Healthy Banana Bread – Low Calorie Option

Healthy Banana Bread – Low Calorie Option

This healthy banana bread recipe is so good that I no longer make the standard recipe I used to use. In fact, I do not even remember when last time I made that high calorie version. The recipe I used to use (pretty good one) had lots of sugar and a stick of butter. Yes, it was good but I like my improved version way better. On top of that, I can eat it every day because it does not have lots of sugar (about two ounces or less instead of a cup!) and no butter or oil. Removing just those two ingredients that have lots of calories with better lower calorie option makes this banana bread recipe healthy and almost guilt free.

Ingredients for banana bread
Banana Bread Ingredients

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Healthy Banana Bread

What will you need to make this healthy banana bread

  • Very ripe bananas
  • Greek yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Flour – I like to mix all purpose and whole wheat flour. Wheat flour adds a different flavor which I really enjoy in this recipe as well as in pancakes recipe.
  • Sugar – you can adjust the amount of sugar to your taste. I use very little because the bananas add tons of sweetness for my taste buds. You can also use a sweetener to reduce the calories even more. A sweetener that I recommend is Monkfruit from Lakanto. It tastes and looks very much like sugar.
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking soda and baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Walnuts or any type of nuts – optional. Nuts add tons of calories so one to two ounces is the most you want to use to keep calories low

Things to consider while making banana bread

The bread comes out very moist and surprisingly sweet with the limited amount of sugar. The bananas themselves sweeten the bread a lot. Make sure you are using very ripe bananas, preferably the ones that already developed brown spots. Instead of butter I use low fat Greek yogurt. Not only does this rick remove lots of fat and calories but also adds protein. Win win in my book!

I like to weigh ingredients as even bananas come in different sizes and may affect the outcome if you use too much. I also pay attention to the consistency to make sure the bread does not come out too soft and gooey. If it too runny go ahead and add more flour. Sometimes I add some oats to thicken it up.

It takes about 50 minutes for the bread to bake at 350 F degrees. Sometimes I do not like to wait this long so I divide the batter into 12 muffins and cut the time in half (25 minutes).

Banana Bread
Banana Bread

Banana Bread Recipe

This is easy and quick recipe for a healthy banana bread that you can feel good about serving even for breakfast. It is great served hot (that's my preferred way) or cold. You can always reheat it if you have left overs.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 180 kcal


  • Non stick loaf pan
  • Parchment paper


  • 3 ripe bananas 10-11 oz
  • 2 large eggs
  • 7 oz nonfat Greek Yogurt (plain) 200 g
  • cup sugar (or less – you can add as little as 1.5 oz 2.2 oz/63 g
  • 3 oz all purpose flour 85 g
  • 3 oz whole wheat flour 85 g
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • 2 oz chopped walnuts optional


  • Sift dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and baking powder, salt, cinnamon
    Dry ingredients for banana bread
  • To a large bowl add bananas and mashed them well with a fork
    Mashed bananas for banana bread
  • Add eggs and vanilla
    Eggs for banana bread
  • Add yogurt and mix
    Yogurt for banana bread
  • Add sugar and stir
    Add sugar to banana bread
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients
    Add dry ingredients to banana bread
  • Fold, be careful not to over mix it
    Mix banana bread ingredients
  • Add walnuts if you are using them
    Walnuts for banana bread
  • Line loaf pan with parchment paper
    Loaf pan for banana bread
  • Add batter
    Batter for banana bread
  • Bake at 350 F for 50 – 55 minutes
    Bake banana bread
  • Eat it right away or wait till it cools
    Banana Bread Recipe
Keyword banana bread, banana bread no oil added, banana bread with walnuts, healthy banana bread, low calorie banana bread

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