My favorite Skinny Banana Bread recipe is made with low sugar, no oil and is just over 100 calories per slice. It’s the BEST healthy banana bread recipe to still yield incredibly moist, perfectly sweet, and delicious bread!

A loaf of Skinny Banana Bread with three slices cut away.

The many reviews of this Healthy Banana Bread recipe really speak for themselves! If you’re looking to make a healthier version of Banana Bread that uses normal ingredients and still tastes just as good as regular banana bread, you’ve come to the right place!

One of the main things I love about it (besides the obvious fact that it has way less sugar and fat than any traditional banana bread recipes) is that it has FOUR large bananas mashed into it. Most recipes call for 2 or 3 bananas, max. I love the extra banana flavor it gives the bread, and it makes the bread really moist.

How to make Healthy Banana Bread:

  • Grease a standard 9×5” loaf pan (I also like to line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper to make sure the loaf doesn’t stick).
  • Mash bananas in a mixing bowl. Add egg, vanilla, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon and stir well to combine.
  • In a separate small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir to combine.

Two process photos for mixing the wet ingredients for healthy banana bread, then adding the dry ingredients.

  • Gently stir in melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 few minutes before inverting onto a wire cooling rack.

Healthy banana bread batter in a bread pan next to another photo of the baked bread.

Pro Tips:

Use very ripe bananas. The riper the banana, the sweeter it is, the easier it is to mash, and the more sweetness it adds to the bread.

To make Banana Bread using fresh (yellow) bananas: I have a trick for ripening bananas quickly, so you can use fresh bananas to make banana bread. Place the bananas (peel on) on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for about 6-8 minutes. until the outer peel is dark.

Several slices of Skinny Banana Bread stacked against the loaf.

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Recipe

This Skinny Banana Bread is so moist, perfectly sweet, and delicious, you would never know it's "skinny"!
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins
Total 45 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 bananas , about 1 ⅓ cups, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (white or white-whole wheat)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter , melted

Instructions
 

  • Grease a standard 9x5'' loaf pan (I also like to line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper to make sure the loaf doesn't stick).
  • Mash bananas in a mixing bowl. Add egg, vanilla, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon and stir well to combine.  
  • In a separate small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir to combine. 
  • Gently stir in melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 few minutes before inverting onto a wire cooling rack.

Notes

Storing Instructions: Banana bread will keep at room temperature for 3-5 days.
Freezing Instructions: Cool completely and then store in an airtight container or freezer safe bag for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw to room temperature before serving.
Variations: 
  • Healthy Banana Muffins: Follow my instructions HERE!
  • Mix-Ins: Feel free to stir in your favorite chopped nuts to the batter at the end. You can also add some chocolate chips or raisins.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 209mgPotassium: 208mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 105IUVitamin C: 3.4mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

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I originally shared this recipe January 2017. Updated January 2021.

Process photos by Nikole from  The Travel Palate

This Skinny Banana Bread is so incredibly moist, perfectly sweet, and delicious -- you would never know it's

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  1. Sooo moist and wonderful! I subbed it with a gluten free flour mix and I subbed the sugar for coconut and monk fruit, and it was perfect.

  2. 4 stars
    sadly the bread had the perfect texture, cooked amazing. only thing is I can’t taste the banana at all, its super plain. I added in nutmeg, did 2c whole wheat flour, 1c pastry flour (double batch)
    even had a little extra banana puree.
    I replaced 4tbls of butter with 4tbls Greek yogurt.

    those were the changes I made, and using swerve brown sugar, granular sugar.

    did I put to much whole wheat flour that it covered up the banana taste? Did the Greek yogurt take away from it??

    This recipe is absolutely perfect though, other than me messing up trying to make it healthier so I can enjoy it.

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