Got overripe bananas? Try this healthy banana bread with a blend of regular and whole wheat flour, yogurt and cinnamon.

Last night I baked a loaf of banana bread and Isaac said it was the BEST banana bread I’ve ever made! That’s saying something, because I’ve made quite a few loaves in our nearly 6 years together.

Baked whole wheat banana bread in a loaf pan with bananas in the background.

This one is different because it’s made with blend of regular and whole wheat flour, yogurt and cinnamon. It’s moist and absolutely delicious. I’ve made it many times and tried a bunch of different variations and mix-ins.

Here Are The Key Ingredients You Need:

  • all-purpose flour and whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour
  • baking soda
  • sea salt
  • cane sugar or coconut sugar
  • butter or coconut oil
  • eggs
  • bananas
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon

Sliced whole wheat banana bread.

Banana Bread Variations

There are so many ways to make this banana bread work for you! Try these different variations to make the best banana bread:

  • Nutty: add 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Decadent: add 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Summery: add 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • Less sugar: cut 1 cup organic sugar down to 1/2 cup and/or use maple syrup or honey
  • Whole grain: use whole wheat pastry flour
  • Gluten-free: Check out my gluten-free banana bread recipe made with coconut flour and coconut oil.

Whole wheat healthy banana bread loaf with three slices cut in front.

More Banana Bread Inspired Recipes:

If you try this healthy banana bread recipe please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers. 

 

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Baked whole wheat banana bread in a loaf pan with bananas in the background.

The Best Banana Bread


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 12

Description

A classic banana bread recipe made a little healthier with a blend of regular and whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar or coconut sugar*
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened or melted coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute).
  4. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended.
  6. Add flour mixture to the wet mixture and beat at low speed just until moist.
  7. Spoon batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until a wooden tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Notes

*For a lower sugar version you can reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup or use 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup instead of the sugar.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 210
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Sodium: 194mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
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    58 comments
  1. This recipe is delicious. My husband wanted muffins so I followed recipe exactly as written and baked muffins for 18 mins at 375. They are perfect and the hubby is happy.

  2. Literally just took this out of the oven and my 2 year old and I have finished half a loaf already. We used coconut oil instead of butter and coconut sugar. So tasty and is like the real deal! I quite sugar a year ago and am still searching for recipes and this one is staying in rotation for sure! Just in time to send to school with the other kids. 🥳

  3. I MADE THIS BANANA BREAD YESTERDAY FOLLOWING ALL THE INGREDIENTS AND MEASURE (FORTUNATELY ALL ARE STILL AVAILABLE IN THE PANTRY), BUT FOUND IT DIDN’T RAISE WELL.. TEMPERATURE OK, NOT OVERMIXED AS WELL. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I MADE BANANA BREAD WITH SO LITTLE BAKING POWDER (LESS THAN A TABLE SPOON), MAYBE THIS IS WHY? IDK… GONNA TRY TO PUT MORE BAKING POWDER NEXT TIME…BUT TASTE WISE IT’S GOOD, BRITTANY! 😉

    • Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that!! That’s weird it didn’t rise very well. I haven’t heard of anyone else having issues with the amount of baking powder listed. Did you change anything else about the recipe?

  4. I made this with two cups of gluten free flour and a tad less sugar, but otherwise followed the recipe. It is absolutely delicous! My husband just had a piece and then said, “You aren’t putting that in the freezer are you?” He was afraid I wasn’t going to let him have anymore! 🤣 Thank you for the recipe!

  5. Made this banana bread after dinner and it was delicious. I have my own recipe that is amazing as well but I enjoyed the Greek yogurt, cinnamon, and whole wheat flour. I used whole wheat for the entire recipe as I ran out of white flour and ww pastry flour. Super delicious and moist for sure! Definitely will use this recipe again and again. I’ll try 1/2 cup of sugar or maple syrup next time as I prefer less sugar. Thank you for all your recipes and tips on substitutiona.

  6. i’ve made this recipe for years since i discovered it. it’s THEE best banana bread recipe ever!! Xxx

  7. Just made this banana bread and my whole family loves it ❤️❤️ It is super moist and dense! The only changes I made were 1/3 less sugar, and some nuts to add that nice crunchy texture.

  8. I LOVE this recipe. Lately I’ve been adding oats and chia seeds (and sometimes a little milk so it’s not too thick). It makes for a really great (hearty) breakfast muffin! Thanks for all your great recipes!

  9. Excellent recipe!! Don’t expect the bread to last more than a day after it’s made. If you’d like to know how much this recipe costs you to make, a recipe cost-calculator will tell you exactly how much that teaspoon of vanilla actually costs in the recipe.

  10. mmmm..and I have some Bananas waiting to be used. Just gotta make it gluten free so my family and I can actually eat it. Luckily I have all the ingreditants to do just that tonight..along with the rhubarb-strawberry jam…mmm……

  11. I made this using whole wheat flour only and also I substituted egg whites for whole eggs. My family loved it! Which is saying a lot because they are a use a whole stick of butter for that type of family. I will definitely be using this recipe again!

  12. I make a similar recipe, but I replace the butter with organic coconut oil (which has a 350 smoke point, so I lower temp to 330 to play it safe), use 1/2c honey so you can cut sugar down to 1/4 c (unrefined,of course) and add a small handful each of ground flax and raw wheat germ. Yum!

  13. Loved the addition of whole wheat flour and the substitution of yogurt for vegetable oil or sour cream. The banana flavor wasn’t quite strong enough for my taste, so next time I’ll add an extra banana. Otherwise a fantastic recipe. 🙂

  14. I love this recipe! I didn’t have whole-wheat flour or greek yogurt but rolled oats and plain unsweetened low fat yogurt both worked well as substitutes and I’m sure the oats make it more filling as a breakfast on the go! Oh and lining the tray with baking paper made for easy clean up without adding fat 🙂

  15. I made this bread last night exactly as reciple calls… it was DELICIOUS! Even my not so healthy eating husband thought it was awesome. Plan on making more as gifts for the family 🙂

  16. I’m sure it taste great, but to think it is healthy for you would take a bit of imagination.
    Last time I checked sugar, refined white flour, and butter were not exactly health food.
    By the way, I love your blog and you have some great healthy ideas, this is just not one of them.

  17. That banana bread looks delicious!
    Do you think sour cream would work instead of the greek yogurt? I want to make banana bread using this recipie but that’s all I have on hand.
    My favorite recipe (so far) is the banana bread featured on marthastewart.com, you should try that one too 🙂

    Have a good weekend!

  18. I thought I was the only one who put cinnamon in my banana bread 🙂 Thanks for the recipe! I’d never thought of adding yogurt. Usually I do the regular recipe but skip the vanilla and add the cinnamon.

  19. This looks DEE-licious! For some bizarre reason, I haven’t thought to add cinnamon to my banana bread before. I actually just saw a recipe for a banana bread on the cover of a cooking light magazine today at the stop, and I’m pretty sure it had a peanut butter glaze. May need to recreate that 🙂

  20. One of my friends brought that article to my attention as well. I really think that a lot of it was taken out of context. For your blog, especially, you serve as a healthy example of weight loss and maintaining good health! (Sorry, I am a little late with this comment!)

    Meanwhile, that banana bread looks to die for! It resemebles the massive slices that they serve at Starbucks. Hope you’re having a good day!

    🙂

  21. Delicious recipe!!! I made my vegan style and came out delicious 🙂 What a great fall treat…thanks for the great idea!

  22. Just made your banana bread…. it turned out great!! I made a couple of changes- used 1 c. whole wheat flour and 1 c. white flour, increased cinnamon to 1 tablespoon, used smart balance instead of butter, and used my homemade fat free greek yogurt. I had a slice out of the oven with apple butter (your recipe) and it was perfect!

  23. Banana bread is the best. Truly, I bake a lot, and I think that when it comes down to a favorite for me…I would choose banana bread. Thanks for sharing sweet woman!

  24. Glad you’re feeling the support. The past few days have been exemplary in displaying how tight knit the blog community is, and yet have also shown that we’re open to analysis and serious discourse about serious topics. Good stuff.
    Banana bread is one of those entities that never fails to get old. Another version to try- we just dumpstered a ton of bananas from Earth Fare, so let the baking begin!

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