From Chocolate to Gluten-Free, These Creative Recipes For Healthy Banana Bread Are Amazing
Before you mourn your bruised bananas, consider the possibilities banana bread has to offer. Leaving the high-calorie, high-fat ingredients of traditional recipes behind, here are 10 alternatives suitable to your healthy lifestyle. From vegan options that sweeten up with apple bites to a recipe made for Paleo devotees, there's a loaf for everyone's overly ripe bananas. Since they're all loaded with good things like omega-3s and fiber, we encourage you to get baking and go bananas!
Gluten-Free Banana Bread
If you're avoiding gluten but crave a slice of home-baked banana bread straight from the oven, here's the perfect recipe made with oat flour.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
This recipe is both vegan and gluten-free, and chocolate chips give this banana bread a much-welcomed creative twist!
Low-Fat Oatmeal Blueberry Bread
This healthy banana bread is low in fat and calls for blueberries instead of chocolate chips to boost antioxidant intake and dramatically cut calories.
Vegan Banana Apple Chunk Bread
If you're vegan or looking for a low-fat option to be your favorite banana treat, try this recipe. Using apple chunks instead of walnuts cuts down on calories while maintaining the crunch factor.
Paleo Banana Bread
If you're a Paleo-diet devotee, you'll love this banana bread recipe — top with unsweetened coconut flakes for extra texture.
Double Chocolate Banana Protein Muffins
These vegan chocolate banana protein muffins can easily be baked in a loaf pan instead.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
You'd never guess this sweet treat is both vegan and gluten free. Adapted from BabyCakes Bakery cookbook, this bread is moist, sweet, and healthy.
Omega-3 Banana Nut Bread
Not only does this banana nut bread use less sugar than a traditional recipe, but it's loaded with heart-healthy omega-3s like flaxseed, walnuts, and chia seeds for a midday pick-me-up.
Banana Oatmeal Crumb Muffins With Avocado
Skip the butter and make these banana oat muffins with avocado. If you're not into muffins, pour the batter into a loaf pan.
Banana Date Bread
To lighten up on sugar, this recipe uses dates to add sweetness. Adding chia seeds and walnuts to the batter increases the omega-3s found in this healthy indulgence.
Coconut Banana Bread
At about 115 calories per slice, this coconut banana bread is a guiltless treat. Greek yogurt is a light substitute for butter and using whole wheat flour will keep you full longer.
Lightened-Up Banana Bread
At less than 150 calories per slice, you may want to enjoy two slices of lightened-up banana bread. Applesauce takes the place of sugar and oil, which helps cut down on calories and fat.
Single-Serving Vegan Banana Bread
When you can't stop at just one slice, use your microwave to make up this single serving of chocolate chip banana bread.
Banana and Spinach Smoothie Muffins
Why not combine a smoothie recipe with banana bread to make banana smoothie muffins? If you prefer slices, bake the batter in a loaf pan.
Double Chocolate Vegan Banana Bread
You've never really seen banana bread quite like this, and it may be hard to go back to the classic once you do!