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Healthy No Added Sugar Banana Bread

This Healthy No Added Sugar Banana Bread is bursting with banana flavor and is made with no refined sugar. Dairy-free and just 5 grams of sugar per slice.

  • Prep Time:
    15 minutes
  • Total Time:
    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Makes:
    12, 3-ounce slices 1x
  • Prep Time:
    15 minutes
  • Total Time:
    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Makes:
    12, 3-ounce slices 1x
  • Ingredients

    • 2 1/2 cups mashed or pureed overripe bananas (from about 78 medium, very overripe bananas, see notes)
    • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or avocado oil
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
    • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla or banana extract
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour (see notes) 
    • ½ cup mix-ins such as chopped walnuts or pecans, raisins, chocolate chips (optional; see notes)

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven & prepare the pan(s). Set oven to 325F and lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or 3 mini loaf pans. 
    2. Mix the mashed bananas and oil. In a large bowl, combine the bananas and oil and mix with a whisk. 
    3. Add eggs, cinnamon, leavening, extract and salt. Add the eggs, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, extract and salt, and mix with the whisk just until combined. 
    4. Stir in the flour. Using a big spoon, stir in the flour and any mix-ins just until combined. Pour batter into your prepared loaf pan.
    5. Bake and cool. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes for a large loaf (35-40 minutes for mini loaves) or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out completely clean. Allow the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack and let it cool another 15-20 minutes before slicing.  

    Notes

    Favorite Equipment

    Ingredient Notes

    • Bananas: The browner the better. Fresh, or frozen and defrosted both work!
    • Flour: If you don’t have white whole wheat flour you can also use a combination of 1 cup all-purpose + ¾ cup whole wheat flour
    • Mix-ins: Mix-ins generally increase baking time. If adding, expect your loaf to take closer to 70-75 minutes to bake. Chocolate chips contain added sugar so, if you choose to add them, your bread will have some added sugar, but still far less than the average loaf.

    Ingredient Prep

    • Mash the bananas; refrigerate up to 2 days 
    • Measure your dry ingredients; okay to combine pumpkin spice blend, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in one bowl

    Little Helpers

    Involving little ones can decrease picky eating and increase appetite and willingness to try new foods. Here are a few ways they can help: 

    • Toddlers: Help with peeling and mashing the bananas, grease bread pan with a paper towel and dollop of oil; whisk ingredients together, stir in flour and mix-ins
    • Little Kids: Peel and mash the bananas, measure ingredients; pour batter into the pan
    • Big Kids: All of the above

    Nutrition Notes

    Nutrition info based on 1, 3-ounce slice made with melted coconut oil; mix-ins not included.

    Nutrition

    • Serving Size: 1, 3-ounce slice
    • Calories: 150
    • Sugar: 6 g
    • Sodium: 105 mg
    • Fat: 6 g
    • Saturated Fat: 4 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 2 g
    • Trans Fat: 0 g
    • Carbohydrates: 22 g
    • Fiber: 3 g
    • Protein: 4 g
    • Cholesterol: 31 mg

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