Healthier banana bread (great for kids!)

This healthier banana bread is refined sugar free, sweetened with 3 very ripe bananas and a little maple syrup.

It’s naturally sweet, moist and fluffy, is easy to make, and keeps well in the freezer. Simply pop a slice in your little one’s lunchbox in the morning and it will be defrosted by lunchtime.

I’ve spend a long time perfecting this recipe and it is a huge hit at home (and when guests come over!).

You can also make this recipe dairy-free by substituting cow’s milk for your milk of choice (oat, almond, soy, etc.). Gluten-free plain/all-purpose flour also works in this recipe, so you can make it gluten-free too.

Feel free to add nuts (walnuts or pecans go well) or chocolate chips for a yummy treat.

Don’t forget to check out the other recipes in my Freezer Friendly Lunchbox Series:

Pizza scrolls
Oat choc chia cookies
Milo Weet-Bix balls

Zucchini slice

Here’s everything you’ll need!

Healthier banana bread (great for kids!)

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This healthier banana bread is free from refined sugar, sweetened with ripe bananas and a little maple syrup. It’s fluffy and moist and is the perfect make-ahead lunch as it freezes really well. Just pop a slice in your lunchbox in the morning, and it will be ready by lunchtime. You can also make this recipe dairy-free by substituting cow's milk for your milk of choice (oat, almond, soy, etc.). Gluten-free plain/all-purpose flour also works in this recipe, so you can make it gluten-free too. Feel free to add nuts (walnuts or pecans go well) or chocolate chips for a yummy treat. Don’t forget to check out the rest of my Freezer Friendly Lunchbox series!

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 45 mins Total Time 55 mins Difficulty: Beginner Cooking Temp: 180  °C Servings: 10

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven
    Preheat oven to 180C fan-forced
  2. Mash banana in large bowl

    Mash two large very ripe bananas in a large bowl

  3. Add wet ingredients

    Add wet ingredients to your mashed banana, including olive oil, maple syrup, eggs and milk. Stir to combine.

  4. Add dry ingredients

    In a separate bowl, add your dry ingredients together including flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Tip your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and combine with a wooden spoon.

  5. Prepare loaf tin

    Grease (with butter) and line (with baking paper) a loaf tin, and pour in your batter. Top with banana (cut lengthways, as shown).

  6. Bake

    Bake at 180C for 45 minutes. Check the top of the banana bread at 30 minutes, adding a cover of aluminium foil if it is getting too brown.

  7. Slice and serve

    Serve your banana bread with butter, nut butter or on its own. Will keep in the freezer for 3 months.

Keywords: banana bread, healthier banana bread, lunchbox recipe, lunchbox ideas
Ash

Ash

A passionate foodie and mum!

2 Comments

  1. Daksha

    Hi Ashleigh, I baked banana bread for my toddler today and it turned out great. Thanks for the recipe! (:

    Reply
    • ashleigh.cooks

      Oh thank you so much for your comment and feedback! That is wonderful to hear 🙂

      Reply

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