Wholesome Banana Bread

Wholesome Banana Bread

Banana Bread must be one of the most popular bakes of recent years. There are countless recipes for this lovely bread, different variations and adaptations. I have been baking my banana bread for a long time and throughout the years I’ve tried and tested many different recipes. This particular variation is my healthier version with lovely wholemeal flour used to increase fibre and sugar and butter reduced as well. My Wholesome Banana Bread relies on really (and I mean REALLY) ripe bananas for its sweetness and some of the butter have been substituted with natural yogurt without the loss of moisture in a final bake. I say RESULT!

Wholesome Banana Bread

My husband isn’t  one to eat breakfast first thing in the morning. He needs to be “going” for a while before he can actually face to eat anything. He leaves the house quite early and all the healthy brekkie options go out of the window. Breakfast “on the go” is a must for him most mornings. My Wholesome Banana Bread recipe is perfect as occasional brekkie “on the go” if you want to avoid sugar laden breakfast bars you can buy in the shops. Do I need to add that kids absolutely adore a slice as after school snack?

This loaf freezes really well too so you can get baking and use up all those overripe bananas lurking in your fruit bowl and fill the freezer with slices of this moreish bread! You can also play around with what you add to it. If walnuts are not your thing, simply live them out or substitute with the nuts of your choice. Perhaps a bit of added chocolate wouldn’t go amiss – add 75g of milk or dark chocolate chips or handful of sultanas, dried cranberries etc. You get my drift. 🙂

If you are after another lovely bake and like baking with fruit why not try my  Summery Easy Strawberry Yogurt Cake It’s a perfect teatime treat!

Wholesome Banana Bread

Yield: 1 loaf


  • 250g wholemeal flour
  • 2 large, very ripe bananas (approx 260g peeled)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 50g unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
  • 50g plain yogurt
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 50g walnut pieces (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Put sugar and eggs in a mixer bowl and mix until well incorporated.
  3. Add mashed up bananas and mix again.
  4. Add yogurt and mix again until just incorporated.
  5. Add flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and mixed spice and mix well until combined. Towards the end add in melted butter and mix some more.
  6. Add some walnut pieces (if using) and fold in gently until combined.
  7. Pour the mixture into tin loaf (roughly 23 x 11cm) lightly greased and sprinkled with flour.
  8. Bake until toothpick or skewer inserted into centre comes out clean approx 55min.
  9. Let it rest in a tin for a few minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  10. Drizzle with melted chocolate if you wish.
  11. Enjoy!

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Wholesome Banana Bread


I’m linking my Wholesome Banana Bread with the following pages:

Cook Blog Share hosted this week by Eb from Easy Peasy Foodie and Jacqui from Recipes Made Easy

Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Corina at Searching for Spice

Brilliant Blog Posts hosted by Vicki at Honest Mum Blog

Bake of the Week by Helen at CasaCostello and Jenny at MummyMishaps

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  • Reply Jacqui

    I love love love banana bread. A healthier option! I am going to have to try this

    July 4, 2017 at 11:02 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Me too Jacqui! 🙂 It is without a doubt the most popular bake in our household and since I’ve started making it a bit healthier we all have our cake and eat it too 😉 Hope you like it!

      July 4, 2017 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    YUM! This looks fab…banana bread is sooo good, and I love that yours is a healthier version…I also really like the idea of banana bread for breakfast…now that is an idea I could get on board with!! Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare 🙂 Eb x
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    July 4, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Eb 🙂 I find banana bread is a perfect breakfast bake plus this one is healthier and more filling than most cereal and easy to take with you if on the go. Win win 🙂 x

      July 5, 2017 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Karen, the next best thing to mummy

    I love any kind of bread so banana bread sounds wonderful I am definitely going to make this @brilliantblogs@_karendennis

    July 6, 2017 at 8:55 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Karen! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it. x

      July 6, 2017 at 9:00 am
  • Reply Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    Your banana bread looks so inviting Jo – and amazing that it only has 50g of butter in it too! Fab 🙂 Pinning to try later,
    Angela x
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    July 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Jenny Paulin

    mmmmmm you had me at banana bread! I am always making bakes and cakes to use up my weekly dose of over ripe bananas in my fruit bowl! However, I have to confess that I have never used wholemeal flour before . Your loaf looks superb though so clearly wholemeal flour does not make the cake any ‘heavier’ (hope that makes sense!?). Anyway, enough of my waffle, your banana bread looks lovely! X

    July 7, 2017 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Corina

    Yum! I add bananas all the time to my muffins to use them up but it’s ages since I’ve made a proper banana bread loaf. I love the added nuts in this and the wholemeal flour. I find it always adds a lovely nuttiness so is perfect in a bake with nuts in too. Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice! x

    July 12, 2017 at 5:29 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you! I was so pleased with how this loaf turned out and that even my two “fuss pots” cannot get enough of it despite it being quite healthy! Wholemeal flour works really well here and despite using 100% wholemeal, the loaf is not heavy or stodgy at all which is great! x

      July 12, 2017 at 6:58 pm
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