Monday Munchies – Healthy Banana Bread

As much as we try to convince ourselves that banana bread ‘must be healthy because it has fruit in it’, unfortunately that is often not the case – as well as banana, those delicious slices are also packed full of white flour, refined sugar and butter.

After Ally tweeted a photo of her perfectly browned banana bread, I saw a ripe banana taunting me and remembered a recipe I bookmarked a while ago from Honest Fare.  The original recipe is gluten free and dairy free but did contain white sugar, so I substituted that for honey and added some extra nuts to create the ideal ‘healthy option’ for me.

This isn’t your typical light and fluffy banana bread, but rather is quite a dense, moist, brownie-like consistency.  It really hits that sugar craving without being as naughty as other banana bread recipes.


3 ripe bananas

2 eggs

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup almond meal

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup pecans

Slivered almonds for topping

  1. Preheat oven to approx 160 degrees C
  2. Place bananas in food processor (or use potato masher) with eggs, honey and cinnamon and blitz until smooth and the mixture is light and fluffy
  3. Add the almond meal and baking powder and blitz briefly to mix
  4. Add the pecans and blitz to cut up a little but leave in big chunks
  5. Line a loaf pan with baking paper (or grease well) or use cupcake liners if you prefer (just reduce cooking time).
  6. Pour mixture into loaf pan and top with slivered almonds
  7. Bake for ~45 minutes or until the top is browned and a skewer comes out clean
  8. Leave to cool slightly before removing from pan
  9. Serve sliced (left overs are amazing crisped up under the grill)

Note: during baking it will puff up and look like it is rising but will settle when removed from the oven into a dense, moist cake.

Recipe adapted from: Honest Fare

Photos from: my camera

5 thoughts on “Monday Munchies – Healthy Banana Bread

  1. Tara @ such.different.skies

    I’m so proud of you for totally healthing up this recipe!
    You’ve inspired me. My two favourite indulgent foods before going vegan were haloumi and banana bread…
    I wonder whether I could use chia gel instead of the eggs?
    Regardless, it looks sexy Jaz (and delicious!)


    1. jazziefizzle Post author

      hehe thanks!! I’m sure you could find something to substitute for eggs… a bit of experimentation wouldn’t hurt! Actually I have a delicious ‘recipe’ for banana cookies – bananas and dates in food processor, mix with rolled oats and bake. So good and vegan friendly :)


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