Heart-Healthy Banana Bread




This dairy free, heart-healthy bread is our go to recipe for using up old bananas. In the interest of eating healthily and keeping the ingredients list simple, olive oil replaces the margarine or butter used in many other versions of this popular bread.

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Step 1: Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • Standard loaf pan (or muffin tin)
  • Mixer (optional, can be mixed by hand)

Step 2: Mixing Step 1

Combine eggs, oil and sugar in a bowl and mix.

Step 3: Add Bananas

Add bananas and continue mixing until the bananas are mashed into the mixture. It is ok for small lumps of banana to remain at the end of this step.

Step 4: Mix in Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.

Gradually add to the wet ingredients while mixing.

Once everything has been added, scrape down the bowl and mix one last time.

Step 5: Prepare Loaf for Oven

Grease the loaf pan with olive oil and flour and pour in the contents of the mixing bowl.

Step 6: Bake

Bake at 325 deg F for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Step 7: Cool

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then flip out onto a cooling rack. If the loaf sticks to the pan, release it by gently working a knife around the loaf in the space between the loaf and the pan.

Step 8: Ready to Serve

Cut, serve and go buy some more bananas.

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    7 Discussions


    4 years ago

    I'm sorry to be negative but this is not really heart healthy. The fact the, between the flour, sugar and bananas, this has more than 325g of carbs.


    4 years ago

    I hate to be a spoil sport, so no flames please, but this is hardly healthy with an entire cup of sugar and 2 cups of white flour. I saw it and was thinking, oh, good, a version that limits carbs... Figuring the carb count for it works out to be over 325g of carbs in that cake. Not healthy.


    4 years ago

    I love banana bread! Can you do a tutorial on a cobbler like peach, blueberry, black berry, etc?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the recipe! Looks yummy. Will try it instead with agave nectar and whole wheat pastry flour. Refined sugar and flour are not so good for diabetics and borderline diabetics like me. You can check online for agave vs sugar conversion.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    umm, umm sounds wonderful. I have a recipe for a banana bread stirring with a wooden spoon and using butter, but this is much better simply because I'm an Olive Oil addict. For a little stronger banana flavor I recommend adding a half-teaspoon of Banana extract. Thanks for this recipe--it's a keeper.