This super moist whole wheat banana bread is hearty and decadent at the same time. Perfect for dessert or a quick breakfast on the go!

Wheat banana bread on a serving tray

If you love banana bread but are trying to keep it healthy, this whole wheat banana bread recipe is exactly what you’re looking for. It’s the perfect balance of hearty grains, sweet banana, and plump raisins. One of the best ways you can use those overripe bananas hanging out on your counter! 

Is Banana Bread Actually Good for You? 

Not all banana breads are created equal. Some are so sweet and packed with butter, they likely have the same nutritional value as a cupcake. In this recipe, there’s absolutely no added sugar or butter – making it perfectly acceptable to have a slice for either breakfast or dessert. What’s better? The fiber from the whole wheat flour will keep you full for hours! 

Ingredients for whole wheat banana bread

How to Make Whole Wheat Banana Bread

To make this banana bread, all you need is a spatula, whisk, a couple of bowls, and 20 mins of prep time. No electric mixer required!

  • Preheat the Oven: While you prepare the batter, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Mix the Wet Ingredients: Next, whisk the eggs and honey together in a large bowl. Add in the mashed banana, melted coconut oil, yogurt, and vanilla extract. 
  • Mix the Dry Ingredients: In a separate medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients (all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt).
  • Fold in the Dry ingredients: In small portions, use a spatula to fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Mix in the raisins. 
  • Bake the Banana Bread: Pour the batter into a 9×5 inch loaf pan and bake the bread for about 50 minutes. Enjoy!

Make banana muffins instead! Pour the batter into a muffin pan instead and sprinkle some brown sugar on top to create a nice crust during baking. 

Tips for the Best Whole Wheat Banana Bread

These quickhitter tips will help you get the tastiest banana bread on the planet. 

  • Use ripe bananas. Don’t throw away those brown bananas on your counter! They are full of natural sugar and make for the moistest banana bread. They’re also much easier to mash. 
  • Sift the dry ingredients. Has your flour and baking soda been sitting in the cupboard for some time? If so, they’ve likely developed some lumps. For the best texture, send them through a fine mesh sieve.
  • Employ the “toothpick test”. Check the doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, it’s ready!

Hot Tip: Line the loaf pan with a sheet of parchment paper or give it a good coating of cooking spray to prevent sticking. 

Sliced whole wheat banana bread

Different Add-Ins for Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Consider this recipe the perfect foundation to tweak to your particular cravings. Below, find a handful of add-ins to kickstart your creative process.

  • Seeds: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, or flax seeds 
  • Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, or pistachios
  • Dried Fruit: Cranberries, blueberries, apricots, or dates
  • Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice
  • Chocolate Chips: Dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate chips 

Storing, Freezing, & Reheating

This banana bread is perfect for meal prepping and making ahead. Below, find all the details on how to keep it fresh as long as possible. 

  • Storing: To keep your banana bread fresh for up to 3 days, store it in an airtight container on the counter. To extend the shelf life to a week, store it in an airtight container in the fridge. 
  • Freezing: To have banana bread on hand for up to a month, freeze it in slices or in a whole loaf. To do so, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and pop it in a freezer-safe bag. To thaw, place a couple slices in the fridge overnight or leave it on the counter for a couple hours. 
  • Reheating: Warm up your banana bread in the microwave or oven with a little pat of butter to rehydrate it. 

FAQ

Can you substitute white whole wheat flour for wheat flour?

Yes, you can use whole wheat white flour instead. However, the texture will be a bit less hearty.

Why is my bread hard and dense?

Your bread is likely hard and dense if you overcooked the bread or didn’t use super ripe bananas.

How many calories are in a slice of homemade banana bread?

There are around 200 calories per slice.

What size loaf pan do you need for this recipe?

A 9×5 inch loaf pan works best, but feel free to use your favorite pan and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.