A loaf of banana bread will forever be my recipe staple. I mean, it is just so versatile. You can have a couple of slices of banana bread topped with some yogurt and fruits for breakfast, with ice cream for dessert, or smudged with some nut butter and chocolate chips for a healthy snack.
You may already know this, but I love using bananas and sweet potato to as sweeteners for my recipes.
So now I am thinking, why don’t I recreate a healthy banana bread recipe?
Simple Ingredients you need to make Healthy Banana Bread
Updated with extra coconut flour on July 20th, 2019.
1. Ripe Bananas
Ripe bananas are the natural sweeteners those cavemen were blessed with. (Is that why they could handle being on the paleo diet?)
If you’ve got some spotty bananas in hand, this would be a perfect time to make this super easy banana bread. Or you can peel them, put them in a Ziploc bag and stick it in the freezer to use for later (when you crave some banana bread).
2. Sweet Potatoes
You probably have already heard me saying this 20 times, sweet potatoes are my love language.
Here you will need 1-2 medium-sized sweet potatoes that are cooked pretty soft. You can either bake, steam or microwave them. See the instructions in this post.
However, if you don’t love the taste of sweet potatoes, you can also replace it with an equal amount of bananas.
3. Almond Butter
A jar of almond butter doesn’t last very long in my house. I use almond butter in almost everything.
I love almond butter as toppings. or even better? Bake with it.
It gives this banana bread a nutty sweet flavor and makes it so moist. More importantly, almond butter does the magic of holding the banana bread together since it is gluten-free.
If you are not following a paleo diet, you can also use Peanut Butter. Because peanut butter and bananas are the best combination. Agreed?
4. Coconut Flour
I tested this recipe many many times and decided that including optional ingredient – coconut flour makes the texture of this banana bread a little more fluffy and soft. But if you decide you prefer the gooey ooey banana bread (almost like a brownie), omit the coconut flour.
A Healthy Banana Bread Recipe made Grain Free
Yes, this banana bread recipe is grain-free.
That’s why the texture is super gooey. It melts in your mouth. If you are team gooey, this banana bread recipe is for you!
But if you are team fluffy, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with an optional ingredient to give this banana bread recipe a fluffy factor. My husband devoured half a loaf on the first night I made it. Then he made a comment “ I think you could make it a little fluffy next time.”
So here it goes, I added extra of coconut flour second time around. And voila! It gives it a little extra cloudy texture.
Extra Ingredients to Spice up Grain-Free Banana Bread
I am usually pretty extra when it comes to baked goods. As much as I love to keep it simple most of the time, I also enjoy adding a few fun ingredients to spice up the recipes.
1. Chopped Walnuts
Banana bread and chopped walnuts go hand in hand. They are made for each other. Chopped walnuts give a slice of banana bread that nice crunch when you bite into it.
2. Chocolate Chips and Sea Salt
Fold in a handful of chocolate chips and a generous sprinkle on top along with a little sea salt. This combination will take this delicious banana bread to the next level.
3. More Bananas
Here I sliced a whole banana vertically and placed it on top. You could also cut some banana rings to top off your banana bread.
Since this healthy banana bread is refined sugar free, adding a little extra banana will do the trick for your extra sweet cravings.
How to enjoy this Healthy Banana Bread
If chomping down a hunk of banana bread is one way to enjoy it, that would be my favorite way.
1. Sweet Breakfast
This banana bread is so healthy. It is paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. Just the perfect options for a quick and satisfying breakfast. I guarantee it will for sure kick your sweet tooth to the curb.
2. Guilt-Free Dessert
A slice of healthy banana bread for dessert? Yes, please! Top it with some ice cream,
The line between breakfast and dessert is quite blurred in my house.
Now scroll down to check out the full recipe for this healthy banana bread. Not only it is perfect to fit in any diet restrictions, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free, also with the only 4 ingredients it calls for, this banana bread is so easy to whip up.
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- 1 1/2 cup ripe banana ( about 2 - 3 bananas) *
- 1/2 cup sweet potato puree*
- 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 pinch of seal salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 2 - 3 tbsp coconut sugar (if you prefer sweeter)
- Cook the sweet potatoes, See cooking instructions and options in this post.
- Preheat the oven for 375 F
- Mash bananas, sweet potatoes *, then add eggs, almond butter. Whisk together using a hand mixer or a food processor. Add almond flour, coconut flour, and baking soda. Combine well.
If you prefer sweeter, add the coconut sugar here.
- Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts (optional) to spice up this recipe.
- Line 8x4 loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil. Pour the banana bread mixture into the loaf pan.
- Top with bananas or more chocolate and walnuts.
- Bake 35 - 40 . minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let the banana bread cool, cut into slices and top with some nut butter, ice cream or yogurt. Enjoy!
- For optional ingredient ideas, check the "Extra ingredients to spice up your banana bread" in the post.
- * You can also substitute sweet potatoes for more mashed bananas or pumpkin puree. For example, you could use 2 cups of ripe bananas and no sweet potatoes.
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Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 7g
The Nutrition Fact Below is specific to the ingredient I choose to use for this recipe, which may vary.