Banana Bread

This easy, healthy banana bread recipe has it all - it’s moist, nicely spiced, and easy to make. What's better than a slice of banana bread for breakfast?

Banana Bread

While bananas may not be my favorite fruit, banana bread is a whole other story. When I bake banana bread, I lose all control. Just knowing that a loaf is sitting on the kitchen counter will make me come back for just one more slice all day long. This healthy banana bread recipe is the perfect afternoon snack with a cup of coffee, and I love how wonderful it makes the house smell. Whenever I have a few ripe bananas sitting on my counter, it’s banana bread time!

Side note: this bread freezes well, which is how I was able to exhibit any sense of portion control as we tested loaf after loaf. 🙂

Banana bread recipe ingredients

Why I Love This Banana Bread

I could go on and on about why I love this healthy banana bread recipe. In an effort to show some restraint, though, I’m just listing my top 3 reasons here:

  1. It’s easy to make – simply fold together the ingredients (careful not to overmix!), and pop your loaf in the oven. The hard part is waiting for it to bake!
  2. It has a perfect moist texture and delicious spiced banana flavor. In addition to whole wheat flour, I use almond flour in this recipe, which gives it an amazing moist texture without making it too dense. And in the flavor department, cinnamon & nutmeg add yummy notes of warm spices.
  3. It’s healthy! I sweeten this loaf with coconut sugar (regular sugar works too). This recipe also has no butter because I use (a mild flavored) olive oil instead. A combination of whole wheat pastry flour and almond flour makes this recipe wholesome, nutty, and delicious. Plus, walnuts add a nutty crunch and a boost of omega-3s.

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Get Creative with This Healthy Banana Bread Recipe!

Make this easy banana bread recipe once, and you’ll make it again and again. If you want to change it up, feel free to experiment with different mix-ins. Chocolate chips, pecans, or chopped dried fruit would all be delicious in place of the walnuts. You could also vary the spices – try cardamom or ginger instead of nutmeg!

Healthy Banana Bread (Vegan)

How to Freeze Banana Bread

And once you make it, freeze slices to have on hand for busy mornings or on days when you need an afternoon pick-me-up. I like to make a double batch so that I can freeze one loaf and enjoy the other straight out of the oven. You could freeze the whole loaf if you like… I like to slice mine before freezing so that the individual slices thaw quickly. Just be sure to let your loaf cool completely before slicing and freezing.

Easy Vegan Banana Bread

If you love banana baked goods, make these vegan banana pancakes or these banana muffins next! And if you’re a quick bread fan, check out my pumpkin bread, chocolate zucchini bread, and regular zucchini bread.

And if you really love banana bread, you have to make these Banana Bread Quinoa Breakfast Cookies that are in my new cookbook, Love & Lemons Every Day – they’re one of my favorite morning treats!

Banana Bread Quinoa Breakfast Cookies from the (new!) Love & Lemons Every Day Cookbook

If you loved this banana bread recipe…

Try my French toastcinnamon rolls, or blueberry muffins next. Or check out this post for more healthy breakfast ideas or this post for our best brunch recipes.

Healthy Banana Bread

rate this recipe:
4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Serves 8
This easy, healthy banana bread recipe is moist, warmly spiced, and full of banana flavor! It's vegan, and it's delicious as breakfast or afternoon snack.


  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed (1 cup)
  • ½ cup coconut sugar, or regular sugar
  • ¾ cup almond milk, or any milk
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil, more for brushing
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour*, see note
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon rolled oats


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and brush a 9x5-inch loaf pan with a bit of olive oil.
  • In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas with the sugar, almond milk, olive oil, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar and whisk until combined.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir until just combined, then fold in the walnuts. Pour into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts and oats.
  • Bake for 42 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.


*I like Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pasty Flour because it’s lighter than regular wheat flour. You could also use a 50/50 mix of regular whole wheat flour and all purpose flour.



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  1. Caitlin from

    what a beautiful banana bread!

  2. What a beautiful blog you two have. I really like the clean design, your photography and the recipes.Good work.
    I try to cook local, organic and vegetarian (not always, but more often). I totally agree, it is hard to stay on track with your scale being a food blogger.
    My kids always enjoy a slice of good banana bread. Thanks for a new recipe.
    Greetings from Colorado.

  3. Gorgeous photo & beautiful recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Your blog is truly inspiring!

  4. Sarah from

    Your banana bread looks beautiful! I was just saying that I hate the texture of bananas also! Seems I’m not alone:)

  5. Happy Banana Bread Day!!!! Love your version of the classic, too! I just made a flourless version last night 😀 gorgeous pic!

  6. Love the nutty crust of this wonderful loaf! And its a vegan bake as well..icing on the cake 🙂 Glad to find this place.

  7. cassie from

    What a beautiful space you have. I’m already mesmerized by your beautiful photos. Hopping over from Healthy Green Kitchen and I will be back! This bread sounds amazing!

  8. That is one pretty loaf! I totally missed all the food holidays this year. I win the bad food blogger award.

  9. This bread is absolutely delicious! I adapted it for my own blog and boy, oh boy was it a hit at my house!

    Thanks so much for giving me the yummiest way to use up overripe bananas!

    • jeanine

      so great to hear, thanks for sharing!

  10. Amber from FettleVegan

    This is a perfect recipe. I’ve made this recipe 4 times in 4 days and had complete success every time. I’ve subbed grapeseed oil, brown rice syrup, and hemp milk and still had wonderful results. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • jeanine

      wow, 4 times in for days is really something! Glad you like it 🙂

  11. Rose from

    Came across this on Pinterest. The recipe looks delicious! I am going to keep it on top of the recipe pile for my next batch of brown bananas. Thank you 🙂

  12. Mo

    Mmm this looks delicious, I like the fact that it’s light! Light banana breads are not common things.
    How do you keep your loaf tins so clean? I have the same style as you and the dough gets stuck where the sides join.

    • jeanine

      Hi Mo, thanks… the day I shot this, that pan was actually new. I have the same problem you do (not being able to get the corners clean). Let me know if you come up with a solution 🙂

      • Mo

        Damn, it did seem too good to be true. I suppose the only solution then is to buy one that isn’t box sided!

  13. Brana

    Absolutely love this bread. Gonna make it again tonight. I’ve used coconut butter and mix of coconut sugar paste and barley malt extract instead of sugar. Tonight I might try it with mollases instead. Thank you so much, this is the best banana loaf recipe I came accross by far.
    Fantastic web page. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 🙂

  14. Holly

    I’m eating this warm from the oven right now! What a delicious and wholesome loaf. I used coconut oil and coconut palm sugar. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe!

    • jeanine

      so glad you are liking it! I love baking with coconut oil – my favorite 🙂

  15. Robin

    I made this recipe for a charity bake sale at my mom’s work and it was a huge hit! I baked the bread in an 8×8 pan and cut it into individual squares. My mom said they sold like wildfire! I am vegan myself and thought it would be great to make a vegan item for my mom’s vegan coworkers. I used whole grain spelt+all purpose, 1/4c turbunado sugar+1/4c brown sugar, and I added 1/2c craisins and 1/2c vegan chocolate chips. My only regret is that I didn’t get to try any! We will definitely make this recipe again soon to keep for the family!

    • jeanine

      Hi Robin, glad everyone liked it!!

  16. Amadea

    Hi! Can I substitute the apple cider vinegar with lemon juice x

    • Cindy

      What is on the top of the bread? I see Oats in the picture but they weren’t included in the directions?

  17. kate

    Hello! I’m looking forward to making this bread! Quick question: When your recipes call for almond milk, should I be using original (sweetened) or unsweetened?


  18. Deborah Zak

    Hi. What size pan did you use?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Deborah, the recipe works in 1 standard size loaf pan (8 1/2 x 4 1/2)or 2 mini loaf pans (I used these:

  19. Leilani

    Looks delicious! How can I make it gluten free?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Leilani, you could use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose flour in place of the whole wheat flour.

  20. jacquie

    i love the idea of a healthy quick bread but not the bananas. Is there something i can substitute?

  21. Eha

    5 stars
    Am not a baker. Never have been. But banana bread has always been an exception and this recipe is already on the top of my kitchen pile! Love each and every ingredient and the look of the finished product. Bananas as a fruit . . . could live on them . . . to each their own 🙂 !

  22. Natalie from

    5 stars
    I love banana bread! Looks so delicious!

  23. viosa

    Do you think using spelt flour would work well?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      yes! I’ve made it with spelt flour in place of the whole wheat pastry flour with great results.

  24. TJ Reardon

    5 stars
    Gorgeous photo & beautiful recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Your blog is truly inspiring!

  25. Elizabeth

    Is there a flour you would recommend to sub for whole wheat to make it gluten free?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      you could use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free flour in place of the whole wheat pastry flour. Hope that helps!

  26. Beckie

    I’ve used this recipe a few times over the past few weeks and ut appears that it has recently changed. Is this true? If so, can you share the original recipe?

  27. Ginny Fox Dougan

    Can’t wait to make this recipe.

  28. Lisa Ellsmore

    5 stars
    This is really good. I really like consistency and flavor the half-cup almond flour gives it. I was also craving chocolate so threw in a small handful of chocolate chips in addition to the walnuts—soooo good. Very moist, too.

  29. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to try out this banana bread recipe on the weekend, It looks so yummy. Something I don’t make to often so super happy to have found your recipe, Thanks for sharing.

  30. Cait

    4 stars
    I made this bread for the second time today with my two daughters and realized that vegan baking is perfect for kids because it allows them to taste what we’re making as we go without worrying about raw eggs.
    Thanks for the delicious recipe!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Aww, I love that they get to taste the batter 🙂

  31. Megan

    5 stars
    YUM! So thankful I had some super ripe bananas laying around this weekend to make this. I topped a slice with peanut butter and honey and it was absolutely perfect. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yay, I’m so glad you loved it!

  32. Beth C

    5 stars
    This was SO good! I just made it this morning but swapped out the wheat flour for Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour. I am new to gluten-free baking so wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but WOW – so delicious!!

  33. Arlene

    I love the banana bread recipe and made it few times. I want to make the gluten free version . I was wondering which gluten free flour do u recommend.
    Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Arlene, a few people have successfully used Bob’s Red Mill GF flour in place of the all-purpose flour. I really like Pamela’s GF flour as well.

  34. Cindy

    What is on top of the loaf? I see Oats in the picture but they weren’t in the directions?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Cindy – a few extra chopped walnuts and a small sprinkle of oats. Thanks for pointing that out to me!

  35. Olivia

    5 stars
    OMG! Moist banana bread!!!! The banana flavor is amazing. I have tried millions of banana bread recipes, and this one takes the cake. Everything is right about it. I might eat the whole loaf. Also, the banana quinoa breakfast cookies in your cookbook were soft and perfect.
    You know banana treats so well! Thank you!

  36. Klara

    Hello , I never made banana bread before and just wanna ask if I can use wholemeal rye flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour? And coconut flour instead of almond flour? 😀 thank you :-)))

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi, Klara, I’d stick to the original recipe – I think rye might taste funny in banana bread and coconut flour isn’t a 1/1 swap (it’ll make your bread very dry unless the liquid amount is altered). I hope that helps!

  37. Shannon

    5 stars
    Made this recipe this morning! I had 4 bananas that were past their prime, so I made a double batch. I did half walnuts and half chocolate chips for my mix ins. The only thing I did differently is added an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on the top with the oats.

    I ate my slice with a smear of peanut butter. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Shannon, I’m so glad you loved the banana bread!

  38. Nancy Perine

    5 stars
    Hi there! I had fun cruising around your website/blog. Your healthy banana bread recipe caught my eye. We here in Hawaii are blessed to have apple bananas available all months of the year. I love, love, love anything with bananas in it. I had everything on hand except whole wheat pastry flour and almond flour. Our close by specialty food store fixed me right up. I made the banana bread and it was delicious. I even managed to save enough for friends to have. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’ll be back.

  39. Ashley

    5 stars
    This was great! It’s healthy but doesn’t “taste healthy,” so my boyfriend was very happy. I used a mini loaf pan and baked for about 30 minutes.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Haha, I’m so glad you both enjoyed it 🙂

  40. Marc

    5 stars
    Great recipe. Made this a ton of times, sometimes use more almond flour in ratio or sub spelt flour to use less wheat but it always turns out amazing. Love that it has no butter, milk or eggs. Also use other nuts and seeds like sunflower, depending on what we have.

  41. Alina

    That’s a great recipe! love olive oil in it, not coconut oil that everyone seems to be using this days in alternative baking. I don’t use any coconut products (except for coconut sugar) due to it’s high sat. fat content with is better to be avoid in my situation.
    I’m about to start baking right now! Just need to alter the recipe a bit due to high altitude (We are in Denver, CO). I do that only for recipes I find really exciting! That’s what this recipe is! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Alina, I hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  42. Lisa

    I’m excited to try this recipe but was wondering if the recipe would work if the whole wheat flour were substituted for a gluten free flour? If so, what would you recommend?

    Thank you!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Lisa, others have made it using Bob’s Gluten Free Flour.

  43. Jess

    5 stars
    Made a second batch the first day!!!! This was so tasty and wholesome. My parents loved it too and it’s nicely not too sweet for people who need to watch their sugar intake. This is the first recipe I’ve ever written feedback for because we absolutely love it! Going to check out your other quick bread recipes now. Thanks so much for sharing.

  44. Lucy

    Just fantastic!! Thank you so much🙏me and my love are making this bread for our lazy Sundays and completely love it!😍

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