Banana bread is one of those baked goods that we always feel a little less guilty about indulging in. However, just because its name and ingredient list boast the potassium-packed fruit, banana bread doesn't always guarantee you're home free from excess sugars and butter that can derail your healthy eating habit. But when you're whipping up your own batch of banana bread yourself, you can control exactly what goes into your homemade treat. To get you started on the right path, we've lined up some of our favourite healthy banana bread recipes—plus a few creative twists on the traditional kind—to ensure what you bake (or blend) is brimming with wholesome goodness.
For a super-healthy take on the traditional banana bread recipe, this version—from Katie Wahlman of Butterlust, sharing via Camille Styles—is loaded with nutritious ingredients like virgin coconut oil, black sesame seeds, and almonds, and topped with a tahini honey almond butter. "Black sesame seeds stud the batter for a nutty crunch, and virgin coconut oil imparts intense moisture and a lightly tropical flavour," she explains.
Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest says she loves that "unlike most banana bread recipes, this one is not overly sweet in any way, and it has some serious, serious banana flavour happening, which is everything I could want in a banana bread."
For a gluten-free and dairy-free fix that still satisfies your cravings for something sweet, Julia Gartland of Sassy Kitchen shares her healthful banana bread on Camille Styles. "It's the perfect breakfast for the colder months when you need something a little heartier," she says.
Get your fix of banana bread flavour in smaller, portable portions with banana bread muffins. "These muffins are light, moist, filled with banana flavour, and generously studded with dark chocolate chips," describes Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. Better yet, they're also vegan.
If you want to indulge in banana bread goodness for snack time, this fun granola bar twist by Laura of The First Mess is the perfect answer. "Banana bread is this undeniably cosy, early-fall thing to me, and I managed to fix some up on the weekend," she recounts. "I thought about using that flavour base for a granola bar, relying on the bananas for some sweetness and binding power. It totally worked!"
For a total departure from traditional banana bread, but with the same delicious flavour you crave, try your hand at this raw banana bread shake from Laura of The First Mess. Sliced bananas, ground cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg, maple syrup, and cacao nibs come together for pure perfection in every sip.