Skip the butter and sugar and try this healthy olive oil banana walnut bread that is naturally sweetened with honey and dates! The few ingredient tweaks here make an excellent, reduced-guilt banana bread. But don’t worry, this lower-calorie version is every bit as indulgent, moist and satisfying! Be sure to see the video tutorial below.
Two super ripe, brown-skinned bananas are not much to celebrate. But put them in a banana bread, add some walnuts, and the story completely changes! A warm-your-heart loaf of goodness to enjoy with a good cup of coffee.
A healthier twist on Banana Walnut Bread
We all love an easy banana bread that requires one bowl to mix and one loaf pan to bake. And this recipe very much fits these expectations. Simple and easy. My little one and I make it all the time (see video below!)
But, in this banana walnut bread recipe, a couple of minor ingredient tweaks turn it into a healthier, reduced guilt indulgence.
If you’re looking to lighten up your banana walnut bread without risking flavor, here’s what you do:
1. Skip butter in favor of excellent extra virgin olive oil. Can’t help the Mediterranean twist here, but the olive oil adds great depth, and together with fat-free Greek yogurt, keeps the banana walnut bread tender and moist. You won’t miss the butter!
Pro tip: use quality extra virgin olive oil or you may risk a rancid tasting loaf. To ensure good flavor, I used Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil.
2. Skip refined sugars and use a combination of quality honey and Medjool dates instead.
In my sweet-toothed family, honey alone would not have done the trick to properly sweeten the banana walnut bread. That is part of the reason I chose to add Mejdool dates, also known as nature’s candy.
Sneak some nutrition into your banana bread
If you’re not familiar, the biggest difference between medjool dates and “regular” dates is that they come from different cultivars of the palm plant. Medjool dates are picked early in their ripening season, when they are quite soft.
Besides their velvety, rich flavor, dates are an instant energy booster, filled with nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. If you sneak some dates into your banana walnut bread, you’ve got yourself a great post-work out breakfast!
You may also like this Italian Apple Olive Oil Cake !
Watch How To Make This Banana Walnut Bread
Easy olive oil banana walnut bread! You get to skip butter and sugar for this reduced guilt, still indulgent banana bread. So moist and every bit as flavor-packed. See video tutorial just above.
- 1/3 cup Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup quality honey, organic if possible
- 2 eggs
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 tbsp fat free plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup fat free or low-fat milk
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 to 3/4 tsp ground cardamom (if you’re not sure you’ll like it, start with the smaller amount)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (wheat flour if you prefer)
- 6 dates, pitted and chopped (about 1/2 cup chopped dates)
- 1/3 cup chopped walnut hearts
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the olive oil and honey. Now add the eggs and whisk again to combine.
- Now add the bananas yogurt, milk, baking soda, vanilla extract, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk again.
- Using a spatula, stir in the flour; then add the dates and walnuts and stir the batter again until everything is well combined.
- Lightly oil a non-stick a 5 3/4 x 3 loaf pan like this one. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and shake very gently so it evens out.
- Bake in the 325 degrees F heated-oven for 55 minutes. Test by inserting a tooth pick into the middle of the banana walnut bread, it should come out clean.
- Remove from the oven and let the bread cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to cool on a wire rack for another 20 minutes or so. Slice and enjoy!
- Pro Tip: use the best extra virgin olive oil you can or you may risk a rancid-tasting loaf. I used our Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil here; it adds great depth and keeps the loaf tasty and moist.
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