While I LOVE my mamaw’s Banana Bread Recipe (you can find it here) the older I get the more I can’t handle a lot of sugar and it just makes me mentally feel meh. So since I’ve been baking at home a TON I wanted to make a healthier option and I LOVED this recipe that I found! It’s only sweetened with maple syrup and/or honey. It was super easy and so so yum! This one is from Kristine’s Kitchen!
HEALTHY-ISH BANANA BREAD
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey or pure maple syrup (I used 1/4 cup of both!)
- 1 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana about 3 1/2 large or 5 medium bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour (250 grams), or regular whole wheat or all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Lay a sheet of parchment paper across the bottom and up the sides of the pan (see photo’s on Kristine’s blog.
Melt the butter in a large glass bowl in the microwave (or melt butter in a pot on the stove and transfer to a large mixing bowl).
Add the honey and mashed banana to the bowl and whisk to combine. Whisk in the eggs.
Add the baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla to the bowl. Whisk until very well combined.
Add the flour and mix with a rubber spatula until just combined. You want all of the flour to be incorporated into the batter, but try not to over-mix.
Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan. Bake for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Check on the banana bread after 35 minutes and loosely cover with foil as needed to prevent the top from over-browning.
Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then transfer it to a wire rack to finish cooling.
So delicious!!! You can also see the full recipe here.