Healthy banana oat bread is a nourishing take on a classic recipe with a few wholesome swaps. Banana bread is a time-honored recipe that all generations can bond over. It’s quick, it’s delicious, and it’s a great way to use up bananas that inevitable get ripe before you can eat them.
When it comes to baking delicious sweets, you might discover that most of your favorite treats are packed full with added sugars and fats.
This isn’t always a bad thing and sometimes that’s what makes the recipe taste so yummy. In my eyes, nothing beats a great butter and sugar combo!
If looking to make a few healthier choices, it’s really simple to make quick substitutions to increase a recipe’s nutritional value.
Healthy Banana Oat Bread
Healthy banana oat bread is the perfect recipe to test out your baking skills with nutritious substitutions.
- This recipe calls for whole wheat flour instead of refined flour like most banana bread recipes. The whole grains contribute tremendously to the bread’s fiber content.
- Replacing white or brown sugar is naturally sweetened honey or maple syrup. I prefer using honey, because most syrup we tend to find in grocery stores has A LOT of added sugar and would defeat the purpose.
- Swapping out butter for coconut oil is another great substitution. If you prefer using butter, go for the unsalted instead of the salted.
How to: Make healthy banana oat bread
Grab a loaf pan if you have one, otherwise you can use a muffin pan and make muffins!
Spray the pan thoroughly using your handy dandy olive oil sprayer or line with parchment paper. I used parchment paper AND oil spray just to be cautious 😉
In one bowl, combine dry ingredients: wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, oats, and lots of delicious cinnamon!
In another bowl, mash the banana well and whisk wet ingredients: honey, melted butter/oil, milk, and vanilla. Whisk in eggs one at a time.
Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
(I know we talked about healthy substitutions, but here’s the point where you can add in chocolate chips if you’d like something a little sweeter)
Pour the batter into the loaf pan. I like to sprinkle a few oats on top to make it look extra pretty for the camera.
Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Then remove the foil and finish cooking 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
A beautiful golden brown color! Let cool before cutting a piece.
Eat plain as a sweet snack or slather on a creamy nut butter for a nice breakfast.
Healthy Banana Oat Bread
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cups old fashioned oats + 1 tbsp to reserve
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup coconut oil melted (or swap for unsalted butter)
- 1/2 cup milk of your choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips or raisins optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients: wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, oats, and cinnamon.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas well. Whisk in wet ingredients: honey, coconut oil, milk and vanilla. Whisk in the eggs one at a time.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine. If using chocolate chips, add at this time. Pour into a well-sprayed or lined loaf pan. Sprinkle any leftover oats on top and cover with foil.
- Bake covered for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue cooking 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before serving.
Are there any other handy healthy substitutions you use when baking? Share your tips below!