healthy banana bread

healthy banana bread

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Inspiration for new recipes or at least takes on old recipes come at the most unusual times for me. And, one of those times is when I’m in a yoga class. Yeah, yeah, I know my mind should be clear. I should be in the moment. I should be present. But, sometimes I’m having visions of new recipes dance in my head! And that’s how this healthy banana bread recipe came about

I was thinking about smoothies and everything that makes them so delicious and healthy. Then I thought, why can’t I infuse these high-powered health ingredients into other things we love, like banana bread. Well, in actuality this is a banana bread ‘cake’. And, if you choose to make the recipe as a true bread shape, then you’ll need to adjust the cooking time somewhat because of the density of the bread versus the cake.

You know, there’s no reason why we can’t add a few extra healthy ingredients to cakes, pies and cookies and, at least, making them a tad bit ‘healthier’ or better for us. There are ways to skirt all the sugar with substituting something like bananas or applesauce. And, we can power up with ingredients like protein powder, wheat germ, chia seeds, ground flax and nuts. So, give this healthy banana bread (cake) a try. You probably won’t even realize you’re eating all these great things.

Here’s another banana recipe that you’ll want to check out! xoxo ~ally

healthy banana bread

healthy banana bread

Yield: Makes one 9 x 12 baking dish or loaf pan

This banana bread cake keeps well for a few days covered.

This banana bread cake freezes well.

If you make this recipe in a bread pan, then add a little more cooking time, probably 15 minutes. Please do the toothpick test to check for doneness.


  • Preheat oven to 375
  • 1 (14 oz.) oat bran muffin mix
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • ¼ cup organic protein powder
  • 2 small bananas, smashed
  • 1 ¾ cups almond milk
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped


  • Combine in a large mixing bowl, the muffin mix, chia seeds, flax, protein powder. Blend together.
  • Add the bananas and almond milk and blend into a thick smooth batter. Fold in the walnuts.
  • Pour into a well-greased baking dish. Bake in a preheated 375 oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove to a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing. Well, if you can wait that long! ?
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  1. I totally love the healthy “smoothie” additions … confession: I totally do the same thing at yoga. Maybe the purpose of yoga for us foodies is to let our minds rest enough to surface the truly great ideas hiding within? Just a thought … we totally need to do yoga and then go cook up some amazing goodness together sometime!

    • OMG! That would be my dream to yogi w/you then cook! Glad you, too, to hear that your mind races w/food. I think you’re exactly right about letting our creativity surface. xoxo~ally

  2. What a brilliant idea to put all those healthy stuff into your banana bread! You have out done yourself Ally!! YUM!!

    • My dear Hadia! Thank you, luv. It’s really good, and you rid that guilt factor knowing you’re getting some great ingredients! Thanks for visiting!! xo ~ally

  3. This is an instant family favorite! Looks amazing!

  4. This looks so YUMMY!! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  5. I adore banana bread and make it at least 2 times a month! Next up I will try YOUR recipe!

    • Dorothy! You’ve made my day! Thank you! Now this is more like banana bread cake. It cooks a little faster in this baking dish versus a bread pan. But it can go either way. Can’t wait to see what you think!! xo ~ally

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