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12 Secrets To Making Healthy Banana Bread

How do you make banana bread healthy? It depends on who's eating it, so we picked out 12 recipes to help you decide what's best for you.

With or without nuts, low-fat, or gluten-free — the definition of healthy banana bread is not the same for everyone. That’s why we’ve rounded up some great options so that you can find the best banana bread for your needs. So many delicious choices! You could be just one recipe away from your new favorite guilt-free banana bread.

Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread

This recipe takes whole wheat flour, combines it with mashed banana, melted coconut oil and a handful of pantry staples (we’re talking 1 teaspoon baking soda and less than 1 teaspoon salt) and turns out a satisfying, healthy loaf. One of the best parts: All the mixing takes place in one large bowl. Another nice bonus: The recipe lets you use either whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour.

Healthy 5-Ingredient Flourless Banana Bread

Healthy 5-Ingredient Flourless Banana Bread

Here’s a simple banana bread with a five-star recipe rating that brings all the flavor and none of the flour. It takes advantage of maple syrup for its sweetness and oatmeal rather than wheat flour for its structure. (If gluten is a concern, check the label of the oats to make sure they’re strictly gluten free.)

Chocolate Banana Brownie Bread

Chocolate Banana Brownie Bread

This banana bread recipe combines white whole wheat flour with yogurt and buttermilk to make it more healthful than your average banana bread. The addition of unsweetened cocoa powder certainly makes it more rich and chocolatey. One reviewer calls this recipe “amazing” and says it’s the one they always go back to.

Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

Here we have a quick bread that relies on that American staple, all-purpose flour, and then beefs up its nutritional profile with nonfat greek yogurt. Honey, brown sugar, and applesauce sweeten the loaf, while vanilla extract adds a subtle extra dimension of flavor.

4-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

4-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Bananas, oats, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. That’s it. No mixing bowl even needed since all the preparation happens in the blender! Prep time and cook time are both shorter than usual: Once the ingredients are mixed, pour batter into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and about half an hour later, you’re set. (If you have an extra banana, feel free to garnish the top with slices before the loaf bakes.)

Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread

Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread

This recipe from Baker By Nature uses whole wheat flour to boost its flavor and its health credentials. It also uses unsweetened applesauce to add a natural touch of sweetness. And who can forget the blueberries? They’re as pretty streaking the loaf with their deep rich color as they are tasty.

The BEST Healthy Banana Bread

The BEST Healthy Banana Bread

Joyful Healthy Eats bring us a banana bread incarnation that relies on white whole wheat flour for structure and coconut oil for richness. Total time: under an hour. A few recipe notes: First, you can definitely add chocolate chips if you’d like. Also, it’s easy to turn the batter into banana muffins.

Healthy Banana Bread

Healthy Banana Bread

This banana bread takes advantage of both almond flour and almond milk (along with whole-wheat pastry flour). The nicely spiced, dairy-free recipe is straightforward: In a medium bowl, the dry ingredients get added to wet ingredients and stirred until just combined. Pour the batter into a 9x5 inch loaf pan and you’re ready to bake.

Paleo Banana Bread Muffins (Gluten Free, Low-Carb)

Paleo Banana Bread Muffins (Gluten Free, Low-Carb)

These banana muffins incorporate coconut flour (a gluten-free flour) into a batter that includes both baking soda and baking powder for rising. If you’re paleo, check out the nutrition information to see how this recipe fits into your diet.

Blueberry Banana Bread with Almond Milk and Coconut Oil

Blueberry Banana Bread with Almond Milk and Coconut Oil

Want a banana bread with a little something extra? How about blueberries! Call Me PMC walks you through the recipe along the way with helpful comments. (Frozen blueberries are fine. Use eggs at room temperature.) The final step might be the toughest: Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack as you resist the temptation to dig in.

Healthy Raspberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Healthy Raspberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This moist, sweet banana loaf jazzes up the classic approach with both raspberries (fresh or frozen) and chocolate chips. Whole wheat flour provides the backbone of the loaf, while coconut sugar — and very ripe bananas, of course — lend sweetness. One important tip: If you’re using frozen berries, don’t thaw them first.

Low-Fat Banana Bread

Lighter Banana Bread

If you’re watching your total fat consumption, you’ll want to check out this low-fat banana bread. With a single gram of fat per serving and zero saturated fat, this bread is perfect for people going low-fat. Most of the oil is replaced by buttermilk, which, despite its rich name, is typically low in fat. Use very ripe bananas for the best flavor.

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