Greek Yogurt Banana Bread is a great banana bread recipe. This easy banana bread recipe has additions of Greek yogurt and applesauce to keep it moist and delicious.
As the 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. In fact, I obsessively make banana bread as soon as I see black spots on my bananas! This Greek Yogurt Banana Bread is a new version I’m sharing with you today.
Watch the video showing you how to make this recipe, then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the recipe so you can make it at home.
With healthy ingredients utilized like Greek yogurt, honey and applesauce, the result is 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!
Advantages of using Greek yogurt in baking:
Greek yogurt has plenty of protein and probiotics, which are good for you! Greek yogurt is creamy, and that creaminess helps keep baked goods moist. It’s also pretty tangy in flavor. That tanginess yields a unique, appealing flavor to this Greek yogurt banana bread. The acidity in Greek yogurt helps activate baking soda, which helps make this bread fluffy and light, not so dense.
Greek yogurt is a great alternative to sour cream in banana bread because it imparts that nice, tangy flavor with fewer calories and more health benefits. Tip: you can also swap out Greek yogurt for buttermilk in pancakes and waffles.
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. And I was happy to share that I used that big container of Greek yogurt that sits in the refrigerator untouched most of the time!
If you happen to be following the Weight Watchers WW plan, you will find a link to the WW Points on the recipe card below. It may seem like a lot of points, but it’s going to be fewer points than any other banana bread you try. And this loaf is cut into 8 thick slices for you to enjoy!
Here are a few more banana bread recipes you might like to try:
- Pineapple Banana Bread
- Whole Wheat Healthy Banana Bread
- Starbucks Walnut Banana Bread
- Nutella Swirled Banana Bread
- Paleo Banana Bread
- Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread
- Classic Banana Bread
Greek Yogurt Banana Bread
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- ⅓ cup honey
- ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup (½ stick) butter, melted
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 small (or 3 large) ripe bananas (mashed)
- Preheat the oven to 350℉. Spray an 8x4-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.
- In a medium owl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
Great recipe. My daughter is gluten free, used a gluten free flour blend and turned out amazing. Perfect sweetness
replaced applesauce with canola oil 1:1 ratio and used mini loaf pans and baked it for 35 minutes. added chocolate chips and crushed walnuts. came out perfectly delicious.
Awesome recipes thank you
Best banana bread recipe ever. I used 4 bananas. So moist and flavorful!
Just like it says, super moist and yummy! I have made this recipe many times now, it’s always so good! Something about the yogurt just makes it so good! Whole family loves it!
I normally don’t post my comments on recipes but I had to for this one. I followed the directions exactly as they were written and I was highly disappointed. I checked the load after about 45 min to see how it was going, still completely wet. Another 10, then another 10 when I finally took it out. Looked done on the outside, but not done on the inside. I put aluminum foil over it and put in for another 15 min. Still not done. Took it out of the pan, cut in half and cooked for another 15 minutes. After all of that I finally stopped because I was so annoyed with the whole process. The end product is sought and not like any of the other recipes I’ve tried.
Did you turn the oven on??
Maybe temperature was too low if you did indeed turn on the oven…
Cant blame the recipe for this one 😉
I used what I had so I used my kid’s vanilla lowfat yogurt (and I’m out of vanilla extract) and apple cinnamon GoGo Squeez. We’ll see how it goes in 55 minutes. I also added sliced almonds on my “side”.
How many point is is 1 piece of bread, I don`t mean to see that information?
Divide the bread into 8 slices. 9 points per slice.
I am trying this recipe now with white whole wheat flour will it come out okay? Well, I guess I will know soon either way 😉
let us know how it turned out!
So I made this last night. The test was delicious. I substituted Splenda brown sugar blend and added chopped nuts. BUT, is the 8 x 4 pan size correct? Because mine overflowed my pan as soon as it started to bake and I believe that caused my texture to be off in the center (it’s very, very dense). I will definitely be making this again though I’m just gonna try my 9 ” loaf pan. Anyone else have the pan issue?
The 8×4 worked for me, but honestly I have a few different 8×4-inch pans and some seem to be much smaller than the rest. Using a 9×5-inch pan is perfectly okay for this recipe too.
Hi- I made this bread today- so many delicious ingredients. The flavor is amazing, but for some reason, the middle of the bread is mushy. It never seemed to cook through even though I cooked it for about 70 minutes. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Hmmm, not quite sure. It could be your oven… or the altitude… or the pan you baked it in. It’s tough to pinpoint. Sorry you had trouble!
nice didn’t know honey and banana go so well together. thanks for sharing
This sounds like the perfect way to use my too-ripe bananas! How does it freeze?
It freezes great!
Making this right now as muffins! Hope it comes out!
I am going to move more today and track my food like I am supposed to.
I can’t wait to try this. I am also trying to make healther choices this year. I have replaced applesauce for butter before. But excited about trying the honey and Greek yougart . Thanks for posting
Yum yum yummy ????
Trying to balance being a college student on a budget and clean eating has been an exciting and trying journey. Always looking to add more tools to my kitchen tool belt!
It’s almost 9 at night and I have the last load of laundry in th washer. That is an incredible victory for this Monday! Ironically, I made banana bread this morning with greek yogurt and it is fabulous!
Finding some new food blogs to put on my feedly is my victory for today.
Going to try this, as it looks really tasty!
My little victory was sorting out all my printed recipes. Bread looks great!
Tried Saveur’s brown rice cooking method — success!
This looks so yummy! I’m drinking more water….a good start!
Today’s little victory…getting all 3 kids out the door in time for church!
I love using Greek yogurt in baked goods! Thanks for this recipe!
I have also been using Greek yogurt more in my cooking and baking. This looks very moist and tasty.
My little victory for today…..prepared a home cooked meal for the family!
Today’s little victory is finishing relistening to my lecture about heart rhythms
Thanks for the great recipe!! I’m pinning it so I can go back to it!!
I have been trying to drink more water and this morning I have already drank half of what my goal was for the whole day.
I am always looking for new banana bread recipes for a quick and nutritious breakfast on those busy mornings when everyone is trying to get out of the house for school and work.
Can’t wait to try this today. My bananas are perfect and I’ve been trying to find a healthier version of my old recipe. I can’t wait to have my diabetic dad try it too, so it’ll be healthier for him as well.!!! Thank you!! Have a great day!
I ate enough.
I’ve begun making my own almond butter and substituting it in recipes! SO DELICIOUS and a great protein boost 🙂
Your banana bread looks yummy! I have been eating fat-free greek yogurt for about a year and love it! Sometimes I cook with it and will even substitute a 2% in dishes I want to make a little richer. I love the extra protein in greek yogurt.
I’ve been cravign all things banana lately. This banana bread looks so good!!! (No Kroger near me, so I’m sadly out of the running for the giveaway. Just wanted to let you know how great the bread looks.)
I just made this the other night! Except with agave because that’s all I had – but still delicious!!
My little victory today will be to continue to eat well.
I got my bathroom cleaned.
My victory was completing grocery shopping for the next two weeks.
Yum! My victory today….1:30 on the treadmill, uphill most of the way!
Oh my sun, moon, and stars!! Look at that bread…it looks DIVINE!!! What a wonderful dessert cheat it would be with my cheat meal, once a week!!
I believe I have a co worker that has some type of mental health issues.. I believe I may have helped her with something.
Today I finally unpacked from our vacation. 🙂
I have my mom’s banana bread recipe that can’t be topped. It’s so moist & I already substitute the sour cream for plain greek yogurt. I’m willing to give yours a try though for the applesauce & honey subsitutes. Thanks, it sounds yummy.
I love banana bread and using two of my favorite ingredients; Greek yogurt and honey is a win win recipe in my book. Thank you Lori, I cannot wait to try it.
this looks delicious.
not ever tried greek yogurt but this recipe makes me want to tonight.
Banana bread is always a good idea, and this one looks yummy!
yum! great substitutes!
Today’s victory was taking the dog to the vet and being told I had a $42.00 credit!! That never happens!!
I am walking the Rescue Dog more so we BOTH get more exercise!
Semi-successful in getting back on track. The holidays set me back on my diet. I had lost 100 pounds so far, but gained a few back. Working to get my appetite back under control. Today was a pretty good day.
Attempted to make macarons for the first time. They didn’t turn out great, but it got me over my fear of trying.
My little victory today is no snacking this afternoon right before dinner.
Ate oatmeal and yogurt for breakfast
I didn’t eat the second cookie or have a glass of wine, both of which I wanted!
Yum! And I happen to have some bananas in the freezer. Heck yeah!
Making healthier choices!
I have made it my routine to get to the gym at least 4 times a week. I consider it a victory when I can make all 4 days in one week,
Eating a healthy homemade soup for lunch
Yummy! Thanks:) Awesome giveaway!
Looks like a perfect way to start to the day!
Sitting on the couch must be getting really old for Brian! But it looks as though you are taking very good care of him, Lori. This banana bread would make anyone feel better!
I love the idea of adding Greek yogurt to banana bread. I”m always looking for different ways to change up my basic banana bread recipe.
I finally got my kitchen cabinets organized after getting new storage ware during the holidays. I think it’s rewarding to open the cabinet doors and see everything nice and neat!
Great recipe and a fantastic give away 🙂
I love the substitutions you made with this bread. It looks so soft and moist! I have cut way down on sugar, and using more almond and coconut flours for guilt-free snacks, pancakes and bread.
I love Kroger products and I love banana bread. This recipe will most definitely make my Pinterest board,
I have a specific recipe that I use when making this type of bread and won’t use another. However, I do like the fact that this version has healthier Ingredients and will definitely be giving It a try.
Easy dinner…omelet with fresh veggies and bacon…gotta love easy on a work night!!
My first goal is to get my office in order.
Bread looks and sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win. My little victory was getting ALL my errands run!
Yum! I’m going to make this soon.
I have been making banana cake for years. I allso make mine with buttermilk our sour cream.
Being blessed to see another birthday today!!
Little victory: even though it was a chaotic day with one kid home sick and my husband traveling (and driving my other three to/from school) I still got in my morning workout. Now I wish I had some of this banana bread too!
Today’s little victory is getting my newborn down for a nap with little effort.
Yum Can’t wait to try it.
Looks delicious and moist. Will be trying this today…wet wet here so what do you do on a wet rainy day…..bake…yum
OK, time to stock up on bananas!!! What a moist, delectable loaf–I’d love a big slab with my afternoon tea 🙂
I love banana bread!! This recipe sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks
I’d love to get the mixer to be able to make this lovely cake!
I had plain Greek yogurt with a little honey and fresh strawberries for breakfast today. I will be making this bread.
My little victory for today is that I did not have my fattening mocha this morning.
I love banana bread!! So much that I don’t share. I can’t wait for my bananas to turn black so I can try this recipe.
My goal was to increase my cardio training to 45 to 60 minutes, six days a week. I have been successful so far.
Today’s little victory was running 3.5 miles before 5:45am! (And my 2 year old to napping) 🙂
Will have to see how it compares to my banana bread recipe!
Could use either of the prizes.
Thanks for the chances.
Get few more steps in!
The bread looks delicious!!
This looks delicious!!!!
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.
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)
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!).
I love Banana Bread and can’t wait to try this healthier version! I always add walnuts too 🙂
Made it to work on time on a Monday. Woot.
I can’t wait to dry this recipe.
Returning a few items that I have been meaning to take back all weekend!
This looks like it will be moist so will try!
Victory is a sink clean of dishes at the end if the day
The bread looks so moist,and one of my go to recipes is banana bread,so thank you for a healthier version.
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!
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.
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.
I didn’t have resolution, but I am trying to be good most days!
Todays little victory is taking my dog on a long walk!
My family loves banana bread and this one looks delicious, low calorie or not!!
Little victory- to cook and bake healthier! My kids & hubby would like this Greek yogurt banana bread for dessert/snack!
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!
We are walking every day, and eating more fruits and vegetables.
Can’t wait to try this new recipe!
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!
A gluten-free all-purpose blend would probably work. I like to use the brand Cup4Cup.
I started my day with my lemon water and a protein smoothie.
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! 🙂
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!
I am a huge fan of greek yogurt. This looks yummy.
Never would have thought to use Greek yogurt. Yum!
Will def try incorporating healthier options this year.
Your posts look so delicious!!
Remaining positive with my two very young children. Our car battery is dead and we are stuck!
Started going back to the gym.
Little victory today was getting to work early and getting a mini workout in before everyone else arrived.
Very discouraged this week. This inspired me to keep going.
i love homemade banana bread thanks for the recipe
i want to win!!
My little victory, having my daughter clean the kitchen for me last night before she went home.
I love shopping at Kroger. Great seeing healthy recipes using Kroger brand products. Keep them coming.
WOW!!!! What a great giveaway. Today I worked out first thing in the morning and had a healthy breakfast.
I have not yelled at any of my kids and it’s already 9:15am!!
looks so yummy and healthy!! can’t wait to try it
My victory for today is getting over serious jet lag. Arrived home after 4 long plane rides.
This sounds like a great recipe my co-workers would love. I will bring to work!!! Thanks for the giveaway!! Awesome!!
That bread looks delicious! Might be making some during the impending blizzard tomorrow!
Oh that looks good! I definitely have to make that for my husband!!
Banana bread is always a hit at our house too. Love how you lightened it up.
My little victory is preparing dinner for my family more regularly.
This looks awesome Lori, and one of my favorite coffee time snacks!!
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!
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!
I have been looking for a healthy banana greek yogurt recipe…this is just in time 🙂
I’m going to the gym today with my son!
I love banana bread! I will be making this soon!
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!
The kids slept till 6:30
This sounds interesting so I am going to give it a try!
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.
Banana bread one of my go to foods.
Yum!!!! This looks wonderful!! I might try this using Spelt flour.
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
Great recipe and fantastic giveaway-thank you.
Today’s litt victory is actually waking up feeling refreshed!
Double protein is awesome, but does it affect the calorie count? Always wondered that about Greek yogurt just never looked.
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.
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.
I’ve been watching my calories, eating more veggies and walking more.
Kroger is one of my favorite stores. They always have the ingredients I need to make all these delicious, healthy recipes!
I love banana bread! This one looks yummy, thanks for sharing!
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!
Today’s victory was a long walk, something I don’t do enough of in the cold winter months.
Today My little victory was a long walk, something I don’t do enough of in the cold winter months.
Today’s little victory would be getting caught up on the laundry!
Can’t wait to try this!
Banana bread is a classic at our house! Can’t resist 🙂
Yay for Greek yogurt and double yay for bananas! Definately will try it!
Looks delicious and what a generous giveaway!
Oh this looks fabulous! My little victory? Made it to church on time with all 4 kids. Yay!
Looks good!! Definitely need to try.
I have stayed on track with my eating today and am already down 3.8 lbs. in 3 weeks simply due to clean eating!
Saying no to junk food!
I finally did a walking dvd! I am going to be more active this year!
Im walking every day and going to bed a little earlier. Thank you for the great giveaway! xo
Looks delicious! I definitely need to add more protein to my life!
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
Sounds like a great recipe!
Can’t wait to try this!
Not such a little victory, but my husband and I moved into our first home.
Love the healthy substitutions in this bread! It looks so moist and delicious! Pinned!
Cannot wait to try this recipe!! Sounds delicious! Its the little victories that get us to our goals!!!
Today;s little victory will be reviewing my budget.
Trying to eat more meatless meals.
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!
Keeping calm when we had to deplane today!
Today’s little victory will be getting my cabinets organized. So over it.
Bread looks delicious!! YUM!
That looks delicious!
Started to watch my calorie count today. Hope to lose about 20 lbs.