Anyone else secretly love it when the bananas start going bad in the bowl? I do! Because black spots = Banana Bread, people.
And who doesn’t love Banana Bread?
Did you know that the more yucky-looking the bananas are, the better they are for Banana Bread? They produce the best flavour.
Never, ever chuck out those spotty squidgy things; if you’re not ready to make the bread now, then peel and freeze those dodgy-looking bananas to defrost and use later.
There are lots of recipes for healthy banana bread out there, I’ve tried so many. Some are delicious and some definitely taste like they’re lacking something.
For this one, I actually started with my old favourite recipe (pre-healthy journey), which was full of sugar, white flour and mountains of butter. Really delicious but not the best for our bodies, huh?
So I played around with that recipe, switched some ingredients for healthier alternatives, tweaked a few things here and there and this is the result.
We love it. Hope you do too. I’m sure you will, it’s already one of the most popular posts on the blog.
Not only because it’s so tasty, but because it’s so adaptable. I usually use gluten free flour these days. Sometimes spelt. I also reduce the amount of sweetener sometimes, or use rice malt syrup or maple syrup. If you prefer butter to coconut oil, you can use that.
Basically, whatever you do, it still works. Every time!
And because it’s so popular, I’ve made a recipe card that you can download by clicking the link or button at the bottom on the page.
- 4 small/medium very ripe bananas
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted and set aside
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups wholemeal plain flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- ½ teaspoon salt (I like to use pink Himalayan but any salt will do)
Set your oven to 170 degrees C and grease and line your loaf tin (I used one that’s about 12cm x 20cm).
Mash your bananas in a small bowl.
Mix the honey with the melted coconut oil then add in the eggs one at a time, beating after each egg. I used my stand mixer but you could do this my hand and get an extra upper-body work out 😉
Add the mashed banana and vanilla and mix again.
Then sift the flour, baking powder, bicarb of soda and salt into the bowl and mix again.
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for around an hour, until a skewer comes out clean and your home is full of that delicious smell.
Let it cool for as long as you can bear haha, then slice and enjoy whichever way you please.