Try this soft, moist banana bread made with healthy ingredients like oats, apple sauce, chia seeds and dates. This healthy banana bread is easy to make and with no added sugar, it is perfect for a healthy snack or light breakfast!
We always seem to have a bunch of brown, spotty bananas on our counter at home. Bananas that are too mushy to eat, but perfect for baking! I have a classic banana bread recipe that is perfect for spotty bananas. It is soft, decadent and a hit with kids and adults alike. But this year, my littlest boy started kinder and is required to bring snacks that are egg free. And, sometimes it’s nice to have a sweet treat without the guilt!
After a few attempts to get the perfect ratio of healthy + delicious, here is my version of a healthier banana bread. It is packed full of banana flavour, fluffy and completely delicious! Although it is healthy, this recipe equals a classic banana bread recipe in both taste and texture. No one will even know that it is a makeover of the classic version.
This banana bread recipe uses healthier ingredients, is naturally sweetened with dates, apple sauce and honey and is completely kid friendly!
- Bananas: Brown, spotty bananas are best! Spotty bananas are much sweeter and therefore produce a sweeter bread.
- Medjool dates: Dates are a great sugar substitute in baking! They are full of fibre, vitamins and minerals and have less calories than sugar- and more potassium than bananas!
- Apple sauce: When you require recipes to be egg free, apple sauce is a perfect substitute. This healthy banana bread uses applesauce to give the bread stability and structure, as well is its soft texture.
- Olive oil: The secret to a banana bread that is completely moist and fluffy? Olive oil!
- Honey: The honey in this recipe is entirely optional, it can be omitted if you prefer. If leaving out the honey, add in a little extra applesauce for moisture. Maple syrup or brown rice syrup are great honey substitutes.
- Flour: Either white or wholemeal, depending on preference.
- Chia seeds.
- Baking powder: To help the bread rise while baking.
How to make banana bread;
Overall, this is a SUPER easy recipe for healthy banana
bread. The mixture takes about five minutes to make and is perfect for whenever
you have bananas that have gone a little spotty! And, as a bonus, your house
will smell amazing!
To make this bread, simply;
- Place the bananas, medjool dates, apple sauce, olive oil and honey into a food processor and pulse until the dates have completely broken down and the mixture is smooth.
- Add all of the dry ingredients into a bowl.
- Mix all of the wet and dry ingredients together until combined and place into a small loaf tin.
- Bake for around 45 minutes, or until the loaf is completely cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool.
Is banana bread healthy?
Classic banana bread is delicious, but let’s face it- banana bread is really just fancy banana cake! We just call it banana bread to convince ourselves that it’s better for us, when really it is a slice of cake minus the icing!
Banana bread recipes can vary drastically in nutritional value. Those made with butter, oils and refined sugars come out higher in unhealthy saturated fats and cholesterol. Recipes that use olive or vegetable oils and other healthier swaps will still be high in fats and calories, but will contain healthier fats.
A healthier version of banana bread can be achieved by making a few simple swaps. This recipe swaps refined sugar for dates and honey and butter for olive oil and applesauce. The honey can be omitted to reduce the sugar content even further.
How to freeze banana bread;
If stored correctly, banana bread can be frozen for 3 months. Follow these instructions to ensure the banana bread keeps its fresh flavour and soft texture for months!
- Allow the banana bread to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Slice to desired size.
- Firmly wrap the bread in baking/parchment paper. Two layers is best.
- Place the banana bread in a good quality, air tight freezer container.
- Date and freeze for up to three months.
To thaw, simply remove the pieces from the freezer and either microwave, or thaw at room temperature. This method is perfect for school lunches, as wrapped slices can be added to lunchboxes and thawed by snack time!
Favourite banana recipes;
- Banoffee pie
- Healthy banana muffins
- Banana cake bliss balls
- Berry banana breakfast cookies
- Banana cake with cream cheese frosting
- Classic banana bread
This recipe is perfect for baking in bulk over the school holidays to store ahead for school lunches.
For more lunchbox inspiration, check out these recipes. For tips on time saving and bulk baking school lunches, see this post here. To save time and money on healthy school (and work!) snacks, see my 50 Healthy School Snacks E-BOOK which contains a bonus Guide to Making 2 Minute Lunches.
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Easy, Healthy Banana Bread
- 3 bananas over-ripe (brown and spotty is best!)
- 10 medjool dates pitted
- ½ cup applesauce (pureed apples)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup honey (this is optional. If you would prefer to leave out the honey, add a little more applesauce)
- ½ cup oats rolled oats
- 1 ¾ cup plain flour either white or wholemeal
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- banana chips or extra banana slices to top.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C° and line a small loaf tin with baking paper.
- Place the wet ingredients (peeled bananas, medjool dates, applesauce, olive oil and honey) in a food processor or blender and blend until the dates break down and the mixture is smooth.
- Place the remaining ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir.
- Add the wet ingredients and mix until completely combined.
- Add to the loaf tin and bake for around 45-50 minutes, or until the banana bread is completely cooked through. You can test the loaf by inserting a wooden skewer into the centre. If it comes out clean with a few crumbs stuck to it, the banana bread is ready.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool before slicing. Enjoy!
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