap them for chopped nuts, fresh or frozen blueberries, or chopped dried fruit such as cranberries or cherries.
Slices of healthy banana bread

Recipe Adaptations

  • Healthy Banana Bread Muffins. You can also bake this exact recipe as healthy banana bread muffins. For more detail, please see the notes in the recipe directions below.
  • Healthy Banana Bread with Oats. Looking for a recipe that uses oats? Check out my Oatmeal Banana Bread.
  • To Make Vegan. For a vegan recipe, try these Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.
  • Almond Flour Healthy Banana Bread. Try my tasty Almond Flour Banana Bread.
A loaf of healthy banana bread

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store bread at room temperature in an airtight storage container lined with paper towels for up to 1 week.
  • To Freeze. Freeze leftover bread in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight at room temperature before serving.

Tip!

Cut your leftover bread into slices and individually wrap them before freezing. Then, you can thaw and enjoy slices as desired for a quick treat.

Sliced healthy banana bread

What to Serve with Banana Bread

Easy healthy banana bread slices

Recommended Tools to Make Banana Bread

The Best Loaf Pan

This loaf pan creates perfect edges and promotes even baking. A must-have for any banana bread lover!

A loaf of healthy banana bread cut into slices

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Healthy Banana Bread

5 from 42 votes
This easy, healthy banana bread is the best! Moist, fluffy, and ultra delicious. Made with yogurt and whole wheat. So yummy and good for you!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 1 hr 5 mins

Servings: 10 slices; 1 8×4-inch loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas about 11 ounces or 3 large
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt I used nonfat. OK to substitute vanilla, though the bread will be a bit sweeter.
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or melted cooled coconut oil*
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4  cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Place the rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  • Mash the bananas in the bottom of a large bowl until mostly smooth.
  • Whisk in the egg, then the yogurt and oil.
  • Whisk in the brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt over the top, then stir until combined.
  • Gently stir in the flour until barely combined, then fold in any mix-ins.
  • Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Check at the 35-minute mark and tent with foil if the bread is browning too quickly at the corners. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and place on rack to finish cooling completely (for neat slicing), or enjoy warm and don’t worry if the slices are messy.

Notes

  • *If using coconut oil, be sure all of the ingredients are at room temperature and the coconut oil has cooled, or it will resolidify when it touches the cold ingredients.
  • TO MAKE MUFFINS: To bake this recipe as 12 muffins instead of in a loaf pan, lightly grease a standard muffin tin, then divide the batter evenly among the cups. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the muffins spring back lightly when touched.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice (of 10)Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 3gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 46IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg

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    1. Hi Tanya! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so you’d be experimenting. It may make the dough dry, so you may need to add extra liquid. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  1. I made this as muffins and used regular wheat flour instead of white wheat. They were so delicious that my 14 year-old son said he’d have to try the 11 others before he could know for sure if they were good or not, haha! He had no idea they were made with healthier ingredients. And as I made them I felt so good about the ingredients I was using. I will definitely be making this recipe again!5 stars

  2. Her book and this recipe was fire this morning!? I used dark chocolate chips to add on since I didn’t have blueberries ?. I also didn’t have a loaf pan but used a cake pan and cooked evenly!❤️❤️ My husband loved it!5 stars

  3. This is delicious and so easy. It was a fun baking project for my toddler and me this afternoon. We used a mix of dark chocolate chips and semisweet chips and it came out perfectly.5 stars

  4. Awesome recipe!! I love banana bread and wanted a recipe with ingredients I feel good about and this one did not disappoint!! Delicious, moist, just perfect!!5 stars

  5. Thank you Erin! This is the best healthy banana bread I have tried! My husband even liked it. Some of the recipes where I have used the white wheat flour end up being heavy and dry. It was nice and moist, like the not so healthy banana bread!5 stars

  6. I was a little skeptical about the healthy ingredients in here after making my favorite non-healthy recipe about a million times during quarantine. But I have to say, this recipe is even better! The bread is moist and the serving yields a generous size! My new favorite recipe! Thank you! Now I want to try ALL of your baking recipes !5 stars

  7. Oh my goodness, this was delicious! I will make this again. My husband and I could not stop eaten no it. I used 4 overripe bananas and omitted the oil. I only had about 1/3 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips, but I did throw in some cocoa nibs. So yummy! Thanks for sharing a healthy and tasty recipe!5 stars

    1. YES! Always a good idea! :) So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for your kind review Cheryl!

    1. Hi Tamara, I would not recommend making this healthy banana bread with applesauce instead, as the bread will be too dry. Some readers have tried sour cream instead. Hope you enjoy it if you make the bread.

  8. Ive baked it according to the instruction and it turns out beautifully and yummy! It was a big hit with my family and i will bake it again! Thank you Erin for the wonderful and easy recipe!!!

  9. Hello there!
    I’ve been ripening up some bananas to fulfill my banana bread craving and can’t wait to try out this recipe! However, as I’m lactose intolerant, are there substitutes to the yogurt? Could I use applesauce instead? Or should I shell out for coconut based yogurt?
    All the best!
    Charlie

    1. Hi Charlie, I would not recommend making this banana bread with applesauce instead, as the bread will be too dry. Hope you enjoy it if you make the bread.

  10. This was a STAPLE recipe for me in college once I got my hands on a working oven. I got a reputation on campus for making it (always with dark chocolate chips), and it was always an absolute hit with my friends! Since graduating, I’ve found myself coming back to it—I work in theatre, so I’m always meeting new people and use it for cast and crew bonding—and everyone always loves it! I did want to ask, do you have recommendations for dealing with raw centers? It’s been a while since I made a loaf, and I’m struggling a bit even with the tin foil. It might just be the tin I’m using, but I’m going to attempt to put on the tin foil even earlier to see if that works (but even when I have that problem, I usually manage to work it out and no one ever notices, which I think speaks to how fantastic this recipe is)!

    1. Hi Emma! If you are getting a raw center you should leave the foil off and not put it on earlier. The foil is just there to help with the corners getting too dark but it’s not necessary, if you are having no problems with your corners. Hope this helps!

  11. So easy. Wow this is the Best banana bread recipe. So great warm from the oven. My husband suggested we make for our new neighbors! I added 1/2 cup chopped walnuts too and only had whole wheat flour, but worked fine. Love your recipes Erin5 stars

  12. Love the recipe, but I substituted the whole wheat flour with Paleo non-grain flour and a half cup of chocolate chips. It was very moist and not too sweet!5 stars

  13. This was amazing! I reduced the sugar a bit and subbed coconut sugar for the brown sugar and it was amazing! I used four medium sized bananas!

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