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) program, one slice of this bread will set you back 10 points on any color plan. I know that’s a lot, 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
- 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 (or 3 large) ripe bananas (mashed)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 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.