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Coconut Banana Bread Recipe

This Might Be the Best Healthy Banana Bread Out There

This coconut banana bread from Ambitious Kitchen makes a healthy snack or grab-and-go breakfast on busy mornings.

Do you know of someone who doesn't like banana bread? This recipe will surely change her mind. Oh, and did we mention it's healthy? Yep, that's right. One hundred fifteen calories per slice. Yes, we will repeat that for you. One hundred fifteen calories per slice. We calculated it out just for you. Why is it healthy, you ask? Because it uses egg whites, Greek yogurt, and minimal oil. It's a lower fat, healthy option, and the coconut provides some good fats, too. It also provides a bomb of flavor goodness in your mouth. Moist, delicious, tropical savory sweetness.

Healthy Coconut Banana Bread

Healthy Coconut Banana Bread


Optional: throw ½ cup of walnuts into the batter to help keep you satisfied all morning. Another option: substitute ½ cup of regular flour with whole wheat flour

Healthy Coconut Banana Bread


  1. 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  4. 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  5. ½ cup of brown sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  7. 3 egg whites
  8. ½ tablespoon olive oil
  9. ¼ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  10. ¼ cup orange juice
  11. 2 tablespoons skim milk (optional)
  12. ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda together in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine mashed bananas, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add egg whites and mix together until smooth. Next add oil. Then slowly add in the flour and combine until moist. Next add the Greek yogurt and orange juice. (Depending on the consistency, you can add 2 tablespoons of skim milk. If you like your bread more dense, omit the milk, but if you like it more airy or lighter, you can add it.) Lastly add the ½ cup of coconut, and mix together.
  4. Pour into a greased 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of coconut on top.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the bread is golden brown.


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Mjt1188 Mjt1188 4 years
Not bad! Tried adding some whole wheat flour, flaxseed, oat brand ( to make up the 3/4 part of the flour) added some honey and cinnamon, but still not very sweet. Subbed the yogurt for applesauce and used carrot pineapple orange juice. Threw in some almonds and pecans too. Pretty good healthy breakfast option!
Thanks for posting this recipe! This came out moist and delicious, but a bit bland. Next time I make it, I will add 1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the dry ingredients.
samanthafelton samanthafelton 6 years
Used powder sweetener and soya yoghurt
ambitiouskitchen ambitiouskitchen 6 years
You could use honey, agave nectar, or a sugar substitute!
LiveFitness LiveFitness 6 years
Yum! Looks like a great recipe! Wondering if there something else to substitute for the brown sugar? Thanks a bunch! Lisa
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