Is banana bread healthy? This recipe is!

Is banana bread healthy?  A few years back, banana bread received a bad reputation as many options at the time were rather indulgent, and much more so than people realised.  This may be news to you, or perhaps you recall the moment you found out that your adored morning tea wasn’t as healthy as you had thought.  At this stage, you’d probably like some good news….

The good news is that banana bread doesn’t need to be unhealthy.  In fact, it can be quite the opposite and this banana bread recipe is an example of just that!

Banana Bread Healthy

Healthy banana bread recipe

Easy, delicious and full of wholesome ingredients, this banana bread is full of nutritious ingredients: whole grain flour for fibre and slow release carbohydrates, good fats from the flaxseeds and macadamia/or olive oil, and an abundance of banana!

This healthy banana bread is perfect served warm from the oven and will make your home smell delicious!  It also toasts well and is divine served with a dollop of natural or Greek yoghurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Healthy Banana Bread


2 cups whole grain plain flour of choice (I’ve previously used wholewheat and spelt)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon (you could add up to 2 teaspoons if you adore cinnamon)

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons flaxseed

450-500 g ripe banana (mashed weight, ~2 cups)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/3 cup macadamia oil or extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup maple syrup (although the banana adds sweetness, I like to add some maple syrup as I find it creates an overall beautiful flavour)

Recipe steps

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C (fan-forced)
  2. Line a loaf tin with baking paper (I used a 20 cm tin)
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and flaxseed in a large mixing bowl
  4. Mash banana in a medium mixing bowl (I use a fork and keep mashing!)
  5. Add lightly beaten eggs, oil and maple syrup to mashed banana, and mix well
  6. Pour mashed banana mixture into large mixing bowl containing dry ingredients, and mix until just combined
  7. Pour into lined loaf tin
  8. Bake for approximately 45-50 mins or until just cooked through (I insert a skewer and see when it comes out clean)
  9. Cool slightly, and then it’s ready to slice and enjoy!

You can also freeze the slices and enjoy later!