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 does.

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  • This healthy banana bread with yogurt is 100% whole grain.
  • It’s naturally sweetened with honey or pure maple syrup.
  • It’s marvelously moist, fluffy, and easy to make.
  • It uses just ONE BOWL. 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.

A loaf of healthy banana bread

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 healthy banana bread recipe 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.

You can enjoy it for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or try warm it in a toaster oven, then top with a scoop of Banana Ice Cream for dessert.


The Ingredients

  • Ripe Bananas. Forget healthy banana bread with 1 banana! We’re making banana 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 of 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.
Easy healthy banana bread slices

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, omit the chocolate or swap it for nutritious chopped nuts (try pecans or walnuts), fresh or frozen blueberries, or chopped dried fruit such as cranberries or cherries.

Craving banana bread with other mix-ins? Try my Cream Cheese Banana Bread or Chocolate Banana Bread.

The Directions

Mashed fruit in a bowl
  1. Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl.
An egg cracked into a mixing bowl
  1. Whisk in the egg, yogurt, and oil.
Batter being whisked in a bowl
  1. Whisk the brown sugar, syrup, and vanilla into the banana mixture. Stir in the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into the wet ingredients.
Healthy banana bread in a bowl
  1. Stir in the flour to complete the dry ingredients. Fold in any mix-ins. Transfer the batter to a loaf pan (line the pan with parchment paper if you like). Bake the healthy banana bread 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!

How to Know When Banana Bread is Done

Banana bread can be undercooked easily, and unfortunately, once the loaf has cooled, even if it is gooey in the middle you cannot put it back into the oven.

  • You can tell banana bread is done when a butter knife inserted in several places in the whole loaf comes out with a few crumbs clinging, but no wet batter. It can be very hard to judge.
  • My favorite way to know when banana bread is done is to use an instant read thermometer. Once banana bread reaches 200 degrees F in the center, it is fully baked.
Slices of healthy banana bread

Recipe Adaptations

  • Healthy Banana Bread Muffins. You can bake this exact recipe as healthy banana bread muffins. For more detail, please see the notes in the recipe directions below. (You can also try my Healthy Banana Muffins or Banana Bran Muffins.)
  • Healthy Banana Bread with Oats. Looking for a recipe that uses oats? Check out my Oatmeal Banana Bread.
  • Banana Bread with Glaze. Looking for a more decadent banana bread experience? Top your finished banana bread loaf with the glaze from these Coffee Cake Muffins. (Don’t miss my Banana Bread Brownies with brown butter frosting.)
  • To Make Vegan. For a vegan recipe, try these Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. Or, you can experiment with using dairy-free yogurt and flax eggs.
  • To Make Gluten Free. Try my Paleo Banana Bread, which is grain free and gluten free. Or, another option for gluten-free banana bread is to swap the whole wheat flour in this recipe for a 1:1 gluten free flour substitute meant to replace all-purpose flour like this one.

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. For extra protection from freezer burn, wrap the loaf in aluminum foil. Let thaw overnight at room temperature before serving.

Tip!

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

Sliced healthy banana bread

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A loaf of healthy banana bread cut into slices

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make this Recipe Using Almond Flour?

No, almond flour cannot be swapped for regular flour, as the two have completely different weights, fat contents, and baking behaviors. Check out my tasty Almond Flour Banana Bread instead.

Is Banana Bread Good for You?

While some banana breads are high in sugar and fat (why banana bread is so high in calories), this healthy banana bread is good for you. It’s packed with nutritious ingredients like whole wheat flour, egg, Greek yogurt, and bananas. Plus, this recipe proves you can use less sugar in banana bread by swapping in some maple syrup.

What if I Don’t Have Whole Wheat Flour?

While we love this as a healthy banana bread with whole wheat flour, it will work just as well with all-purpose flour. Simply swap the whole wheat flour for an equal amount of all-purpose flour, or do a 50/50 blend.

A loaf of healthy banana bread cut into slices

Healthy Banana Bread

5 from 52 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.
  • 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.

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. Hello! Can I use all-purpose flour instead? If so, is the ratio the same 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour? Thanks so much!

  2. This recipe is now one of my favorites. So nice and moist. I did still add cooked apples. However, I did it as an addition, with the oil. Also added pecans. Yummy! Thank you!5 stars

  3. I had a couple of really ripe bananas and had to make banana bread. But I wanted a healthier option than the usual ones with too much oil and way too much sugar. This one was a winner! It was, in the opinions of my husband and a dear friend, ‘the best banana bread they’d eaten’! I subbed regular whole wheat flour (all I had) for the white whole wheat, and it was fine. Will make again for sure.5 stars

  4. Excellent Banana Bread and Banana muffins from this recipe.
    Just follow the directions and see the results. It does not last long at my house.5 stars

  5. Thank you for sharing, this recipe has changed my life! lol I’ve been looking for a good banana bread recipe for a while and never liked any of them. I just made this one and it is delicious! I also have another one in the oven right now.5 stars

  6. Is it possible to cut out the sugar entirely and just rely on the bananas for sweetness? If so, should I add more liquid (like apple sauce)? I made This recipe last week and it was amazing! Thank you!

    1. Hi Mackenzie, not I don’t believe it would be possible. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  7. Hi Erin,

    So this is by far my favorite Banana Bread recipe – thank you so much! It’s delightfully moist. The winning combo for me so far has been to add raspberries, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.
    I would love to turn it into a double chocolate bread. Any idea how much cacao powder would need to be added and if the same amount would need to be removed from the flour?

    I’d really appreciate any advice!

    Thanks,
    Camélia

    1. Hi Camélia! I’ve only tested this recipe as written but I do have a chocolate banana bread recipe you might enjoy. Here you go: https://www.wellplated.com/chocolate-banana-bread/

    2. Hey Camélia! I wanted to do the same and just added cocoa powder to the batter until it was as dark/chocolatey as I wanted, and kept the flour the same. I don’t think it would take more than a 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to do so it shouldn’t really affect the flour amount. Hope this helps!

  8. Omg !! This is an amazing recipe. My wife and kids loved it. I loaded it with nuts and seeds. Super delicious 😊5 stars

  9. My honey absolutely loves banana bread with his morning cup of joe. I made this one to surprise him… this bread is amazing! I added dark chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. I also used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. He loved it!5 stars

  10. This bread was so simplistic and delicious ! Cooked perfectly in 50mins. I added walnuts . My husband loved it too !!
    Thanks for another amazing recipe5 stars

  11. I have made this recipe so many times and my family loves it. I have made so many different Banana breads before but this will be the only one I make from now in. I love that it has yogurt in it and maple syrup. Best part beyond the taste is that it only requires 1 bowl!5 stars

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