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Healthy Banana Bread (Paleo, Grain-Free)

A loaf of banana bread with sliced bananas on top and chocolate chips in the middle.
This healthy banana bread recipe is sweet, moist and so easy to make! It only requires a few simple ingredients that you probably already have sitting in your kitchen. This recipe is not only so delicious but also is paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. 

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.

One of my all-time favorite breakfast pancake recipes is made of bananas and sweet potatoes. Moreover, I made some paleo flourless sweet potato brownies. They are a hit!

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.”

Tough customers.

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.

 

Ooo also I look forward to seeing your creations! You can use “Tried it” on Pinterest or share on Instagram by tagging #shuangyseasts

A slice of banana bread with some chocolate chips and peanut butter on top.

 

You May also like These Other Paleo Dessert Recipes:

1. Gooey Healthy Pumpkin Brownies

2. Paleo Pecan Pie Brownie (Gluten Free, Low Carb)

3. Mini Raw Vegan Carrot Cake Bites

 

 

Yield: 10

Healthy Banana Bread (Paleo, Gluten Free)

Healthy Banana Bread (Paleo, Gluten Free)

This easy banana bread recipe is not only so delicious, it is also paleo, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Optional Ingredients

  • 1 pinch of seal salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 - 3 tbsp coconut sugar (if you prefer sweeter)

Instructions

  1. Cook the sweet potatoes, See cooking instructions and options in this post
  2. Preheat the oven for 375 F
  3. 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.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts (optional) to spice up this recipe. 
  5. Line 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil. Pour the banana bread mixture into the loaf pan.
  6. Top with bananas or more chocolate and walnuts.
  7. Bake 35 - 37 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let the banana bread cool, cut into slices and top with some nut butter, ice cream or yogurt. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. For optional ingredient ideas, check the "Extra ingredients to spice up your banana bread" in the post.
  2. * 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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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

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.

 

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17 Comments
  • erin leker
    Posted at 21:43h, 09 October Reply

    Would the time need to be adjusted at all if baked in muffin pans?

    • Shuang Shuang Liang
      Posted at 15:03h, 17 October Reply

      Hi Erin,

      Yes! It will be shorter time, also a little extra baking soda. Start with 20 minutes and add more time until toothpick come out clean.

      Shuang

  • Maddie
    Posted at 02:31h, 06 March Reply

    I put it in the oven for almost 40 mins and it just came out like mashed sweet potatoes with some bananas
    🙁
    I also added all the extra ingredients.

    Any tips for what to change for next time?

    • Shuangy
      Posted at 02:56h, 06 March Reply

      oh noo! Sorry babe! What temperature did you set your oven to? What size of pan did you use? 1. You oven may not have got hot enough (in that case, you could crank it up to 375 or use a cast iron skillet instead of regular loaf man) 2. You added the coconut flour and it didn’t help either? Try decrease the banana to 1/2 a cup (about 1 large banana).If you have cassava flour, you can use that instead of coconut flour (it will be more fluffy than gooey).

      Let me know how it goes. Hope it works out.
      Shuang Shuang

  • Laurie Barton
    Posted at 00:59h, 04 March Reply

    This is delicious!! I love your creativity with creating naturally delicious foods. I halved the recipe and put it in a mini loaf pan so it took about 40mins to cook

    • Shuangy
      Posted at 17:02h, 04 March Reply

      oh nicee!! That sounds amazing! So glad you like it Laurie!

      Best,
      Shuang Shuang

  • Emma
    Posted at 16:56h, 02 March Reply

    Where do you store the banana bread?

    • Shuangy
      Posted at 17:03h, 04 March Reply

      Hi Emma,

      I put them in a air tight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. Or you can store them in the freezer!

      Best,
      Shuang Shuang

  • Cait
    Posted at 03:42h, 01 March Reply

    Currently in the oven as I type! How would you recommend storing the bread once cooled? Counter or refrigerator?

    • Cait
      Posted at 03:44h, 01 March Reply

      I should all mention that I added hemp seeds, one serving Vital Proteins Collagen, cinnamon, vanilla extract, salt, coconut flour, and sprinkled flax seeds on top.

      • Shuangy
        Posted at 17:04h, 04 March Reply

        Yesss I love adding vital protein! That sounds amazing Cait <3

        Best,
        Shuang Shuang

    • Shuangy
      Posted at 17:04h, 04 March Reply

      Fridge or Freezer. I love the texture once it’s refrigerated. it’s even more gooey.

  • Dee
    Posted at 16:45h, 27 February Reply

    Your recipes ate always so amazing! I enjoy your IG stories for new ideas 🙂
    I’m wondering if there will be a chance of including nutrition facts for these recipes?

    • Shuangy
      Posted at 17:07h, 27 February Reply

      Hi Dee,

      Thank you so much! That make sme so happy 🙂 And yes I will start adding those. I will include it for this one later today.

      Best,
      Shuang Shuang

    • Shuang Shuang Liang
      Posted at 18:56h, 11 July Reply

      Thank you so much! It is up now 🙂

  • Chris
    Posted at 15:24h, 27 February Reply

    I’m definitely going to try this recipe. I like the addition of sweet potatoes!

    • Shuangy
      Posted at 15:32h, 27 February Reply

      oo I can’t wait to see your creation! you can share with me on Pinterest or on my instagram! <3 <3

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