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Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

Another great banana bread recipe!  Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

As the first month of the new year progresses, I’m continuing to make as many positive changes as my life allows.  We’ve had a rough start as my husband broke his leg just after Christmas in a sledding accident.  The silver lining in this story is that we have been able to spend a lot of time together as a family, and I’ve made healthy meals for us to eat at home almost every day since it’s been tough for my husband to get around.  When the bananas on the counter begin to blacken, it’s always a great time to make banana bread, so this is a new version I’m sharing with you today.

Greek Yogurt Banana Bread Recipe

With healthy ingredients utilized like Greek yogurt, honey and applesauce, the result was this beautiful loaf of banana bread- super, super tender and moist, not overly sweet, and delicious.  The bonus is that there is added protein in there from the Greek yogurt!

Greek Yogurt Banana Bread Recipe -

My husband is getting pretty tired of sitting on the couch with his leg propped up, so surprises like freshly baked banana bread delivered with his coffee in the morning are totally appreciated.  He asked me what I did to the bread to make it so moist and tender.  My little victory was accomplished with this Greek Yogurt Banana Bread!

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Greek Yogurt Banana Bread


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 small ripe bananas, mashed (or 3 large)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x4-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium owl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, honey, brown sugar, butter, applesauce, eggs and vanilla. Whisk in the mashed banana. Then add the dry ingredients and whisk those in until everything is well combined.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 55 minutes, or until the bread is golden and tests done with a toothpick inserted into the center coming out clean. Cool for at least 20 minutes, then turn the bread out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

More banana bread recipes you might enjoy:
Starbucks Walnut Banana Bread by Copykat Recipes
Nutella Swirled Banana Bread by RecipeGirl
Paleo Banana Bread by Elana’s Pantry
Classic Banana Bread by RecipeGirl
Rum- Coconut Banana Bread by My Baking Addiction

191 Responses to “Greek Yogurt Banana Bread”

  1. postedJan 25, 2015 6:42 AM
    William Algie

    Started to watch my calorie count today. Hope to lose about 20 lbs.

  2. postedJan 25, 2015 7:11 AM
    Ali Laz

    That looks delicious!

  3. postedJan 25, 2015 7:13 AM

    Bread looks delicious!! YUM!

  4. postedJan 25, 2015 7:23 AM

    Looks amazing!

  5. postedJan 25, 2015 7:24 AM

    Today’s little victory will be getting my cabinets organized. So over it.

  6. postedJan 25, 2015 7:29 AM

    Looks yummy!

  7. postedJan 25, 2015 7:54 AM
    amy williams

    Keeping calm when we had to deplane today!

  8. postedJan 25, 2015 8:08 AM
    Aimee Colby

    So glad to see you affiliate with Kroger! And very happy to see healthier banana bread. I’ve been looking for a recipe like this for a while. Thanks Lori!

  9. postedJan 25, 2015 8:53 AM
    Rachel L.

    Trying to eat more meatless meals.

  10. postedJan 25, 2015 9:17 AM

    Today;s little victory will be reviewing my budget.

  11. postedJan 25, 2015 9:39 AM
    Elizabeth S

    Cannot wait to try this recipe!! Sounds delicious! Its the little victories that get us to our goals!!!

  12. postedJan 25, 2015 9:43 AM

    Love the healthy substitutions in this bread! It looks so moist and delicious! Pinned!

  13. postedJan 25, 2015 9:44 AM

    Not such a little victory, but my husband and I moved into our first home.

  14. postedJan 25, 2015 9:47 AM

    Can’t wait to try this!

  15. postedJan 25, 2015 9:52 AM

    Sounds like a great recipe!

  16. postedJan 25, 2015 10:31 AM

    Looks wonderful! I love banana bread, almost as much as I love pumpkin bread……. I am a believer that everything is better with nuts. I’m gonna make a tiny, crunchy alteration to the bread. Love it! Thanks

  17. postedJan 25, 2015 10:41 AM

    Looks delicious! I definitely need to add more protein to my life!

  18. postedJan 25, 2015 10:58 AM

    Im walking every day and going to bed a little earlier. Thank you for the great giveaway! xo

  19. postedJan 25, 2015 11:18 AM

    I finally did a walking dvd! I am going to be more active this year!

  20. postedJan 25, 2015 12:03 PM

    Saying no to junk food!

  21. postedJan 25, 2015 12:07 PM
    Blake V.

    I have stayed on track with my eating today and am already down 3.8 lbs. in 3 weeks simply due to clean eating!

  22. postedJan 25, 2015 12:24 PM

    Looks good!! Definitely need to try.

  23. postedJan 25, 2015 12:44 PM

    Oh this looks fabulous! My little victory? Made it to church on time with all 4 kids. Yay!

  24. postedJan 25, 2015 3:24 PM
    Paula in Colorado

    Looks delicious and what a generous giveaway!

  25. postedJan 25, 2015 3:25 PM

    Yay for Greek yogurt and double yay for bananas! Definately will try it!

  26. postedJan 25, 2015 3:38 PM

    Banana bread is a classic at our house! Can’t resist 🙂

  27. postedJan 25, 2015 3:52 PM

    Can’t wait to try this!

  28. postedJan 25, 2015 5:31 PM
    Debby G.

    Today’s little victory would be getting caught up on the laundry!

  29. postedJan 25, 2015 6:16 PM
    Kris M

    Today My little victory was a long walk, something I don’t do enough of in the cold winter months.

  30. postedJan 25, 2015 6:19 PM
    Kris M

    Today’s victory was a long walk, something I don’t do enough of in the cold winter months.

  31. postedJan 25, 2015 6:25 PM

    Looks delicious girl! And yah on the continued healthy streak! This bread look de-lish, love a good moist banana bread its a hard thing to resist in the morning!

  32. postedJan 25, 2015 7:04 PM


  33. postedJan 25, 2015 7:38 PM

    I love banana bread! This one looks yummy, thanks for sharing!

  34. postedJan 25, 2015 8:37 PM

    Kroger is one of my favorite stores. They always have the ingredients I need to make all these delicious, healthy recipes!

  35. postedJan 25, 2015 9:13 PM
    Tracy R

    I’ve been watching my calories, eating more veggies and walking more.

  36. postedJan 25, 2015 10:58 PM
    Dawn Cayton

    Started cutting down on sugar. Not eating anything with more than 4 grams of sugar per serving. Reading labels has shown me how many processed foods have added sugar.

  37. postedJan 26, 2015 12:00 AM

    My little victory today was getting my son to walk a brisk 2 miles with ne 🙂
    it felt so good to be out of the house.

  38. postedJan 26, 2015 3:37 AM

    Double protein is awesome, but does it affect the calorie count? Always wondered that about Greek yogurt just never looked.

  39. postedJan 26, 2015 4:23 AM
    Naftali Edwards

    Today’s litt victory is actually waking up feeling refreshed!

  40. postedJan 26, 2015 4:29 AM
    colleen m.

    Great recipe and fantastic giveaway-thank you.

  41. postedJan 26, 2015 4:32 AM

    I make a similar recipe mine has Greek Yogurt in it too! Had a 5:00 am Fitness Session with Personal Training FEELING Healthy but sore from shoveling SNOW here in Nashua. Bracing for BLIZZARD

  42. postedJan 26, 2015 4:38 AM

    Looks yummy!

  43. postedJan 26, 2015 4:47 AM
    Charlotte Moore

    Yum!!!! This looks wonderful!! I might try this using Spelt flour.

  44. postedJan 26, 2015 4:55 AM
    Shari B.

    Banana bread one of my go to foods.

  45. postedJan 26, 2015 4:55 AM

    Ah! I LOVE that you used Greek yogurt in your banana bread. I’ve found that it’s just as tasty. Also, I have some ripe bananas that I will be putting to good use today.

  46. postedJan 26, 2015 4:56 AM

    This sounds interesting so I am going to give it a try!

  47. postedJan 26, 2015 4:56 AM
    Julie Davis

    The kids slept till 6:30

  48. postedJan 26, 2015 5:02 AM

    It’s only 7am for me, so my little victory from yesterday is that I managed to not lose my temper with any of my 4 kids! Believe me, that takes fortitude!

  49. postedJan 26, 2015 5:07 AM
    Katerina T.

    I love banana bread! I will be making this soon!

  50. postedJan 26, 2015 5:14 AM

    I’m going to the gym today with my son!

  51. postedJan 26, 2015 5:15 AM

    I have been looking for a healthy banana greek yogurt recipe…this is just in time 🙂

  52. postedJan 26, 2015 5:19 AM

    I love my Mom’s banana bread recipe – but should be saving it for holidays. I’m looking forward to trying this one for our “more often” family treat!

  53. postedJan 26, 2015 5:23 AM
    Cyndy Simpkins

    Thank you for being honest about your families ups and downs. My 13 year has been sick this weekend but yet we have been able to keep on our healthy meal plan. Adding carrot sticks as a side dish to our homemade Turkey burgers on whole grain rolls gave us the crunch we needed without potato chips. My son did not miss the chips. And let’s not forget the portability of an Apple for a mid afternoon snack. Yeah us!

  54. postedJan 26, 2015 5:33 AM

    This looks awesome Lori, and one of my favorite coffee time snacks!!

  55. postedJan 26, 2015 5:38 AM

    My little victory is preparing dinner for my family more regularly.

  56. postedJan 26, 2015 5:41 AM

    Banana bread is always a hit at our house too. Love how you lightened it up.

  57. postedJan 26, 2015 5:44 AM

    Oh that looks good! I definitely have to make that for my husband!!

  58. postedJan 26, 2015 5:49 AM

    That bread looks delicious! Might be making some during the impending blizzard tomorrow!

  59. postedJan 26, 2015 6:07 AM

    This sounds like a great recipe my co-workers would love. I will bring to work!!! Thanks for the giveaway!! Awesome!!

  60. postedJan 26, 2015 6:09 AM

    My victory for today is getting over serious jet lag. Arrived home after 4 long plane rides.

  61. postedJan 26, 2015 6:12 AM

    looks so yummy and healthy!! can’t wait to try it

  62. postedJan 26, 2015 6:14 AM

    Sounds delicious..

  63. postedJan 26, 2015 6:19 AM

    I have not yelled at any of my kids and it’s already 9:15am!!

  64. postedJan 26, 2015 6:20 AM

    WOW!!!! What a great giveaway. Today I worked out first thing in the morning and had a healthy breakfast.

  65. postedJan 26, 2015 6:24 AM

    I love shopping at Kroger. Great seeing healthy recipes using Kroger brand products. Keep them coming.

  66. postedJan 26, 2015 6:28 AM

    My little victory, having my daughter clean the kitchen for me last night before she went home.

  67. postedJan 26, 2015 6:30 AM

    i want to win!!

  68. postedJan 26, 2015 6:31 AM
    dale murphy

    i love homemade banana bread thanks for the recipe

  69. postedJan 26, 2015 6:36 AM

    Very discouraged this week. This inspired me to keep going.

  70. postedJan 26, 2015 6:40 AM

    Little victory today was getting to work early and getting a mini workout in before everyone else arrived.

  71. postedJan 26, 2015 6:52 AM
    Nancy L

    Started going back to the gym.

  72. postedJan 26, 2015 6:55 AM
    Lauren J.

    Remaining positive with my two very young children. Our car battery is dead and we are stuck!

  73. postedJan 26, 2015 7:01 AM

    Your posts look so delicious!!

  74. postedJan 26, 2015 7:05 AM

    Never would have thought to use Greek yogurt. Yum!
    Will def try incorporating healthier options this year.

  75. postedJan 26, 2015 7:11 AM

    I am a huge fan of greek yogurt. This looks yummy.

  76. postedJan 26, 2015 7:11 AM

    Can’t wait to make this today, while watching the snow come down. Today’s little victory will be to eat healthy foods and not snack on the processed ones!

  77. postedJan 26, 2015 7:12 AM
    Margie Huddleston

    Banana bread is so wonderful, because those dark bananas have so much sweetness naturally, and I like to use honey instead of sugar, too! Will try this recipe this week-thanks! 🙂

  78. postedJan 26, 2015 7:14 AM

    I started my day with my lemon water and a protein smoothie.

  79. postedJan 26, 2015 7:16 AM
    Barbara W

    Recipe looks awesome, I will make some to take to the Super Bowl party this weekend. I’m wondering if you could create this with a gluten free flour? Going gluten free and sugar free to cut calories. Thanks for all your great recipes!

    • postedJan 27, 2015 9:27 PM

      A gluten-free all-purpose blend would probably work. I like to use the brand Cup4Cup.

  80. postedJan 26, 2015 7:18 AM
    Yvette N

    We are walking every day, and eating more fruits and vegetables.

    Can’t wait to try this new recipe!

  81. postedJan 26, 2015 7:20 AM

    Oh how I miss having a Kroger in my town 🙁 They are the best grocery store!
    This banana bread recipe looks so moist and good! Love it!

  82. postedJan 26, 2015 7:21 AM
    Annie S.

    Little victory- to cook and bake healthier! My kids & hubby would like this Greek yogurt banana bread for dessert/snack!

  83. postedJan 26, 2015 7:25 AM
    Missy S.

    My family loves banana bread and this one looks delicious, low calorie or not!!

  84. postedJan 26, 2015 7:30 AM
    Lisa Langston

    Todays little victory is taking my dog on a long walk!

  85. postedJan 26, 2015 7:32 AM

    I didn’t have resolution, but I am trying to be good most days!

  86. postedJan 26, 2015 7:43 AM

    Deinitely have moved to the meatless Monday philosophy. When i was growing up we always had meatless Fridays so I’m going back to that but doingf it on Mondays.

  87. postedJan 26, 2015 7:45 AM

    Broken leg…not how you want to start your day. I can see in the pictures just how moist this is – YUM! I’ve gone back to counting points (ala Weight Watchers) and I WILL continue to do so.

  88. postedJan 26, 2015 7:47 AM

    What a great idea…adding greek yogurt not only provides a little protein but also a richness that can’t be denied! But never tried it in banana bread and I’m sure that the yogurt keeps it moist! Yum!

  89. postedJan 26, 2015 7:51 AM

    The bread looks so moist,and one of my go to recipes is banana bread,so thank you for a healthier version.

  90. postedJan 26, 2015 8:01 AM

    Victory is a sink clean of dishes at the end if the day

  91. postedJan 26, 2015 8:04 AM

    This looks like it will be moist so will try!

  92. postedJan 26, 2015 8:14 AM
    Tarn A

    Returning a few items that I have been meaning to take back all weekend!

  93. postedJan 26, 2015 8:41 AM
    Randall Yancey

    I can’t wait to dry this recipe.

  94. postedJan 26, 2015 8:55 AM
    Windy P.

    Made it to work on time on a Monday. Woot.

  95. postedJan 26, 2015 9:29 AM

    I love Banana Bread and can’t wait to try this healthier version! I always add walnuts too 🙂

  96. postedJan 26, 2015 9:39 AM
    Lisa Henderson

    I will definitely be trying these. I will only make one change. I will use Nutri-Blend Flour to increase the fibre content of the bread (and no one will know the difference!).

  97. postedJan 26, 2015 9:40 AM

    Thank you for this beautifully pictured recipe. I have a couple of questions you might be able to answer. If I use vanilla Greek Yogurt, will that change anything? It seems it might enhance the flavor, but since it’s not used in your recipe, I wondered if it is best to use plain. Also, if I use Agave can it be measured just as honey is. (Agave just a few less Carbs and less Sugars)

  98. postedJan 26, 2015 9:57 AM

    I’m making little changes too. Tried your cauliflower pizza crest the other weekend – delicious topped with prosciutto and burrata. I’m definitely going to try this banana bread as well. btw – I love greek yogurt in my morning smoothies, adds protein and creaminess.

  99. postedJan 26, 2015 11:03 AM

    This looks delicious!!!!

  100. postedJan 26, 2015 11:03 AM
    Sara Burnette

    The bread looks delicious!!

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