Simple & delicious Healthy Banana Bread with a hint of fragrant cardamom. Whole-grain, oil-free & perfect for breakfast or snacking!
This Healthy Banana Bread recipe has been around on AVV since the beginning of time but it badly needed a revamp. When I made it again last weekend I took the opportunity to retake some photos so I could update it and here we are with a new and improved post.
This recipe is the perfect way to use up very ripe bananas. I’m one of those crazy people who likes to eat slightly green bananas. Not so green that they are impossible to peel, but just slightly green tinged. Once they get yellow and spotty that’s it, I can’t eat them.
That doesn’t stop me buying too many every week though, just so they can go soft and spotty. I love baking with them and I also love freezing them to use in my Instant Mango Banana Ice Cream or for Vegan Banana Pancakes.
One of the many reasons I like Banana Bread so much is that I can fool myself into thinking I am not eating cake. It’s bread, and Healthy Banana Bread at that.
This recipe is made with healthy, unrefined spelt flour which gives it a lovely wholesome flavour. Much better than when made with regular all purpose flour. It only contains half a cup of sugar and no added oil at all, although if you want to, you can swap out the nut butter for oil.
It’s also full of fruit …. Hello? 3 WHOLE Bananas …. It’s practically a fruit itself 😂
I kind of defeat the object of making this Healthy Banana Bread oil-free, because I like to slather my slices with homemade Easy Vegan Butter. They are so good together! You don’t have to if you are feeling virtuous but I do recommend it 😉
I like to put a little twist on my recipes whenever I can and this one is no different. This Healthy Banana Bread has a touch of cardamom added to it’s batter.
Cardamom works really well with banana and it gives the bread a beautiful subtle fragrance. It really is a good combo.
If cardamom is not your thing though feel free to omit it. You could try switching it up by adding some chocolate chips instead!Simple & delicious Healthy Banana Bread with a hint of fragrant cardamom. Whole-grain, oil-free & perfect for breakfast or snacking! Click To Tweet
This is why I am loving this Healthy Banana Bread:
- It’s quick and easy to make
- It’s full of healthy ingredients
- It uses up your ‘past it’ spotty bananas
- It’s great for make ahead breakfasts
- It freezes perfectly so you can double up on the recipe for another time
Please note that a beautiful crust forms whilst baking so please don’t blame me when you have to fight everyone in your household to get the crusty end bit. Tell them that I said “it’s the cook’s perk” and swiftly cut and run!
If you enjoy healthy, oil-free, cake-y breads then be sure to check out my Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Cranberries & Pumpkin Seeds!
As with all of my baking recipes where precision is key to excellent results, I highly recommend using a kitchen scale to measure your ingredients, rather than using cup measurements. I love this one because it is very reasonably priced and it has a tare function which is really handy. It means you can place any bowl on the scale and reset to zero so it doesn’t include the weight in it’s calculation, plus you can reset to zero when adding multiple ingredients to the same bowl which saves on washing up!
Healthy Banana Bread
- 3 medium bananas , make sure they are very ripe, (plus some extra slices for the top)
- 4 tablespoons cashew or almond butter , or 60mls | 1/4 cup coconut oil (liquid measure)
- 55g | 1/2 packed cup sugar , plus a little extra to sprinkle over the top before baking. Any sugar will do.
- 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom , can be omitted if you don't have any or don't like cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 230g | 2 cups spelt flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease a loaf pan (I used an 8.5 x 4.5 inch loaf pan )and line with a strip of parchment paper along the bottom, making sure it comes up over the ends so you can use it as a handle to lift the loaf out once cooked).
- Peel the bananas then mash them with a fork or use your stand mixer to beat them up into a puree.
- Add nut butter/coconut oil, sugar, molasses, cardamon and salt and beat well until smooth.
- Add the flour and baking powder and gently fold it all together. Do not over mix. You want it so that it is just combined and so that you cannot see any dry flour throughout the mixture.
- Pour into your prepared pan.
- OPTIONAL - Top with some sliced banana and a sprinkle of sugar.
- Bake in oven for around 50 minutes or until a tooth pick or skewer comes out clean when inserted through the middle.
- Lift out of pan, remove parchment paper and cool on a cooling rack.