Healthy Banana Bread



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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.

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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

Be sure to check out all of the banana recipes and quick bread recipes on EBF!

4.49 from 49 votes

The Best Banana Bread

A classic banana bread recipe made a little healthier with a blend of regular and whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12


  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar or coconut sugar*
  • ¼ cup butter, softened or melted coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed (1 1/2 cups)
  • cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  • Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute).
  • Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended.
  • Add flour mixture to the wet mixture and beat at low speed just until moist.
  • Spoon batter into an 8 ½ x 4 ½-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
  • 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.


*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.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 194mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Brittany

Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this bread mand it was delicious!! I used organic cane sugar. I did not have plain Greek yogurt so I used non fat banana cream Greek yogurt. I also added some chopped walnuts.
    I do not have instagram, so I cannot post there.

    1. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe, Francine! Thank you so much for sharing your swaps, I appreciate it so much 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    This was so delicious + moist! I substituted organic all purpose flour, 3/4 cup of organic raw sugar + organic coconut oil ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    1. So glad you loved this banana bread, Kat! And I’m glad it turned out with your subs. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

  3. 5 stars
    I used 1/2 cup chopped walnuts & 1/2 cup chocolate chips. It’s divine! Another slam dunk Brittany thank you!

    1. Absolutely! I am pumped to hear that you are loving this recipe! Thank you so much for your review + star rating, I really appreciate it.

  4. 5 stars
    Wow!!! I am in love. This is the first healthier banana bread that actually does not taste any different than regular banana bread made with white sugar. This will be my go to from now on!!

    1. WOO! I am excited to hear that you are loving this recipe, Erin. Thank you so much for sharing your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

  5. I have made the banana bread multiple times using all whole wheat flour and pure maple syrup a no fail recipe. It’s so delicious it does not last in our house.

  6. 5 stars
    We’re having some kids over tomorrow that are allergic to nuts and happened to have 3 black bananas so I was thrilled to see this recipe on your site! I used coconut oil and raw honey instead of butter and sugar as you suggested. I sprinkled a little bit of shredded coconut over the batter before baking. Very nice banana bread!