Easy banana bread recipe (without oil, butter or sugar)

Posted: January 12, 2024
Easy banana bread recipe (without oil, butter or sugar)

Time for an easy banana bread recipe. This recipe is delicious, but also perfect for making even more banana bread recipes in all kinds of flavors!

Making Banana Bread

It’s time for a good recipe for one of the baked goods I make incredibly often, my go-to banana bread recipe! It’s one of the most popular recipes over on my Dutch blog. Over the past few years, I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit, especially in the proportions of different flours. Now I have found a combination that I never deviate from. And that’s when I know I have a good basic recipe. It’s a perfect destination for those overripe bananas on you kitchen counter.

A bowl, fork, spatula and some basic ingredients is all you need for making this recipe. No need for a hand or stand mixer. As always, all ingredients need to be at room temperature. Just follow the steps in the recipe card for the best moist banana bread recipe you’ve ever tried.

Banana Bread with Almond Flour

For my banana bread recipe, I use both all purpose flour and almond flour. You can make it with almond flour alone, but I find it a little too dense, and you can make it with all-purpose flour alone, but it gets a little less creamy and a little too firm for my taste. This combination works perfectly and results in an airy and creamy banana bread.

If you want to learn more about baking with almond flour, check out this article with a recipe for making your own almond flour.

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What is banana bread?

Actually, the term is silly because I can’t really call it bread. Rather, it has the texture of a cake. Since there is no butter or sugar in this recipe, it is still more banana bread than banana cake. And that makes banana bread an instant healthy snack! Or as I like to eat it: a slice for breakfast with a scoop of yogurt on top. Delicious.

Healthy banana bread recipe

People often ask me if this is a healthy banana bread. I always tell them first of all that I am a (home) baker and not a nutritionist 😉 And although I don’t usually dare to make such statements, I would definitely dare to say that this is a pretty healthy banana bread! Simply because you won’t find any butter, oil or sugar in this recipe.

The banana bread is sweetened by ripe bananas, it stays nice and creamy thanks to the eggs and almond flour, but still airy thanks to the combination of baking powder and baking soda (and the eggs). A deliciously responsible snack! Can it be even healthier? Yes, by substituting whole wheat flour.

Questions about banana bread

Can I leave out or substitute the bananas?

No, bananas are really the base of banana bread. Other fruits would require changing the entire recipe.

Is this recipe sweet enough?

I find it hard to determine if this recipe is sweet enough for someone else. Let’s assume that this is a healthy snack, so the base doesn’t taste that sweet. That’s the idea. It’s definitely sweet enough for me.

If the sweetness disappoints you, you can try adding 50 grams of sugar to the recipe next time. Or you can add some chocolate spread or Biscoff. Of course, that makes it much less healthy 😉.

Can I substitute or leave out the baking soda?

I advise against omitting it, but you can substitute 1 teaspoon of baking soda for 3 teaspoons of baking powder. The combination of baking soda and baking powder gives the best results.

Is the banana flavor overpowering?

Personally, I do not like bananas. Not at all, in fact. However, I really like this recipe. Even though the banana flavor is present. It’s not overpowering at all for me (and trust me, that says something.)

Can I make a gluten-free banana bread?

You can, by substituting rice flour, for example. Any other gluten-free flour should work too.

What can I substitute the flour with?

That depends on what you are using it for, see the tip above. It is also possible to replace the flour with oat flour or whole wheat flour. You will keep the same weight of flour.

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How to make banana bread in different flavors?

As stated before: I have made many different kinds of banana bread. Although I think this is de best banana bread recipe ever, I still love to make different flavors. Here are a few of my favorite tweaks to this recipe:

  • Adding chocolate chips for a chocolate chip banana bread recipe.
  • Replace a bit of flour for Dutch processed cocoa powder for a chocolate banana bread.
  • Make half of the batter chocolate flavored for a marbled banana bread.
  • Add some sour cream to the batter to make it extra creamy. Cream cheese works too!
  • Add (chopped) nuts to the batter for a banana nut bread.
  • If you have a sweet tooth: add some sugar. I like dark brown sugar for a bit extra flavor.
  • Add swirls of peanut butter, it’s delicious. You can do the same with Biscoff. Not so healthy, but oh so good!

Don’t want to make a banana bread? Scoop the batter in a muffin tin for delicious banana muffins.

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Easy banana bread

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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

A quick and easy recipe for delicious banana bread. A good basic recipe for making many other types and flavors of banana bread.
Servings: 12 servings
25 cm/9 inch loaf pan


  • 3 ripe bananas (about 300-350 grams)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 grams almond flour
  • 150 grams all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • optional: extra banana for decoration


  • In a large bowl, mash the bananas until almost smooth. Add the eggs to the mashed bananas, one at a time, along with the vanilla extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients: almond flour, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix into the batter until the flour mixture is completely incorporated in the wet ingredients.
  • Pour the batter into a greased and floured (or lined with parchment paper) loaf pan. Spread the batter evenly in the pan.
  • If you like, you can cut an extra banana in half lengthwise and place it on top of the batter, pressing it down lightly.
  • Bake the banana bread for 40-45 minutes at 180 degrees (conventional oven) until done and golden brown. A wooden skewer should come out clean.
  • Let it cool for a bit in the loaf pan itself before transferring it to a wire rack.

Slice the bread and freeze each slice. This way, you always have a tasty snack on hand.
How to store

Keep the loaf of banana bread covered in aluminum foil outside the refrigerator for 2-3 days or in the freezer for 3 months to enjoy at a later date.

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