Healthy Banana Nut Bread Recipe

This banana nut bread recipe contains less butter than other recipes, and no oil, without sacrificing that moist texture for which banana breads are renowned.

Although we have reduced the amount of saturated fats significantly, this loaf is just what you would expect from a banana bread, with all of the moistness, taste and texture.


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Preparation time:  15 minutes
Cooking Time:  55 minutes
Serves: 6 – 8

Ingredients

   2 cups all–purpose / plain flour
   ¾ teaspoon baking soda
   ½ teaspoon salt
   ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
   1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
   ½ cup granulated sugar
   ½ cup brown sugar
   ¼ cup butter, softened
   2 large eggs
   1 ½  cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
   1/3 cup low fat yogurt
   ½ cups chopped nuts


How to Make

Step 1

Preheat oven to 180ºC / 350°F.  Grease and line an 8 ½  x 4 ½ inch / 23 x 13 x 8 cm loaf pan with baking parchment.

Carefully measure out flour and place into a mixing bowl.  Add baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt and stir with a whisk.


flour and spices

Step 2

Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.


creaming butter and sugar for banana nut bread

Step 3

Peel, chop and mash the bananas.  You will need about three.   The bananas should be very ripe, with the skins starting to go brown.


mashing banana

Step 4

Add the banana and yogurt to the mixture and beat on low speed until the ingredients are just combined.

Now that all the wet ingredients have been mixed together, it is time to add the dry ingredients.   Add the flour mixture to the bowl and mix at low speed until the mixture is moist and there are no streaks of flour remaining.   Stir in chopped nuts.


mixed batter for banana nut bread

Step 5

Spoon batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Bake for 50 – 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes in pan.

Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. 



Cook's Tips

  • We have used half brown sugar and half white.  The brown sugar gives the loaf a wonderful caramel color and flavor.  But you could easily leave it as one cup of white sugar.
  • To make it even healthier, instead of using 2 cups of white flour, replace one cup with whole-wheat flour.
  • For this recipe you can use walnuts or pecans.   Or you can leave out the nuts completely.   This recipe works just as well without.





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