healthy banana bread

Healthy Banana Bread

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 squares 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


You could make this slightly more indulgent by adding 1/2- cup of chocolate chips to the batter, though it’s really good in this simple version!


  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 very ripe bananas (about 3 cups sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup almond or peanut butter OR melted and cooled butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Coat an 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Grind the oats in a food processor for about 30 seconds, or until they resemble a coarse flour.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and process for about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down the sides of the processor as needed, until the batter is smooth.
  4. Pour into prepared pan, smoothing with a spatula. Bake for 25-28 minutes, or until the edges are golden and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan before slicing. 
  5. Serve chilled, at room temperature, or slightly warm.


To store: Place in an airtight container or storage bag in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

If you like coconut, you can sub 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut for 1/2 cup of oats.

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