A simple and healthy sugar free banana bread recipe that provides the same sweetness and deliciousness just without sugar. This is also a dairy-free banana bread since we use only oat milk.
Traditional Banana Bread
Making banana bread is a great way to use up those overripe bananas that you might have lying at home. It's one of those quick breads that you can whip up in no time and still have a delicious and healthy food that you can combine with numerous different ingredients for a healthy breakfast, healthy snack or a delicious dessert.
The thing is that a lot of recipes contain added sweeteners like brown sugar, coconut sugar, pure maple syrup and granulated sugar. Or even some artificial sweeteners.
And this it the thing we wanted to avoid in this easy sugar free banana bread recipe so that it can be served to small children from an early stage. Interested? Keep on reading for full instructions.
A Healthy Version
This is such a great recipe with simple ingredients that literally anyone can make at home.
It has just the right amount of sweetness that it is a great food for babies but also for adults and anyone with a sweet tooth.
And by sweetness we mean natural sweetness that comes from the overripe bananas.
With the perfect texture and endless serving ways it truly is one of my favorite recipes to make for my kids.
Dairy Free Banana Bread Ingredients
To make this excellent low sugar banana bread recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- bananas: make sure you are using blackened overripe bananas. Those are the only kind you can use in this recipe to get the best results and optimal sweetness
- eggs: I like to use eggs in this recipe and if possible organic eggs.
- coconut oil: coconut oil is almost always my choice for an oil/fat in healthy dessert recipes. For this recipe, make sure it is melted coconut oil when you are measuring your ingredients.
- milk: I am used to using oat milk as this is the kind of milk we usually have at home. But actually, any other milk will do. The main thing is that you use milk as it will provide a moist bread. This is why this is also a dairy-free banana bread.
- flour: this recipe requires the use of all-purpose flour just because it is the easiest one to ensure that the bread rises but you can easily use another flour of choice.
- baking powder: ensures that the bread rises while baking.
Top tip: for best results, keep your eggs at room temperature for at least an hour prior to making the batter
How To Make - Step-By-Step Photo Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 180℃ / 356℉.
2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
3. Peel and mash the bananas and put into a large mixing bowl.
4. Add the rest of the wet ingredients to the mashed bananas and mix.
5. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together until you have a smooth batter.
7. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and level the surface with a silicone spatula.
8. Bake for about 45 minutes.
9. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before taking out of the bread tin and serving.
Variations And Add-Ins
If you want to give this recipe a bit of a twist and do things slightly differently than I did, you can try the below options.
- whole wheat banana bread: instead of using all-purpose flour you can use whole wheat flour
- egg-free banana bread: if you don't want to use eggs you can try with an egg replacer such as flax eggs or chia egg
- dairy-free banana bread: use other plant-based milk such as almond milk
- replace coconut oil: use melted butter or olive oil instead of coconut oil
Add-Ins And Serving Ideas
- add some chocolate chips or chopped nuts on top of the bread batter before baking
- spread some peanut butter over the bread slices
- serve with some fresh fruit on the side
- serve with some greek yogurt
In case you are left with some leftover sugarfree banana bread, there are a few different ways to store it.
If you want to use it up in the next few days, the best option is to cut it into slices, place in an airtight container and put in the fridge for up to 3 days. Before serving, leave at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
In case you want some long-term storage for your bread, then place the slices into a silicone bag and put in the freezer for up to 3 months. Before serving allow to thaw at room temperature for about 1 hour or you can defrost in the microwave or oven if you have that option.
If made without added sugar and artificial sweeteners it can be considered a healthy meal due to its nutritional content. It can however be high in calories so healthy doesn't necessarily mean that it is low-calorie.
Yes, you can make it with a different type of flour such as oat flour or even some rolled oats and quinoa flakes. Just make sure if using rolled oats or quinoa flakes to blend either in a blender until you have a flour-like consistency.
In case you don't think your bread is sweet enough, it might be that you were not using overripe bananas. Overripe bananas are the ones that are almost black from the outside before peeling and when peeled are so soft that you slightly need to touch them to mash.
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Healthy Sugar Free Banana Bread Recipe
- 3 bananas medium-sized
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 1½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 180℃ / 356℉.
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Peel and mash the bananas and put into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the rest of the wet ingredients to the mashed bananas and mix.
- In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together until you have a smooth batter.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan and level the surface with a silicone spatula.
- Bake for about 45 minutes.
- Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before taking out of the bread tin and serving.