Healthy Banana Bread

This easy, healthy banana bread recipe has it all - it’s moist, sweet, and full of banana flavor. I can never resist going back for just one more slice.

Healthy Banana Bread

When I make this healthy banana bread recipe, I lose all control. Just knowing that a loaf is sitting in the kitchen keeps me coming back for just one more slice all day long. I slather it with peanut butter and enjoy it for breakfast, pair it with a cup of coffee for an afternoon snack, and snag another piece (or two) for dessert. It’s moist, lightly sweet, and filled with rich banana flavor. As an added bonus, it makes the house smell like vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg while it bakes. I mean, seriously. What’s not to love?

If you have ripe bananas on your counter, you have to try this healthy banana bread recipe. It’s easy, it’s delicious, and it just so happens to be good for you. I think you’re going to love it!

Healthy banana bread recipe ingredients

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe Ingredients

You might be wondering, what makes this banana bread so healthy, anyway? Well, instead of using all-purpose flour, I use a mix of whole wheat pastry flour and almond flour. Whole wheat pastry flour has all the nutrients of regular whole wheat flour, but it won’t make baked goods dense or dry. In fact, combined with the almond flour, it gives this banana bread a perfect moist texture.

Next, I make it without butter or refined sugar. I use a mild olive oil (another neutral oil would work too) and swap granulated sugar for coconut sugar. Regular sugar works here too, but coconut sugar adds a richer flavor, and it sweetens this loaf naturally.

Finally, I mix in a handful of walnuts! They add a nutty crunch and a boost of omega-3s.

If you look at the ingredient photo above, you might notice that this banana bread isn’t just healthy – it’s vegan, too! Thanks to the moisture from the bananas and a splash of apple cider vinegar, there’s no need for any eggs (or flax eggs) in this recipe. I usually make it with almond milk because that’s what I keep on hand, but oat milk would work equally well. If you’re not vegan or dairy-free, you could swap in cow’s milk.

Mixing wet and dry ingredients

And did I mention? This healthy banana bread recipe is also easy to make! Whisk together the wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately, and fold them together until they’re just combined. Stir in the walnuts, pour the batter into a loaf pan, and pop it in the oven. The hard part is waiting for it to bake!

Hand using spatula to fold walnuts into batter

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe Variations

This healthy banana bread recipe is delicious as written, but feel free to play with different spices or mix-ins. Here are a few ideas to change it up:

  • Switch the nuts. Use chopped pecans or almonds instead of walnuts.
  • Make it fruity. Replace the nuts with dried cherries, cranberries, blueberries, chopped dried apricots, or Medjool dates. You could also use a mix of nuts and dried fruit.
  • Swap the spices. Try adding cardamom or ginger in place of the nutmeg.
  • Or add chocolate chips. Need I say more?

Healthy Banana Bread slices on plates

How to Store Healthy Banana Bread

Store the healthy banana bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or freeze slices to have on hand for quick breakfasts or snacks. I like to make a double batch so that I can freeze one loaf and enjoy the other straight out of the oven!

To freeze banana bread, allow it to cool completely before you slice it. Then, freeze slices in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Allow individual slices to thaw in the fridge overnight, or microwave them for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Find more tips on freezing meals and baked goods here!

Loaf of healthy banana bread on a cooking rack

More Favorite Baking Recipes

If you love this recipe, try one of these healthy baked goods next:

And if you still have ripe bananas, make banana pancakes, banana muffins, or a strawberry banana smoothie next!

Healthy Banana Bread

rate this recipe:
5 from 51 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! Totally vegan, it's a delicious 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 extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 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.
If you want to make gluten-free banana bread, you can find my gluten-free banana bread recipe here



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  1. Caitlin from

    what a beautiful banana bread!

    • Sal

      5 stars
      So delicious!! I used 1/2 cup AP flour, 1/2 almond flour and 1/2 white whole wheat flour… I forgot the other 1/2 cup and it still came out great! Nice and sweet. Good amount of moist (don’t know if the forgotten 1/2 cup of flour did that)Thanks for sharing!

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        ha ha, I’m so glad they came out great even without the extra flour 🙂

      • Sylvia Lochhead

        What is AP flour?

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          all purpose (white) flour

  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!

        • Shirleen

          I use a “firm” toothbrush to clean the corners,doesn’t scratch and does a decent job.

          • Shannon Loveless

            That’s a great idea!

  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. 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!

  31. Jeanine Donofrio

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

  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. Jeanine Donofrio

    Oh no, that’s so strange, I’ve never had this happen. It’s possible that humidity is making a difference if it’s a hot summer night? I’d make sure the mashed bananas equal 1 cup so it’s not too wet, but it sounds like you did that. You could check your oven temp, or try turning it up a bit to 375.

  40. 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 🙂

  41. 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.

  42. 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 🙂

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. Lucy

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

  46. Karishma

    Can I use normal wheat flour instead of pastry flour? And, can I substitute oat flour or almond meal for almond flour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Karishma, you can replace the pastry flour with a 50/50 mix of wheat and all-purpose flour. You can’t sub oat flour for the almond, the bread won’t rise properly without changing other measurements.

  47. Chris

    5 stars
    This is the best banana bread recipe that I have tried. Everyone who has tried it loved it. Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Chris, I’m so glad you loved it!

  48. Olia Polymenakou

    how many calories are in the banana bread per slide ?

  49. Andrea Garcia

    5 stars
    Hi! Loved this healthy recipe! Would anyone have calculated the calories by chance?

  50. Cristina


    Can I use coconut flour instead of almond flour?

    Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      No, coconut flour isn’t a 1:1 swap, it requires more moisture in a recipe.

  51. Kim G

    I’m beginning a no egg , no dairy diet and came across your site. I definitely want to try this recipe. Could you comment on the necessity for the vinegar in the preparation? I found out I have a Brewer’s yeast sensitivity, so trying to avoid vinegar.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Kim, the vinegar reacts with the baking powder to help get vegan baked goods to rise a bit better. I think it could work without it, the loaf just might be a bit more flat, but would still be delicious.

  52. Liz

    5 stars
    LOVE this recipe! Tastes amazing right out of the oven. In fact, my family can’t stay out of it. 🙂

  53. Shaneeza

    Hello can I sub oat flour for the whole wheat pastry flour. Don’t have GF flour on hand and like the nutrition from oats. Would this impact the recipe much if all else remained the same?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Shaneeza, no oat flour isn’t a 1:1 sub, the bread won’t rise properly.

  54. Linda

    Love this! So easy to make. I have a peanut and all tree nuts allergy so I used white flour. The top of the bread is an unappealing beige color. Any suggestions to have it resemble your photo? Thank you

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Linda, if you use whole wheat pastry flour (or a mix of white and wheat flours) that would darken the color. All white flour will make it pretty white. Or if you like the taste how you have it you could increase the cinnamon and be sure to use the coconut sugar option.

  55. Mallory

    5 stars
    This is the BEST banana bread! I’ve made it at least 12 times during quarantine. I split it into two loaves, cut slices and freeze half of it for breakfast throughout the week!

  56. Ginger

    5 stars
    Beautiful bread, thank you!!! Being in high altitude, I cut the sugar to 1/3 and added a little more pastry flour – turned out well. Wish I could share the picture!!

  57. Meriem

    Hello…first of all I love this site and have tried recipes and thought I would try your Healthy Banana Bread. It looked very close to your pics and smelled great but it was so wet like it wasn’t cooking long enough maybe. I cooked it the full 50 minutes and then left it in another 10+ because it just didn’t seem like it was done :(. The recipe was very wet thin batter…any ideas. I would like to try this again. Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Meriem, did you change anything about the recipe? What type of flours did you use? It sounds like the bread could have baked a little more. It is a moist bread, the batter should be wet, but I wouldn’t say it’s thin.

  58. Ramya

    I don’t have apple cider vinegar can I leave it out?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      You can, it might not rise quite as much but should be fine.

  59. Fernanda Gomes

    5 stars
    My better-half is not very found of banana bread but after trying a slice the comment was that was very good. This says everything about this banana bread!!

  60. Sara

    5 stars
    I have tried so many banana bread recipes but none of those was good. They usually are heavy and don’t rise. This one is PERFECT! I love that you add almond flour in it! Thank you so much!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

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