Whether you're someone who hops right out of bed at 6 a.m. or you'd rather hit the snooze button until noon, you'd probably agree that a nice warm slice of banana bread will make any morning better. And this is especially true if it's a low-carb banana bread recipe that calls for nutrient-rich ingredients for a kick of energy and flavor. Not to mention that homemade banana bread is easy to slice up and pack for a portable breakfast or snack. And even better, it's the perfect excuse to make use of those overripe bananas. To spread the early-bird cheer, we found 12 delicious and low-carb banana bread recipes that cater to a variety of dietary needs, from paleo to vegan and gluten-free. See which recipe strikes your fancy below, or make them all.
Paleo Almond Butter Banana Bread
This banana bread recipe from Food Faith Fitness is going to hit the spot regardless of whether or not you stick to a strict paleo diet. Made with almond butter, it's packed with protein and has a thick and creamy texture mixed with the perfect soft consistency of the bananas and sweetness of chocolate chips.
Paleo Coconut Flour Banana Bread
If you're looking for a gluten-free option that still tastes sweet and indulgent, look no further. This paleo banana bread recipe from Food Faith Fitness is made with coconut flour and super-ripe bananas for an even softer, fluffier texture. There's a layer of pecans inside as well as a pecan streusel topping that adds a nice nutty crunch to every bite.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bites
Do you prefer your banana bread in bite-size pieces? Opt for this vegan chocolate chip banana bread from Minimalist Baker. Fluffier than your average cookie on the inside but crispier than a muffin on the outside, they're a combination of every good dessert. They call for whole-wheat pastry flour, flaxseeds, rolled oats, almond butter, agave nectar, and vanilla extract for a healthier take.
Vegan Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Banana Bread
Are you getting excited for fall yet? If you weren't already, this butternut squash banana bread from Minimalist Baker will do the trick. Not only is it moist, tender, sweet, nutty, and hearty, but it's also vegan-friendly and gluten-free so everyone can join in on the deliciousness.
Chocolate Chip Ricotta Banana Bread
For anyone who likes to experiment with new ingredients and interesting recipes, add this chocolate chip ricotta banana bread recipe from Half Baked Harvest to your must-try list. And as interesting as it sounds and as delightfully complex as it tastes, this recipe only requires seven ingredients and uses whole wheat flour instead of refined white flour. The ricotta adds a healthy dose of protein, a subtle sweetness, and a soft texture.
Banana Bread Granola Bars
Give your banana bread a new twist with this granola bar recipe from The First Mess. Inspired by all the flavors of banana bread and drizzled in a rich dark chocolate sauce, these granola bars are about to be your new favorite snack.
Vegan Gluten-Free Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
And now back to the richer baked goods. We bring you this Nutella swirl banana bread recipe from Minimalist Baker. Deliciously gooey thanks to the ripe bananas and hazelnut-chocolate spread, it tastes indulgent without being overbearing. Better yet, it's vegan, gluten-free, and only requires one bowl to make.
Raw Walnut Banana Bread Shake
Prefer your banana bread in liquid form? Here's a raw, low-carb banana bread shake recipe from The First Mess that will do the trick. It's a delicious blend of walnut milk, sliced bananas, ground cinnamon, grated nutmeg, maple syrup, vanilla powder, cacao nibs, and ice.
Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
So you loved the sound of a paleo banana bread recipe with chocolate chips but don't necessarily want the nutty flavor introduced by the almond butter. Make this recipe from Hello Glow instead, which calls for SunButter, a milder spread made from sunflower seeds.
Super Moist Paleo Banana Bread
Super-moist, yummy, and easy to make, this banana bread from Downshiftology is perfect for anyone who wants to nibble on a paleo version of the classic recipe. Without any extras, here's proof that sometimes simplicity is the best way to go.
Vegan Whole Wheat Banana Bread Muffins
Banana bread in muffin form? Yes, please. Brought to us by Half Baked Harvest, these tasty yet ever-so-light chocolate chip muffins are vegan-friendly and made with whole wheat flour for a healthier spin.
Whole Wheat Paleo Blueberry Banana Bread
This banana bread recipe from Food Faith Fitness calls for protein-packed Greek yogurt, whole wheat flour, coconut, banana, honey, eggs, and blueberries, making it paleo-friendly and very nutritious. Just add a nice cup of coffee and you've got yourself a glorious morning.