I love banana bread.. it tastes amazing and makes the perfect healthy snack at any time of day!
In this recipe, I’ve made a ‘traditional banana bread recipe’ (which is usually loaded with butter) healthier by using plain yoghurt; I chose to use Greek style yoghurt today which tastes amazing dolloped onto the bread too! 100g of Greek style yoghurt contains just 56 calories and 9.6g protein, in comparison to butter which is 740 calories per 100g (!). Consequently this banana bread is packed with protein but is low in both calories and fat (you save 220Kcal and 17g of fat per slice in comparison to shop bought banana loaf!).
I’ve included two versions of this recipe – one produces a more ‘bread’ type banana bread and one produced a more ‘malt loaf’ type banana bread i.e. more moist. I love them both equally!
You can adapt this recipe by adding chocolate chips, walnuts or even raisins – the list is really endless!! Let me know what you try 🙂
Healthy Banana Bread
- 1.5 cups (200g) flour - I used Spelt
- 2 medium-large ripe bananas - mashed
- 180g plain Greek style yoghurt*
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup (125g) Xylitol or sugar alternative**
- 1 tbsp oil - I used coconut oil
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda* (+ 1/2 tsp salt)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees C
- Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl - flour, xylitol or sugar alternative, cinnamon, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt
- In another bowl mix together the wet ingredients - mashed bananas, Greek yoghurt, eggs, oil and vanilla before adding in the dry ingredients and stirring until combined
- Pour the mixture into a silicone loaf tray* or greased/lined baking tin and bake for 45 minutes
- Allow to cool before slicing into 12 pieces and either serving or wrapping in cling film and storing in the fridge/freezer for when you're peckish!
*To make a more moist, ‘malt loaf’ type banana bread use 200g yoghurt & skip the baking soda!
**Xylitol is a healthier alternative to sugar and is perfect for baking.
***I got my silicone loaf tray from Amazon!
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3 g
Total Carbohydrates 15 g
Protein 5 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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