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No Added Sugar Banana Bread

  • Author: Elle
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


The best ever healthy no-added-sugar banana bread is bursting with natural sweetness, banana flavor and is made with no refined sugar, just healthy, real food ingredients. It’s also dairy-free and has just 154 calories and 5 grams of sugar per slice. Enjoy it plain or add some mix-ins: walnuts, pecans, raisins, or my favorite, chocolate chips! 


  • 2 cups mashed bananas (from 67 medium overripe bananas, see notes)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (or other neutral-flavored oil of choice)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla or banana extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease an 9×5 bread pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the bananas, coconut oil, eggs and vanilla . Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, transfer to a wire rack and cool another 20 minutes before slicing.


Recipe Update  (9/8/19): After testing this recipe again, it’s not necessary to roast fresh bananas if they are very overripe. The best bananas for this recipe are heavily speckled and/or are nearly all black. I also reduced the amount of flour from 2 cups to 1 3/4 cup and found it is slightly sweeter and bakes a few minutes faster. 


  • Bananas: You must use overripe bananas as these have more fructose, and thus more natural sugar, than non-overripe bananas.
  • Coconut oil: Avocado oil also works well with this recipe.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/12 of recipe (~3 ounce slice)
  • Calories: 160
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 166 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 31 mg

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