Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread

honey whole wheat banana bread recipe

I have been hunting for the perfect whole wheat banana bread recipe lately. The first was too sweet to stick with me from breakfast to lunch; the second was dry and lacking in flavor.

This banana bread recipe is just right: 100% whole wheat, naturally sweetened with honey, with a light, decadent crumb. Plus it is a cinch to mix together and only requires one bowl. My search is over!

Since I live by myself, I like to bake a big loaf of banana bread and freeze it for later. Once the bread has cooled, I slice it and store the slices in a freezer bag. When I’m ready to eat it, I just throw a frozen slice in the toaster. My homemade breakfast or snack is ready in minutes!

How do you like your banana bread? For some extra protein, I like to top it with pecan butter or peanut butter. If I’m feeling indulgent, I’ll add honey, butter, Nutella or maple cream cheese. Huzzah!

honey whole wheat banana bread

Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe
4.9 from 49 reviews
Recipe type: Quick bread
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Serves: 1 loaf
Your search for the perfect healthy banana bread recipe is over! Made with whole wheat flour and sweetened with honey, this banana bread is decadently fluffy and sweet. You don't even have to tell anyone it's healthy! ;) Recipe yields one loaf.
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
  • 1¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda*
  • ¼ cup hot water*
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat oil and honey together. Add eggs and beat well.
  3. Stir in bananas and vanilla, then stir in the salt and cinnamon. Lastly, stir in the flour, just until combined.
  4. Add baking soda to hot water, stir to mix, and then mix briefly into batter until it is evenly distributed. Spread batter into the greased loaf pan.
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon and swirl with a toothpick or the tip of a butter knife for a pretty marbled effect.
  6. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes. Be sure to check that the bread is done baking by inserting a toothpick in the top. It should come out clean. Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 5 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.
Recipe adapted from Pedgi at Allrecipes.
Loaf pan recommendations: I love baking bread in my Le Creuset stoneware loaf pan so much that it deserves a mention. I also adore my new turquoise Fiesta stoneware loaf pan. Both are non-toxic, heat evenly and clean easily. Highly recommended!
*Baking soda/water update 10/13/14: After several years of being baffled by the hot water/baking soda trick, I can now definitively report that it's an unnecessary step. If you prefer, you can just stir in ¼ cup water or milk (any kind) into the oil/honey/eggs and whisk the baking soda in with the spices. I'm leaving the recipe as is because I know so many of you love it as written!
Need to omit the eggs? I've heard from other commenters that flax eggs/chia eggs work well as replacements for the eggs. One commenter even said the bread turned out well when she forgot the eggs!
Want to make muffins? Check out my healthy banana muffins, which are a riff on this banana bread!

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  1. says

    my go to banana bread recipe has been from nigellas but im sure this healthier version will make me just as happy! waiting for the bananas to brown now….

  2. says

    i made it this banana bread this morning and it’s just as good as the AP flour version! i know for sure that i will be making this over and over and over again :) thanks for a great and healthy recipe!

  3. Aimee says

    Just wondering: so why do you add the baking soda to the hot water? Made the banana bread the other day, but it didn’t really rise that much. I blame it on the hot water….(a lot of sizzling went on) … funnily enough nobody else seems to have that problem?
    I’ll definitely give it another try though, as my mini-banana-bread still tasted really good.

    • says

      Hey Aimee! I honestly don’t know why the original recipe recommended adding the baking soda to hot water. I’ve made the bread twice and neither of the loaves ended up flat, though. I wonder if maybe your water was too hot, or if your baking soda has possibly expired? Please let us know how the next loaf goes; I want to solve this mystery!

    • Katie says

      I know I’m a bit late to this, but it could have been baking powder! I wasn’t paying attention last time and used baking powder instead of soda, and the same happened to me.
      Baking soda is supposed to react with something in the mixture to make air bubbles, and water shouldn’t affect it. Baking powder includes baking soda but also tartaric (I think) acid which react together when they get wet, meaning the bubbling happens in the water instead of making the mixture rise.
      Just in case anyone was wondering!

  4. says

    I use a recipe for Tomato Soup Cake that also has you put the soda in boiling water and my understanding is that it adds loft to the recipe, helping it to rise better. I’m not sure why.

    • says

      Aha! That’s the first potential answer I’ve gotten. I bet that’s why the recipe calls for hot water. Thank you thank you!

  5. Alena G says

    I just made a loaf with this recipe and it was DELICIOUS! The best whole wheat banana bread recipe, and would be my go to recipe from now on :)
    Could you put a recipe for whole wheat scones? I’m still searching for a good and healthy one.
    Thank you so much!

  6. sandra molkenthin says

    yep, this is a winner. made loaf number 1 an hour ago. with the half cup honey…….then made loaf number two with just a quarter cup honey, both are spectacular, but for me the quarter cup of honey is plenty, i found a half cup a tad to sweet!!


  7. sandra says

    i am so passionate about what i am about to write that i must do it in cap lock letters….

  8. Sarah says

    I never post anywhere, I normally just read, but this banana bread is so delicious I had to comment. My entire family loves this recipe – my 3yr old and 6 year old can’t get enough of it! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made it and am about to make it again today! We add some chocolate bits (for the kids, of course!) and it’s delicious. Thank you for providing a healthy recipe that my husband does not refer to as sticks and twigs!

  9. Ada Cowan-Ruhlen says

    I made this banana bread tonight, and as you said, it was delicious! I used applesauce instead of the oil, and I added 3/4 Cup of raisins. This will definitely be my go to recipe for banana bread from now on. Thanks so much for posting it! :O)

    • says

      Thank you for commenting, Ada! I’m glad to know that apple sauce can be substituted for the oil. I’m tempted to try my next batch with cranberries, but raisins sound great, too!

  10. Grace says

    I had fun making this bread last weekend :D I gave that little honey bear quite a squeeze!! I liked the flavor of the honey sweetened bread, but now I’m curious about other sweeteners. I’m guessing if you substituted agave, you’d need to use a bit less (because agave is supposedly sweeter) and make up for the rest of the volume with something like unsweetened applesauce? I am even more curious about maple syrup. I have two different kinds now: one is grade B which is darker, richer, and more flavorful, the other is grade A, a lighter and milder version. I would imagine you could swap the 1/2 cup of honey for a 1/2 cup of maple syrup…might have to do some google searches and taste testing :) I will give you a report if I try the maple syrup :)

    Also, if you have any other frozen banana recipes or ideas please share! I am a banana freezing freak! :D

    • says

      Hello friend! You got me thinking about substituting maple syrup for honey in this recipe (genius!), and I got bored last night so I gave it a try! I was going to use all grade A maple syrup in place of the honey, but I ran out. I think I ended up using about 2/3 maple syrup and 1/3 honey, for a total of 1/2 cup. The bread is super delicious and moist, but the maple flavor is very subtle. I think grade B would be just right, as the maple-sweetened bread is not as sweet as the all honey-sweetened bread. I’m kicking myself for passing up a big bottle of grade B maple syrup when I was at the new Whole Foods in OKC this week. I’ve never actually tried grade B, but I suspect it would be a better substitute for honey in baking purposes because it’s more concentrated in flavor and thicker, right?

      As far as agave syrup goes, I’ve found that it’s actually less sweet than honey. I learned that the hard way when I made my honey-sweetened zucchini brownies with agave syrup instead. They turned out so bittersweet that they didn’t appeal to everyone. I haven’t done much baking with agave, but I like it for sweetening smoothies and cocktails. The health benefits are debatable but I use it sparingly so whatev.

      Are you into smoothies? This is one of my very favorites, and it calls for frozen banana: http://cookieandkate.com/2011/banana-almond-smoothie/. I also have a spicy chocolate and banana smoothie that I need to post soon!

      Anyway, it makes me so happy that you’re trying my recipes. Thanks for getting me thinking about natural sweeteners again!

      • Grace says

        Okay, going to try and keep this concise, but you’ve got me thinking about so many things! :)
        Glad you tried the maple syrup! Yes, Alex and I got some grade B syrup at the farmers market this summer. I didn’t really know much about the different grades because for the longest time I didn’t like the taste of real maple syrup. :/ (silly!) We discovered the grade B when we were asking the maple syrup vendor which kind was the thickest, they recommended the grade B. Now, I haven’t noticed a huge difference in the viscosity, but I do enjoy the really dark rich flavor! The lady we bought it from at the farmers market said she likes putting it in coffee because it stands up to the strong flavor.
        I know I used agave in banana bread last summer when I experimenting and baked 3 loves in one weekend! Haha, but I need to search for my notes. I don’t remember how it turned out or what the ratio was…that might have been the loaf I burned too… hehe
        So, besides banana bread I have two other uses for my super ripe frozen bananas. Smoothies are one—actually it’s funny because I generally don’t like smoothies that much. But when I traveled to South America a couple years ago I discovered a smoothie variation that I love. A liquado is basically a smoothie, but much simpler. In a liquado there is usually one kind of fruit and a bit of milk and/or ice. At one of the hostels we stayed at in Uruguay every morning we got to choose from either a peach liquado or a banana liquado for breakfast. I became obsessed with the banana liquado and I still make them today! I just blend bananas, a bit of vanilla, and enough milk (I like to use rice milk or coconut milk because they don’t get as frothy and unruly as regular milk when blending), sometimes I throw in a tiny bit of another fruit (like one or two frozen strawberries). I like to make it really thick and I pretend it’s ice cream! :) All this being said your banana almond smoothie looks so good and right up my smoothie alley! I love that it is so simple while still incorporating a lot of unique ingredients!
        My final use for bananas is in oatmeal. I just mix in some frozen pieces of bananas into my oatmeal every morning, they just melt right in the oats. :) And because frozen bananas are soooo sweet I never put sweetener in my oatmeal anymore!
        Okay, that is all. For now…;)

        • says

          Hello again! I made banana bread again because I wanted to redo the photo of it on this post. I also ran out of honey about halfway through, and since I’m still out of maple syrup, used agave nectar for the rest. I can’t tell any difference in texture, but it is slightly less sweet. Based on my two experiences baking with agave, I think it’s safe to say that agave is less sweet than honey.

          Liquados sound amazing. This summer I had fun blending melons with some ice. The melons pulverize (pulverrrize!) in the blender, so it’s like a fruit slush. I’ve also been making banana and almond milk smoothies, which sound just like your liquados, lately when I get a craving for frozen yogurt. It usually does the trick, and it’s cheaper and easier than driving to Campus Corner. I’m really lazy. Oh and I love bananas in oatmeal, too!

  11. Amy says

    I’ve got a store-bought gluten-free flour mix, do you think I could substitute it in this recipe for the whole-wheat flour, to make it GF? Has anyone already tried it?

    • says

      I am not sure if anyone has tried it with gluten-free flour, but I know that whole wheat pastry flour has less gluten than most other whole wheat flours so I think GF flour is worth a shot! Please let us know how it turns out!

      • Nikki says

        I only had Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour on hand. I was very happy with the result (flavor and texture). They suggest adding xanthan gum, but I thought it was fine without. Thanks for this great recipe!

  12. ela wagner says

    Hi Kate! I just did the ultimate banana bread last night. My husband and I just super love it! Later today before we hit the gym I will make your avocado smoothie with pineapple, orange… Can’t wait to taste it! More power!


    I was not a good cook (and now am becoming! Yiipee!) and just did baking for the first time when I was 12 (it wasn’t bad then!) and never did baking again until I got married. And now I found your recipes and precious ideas, I am more inspired to bake more, cook more, and have more healthier foods on our table every meal. I am so so so happy!

  13. says

    I found your receipt on Sous Style and just put it in the oven. Can’t wait for it to come out. If the batter I just licked off the batter is any indication, it’s going to be pretty darn good.

  14. Melissa N says

    WOW! I just accidentally came across your site while I was looking for a “green smoothie”. I LOVE THIS SITE! And this bread recipe- this is going to sound crazy- but I wanted to healthify my banana bread recipe and I did this exact thing! I used coconut oil, ww flour and it was a huge hit with my family- who is not that crazy about my healthifying our family! haha. ANyway- Im so excited to surf through your blog and recipes!

  15. Sarah says

    Hi Kate! I stumbled upon this blog accidently and I am definitely hooked!! My hubby and I are always looking for delicious whole wheat “stuff” – I’m so excited to explore this website further!!

    And as for adding the hot water to the baking soda first: I am honestly thinking it might not be the best idea to do this. Baking soda is a chemical leavener that releases a burst of carbon dioxide when mixed with a liquid. (It requires the presence of an acid as well, which it why it is typically used in recipes calling for cocoa powder, buttermilk, lemon juice etc.). It differs from baking POWDER in that baking powder releases a small burst of CO2 when put in contact with a liquid, and a second larger burst of CO2 when put in the presence of heat. Thus, baked goods containing baking soda MUST be baked immediately to get the best rise, whereas items using baking powder can be held and baked the next day/frozen and baked if need be.

    All that being said, I am hesitant to dissolve the soda in water first before adding it to the recipe only because I feel that (depending on how long it took to get into the oven) you may lose some of your leavening power. Have you ever tried it without dissolving it?? I am considering making this bread tomorrow and I most likely won’t dissolve it…I’ll let you know how it comes out!

    Thanks again for the amazing recipes – I’m excited to explore!!

    • says

      Hey Sarah, thank you so much for your insightful comment! I have always wondered about the differences between baking soda and baking powder, and now I get it. I have made many batches of this banana bread recipe with hot water and every batch has risen as high as I could expect is to rise. I haven’t ever rushed to get the bread into the oven, nor have I let it sit for long before placing it in the oven, but you could very well be correct. I’m eager to learn how your bread turns out!

      • Beth says

        Hi Kate & Sarah! I know I’m a bit late to the party, but this idea of adding baking soda to hot water was very intriguing, and I thought I’d contribute another theory…

        If I understand Sarah’s post (and wikipedia) correctly, baking soda reacts only to acid, and baking powder reacts to both heat and acid. So the baking soda should not react to hot water at all. This was my experience — there was no bubbling when I added it to the water. My guess is that this step of the recipe doesn’t have anything to do with chemistry, and instead it is just a simple way to ensure that the baking soda gets evenly distributed throughout the batter. Just like when you add cornstarch to a sauce and you dissolve it in hot water first. I’m guessing if you used separate bowls for wet and dry ingredients and combined them at the end, you wouldn’t need this step.

        Lastly, and most importantly, this recipe is amazing. I tried 4 other whole wheat banana bread recipes before I made this one, and I have officially declared my search to be over. Thanks, Kate!

        • says

          Thanks for your speculation, Beth! I bet you are right. I don’t see why the step would be necessary if two bowls were called for, since it would be easy to mix the baking soda into the dry ingredients. I like the one bowl method, though, and I’m happy to hear you love the banana bread! It is my all-time favorite.

  16. Jessie says

    I have my banana bread baking in the oven right now. All I had was all purpose whole wheat flour so I added 2 tsp. of gluten to the mixture. Can’t wait to see how this comes out. The test will be my husband who is not a fan of whole wheat. It was very easy to make.

  17. Bec says

    About to pull a loaf out of the oven, it smells divine. :) Here’s hoping I managed to get it right! :p I have to say, I love your focus on baking with healthy ingredients and natural sweeteners. It’s really awesome, and your baking is a real source of inspiration. So glad I found this blog!

    • says

      Thank you, Bec! I’m so glad you found my blog. It’s starting to get too warm to turn on the oven, but I hope you’ll continue to find inspiration in my existing recipes!

    • says

      Oops yeah, that will happen! I defrost my frozen chunks of banana first. Sometimes even adding a cold egg will cause the coconut oil to solidify again, but that’s easily remedied by short little bursts in microwave.

  18. says

    Hi Kate, I just found your blog and I love it! I thought I already had the perfect banana bread until I found your version. I have to try it by looking at the ingredients it sounds amazing! I can’t wait.

  19. says

    I made this bread tonight with the kids that I babysit. SOOO easy and so delicious! This is most definitely my favorite banana bread recipe now! I didn’t change a thing.

  20. Liz says

    Hi Kate, I just made this banana bread, I LOVE it! I used applesauce instead of oil and its great. I was wondering if you had any idea what the calorie count for this is? I’m just curious… cause I could eat the whole thing. :)

    • says

      Liz, so glad you love the banana bread! It is one of my very favorite recipes. Unfortunately I do not know the calorie count, but I’m sure it’s lower than the average banana bread (especially since you subbed applesauce instead of oil). The whole wheat also means it’s higher in fiber, which slows the digestion of the honey, so that is a good thing. If you figure out the nutrition values, please let me know!

    • Lynda says

      My bread is in the oven. Can’t wait to try it. We love banana bread and make it frequently. This recipe is intriguing – much more like a cake batter than any that I have made in the past. I entered the ingredients into my recipe program and got the following nutritional information based on the loaf serving 10.
      Amount Per Serving
      Calories 153.71
      Calories From Fat (49%) 74.85% Daily Value
      Total Fat 8.43g 13%
      Saturated Fat 0.90g 4%
      Cholesterol 49.07mg 16%
      Sodium 259.58mg 11%
      Potassium 106.13mg 3%
      Carbohydrates 19.34g 6%
      Dietary Fiber 0.68g 3%
      Sugar 16.82g
      Sugar Alcohols 0.00g
      Net Carbohydrates 18.66g
      Protein 1.76g 4%

      Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe.

  21. Jen says

    This recipe was so much better than I expected! My husband and one year old devoured it! Only change I made was to swap a half cup of the flour for organic quick cooking oats. Turned out moist, fluffy and delicious. Thanks for sharing:-)

  22. Amanda says

    I came across this recipe, and I thought I would give it a try. My husband has high cholesteroI, so I will share my modifications – replaced the 2 eggs with 1/3 c water + 2 TBSP sprouted chia. I also replace the 1/3 cup oil with 1/3 cup apple sauce. (That was more for me than for my husband.) Then, when the bread came out of the oven, I sprinkled a bit of Turbinado sugar on top. It was great! This will be my new banana bread recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      I’m so glad to hear that you and your husband enjoyed the bread! I’m glad to know the recipe works with chia and apple sauce. Thank you for sharing your adaptations, I am sure they will be useful to others who are watching their diets!

  23. Eric says

    I’m making these tomorrow morning as a surprise for my family. I’m glad I read the comments first! Great stuff, variations on the recipe, discussions of baking technique, ingredients… And a site hostess who interacts and is passionate about food.

  24. Rhiannon says

    This is so good!!! Best and healthiest banana bread recipe I’ve found. I add chopped dark chocolate to mine and make mini-muffins. :) Addicted!

  25. says

    Kitchen tested this afternoon. Verdict: WOW! My neighbor was over with her dog for a puppy playdate and tried some. She said it’s the best banana bread she’s ever had, and I agree. The pups begged and begged but no banana bread for them. :-D

  26. Mette says

    Oh my goodness! Found this recipe at work today, and I am so glad I did. Best Banana Nut Bread ever. The boyfriend also approves. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  27. Katelyn says

    I LOVE banana bread, and so does my husband. I tried this recipe using coconut oil (we use it for various other things) and used orange blossom raw honey from a local farmer and a few chocolate chips (more than a few.. ok.) It was delicious! I will be sharing with my family who also love banana bread :)

    • says

      Orange blossom raw honey sounds amazing! I’m happy to hear that you and your husband enjoy my banana bread recipe, it’s my favorite!

  28. Heather Hans says

    This was great! So moist and delicious. And I appreciate the healthier recipe with whole wheat and honey instead of sugar! Thanks :)

  29. says

    I used this recipe for my first ever attempt at making banana bread and was not disappointed! Just had a slice still soft and warm from the oven… So good! Thank you :)

  30. says

    I have a great banana bread recipe that I use all the time, but it’s not as healthy as this one, so I was excited to give this a try. It was very delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  31. Sunena says

    Best banana bread ever! :) thank you so much, I made and it came out beautiful!! My 2 year old daughter loved it!!!

  32. Cathy says

    A great recipe. I used warm milk instead of water, apple sauce + 1 tbls. oil, and put in 1/2 cup mix of hemp hearts and chia. Fourth time making it and a loaf doesn’t make it past two mornings. The other day when given the choice of a muffin or banana bread, one of my twenty-somethings took the banana loaf saying she wanted something healthier :D

    • says

      Happy to hear that you and your family enjoy the banana bread, Cathy! I’m also glad to know that those substitutions and additions work well. Thank you for commenting!

  33. says

    Kate!! This is simply the best. I was looking for something to bake (it had been one of those days…) that 1) didn’t have a huge list of elaborate ingredients and 2) was healthy. Oh my goodness. I can’t get over this bread. I have a tiny grocery store near my apartment that doesn’t have a ton of options, so I had to use regular whole wheat flour instead of the pastry kind. Everything turned out just fine. I cut a big slab when it was still warm and but some butter on top. Could barely wait for the butter to melt before I stuffed my face.

  34. Emma says

    I made this cake today, as it sounded absolutely delicious! Unfortunately, my cake kind of turned out very sort of sticky and undercooked inside despite being in the oven for 2hours! I.e double the stated time at the suggested 165C :( I followed the recipe exactly, so have no idea why it turned out that way. I ate it anyway, and it was still kind if tasty, just not really like bread or cake, more like… fudge?

    Anyway, will try it again another day and see if it turns out differently!

    • says

      That is strange, Emma! Are you sure your oven is functioning properly? I have had to bake this bread for ten minutes longer than 55 before, but definitely never another hour.

  35. Renee says

    I saw this recipe and decided I wanted to make the banana bread on a whim, but the recipe calls for whole wheat pastry flour which I don’t have immediately stored at my house.

    I only had regular whole wheat flour or Indian Atta flour for chapatis (Indian flat bread), so I opted to use the lighter Atta flour as a substitute for the pastry flour and my bread came out wonderful!

    This recipe is great and so delicious – I’m so glad you posted it! I added about a cup of dark chocolate chips (60% chocolate) and about 1 cup of raisins for fun, and now have my lunch snack for 1 week – thanks!

    • says

      I’ve never heard of Atta flour, but I’ll have to hunt some down. Glad you enjoyed the recipe, Renee! Chocolate chips and raisins sound like delicious additions.

  36. Renee says

    By the way, might I add, that the texture and consistency of my bread came out perfectly – very light, moist and deeeelicious! I even used this recipe using a muffin pan, and the muffins came out even better than the loaf. Very happy with this recipe.

    • says

      I have made this banana bread into muffins, they turned out great! I like to sprinkle a little bit of turbinado sugar on top for extra crunch.

  37. Amoolya says

    Hi Katie

    LOVE LOVE this recipe..everyone in my house is a big fan of banana bread. Today tried your recipe and I am in love with it… I am sure everyone else in my house will be too.. The cake turned out so moist and well!!! I altered the recipe a big and added extra 2 bananas, because I like it that way… Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  38. marisa says

    have you ever doubled the recipe? i want to make a huge batch of these. do you thing they will come out the same? thanks! i am in LOVE with these as muffins!

    • says

      Sorry Marisa, I haven’t doubled the recipe but I think it would work fine! If you’re baking multiple muffin pans at once, you might want to rotate them halfway… that’s my only suggestion.

  39. Danielle says

    I love this bread, it’s so yummy and has a great texture. I gave this recipe to my mother-in-law and as I was reading over the ingredients I realized that I forgot to add the eggs! After I told her what I did she made it without the eggs and loved it! In fact, my husband just asked me to make it again and leave the eggs out so I guess I’ll try it with the eggs another time. :)

  40. says

    Hi, Kate. I found your site when I was searching for a healthy pumpkin recipe and I found your delicious pumpkin bread recipe. It came out great but a little dense.

    Today I made the banana bread recipe and made modifications – added 1 tbs vinegar to the water. It came out amazing! I can’t believe there is no sugar in it. I also added some sweetened shredded coconut on the top.

  41. Nirali says

    Hi, Kate.

    Thanks for this recipe! Will be trying it out tonight. Does the whole wheat flour have to be pastry flour or can I just use all-purpose whole wheat flour?

    Thanks, again!

    • says

      Whole wheat flour should be just fine! I recommend whole wheat pastry flour because it’s a little bit lighter but I think you’ll love the bread made with regular whole wheat flour, too.

      • Nirali says

        OMG! Made your whole wheat pumpkin bread and it is soooo yummy! I added walnuts in the batter and brown sugar and sliced almonds on top. Eating it with some peanut butter right now (this is a nut-loving household!) and it is so good! I love how it’s healthy also! Can’t wait to try your other recipes! Thanks so much! New to your blog and love it!

        • says

          Hooray, glad you enjoyed the pumpkin bread. Your additions sound great. If you like bananas, you’ll also love my banana bread! Thanks for commenting, Nirali.

  42. Aishwarya says

    Will the banana bread recipe work in a microwave oven? Usually whenever I try to bake one in the microwave, it doesn’t bake completely in the middle.

  43. Allison says

    I just made this banana bread recipe! So delicious! I am always looking for lower sugar, whole wheat versions of baked goods and appreciate your recipe. I have also made your pumpkin bread recipe and it was also lovely. Thanks! :)

  44. Celia says

    I just made these this morning, side-by-side with the Honey Whole Wheat Pumpkin bread to compare. Two bowls, two muffin tins. I was at the end of my bag of whole wheat pastry flour so used King Arthur’s regular whole wheat flour instead, but they both turned out amazing. This is now my go-to banana bread recipe. Thanks, Kate!

  45. says

    I just stumbled across your blog and I’m glad I did! I’ve been searching for a whole wheat banana bread recipe as mine have been turning out dry. This one sounds great, I’ve printed the recipe to make tomorrow morning! Thanks Kate!

  46. Cathy says

    I chose this recipe as I thought it seemed different from many others and therefore interesting……don’t make the same mistake as me…..find another recipe, this one isn’t nice, I had to feed it to the birds. What a waste. I had followed the recipe properly.

    • says

      I’m sorry the recipe didn’t turn out well, Cathy. I have made it myself at least ten times and have always been pleased with the results. I hope you find another one that works better for you.

    • michelle says

      don’t listen to the negative reviews,,,i have made this over 20 times, and everytime it has been gobbled up by my family within 48 hours. It is a great low sugar alternative on my son’s lunch too.

  47. Nelly says

    I made this bread today (first banana bread ever made by me) and it was amazzzzzzzzzzing!
    By far the best banana bread I’ve ever tasted (sweet and moist) and I can’t believe it’s made of 100% whole wheat flour! It was so easy to make too! I also sprinkled some broken pecans and chocolate chips on top and just ate two large slices with becel on top.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe Kate! I’m gonna try your pumpkin bread recipe as well!

  48. Lori says

    I made this today and It is wonderful! The kids love it too! I can’t believe how light it is – and such good flavor. WOW! Thank you for sharing.

  49. Dawn says

    Love! Love! Love! This Banana Bread is spectacular! I eat it for breakfast and snacks! I added walnuts to the recipe and replaced the honey with Agave nectar. I also used 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour and 1/4 cup of coconut flour. When I put all my ingredients into “My Fitness Pal” app per serving came out about 227 calories (I cut 10 slices from my banana bread baked in a loaf pan as stated in recipe). Even better with peanut butter or sunbutter spread on top of slice. Thank you so much for this recipe–it’s one of my weekly staples!

  50. Jacki says

    Delish! This was my first time using whole wheat flour (ever)–I had bought it a little while ago because I really wanted to start making healthier baked goods. And I just so happened to have some extra ripe bananas lying around, so I decided to make banana bread and stumbled across your recipe. I ended up making muffins instead, since I don’t have a loaf pan and I’m snowed in at the moment. I also mixed together some rolled oats, brown sugar, softened butter and cinnamon to top them with. I kept an eye on them, and after about 35-40 mins, they were done! Since its my first time trying a whole wheat muffin, they tasted slightly dry to me–but I added some I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, and they were perfect! Can’t wait for my husband to try them when he gets home; he’s pretty picky, but has been open to trying more whole wheat products :) Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I’ve already bookmarked it!

    • says

      Thanks, Jacki. I’m so glad you enjoyed the whole wheat banana bread recipe. I love baking with fruit purées (like banana or pumpkin) and whole wheat flour—the fruit helps keep the bread moist. Hope your husband liked the muffins!

  51. Ian Warner says

    Great recipe! Added 1/4 cup of walnuts, 1/2 cup of raisins and 1/2 cup of oats to flour. Added 2 tbsp of pure Canadian maple syrup to wet mixture. Also, for a little decadence added 2 tbsp of melted butter to the oil:) Enjoy.

  52. Jessica Nichols says

    Hey Kathryne! I happened upon your blog googling a new recipe for whole wheat banana bread! What are the odds? haha. It’s in the oven now and if it tastes half as delicious as the batter did, it’s gonna be awesome! Thanks!

  53. Jessica says

    This is my go-to banana bread recipe! Never fails! Have substitued applesauce for the honey if in a bind and still is amazing-there is some in the oven right now! Great job

    • says

      Thanks, Jessica! I hadn’t thought to sub applesauce for the honey. I know some others have replaced the oil with applesauce with good results. Interesting!

  54. Kristina B says

    Just make your banana bread. Was so yummy my kids (3 and 4) even gobbled it up :-) Instead of bread I made mini muffins to appeal more to them. I did substitute the whole wheat flour with Spelt flour, then for fun added chopped walnuts and raw coconut sap crystals as a topping. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to trying more of your recipes!

    • says

      Thanks for commenting, Kristina! I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed the bread. I’m also glad to know that the bread turns out well with spelt flour.

  55. Ashley says

    Just made this bread, it’s amazing!!! So tasty and so much better for you than orindary banana bread! The only thing I did different was used 1/3 cup of cinnamon applesauce in place of the oil. I plugged everything together into my fitness pal and it’s 155 calories for 1/10! :) thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Thanks for commenting, Ashley! I’m so glad you enjoyed the banana bread. Thank you for sharing your substitution and nutrition information as well.

  56. says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I was looking for a recipe for banana bread that used coconut oil rather than butter and googled “banana bread coconut oil,” and was so delighted to find your blog! I have never really made a great banana bread (it’s usually too dry) but this was fabulous! I added about a tbsp. of maple syrup and also 1/2 cup each of golden raisins and chopped walnuts. It was so yummy … everyone loved it! I’m sure to check back for more recipes; thanks so much!

    • says

      Thanks, Peggy! I’m really glad you enjoyed the banana bread. I love to use coconut oil in baked goods. You might also like my pumpkin bread recipe and banana oat pancakes.

  57. Glenna says

    Wow!! This is so fabulous!!! I tried to be clever like some of your other posters, but I’m not that great of an experimenter! I used some Greek yogurt along with the oil and then put some wheat germ in with the pastry flour. I think the first was a great idea- the second not so great. The wheat germ (even though I only used a little bit) stands out instead of blending in. As I always have browning bananas, I will certainly make this again but without the wheat germ. It’s got an amazing light taste. Thanks for sharing – and thanks to your posters for giving me some great innovative ideas.

  58. Christine says

    Incredible recipe! I added flaxseed, coconut flakes and walnuts for a more filling treat during a busy morning at work. Just the right amount of sweetness! Thank you and keep up the awesome work!

  59. Nicole says

    This recipe (with walnuts, a banana bread must, in my opinion) turned out great! One thing, though, the recipe says to bake for 60-65 minutes. I checked at about 58 mins and it was done, a bit overcooked. I then noticed that the summary at the top of the recipe says “Cook time: 55 minutes.” Is there a typo in the recipe itself? Next time I’ll try it for 50-55 mins.

    • says

      Hi Nicole, thank you for your feedback. If I recall correctly, my recipe originally specified 55 minutes but none of my 10+ loaves were ever done at 55 minutes, so I bumped it up to 60. I don’t think it’s my oven (I’ve baked the bread in two and both required 60 minutes). Do you think it’s due to a difference in our loaf pans? My pan is made of thick stoneware (Le Creuset). What is yours?

  60. Durwin says

    I just made this recipe. Only my second attempt at banana bread. I only used 1/3 cup of honey (all I had), and I added some pecan pieces and semi-sweet chocolate chips. All I can say is wow! It is sooooo good, and its made with whole wheat. Love it!
    I will be making this again!

    • says

      Thanks for commenting, Durwin! Pecans and chocolate are two of my favorite things and I can only imagine that they were great in the banana bread.

  61. Amy says

    LOVED this both times I have made it as well as my picky teenager ate it up as well … He doesn’t even put butter on it! I really like that you kept it just straight whole wheat as so many others as flour. Yummy!

  62. Becca says

    This is awesome!! I followed the recipe almost exactly–mixed in some white whole wheat flour, and used 3 bananas not sure if that = 1 cup mashed…. Soooooo good!!!! I never thought i would find a whole wheat recipe that I actually ENJOYED, versus just tolerating! Maybe it is the pastry flour, bc the texture was so nice and not “wheaty”, & didn’t burn on the outside like other recipes I’ve tried. It tasted almost like regular banana bread! Also it was sweet enough I might even try to use just a tad less honey next time, what a nice surprise thanks for the recipe oh & my house smelled amaaazing!

    • says

      Thanks, Becca! I’m glad you enjoyed the banana bread. I guess I’m used to the flavor of whole wheat, but I do love how whole wheat pastry flour’s mild taste.

  63. Kate says

    OK, I’ve made 2 double batches of this bread so far–and I love it! Also shared it with a few friends who’ve enjoyed their banana bread, too. :) This recipe is a real jem. Thank you for sharing it.

    My substitutions:
    – Spelt flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour (which is tough to find in my country)
    – Buttermilk instead of water
    – Instead of dissolving the baking soda in water, I sift it in with the flour
    – Fold pecans into the batter
    – Sprinkle a wee bit of brown sugar on top alongside the cinnamon before baking

    It’s one of the first recipes I’ve used coconut oil for, and now I’ve got a big tub of it. Love the stuff. I really like the idea of experimenting with some maple syrup in combo with the honey. I’ve just used regular honey up until now, but I have a batch in the oven now with a more rich chestnut honey. We shall see if/how it affects the flavor!

    • says

      Kate, thanks so much for sharing your substitutions! I’m eager to try the banana bread with spelt flour. Glad you’re enjoying coconut oil as well, it’s the best!

  64. laura says

    Great recipe. Was able to leave out the baking soda and cinnamon to make it suit me and was still gorgeous! Thank you

  65. says

    Hi! Sounds delish…I am planning to make this for my daughter’s class snack. How long would the cook time be if I made them muffins instead of a loaf? 30 minutes?
    Thank you!

      • says

        Thanks, Kate. Yes…they were perfect at 28 minutes @325. I’m making them again tonight for my MOPs group tomorrow morning. Looking forward to following your blog for more great whole food recipes!

  66. Amanda says

    A little story for you: A few days ago I was casually reading through your Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake post. When I read the words “honey whole wheat banana bread” I quickly forgot about the pound cake and make this bread once, then twice. The second time I included 1 cup dark chocolate chips. HEAVEN, I tell you. Perfectly moist, just sweet enough heaven. With all whole wheat flour and honey as a sweetener, this is my new go-to banana bread recipe.

    I read through some of the comments and am eager to try it with Grade B maple syrup, as well as with some orange or lemon zest. Oh, I also used almond extract instead of vanilla in both my versions, and while the taste wasn’t distinct I think it brightened the flavors a bit.

  67. Diane says

    I would love to make your bread although I only have whole wheat flour. Could I sift it to make a “pastry” flour? I realize it’s the type of flour and not the texture, but I can’t find the ww pastry flour. Would regular ww flour work in this recipe? Thanks so much, Diane

    • says

      Hi Diane, I’m sorry you’re having trouble finding whole wheat pastry flour. I have heard from several other commenters that whole wheat flour works great as well. No need to sift, just use the same amount. Good luck!

  68. Kara says

    This is a really nice and healthy banana bread recipe! I made it to bring to an Easter celebration and was very happy with how it turned out. I also used whole wheat flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour and thought the bread did just fine with the substitution. Also, the key to any banana bread is using super ripe bananas. Mine could have been a tad riper which would have made the bread a little more flavorful. But overall very happy and the bread tastes great with a little jam on it, too!

    • says

      Hi Marian, though I haven’t tried it, I’ve heard from commenters that spelt flour works well. Hope you’ll give it a shot.

  69. Tatania Elias says

    What if I were to use sea salt, olive oil and whole wheat flour in substitute of iodized salt, vegetable oil and whole wheat pastry flour? Would I have to make any adjustments to the recipe?

  70. Amanda says

    I just made this, but I forgot to use the water. I just added the soda to the mix, but I also added dark chocolate, oats and chia seeds! It was really thick, so I think it may come out really dense? Anyway this is my first time baking with honey! Thanks for a easy to follow recipe!

  71. Casey says

    Thank for the recipe! I used some substituted some nutella for the oil and 1/2 cup of flaxseed for the flour. The batter tasted great and it smells so good! Can’t wait to taste it!

  72. Christina says

    Just made this recipe yesterday and it turned out SO GOOD! Best banana bread I think I’ve ever made! I was really drawn to the recipe because it included coconut oil instead of butter and honey instead of sugar. DELICIOUS!

  73. Samantha says

    Oh my god this is perfect! I have never found such a successful whole wheat banana bread (or any bread for that matter) as they’re always too dense and taste flat but this is delicious. I used canola oil in this recipe, a vanilla pod as I ran out of vanilla extract and added about 1/3 cup crushed walnuts :D Not too sweet, I can taste the honey, the banana, the vanilla- just yum. And healthy! The prep time was also so quick and effortless which was great! The only very small and slight issue is that it took a little more than 60-65 mins and even then my cake didn’t turn out the same golden brown as yours. Would you know why this is so? Anyways, this is definately going to be my go to recipe for banana bread. Thank you so much for sharing! :) Going to get another slice now.

  74. Wern says

    I was looking for a good whole wheat banana bread recipe as I have tried a few with mixed results: mainly they have been too dry. I tried your recipe today and I really liked it. The banana bread is very moist and I like the use of honey instead of sugar. The only thing is I found it had an odd after taste but I think that is because it was the first time I had baked with coconut oil instead of butter and I’m not sure if I like the flavour of the coconut oil. I will definitely try this again with butter or apple sauce. This is the best whole wheat banana bread recipe I have found.

  75. Nirali says

    I love this banana bread and have made it several times, but I’d like to make the recipe using a mini muffin tin so my son can take it to school as a snack. Any thoughts on cooking time for a mini muffin tin?


    • says

      Hi Nirali, I haven’t made these as mini muffins but I have heard they turn out well from other commenters. No one has left baking times, but I’d start checking for doneness after 13 minutes or so. Another commenter had success replacing the 2 eggs with 1/3 c water + 2 TBSP sprouted chia. Here’s some information on chia “eggs”: http://www.veganbaking.net/component/content/article/57-recipes/eggless-binders/208-chia-seed-binder.html. Flax “eggs” might work, too.

      • Nirali says

        Yum! They turned out perfectly! I ended up using the flax egg (I didn’t have white chia seeds as that link recommends, only the black) – I used 2 TBSP flax meal in 6 TBSP of water mixed it and let it sit for a few minutes. I also added raisins to the recipe at the end. I had a 24 mini muffins pan…upped the oven temperature to 375 degrees and it took 17 minutes for perfect mini muffins. And I ended up with a total of 32 mini muffins with the measurements you provided.

        Thanks so much for the wonderful recipes!

        • says

          Thanks so much for reporting back, Nirali! I’m really glad to hear the mini muffins turned out well with your substitutions. Hope your son enjoys them!

  76. Nirali says

    Also, forgot to ask, if I needed to make this vegan (son has a dairy/egg allergy), what would be the best substitute for the egg?


  77. Monica G says

    Dear Kate,

    I wanted to report the results of your recipe with some substitutions. I replaced the following:

    — 2 eggs with 2T ground chia and 1/3 cup water
    — 1/3 cup oil with 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
    — 1/2 cup honey with 1/4 cup honey

    The result was perfection!! The bread was soft and very lightly sweet (as I like it). And so healthy! My version has the following nutrition information, with 8 slices per loaf:

    175 calories/slice
    37 carbs/slice
    4 protein/slice
    3 fat/slice
    13 sugar/slice
    297 sodium/slice

    If feeling indulgent, I add MaraNatha Raw Maple Almond Butter on top as “icing”.

    Finally, the Le Creuset loaf pan is the best. I’ve baked in other pans, but Le Creuset makes my loaves rise better… especially important with substitutions.

    Thank you, Kate!!

    • Monica G says

      Oops!!!! The nutrition info above is WITH PECANS. I made 2 loaves, one with 1/4 cup chopped pecans and another without. I actually prefer without.

      Here’s the nutrition info WITHOUT PECANS:

      158 calories/slice
      37 carbs/slice
      3 protein/slice
      2 fat/slice
      13 sugar/slice
      297 sodium/slice

  78. Veronica says

    just wanted to say I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I added whole cranberries and walnuts. Superb! thank you

  79. Kim says

    Sorry, I really wanted to like this, but it just didn’t taste like banana bread. I followed directions just as instructed. This was my first time using whole wheat flour. It tasted more like a spice cake, then a banana bread, tbh. The flavor was just not appetizing to me for some reason. I loved all the ingredients that went into making it and really was hopeful with all the great reviews. I will not be making this again :(

    • says

      I’m sorry this recipe didn’t meet your expectations, Kim. If you want more banana flavor, I think you could mix in some chunks of banana before baking.

    • says

      Hi Gloria, I’m so glad you love the bread! Thank you for sharing your photos on your blog and linking over to mine for the recipe. Love the post!

  80. Marie says

    Thanks for another great, wholesome recipe! I used a combination of whole wheat and oat flour and it worked well. I made this for breakfeast and was a bit impatient so I made four muffins and a smaller loaft. The muffins came out great (used silicon liners) and cooked in about 20minutes :) I believe this revipe can be varied in so many ways.. Next time I mgiht add a another banana cut into pices..

    • says

      Thanks for commenting, Marie! I’m glad you enjoyed the banana bread. There are tons of ideas for variations in the comments section is you want to skim through those. I’m sure a sliced banana would be a great addition!

  81. Katie says

    Hi Kate,

    I am new to discovering your blog, and I am loving looking through all your recipes! I made the banana bread yesterday, and it was delicious. I used olive oil, which made the loaf really light, and the addition of honey was delicious.
    Next time I may add some dates and walnuts for some extra crunch and sweetness!

    Thank you for your lovely recipes :)

    • says

      Thanks for commenting, Kate! I’m glad you enjoyed the banana bread recipe. I’ll have to try it with olive oil; that sounds great. Hope you enjoy the other recipes just as much!

  82. says

    Seems like you can’t go wrong with this recipe…so many different substitutions and everyone says its still great. Well I didn’t have any whole wheat flour of any kind so used naughty naughty all purpose flour! BF said its the best banana bread ever so thanks for such a versatile recipe! Will definitely try with WW flour though next time.

  83. Naomi says

    Hi Kate,
    I have made a number of your recipes now and I have to say, they have all been delicious! I try to make a new one at least once a week. I made this loaf and the pecan butter as you suggested tonight and it was divine. I used spelt flour instead as that’s what we had, and cooked it for 50mins instead. It’s light, moist and so very moreish! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes, great stuff!

  84. says

    Hey Kate,

    Just wanted to let you know that this is my go-to recipe for banana bread. I think I stumbled onto your site when this recipe ended up on tasteologie, and I always pull up this link when I want to make it. Over time I’ve altered it slightly to include chocolate chips (because I have a real problem adding chocolate chips to anything I can), but the result is the same: decadent and so moist. Pardon me for taking this long to say hi and thank you for this recipe, but seriously. Thanks =)

    – Ashley

    • says

      Hey Ashley! Thanks for taking the time to say hi! I’m delighted that my recipe is your go to. If you like pumpkin, I have a pumpkin bread version of this bread that you might like, too!

      • says

        Alas, I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkin… I know, it’s almost embarrassing to admit that to a food blogger, and I’ve been told I’m not American for not liking it haha! Maybe one day I’ll be turned, but for now, I’ll stay away from the pumpkin craze =)

        But thank you for the recommendation Kate, I always love looking to your blog for healthy baking ideas!

  85. Margaret says

    hi kate, this recipe looks wonderful but i live in the uk and we have plain or self-raising flour (also strong but that’s for bread making). can you tell me which would be closest to pastry flour? i’ve just discovered your site and want to make all the delicious things. thanks in advance.

    • says

      Hi Margaret, I think plain flour or any variety of whole wheat flour would be a good replacement for the pastry flour. Whole wheat pastry flour is very finely milled whole wheat flour that I like to use in cookies and quick breads. Bread flour might be too glutenous for this bread.

    • Christopher Heath says

      Hi Margaret, I am not sure whether you will read this post, but just in case you do I thought I would tell you that Waitrose sell Whole Wheat pastry flour. Hope this helps.

  86. Matt says

    I made this, and used whole wheat bread flour. Turned out great!

    Also, I adapted a method from Cooks Illustrated and microwaved the bananas for 5 minutes to extract the juice! I used that instead of hot water to mix the baking soda. 4-5 bananas worked, and the bananas can be frozen when you start microwaving them.

    Brilliant recipe, and the honey is sweet enough to counteract any bitterness from the whole wheat flour. It was a hit!

  87. Elouise says

    This is the fourth time I’ve made this now, it’s great and the yummiest treat ever! Thank you for this post!!

  88. Christopher Heath says

    Wow wow wow.
    Ok I think it best to start this comment off by saying that I absolutely abhor banana cake, Its a textural thing, and usually they are too mushy, which is a no no for me Its a real shame, because i adore bananas and use them daily in an effort to be super healthy. Well today Aja, my Swedish fiance, decided to have a go with your recipe instead of the ones she has been using, and wow what a difference. She followed your recipe to the letter and as we speak i am sitting in front of my new favourite weekly treat. It is moist but the texture of the crumb is perfect, crumbly without a mushy bit in sight. I absolutely love this cake and i will sneak another slice while she is on the phone.
    Gorgeous recipe thanks Kate.

  89. Kate says

    oh my goodness, this recipe is amazing! I was waiting for my bananas to go brown and this morning, they were perfectly spotted.

    I made a few changes – I used spelt flour instead of whole wheat, and added pecans and coconut, all which worked out perfectly!

    I always love your recipes Kate, and this one is definitely going to be another favourite.

  90. kara says

    I’m a little late to the recipe, but wanted to say thank you!! I didn’t actually make banana bread this time, but I wanted a whole wheat/honey recipe base to use up some zucchini hanging out in the fridge. It was wonderful!!! I’m a chronic quick bread recipe hopper, but I will be sticking with this base in the future! It even beat out standard “non-healthy” recipes!!!

    For anybody that wants to make it zucchini bread, I used two small zucchinis (about 1 1/4 cup shredded) in place of the bananas. I also added some slivered almonds that were hanging out in the pantry.

    I did tweak the recipe a little based on what I had available- 1/3 cup of honey instead of 1/2 (that was all I had left!!). I just have regular whole wheat flour, not pastry, and that worked out just fine, just in case any of you out there were wondering. I also subbed 1/4 cup of the flour with ground flaxseed, which I do with most things I bake. I also doubled the cinnamon, but only because I’m a cinnamon freak and could basically eat it plain…

    It’s a brilliant recipe, and I’ll be using it as a base for the rest of my quickbreads! :) I may even have to go invest in some whole wheat pastry flour…

    Thank you thank you thank you! (And if you at home were wondering if you should try this- DO IT!)

    • says

      Kara, thank you for commenting! I really appreciate you sharing your substitutions. I’m excited to try this bread with zucchini soon. Your version sounds so great!

  91. Kimberly says

    I’ve made this bread about 5-6 times before and loved it. The flavor and the texture are just great. However, the last two times I’ve made it its been very dense and undercooked (despite cooking it 1.5 times the recommended time). I’ve followed the recipe exactly as I had before, and I’m not sure why it’s not coming out as awesome as I know it can be! I saw a previous comment about a similar problem, was it ever solved? I don’t think it’s my oven, I’m not sure if it has to do with a specific ingredient or something…

    • says

      Kimberley, I wish I had an answer for you! Sometimes baked goods can be finicky. I would check to make sure you’re using fresh baking soda as it can lose its potency over time. Otherwise, I’m not sure what the problem could be. :(

  92. Shalena says

    Thanks for this awesome recipe! Being Vegan, I substituted the eggs with flaxseed and still great results! Yumm!

    • says

      That’s great to hear! Thank you for sharing your substitutions, Shalena. It’s about time I learn how to bake with flax eggs.

  93. Ashley says

    I was looking for a whole foods banana bread recipe today and stumbled upon this. I love that in addition to using unprocessed ingredients it also uses coconut oil instead of butter. My toddler really enjoyed helping make and eat it. I was so pleased I ended up finding another recipe on your site to make for dinner. I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

    • says

      Ashley, thank you for commenting! I’m so glad your family is enjoying my recipes. I bet making quick bread with a toddler would be really fun. :)

  94. Agathe says

    Thanks for the recipe Kate, I was looking for a recipe to use up my giant honey jar and it was a big hit! The texture is perfect and I love the cinnamon-marbled top. Next time I might use a bit less sweetener…
    I was intrigued at the baking soda in water debate. I followed the steps but I used baking powder instead (this is what I had in my pantry), which is basically baking soda + other rising agents. Mixed with hot water, bubbles started to form. I mixed it instantly with the dough, and popped in the oven. The result is a light crumb with noticeable holes formed by baking powder bubbles.
    Thanks for this recipe!

  95. Kathleen says

    I’ve made this several times now- usually as muffins, which takes me about 20 minutes in my gas oven. I have substituted roasted sweet potato and squash for the banana, maple syrup for the honey, and whatever odds and ends of dried fruit and nut happen to be around (I work at a bulk food store, so I end up with a lot of random things). I’ve tried it with spelt flour, and a mixture of spelt and oat flower, and that works, too. Basically in my experience this recipe is pretty hard to break, and I’ve had such fun using it as a template. A few weeks ao I made some for my brother and my coworkers ate all but three before I could go see him after work! So, thanks. It may sound like a small thing but I am a happier person knowing I can whip these up in a flash.

  96. Rebecca says

    Kate, I love this blog SO MUCH!! Such delicious, healthy recipes! I made this bread today because I had some mushy bananas lying around and I love it! The best whole wheat banana bread I’ve tried. I threw some flax seed and sunflower seeds on top for a little crunch, and used Isis Biodynamic whole wheat flour instead of pastry flour. If you haven’t heard of Isis, you should look it up. Especially since you are such a fan of using whole foods :) Thanks for the amazing bread, I check weekly for new recipes!!

    • says

      Thank you, Rebecca! I’m so glad you’re loving my blog. :D Your version sounds great. I’m off to research Isis flour now!

  97. Kelly says

    I am not a baker, but I do love baked goods. Naturally, I’m always trying to find a way to make them a little healthier so that I can have more of them. Just made this bread and I LOVE it. Just the right amount of sweetness that you don’t feel like you’re eating a piece of cake. Will definitely make this again. I added walnuts, cranberries, a little bit of applesauce and used almond extract instead of vanilla because I was out of it. Excellent! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  98. Victoria says

    This was absolutely phenomenal! It was a huge hit with my family. It tastes so moist and unhealthy! :) Thank you for the simple recipe. Very happy I came across your website.

  99. Lis says

    I’m late to the party but I made these this past weekend and they were so delicious! We’ve always loved banana bread in my house (my husband could live off it) so I wanted to find a healthier recipe with less sugar added. I googled “wheat banana bread” and when your page came up in the results I ran with it! I’ve loved following your blog the past year – and this recipe is a new favorite! The only thing I changed is the cinnamon – I have an allergy so I swapped it for some nutmeg and cloves instead, and it’s delicious. Almost a banana spice muffin. I only used 2 frozen bananas and I think next time I’ll use 3 – other than that this recipe was delicious! Thanks for sharing it with the world :)

  100. Michele says

    No one will ever get this far down in the comments to read this but Kate, I made this bread with honey from my own hives. It is a great recipe! and a great way to use your honey!!!!! I also threw in some blueberries I just picked so I changed it up a little. Awesome. That’s all I can say.

    • says

      I scrolled all the way down to add my own comment in hopes to get a reply from Kate. Lol. Or anyone who took the time to calculate the calorie count!
      But Michele, I wish I could purchase honey from you! I live in northern Canada and the Hutterites have not came to town yet with theirs!! I’m in need!! Lol.
      Good on ya!!

  101. Mohini says

    Best banana bread I’ve tasted so far! Always on the look out for cake recipes that don’t contain processed sugar and this just went down a treat with my 2 hungry boys…and me :-) We added a few chocolate chips for good measure but don
    Think I will next time, it’s perfect as it is.

  102. Adina says

    I LOVE this recipe. This is the only way I make my banana bread, and I think I’ve made it about 10 times already. I’ve made it with regular and pastry whole wheat flour and both work, but have found the pastry flour does make a difference. Great with walnuts and chocolate chips too!

  103. says

    Hi Kate! Thank you a million times over for sharing this recipe. I’m in LOVE! Banana bread is always amazing but this healthy version completely blew my mind, it turned out sooo great! I threw in a few chocolate chips and topped the bread with some oats and it was just perfect. I’ll be blogging about it soon!

  104. Shabs says

    Hi Katie

    I stumbled upon this while searching for “healthy” recipes for a friend, and I am so glad to have found it.

    Made it last night with buttermilk instead of water, and even though I mistakenly used 1/2 a cup of buttermilk instead of 1/4th, it still came out lovely. Admittedly, I added 1/2 a cup of dried cranberries and a handful of walnuts to counter the extra liquid, and baked it for an extra 10 minutes!

    I think I will be repeating the mistake in future too :-)

  105. Rebecca says

    HI! This recipe looks amazing, and I really want to bake it tonight. I am just wondering if there was a way to sub for the honey? We are completely out, and we just got a huge snow storm, so I’d rather not go out if I don’t have to. Thanks!!

  106. Rohini says

    Dear Kate,
    I’m from India. I just baked this bread for my husband as a birthday surprise…it has risen beautifully and looks gorgeous. I topped it with walnuts as well… Now can’t wait to taste it… Once it cools off…
    Thanks for such an awesome recipie!
    Had a question… If I need to substitute the eggs… What do you suggest swap it with?

    • says

      Hi Rohini, glad it turned out well! I’ve heard flax eggs or chia eggs work in place of the ggs. Actually one commenter said the bread turned out well when she forgot the eggs!

  107. Luzia says

    This is my fifth time baking this banana bread and I’m still in love with it!
    I always cut and freeze it, so whenever I oversleep and I’m late for Uni (student party life, yay) I just pop one or two slices in my toaster and I’m good to go. Also this is great as a low budget breakfast, just like lots of other recipes on your blog.
    Vegetarian greetings from Berlin!

  108. Mandy says

    This is a great banana bread recipe! I’ve made a few different healthy banana bread recipe’s & they usually turn out fairly dense. My husband & I both love this recipe because it is so light & fluffy, not dense at all. I use maple syrup instead of honey & only a quarter cup. Also, I only have a glass loaf pan so I cut the oven temperature back to 300 & bake for around 70 minute’s. Thanks so much for posting & I’m looking forward to trying your other recipe’s. :) :)

  109. Connie Xu says

    Hi Kate! I just made this for Galentine’s Day, and I have to say that I did not expect so many comments on how moist and tender the bread tasted! Thanks for helping make today so special for my friends and me! :)

  110. says

    Just finished off the first bite of this banana bread, and IT IS WONDERFUL! I did have to cook it an hour and 15 minutes, and I added 1 tsp vanilla, a bit of mace, and some cinnamon. Just Perfect!

  111. says

    This was a super easy recipe. Prep time was a cinch, as was clean-up. I added some vanilla extract per one of the reviews. I normally add walnuts to my bread, but b/c of a tree nut allergy in the house, I had to come up with something else to add. I added about a cup of fresh blueberries and some dried cranberries to the batter. What a wonderful addition. Next time I’ll add more blueberries as I loved the flavor it added. I used 5 very ripe banana’s and the bread was super moist. I had enough batter left over to make 6 muffins in addition to the loaf. I’d like to reduce the butter next time also and replace it wtih applesauce and add some chopped up apples to the batter as well. This is a keeper. Thanks!

  112. Ashley says

    the reason why u have to mix the hot water with the baking soda is to be sure that it dissolves. u can also use warm water.

  113. Alina says

    Haven’t made banana bread too many times before but this is definitely one I will try again! I used white whole wheat flour, a healthy cup of mashed banana, and filled half the 1/3 cup of oil with vanilla greek yogurt. Baked a couple minutes over 65min at 320 degrees (due to the dark loaf pan), and finally added 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips. Turned out great! Moist but not sticky, with a soft crumb, and ooey gooey chocolate chips! My two toddlers love it! Thanks for sharing!

  114. Cecile says

    I just made this recipe for the first time. I don’t bake… Ever really. But I decided to try this. I used maple syrup instead of honey and made it as muffins instead of a bread (my little boy loves muffins) It is delicious!! Just warm out of the oven. Will be making this over and over!!

  115. Lotte says

    I loved this recipe, and so did my family! I’ve made this recipe multipe times already. I use about 1/4 a cup of agave nectar combined with 1/4 a cup of honey to sweeten this bread. It makes for the perfect sweetness without a high GI! (Agave is lower on the GI)

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  116. joanna says

    hello kate!
    how do u think would the bread turn out if I omitted the banana or the pumpkin puree? Would it be too dry? Although I loved both cakes I would like to have a simple honey whole wheat bread . What do u suggest?

  117. June says

    I’ve tried this recipe which tasted good, but I find that the coconut oil overpowered the taste of the bananas. although I added 2.1/2 banana. Next time I will reduce the coconut oil or add more bananas, because I prefer to taste bananas instead of the coconut oil.

  118. June says

    “I’ve tried this recipe which tasted good, but I find that the coconut oil overpowered the taste of the bananas. although I added 2.1/2 banana. Next time I will reduce the coconut oil or add more bananas, because I prefer to taste bananas instead of the coconut oil.”

    After having read the recipe over, I realized that I had made a mistake with the ingredients. I put in to much coconut oil. I apologise.

    • says

      Hi June, thank you for letting me know! I have never noticed a strong coconut oil taste (some are more sensitive to the flavor than others), so I am glad you found your mistake. I hope you love your second batch.

  119. Jodi says

    Hi Kate and Cookie too. I made your recipe using sprouted wheat flour and half and half. It turned out well. We spread ours with more honey and/or butter. Great recipe Kate!

  120. Jess says

    Tried this tonight, no substitutions/changes. This will definitely be replacing my usual banana bread- it’s delicious, moist and light and I love using whole wheat flour and coconut oil and honey instead of white flour and sugar. Great job!

  121. Sarah says

    Thank you so much for this recipe, it’s amazing! I ended up making some changes though. In other recipes I saw, they substituted apple sauce for the oil so I did that. I also reduced the amount of honey to a 1/3 cup because the apple sauce is a natural sweetener. I accidentally ran out of honey while I was making this so I ended up using 1/6 honey and 1/6 maple syrup. I also decided to use 3 and a half bananas for this bread even though it was over one cup. As for the water and baking soda, I used your note at the bottom and used 2% milk instead. Overall, I am super happy with this recipe! It was delicious and also moist. Can’t wait to make this again!

  122. says

    This recipe is delicious. My two year old loved it, and I’m so glad it is made with whole wheat flour. I added walnuts for a bit of extra oomf. I can’t wait to try your tip of slicing, freezing, then toasting.

  123. Molly says

    Hi Kate, I’m super excited to make this recipe, especially since I have a bunch of overripe bananas that need using up!
    Quick question, I only have self raising whole wheat flour, and can’t be bothered to go buy plain whole wheat flour, so should that be okay? or shall I omit the baking soda?

    • says

      Hey Molly, I’m sorry I didn’t answer your question sooner. I’m not sure, since I’ve never baked with self-raising! From what I understand, each cup of self-raising flour contains 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, so I think you’d end up with way more baking powder than the recipe calls for.

      • Molly says

        Oops sorry, forgot that self-raising flour is a UK thing. I’ve just taken it out of the oven & loaf tin and can’t help but sneakily munch on the crumbs that have fallen off (and chunks of it that haven’t! ) and it’s so so yummy!
        I got confused trying to figure out the ratio of baking powder/soda I needed, and decided on 1/2 a tsp of baking soda, and it was perfect! It’s the first time I’ve baked something that actually looks like the picture!
        I’ve been obsessed with your blog for ages now, and making a decision of what to bake first has been sooo difficult! Glad I chose the banana bread recipe because it’s definitely a keeper!

        I love how your blog is all about healthy eating and sugar substitutes, it’s really inspired me to start cooking and baking more, and eating healthy!
        Thank you Kate!

  124. Ekta says

    Hi Kate,

    I have seen people substituting applesauce for oil. How do I make applesauce if I want to do the same?

    I used to bake the apples and then grind them to a puree when making applesauce for my baby and freeze ’em in batches. Wanna know if there is another ( read better and quicker) way of doing this :)

  125. Ekta says

    Wow, floored that you still respond instantly. Thanks a ton.

    I tried this today bread with oil today morning but a couple of things went wrong. First – Added baking powder instead of the baking soda to hot water. It fizzled up ferociously and I thought it was good and will rise the bread to great heights.

    Well, the bread was done in 40 minutes instead of 65 when I inserted a knife – it came out clean. But it did not rise at all.

    And it did not look as brown as yours.

    I know the baking powder might be the culprit and I am thinking of omitting the mixing of soda in hot water all together as you commented.

    The bread was dense, not fluffy at all. Also it was a tad bit too dry and cracked on the top and sides.

    Please suggest what else could be the reason.

    Also my pan is 9.5X 5X 2 aluminium loaf pan. Planning to do mini muffins tonight.

    So questions:
    1. Why was it not as dark brown as yours – mine was a light beigy shade
    2. It was cracked and too dry outside
    3. It was too dense and moist and did not rise at all
    4. Initially want to try it with sugar instead of Honey. Can I use powdered sugar?

    Please help my toddler loves banana bread and while I am good with the apf version, the wholewheat is something I have failed at – yours is the fourth recipe I tried :(

    • says

      Hi Etka, sorry to hear about your troubles. This recipe is designed to be made with honey and baking soda, so that could explain it. The honey turns a darker color while baking and the baking soda helps the bread rise.

  126. Ekta says

    Thanks for your response Kate. It encouraged me to try it one more time and I thot, if it fails this time, I wont try again :)

    Voila, it came out perfectly browned and rose beautifully. Love Love Love the texture.

    Just that I can have it a little more sweetenend. What do you suggest?
    I dont want to add more honey as honey is a humectant and might yield a wetter/gooey loaf.

    Can I mix a wee bit of powdered sugar into my dry ingredients before mixing with wet? Do you think will need to add a bit more milk to counter the addition of sugar so that the batter stays to be of the same consistency.

    Made mini muffins and a small loaf. My 4 year old came and said” Thanks Mom, it was yummy”. Made it with “Indian Aata flour”. Mini muffins done in 15 min and Loaf in around 45min. Both at 170 degree Celclius

    • says

      Hi Ekta, so glad it turned out well this time! I think you could just mix in some sugar (plain or powdered) with the dry ingredients. I don’t think you would need to add any more milk.

  127. Heidi says

    Amazingly delish!! Rivals my moms 4H recipe which has been hard to do with low fat, low sugar recipes

  128. Alison says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I first came across it about two years ago when I was doing Baby Led Weaning with my daughter and want some fun recipes that didn’t contain added sugar. Your banana bread recipe remains by far my absolute favorite! It’s rather rare to have any ripe bananas to be able to cook with (my daughter is a banana-fiend and eats any and all bananas in sight!), but when I do I am so excited to be able to bake this!

  129. says

    I just made this and loved it. So moist and delicious. My new go to recipe. I am pregnant and really watching my sugar intake so I halved the honey and bumped up the banana by a bit. Perfect outcome!

  130. Theresa says

    I wanted to try a whole wheat banana bread recipe so I tried yours and one from King Arthur. We all agreed yours was better, more moist for sure, and had less sugar and used coconut oil. Thanks for the recipe! Yours is the first blog I’ve signed up to follow since I liked so many of your recipes.

  131. says

    I made this banana bread a while back and put it in the freezer in individually wrapped slices. I just took one out for the first time, put it in the toaster, then spread slightly salted Irish butter on it. Wow – deeeeelicious. Maybe the best banana bread experience I’ve had so far. Thank you!!

  132. says

    I’ve made a double batch of this twice in 2 days! Yesterday I made it exactly according to the recipe and it was amazing. I couldn’t believe how high it rose, especially for a banana bread. Great texture and great flavor.

    Today I made it with half the maple syrup because I prefer my banana bread less on the sweet side. And added a cup of toasted chopped walnuts for a bit of crunch and extra flavor. It’s in the oven as I type, and the house smells amazing.

    Thanks for sharing.

  133. Jessica says


    I loved your pumpkin bread recipe and I want to try this one now !! Can you substitute whole wheat flour with oat flour ?

    Thank you :)

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