My Favorite Healthy-ish Banana Bread

My Favorite Healthy-ish Banana Bread

Today I would like to share with you the recipe for my favorite healthy-ish banana bread. It’s hard to go wrong with banana bread; it’s such a classic! It’s a great way to use up brown bananas. I always have a few stored in the freezer so I can whip up this recipe in a moment’s notice. I love making this banana bread because it’s so easy and tasty.  All you have to do is dump the ingredients into a bowl, mix it up and bake it.  The recipe I am sharing with you has zero oil, limited sugar and no butter, but I promise it’s still delicious!  I even sneak in some ground flax seed for an omega-3 boost.

My first attempt at baking sourdough.

I’ve recently begun to dip my toes into the world of baking. I’ve always enjoyed cooking a bit more than baking, but I am really starting to come around to baking. I feel like my banana bread recipe is fail-proof, which is one of the reasons I love it. However, a couple weekends ago I decided to venture out of my comfort zone and I made sourdough bread following this recipe and it was a hit! It was my first time attempting sourdough bread, but the recipe was surprisingly easy to follow. I will definitely be making it again! Hopefully one day I will be able share more complex baking recipes, but for today I hope you enjoy the simplicity of my banana bread.

sliced loaf of chocolate chip banana bread
Ignore my broken cutting board.

One of my favorite things about banana bread is that it’s appropriate to eat for breakfast or dessert (with ice cream of course)! Banana bread does not last long around my apartment.  I’m lucky if we make it 3 days. The smell of it baking in the oven fills the entire house with a pleasant aroma. I can barely wait for it to cool before I slice myself a piece.  It’s absolutely perfect with the oooey-gooey melted chocolate chips, the bite of walnut, and the banana flavor is jusssst right. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! If banana bread isn’t your thing click here to check out other breakfast recipes from Toshi’s Table. Happy baking! 

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sliced loaf of chocolate chip banana bread

My Favorite Healthy-ish Banana Bread

  • Author: Emily Toshiko
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Category: breakfast, dessert


My favorite healthy-ish banana bread is my NO FAIL recipe. It’s so easy to make and SO GOOD.


  • 3 brown bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup OR honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seeds
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mush the brown bananas together using a fork. Once they are broken up, add the egg and lightly whisk together. Add the rest of the ingredients. Gently mix until a batter forms and the ingredients are incorporated together.
  3. Lightly grease ( I use non-stick spray) a 9” x 5” loaf pan. Pour the batter into the pan.
  4. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
  5. Let cool 10-15 minutes if you can wait that long!

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