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Indulge in a deliciously moist and healthy banana bread that’s perfectly crafted for those looking to cut down on sugar without missing out on the joys of a sweet treat. Made with a blend of regular and whole grain flour, protein-packed Greek yogurt (or creamy Skyr!), and naturally sweetened, it’s nourishing and SO delicious. Get ready to bake a loaf that not only satisfies your sweet tooth but also fits seamlessly into a health-conscious lifestyle.

Why This Banana Bread Recipe Is a Must-Try

This low sugar banana bread recipe is a must-try because it offers all the sweetness without the rush of a refined sugar, thanks to ripe bananas and apple sauce. It’s packed with nutrients from whole grain flour and protein-rich Greek yogurt or Skyr, ensuring each bite is incredibly moist and tender. Easy to make and perfect for bakers of all levels, this versatile banana bread fits any occasion—be it breakfast, a snack, or dessert—satisfying your sweet cravings in a healthy way. You can even make it into muffins, which kids absolutely love!

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The Backstory of Banana Bread

Let’s take a fun trip down memory lane to the 1930s United States—a time when resourcefulness was the recipe of the day. The Great Depression was in full swing, and savvy housewives turned culinary pioneers as they found brilliant ways to use up overripe bananas that were just too good to waste. Their stroke of genius? Mixing those mushy bananas into bread dough, giving rise to the ever-comforting and now iconic banana bread.

Fast forward to today, this low sugar rendition of the classic banana bread pays homage to its rich history while nodding to our contemporary quest for healthier choices. Maintaining the moist and heavenly texture that made banana bread a household favourite, this version is tweaked to fit right into the modern kitchen, where wellness and flavour dance hand in hand. Indulge in a slice of history with a banana bread recipe that’s as sweet on your palate as it is on your waistline!

What Makes This Recipe Special

This banana bread cuts down on sugar without losing the moist, delicious texture that makes banana bread a favourite. By boosting the flavour with natural sweeteners and the health benefits of whole grains and protein, it offers a nourishing alternative that doesn’t skimp on taste.

A Wholesome and Low Sugar Banana Bread

This Banana Bread recipe redefines the notion of indulgence with a healthier twist that doesn’t compromise on flavour. Here’s a breakdown of what makes it stand out:

Sugar Smart: Dramatically lower in sugar than typical banana bread recipes. It only calls for 2 tablespoons of unrefined Mascobado raw cane sugar, letting the natural sweetness of ripe bananas and apple sauce take center stage.

Rich in Whole Grains: Incorporating spelt or whole wheat flour not only increases the fibre content but also boosts overall nutritional value.

Protein-Packed: Greek yogurt or Skyr adds creaminess and a substantial protein hit.

Nutritious Fats: Optional walnuts provide healthy fats, making this bread satisfying and heart-friendly.

Guilt-Free Treat: Savour the rich, tender loaf without the worry of a sugar overload. 

Perfect for a nutritious breakfast or a cozy afternoon snack.

Ingredients for banana bread

Ingredients Tips for this Healthy and Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Indulging in a slice of banana bread doesn’t have to feel like a guilty pleasure with this nutritiously crafted recipe. Here’s your guide to picking the perfect ingredients to elevate your banana bread into a healthier, irresistible treat.

Bananas: Your Natural Sweet Spot

Perfectly Ripe: Aim for bananas that are wonderfully ripe with plenty of brown spots. These little beauties will impart a natural sweetness and incredible moisture, making every slice richly satisfying.

Quick Tip: If your bananas are still a bit green, pop them in a paper bag overnight to speed up the ripening process. The sweeter the banana, the more flavour-packed your bread will be.

Dairy: Skyr vs. Greek Yogurt

Skyr: This Icelandic marvel is thick, creamy, and loaded with protein. It adds a luxurious richness to the bread while keeping it light and fluffy.

Greek Yogurt: If you prefer a tangy twist, full-fat Greek yogurt is your go-to. It introduces a subtle zest that balances the sweetness of the bananas beautifully.

Flour: Spelt vs. Traditional Flours

White Spelt Flour: Think of white spelt as the lighter, trendier cousin of whole grain spelt. It bakes up beautifully light loaves with a subtle nutty undertone. Spelt flour is also known for being easier to digest than common wheat, making it a great option for those with sensitive stomachs.

Whole Grain Spelt Flour: For those who love a hearty texture, whole grain spelt is a dream. It’s rich in fibre and gives your banana bread a robust, satisfying bite.

All-Purpose and Whole Wheat Flour: While all-purpose flour is a baking staple for reliably soft textures, whole wheat flour punches up the fibre and nutrient content but can weigh your bread down. Choose based on your texture preference and health goals.

Apple Sauce: A Moist Maker

Unsweetened Apple Sauce: This ingredient is a secret weapon for adding moisture without extra sugar. It seamlessly blends into your batter, enhancing the bread’s softness.

DIY Apple Sauce: Whip up your own batch by simmering chopped apples until soft, then mash for a rustic texture or blend for smoothness. Sprinkle in some cinnamon for a spice-infused twist that complements the banana flavour exquisitely.

With these tips and choices, your low sugar banana bread will not only taste fantastic but will also fit beautifully into a balanced diet. Each ingredient has been chosen to enhance both flavour and health benefits, ensuring that each slice is as nourishing as it is delicious. Now, let’s get baking and transform these wholesome ingredients into a loaf that’s bound to become a new favourite!

Banana Bread recipe, with unrefined sugar, low fat and whole grain

Healthy Banana Bread in 3 Simple Steps

Here’s how to whip up this lusciously low sugar banana bread, distilled into three super simple steps, just like I’d chat with you over coffee:

Get Set: Start by cranking up your oven to get it all warm and toasty. Don’t forget to grease your loaf pan well—nobody likes a sticky situation!

Mix and Mingle: In one bowl, toss together your flour, just a hint of sugar, baking essentials, and a dash of spices. In another, whip up those eggs, stir in the rich yogurt or Skyr, add your favourite sweetener, and fold in those beautifully mashed bananas. It’s all about getting those ingredients perfectly acquainted.

Bake and Bond: Gently marry your wet and dry ingredients—just until they’re combined. Feeling adventurous? Throw in some nuts for an extra crunch. Pour the happy mixture into your prepared pan and pop it into the oven. Bake it up until a tester comes out clean. Let it cool, then slice and savour every bite. There you have it—a banana bread that’s as health-conscious as it is heavenly!

Customise your Banana Bread Recipe

This versatile healthy banana bread recipe can be easily adapted to suit different tastes and dietary preferences. Here are some ideas to make it your own:

Add-Ins and Variations:

Chocolate Delight: Fold in dark chocolate chunks (at least 70% cocoa, up to 85%) for a richer, more indulgent flavour. Or try cacao nibs for a chocolatey, nutty crunch.

Nutty Crunch: Add a handful of chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds for added texture and healthy fats. Pine nuts are also a great choice! Or go nut-free and try unsweetened coconut chips. 

Fruit Burst: Mix in dried fruits like apricots or raisins for a fruity twist. Or try fresh blueberries!

Spiced Up: Enhance the flavour with additional spices such as nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom.

Seeds Galore: Sprinkle chia seeds, flaxseeds, or sesame seeds into the batter for an extra nutritional boost.

Banana Bread Muffins: Pour the batter into a muffin tin lined with paper liners or greased well. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. This is a great option for a grab-and-go snack that kids will adore.

Vegan Adaptation:

Egg Replacement: Use flax or chia eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water per egg) as a vegan alternative.

Dairy-Free: Replace Greek yogurt or Skyr with a dairy-free yogurt alternative like coconut yogurt.

Banana Bread recipe, with unrefined sugar, low fat and whole grain

Commonly Asked Questions for this Banana Bread Recipe (FAQ)

What if I don’t have applesauce?

You can substitute applesauce with an equal amount of mashed bananas. Alternatively, you can make your own applesauce by cooking peeled, cored apples until soft, then pureeing them.

Can I add other mix-ins to this banana bread?

Yes, feel free to customise your banana bread with various add-ins. Popular choices include dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts, dried fruits, or even a swirl of nut butter for extra flavour and texture.

How do I know when the banana bread is done?

The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.

How do I store this banana bread?

Store your banana bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can I freeze banana bread?

Yes, banana bread freezes beautifully. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and it will keep for up to 3 months.

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Best-Loved Banana Bread

Apple sauce, unrefined raw cane sugar and yogurt, instead of fat, provide the moisture in this delicious banana bread recipe. Banana bread is easy to make, fast and solves the problem of what to do with bananas when they turn brown and mushy – and sweeter! Such a treat!

Course Baking
Category American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 Slices
Calories 189 kcal
Autor Elle


Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (full-fat) or creamy Skyr (100 g)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce, unsweetened (100 g)
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork (400 g)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or a mix of white spelt and whole wheat (300 g)
  • 2 tablespoons Mascobado raw cane sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup fine-cut oats (100 g)
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • A pinch of cinnamon (Ceylon)

Add-Ins (choose one or both):

  • 1/2 cup sultanas (80 g)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (50 g)

To Garnish (optional):

  • Sesame seeds
  • Sliced banana


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C (160°C fan-assisted). Lightly grease a loaf pan (25 x 11 cm) and line the base and 2 opposite sides with parchment paper, allowing it to overhang.

  2. In a large bowl mix together the wet ingredients (eggs, Greek yogurt or Skyr, maple syrup, and apple sauce, mashed bananas) until well combined.

  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, oats, salt, and cinnamon).
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, folding gently with a spatula until just combined. Do not over mix!

  5. If using, fold in the sultanas and/or chopped walnuts gently into the batter.
  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan, levelling the top with a spatula. Optional garnishes: split a banana down the middle vertically then add on top of the batter, side by side. If desired, add a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let the bread cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Once bread is cool, cut into slices. Enjoy!


In the world of baking, finding the perfect flour combination can elevate your bread to the next level. A delightful mixture of white spelt flour and whole spelt flour brings together the best of both worlds. By using ratios of 2:1 or 3:1—with spelt flour or wheat flour as the foundation—you can enjoy a bread that retains a wonderfully light texture while incorporating the rich flavors and additional nutrients of whole grains. 

Optimal Ratios for Perfect Bread:

  • 2:1 Ratio: Combine 200 g of white spelt flour with 100 g of whole spelt flour. This balanced blend ensures a wonderful harmony between texture and nutritional value.
  • 3:1 Ratio: Mix 225 g of white spelt flour with 75 g of whole spelt flour. This keeps your bread closer to the texture of traditional spelt flour bread but adds a healthy twist with the inclusion of whole grains.

Feel free to switch things up by substituting spelt flour with regular wheat flour or a combination of whole wheat and wheat flour

Pro Tip: The flavors in this bread deepen beautifully—making it even more delicious the day after baking. So, plan ahead and enjoy the enhanced taste and texture of your loaf the next day. Happy baking!

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