Heavenly Healthy Banana Bread

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 1 hr

Heavenly Healthy Banana Bread


1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed (light or dark)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium to large bananas)
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

2. In large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Add the bananas, honey and eggs, beating until smooth. Add the flour, then the walnuts (if using), stirring until smooth. Spoon the batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top. Let it rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.

3. Bake the bread for 50 minutes, then gently lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top, to prevent over-browning. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, then remove bread from oven. A long toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean. Allow the loaf to cool for 10 minutes before removing it from the pan. Cool completely on a rack.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (via King Arthur Flour)

6 Responses to “Heavenly Healthy Banana Bread”

  1. postedAug 25, 2012 10:59 AM
    Michelle Neal

    Hi there. I make a lot of your recipies so firstly thank you. Today I made your heavenly healthy banana bread and it came out quite dry. I did use my oven on fan rathern than conventional setting and was thinking that might be why. It was looking quite brown atn40 min so actually took it out then. I am more of a cook than a baker admittedly but am trying to do more and bring as gifts to dinner parties etc. just wondered if this banana bread is more on the dry side or if it should be quite moist.


    • postedAug 26, 2012 5:07 PM

      Hi Michele,
      I’m not sure why it came out dry!

  2. postedMar 2, 2014 9:21 PM
    Katie Martin

    can I use margarine? (I can’t believe it’s not butter brand)

    • postedMar 3, 2014 6:14 AM

      I wouldn’t try it myself just because I never, ever use margarine in baking.

  3. postedMar 3, 2014 1:35 PM

    can i use all purpose flour

    • postedMar 8, 2014 6:31 AM

      Sure- but it won’t be as healthy 🙂

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