A Healthy and Quick Banana Bread For an On-the-Go Breakfast

POPSUGAR Photography | Allison Hudson Stockamore
POPSUGAR Photography | Allison Hudson Stockamore

Banana bread is one of those comforting foods I crave, no matter what time of year. But many versions are too dessert-like to enjoy in good health. Not so here — with half the sugar found in typical recipes, olive oil in place of butter, and a mix of whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, you can enjoy this snack as yummy fuel. I love this recipe because it comes together quickly with ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen. Top with peanut butter or yogurt and almonds for a pre-workout snack, afternoon pick-me-up, or breakfast on the run.

Healthy and Quick Classic Banana Bread

Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Yield8-10 servings

Adapted from Cooking Light


    • Dry ingredients:
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • Wet ingredients:
    • 3 ripe bananas
    • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

    2. Add dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Use a whisk to gently incorporate.

    3. In a second mixing bowl, mash bananas with the back of a fork, leaving medium-sized chunks.

    4. Add remaining wet ingredients to the bananas; stir thoroughly with fork.

    5. Pour wet mixture into dry and gently fold them together. Stir until just incorporated but no more.

    6. Prepare bread mold with nonstick cooking spray.

    7. Pour batter into prepared mold and bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour. Toothpick will come out clean when baked through.

    8. Cool 15 to 20 minutes, then use a metal or plastic spatula to help release loaf from sides of pan. Slice and serve!