Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Whole Wheat Banana Bread @NancyCUsually when I bake things I use unbleached all-purpose flour. But I had purchased some organic whole wheat flour and was wanting to try making something with it. I like baking quick breads and I hadn’t made any banana bread lately, so I decided to try making a loaf of Whole Wheat Banana Bread. I thought it turned out really well! It’s a good, hearty banana bread with lots of chopped nuts and healthy ingredients like honey and light olive oil (although it does have some brown sugar in it). The mashed bananas and plain Greek yogurt make this loaf moist and It doesn’t have a strong wheaty taste, so it should appeal to anyone who likes banana bread.

WHOLE WHEAT BANANA BREAD by NancyC

Makes 1 loaf

  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 1/2 medium)
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Grease and flour a 9×5″ loaf pan; set aside.

In large bowl, blend oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla, then add in eggs, mixing well. Stir in yogurt, then add in the mashed bananas, mixing everything together.

In medium bowl, blend flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix just until ingredients are combined–do not overtax! Fold in chopped nuts.

Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake at 325˚F for 48 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let loaf cool in pan for 5 to 10 minutes, then remove and cool on completely on wire rack.

I baked this loaf on a chilly morning and it was the perfect snack for later in the day! I want to make more things with this organic whole wheat flour that I have. What do you like making with whole wheat flour?

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13 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Banana Bread

  1. Ginger

    This looks delicious! I have to say, I used it almost exclusively for breads – I tried sneaking it into cakes and desserts but I always noticed it afterwards. Sometimes the kids did, too. This banana bread, however, looks like the perfect hiding place! 🙂

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  2. Susan Tierney-Cockburn

    Nancy, this looks wonderful and I can honestly say, of all the things I’ve made with bananas, I’ve never used whole wheat. It would make it so wholesome and healthy. Thank you for the recipe!

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  3. Karen

    I really enjoy banana bread but would you believe that I’ve never made it myself. I like the idea of using whole wheat flour and your recipe sounds especially good.

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    1. nancyc Post author

      Thanks, Cheri! 🙂 I just tried to comment on your latest blog post, but couldn’t get it to go thru! That book you reviewed sounds great!

      Reply
  4. Juliana

    Oh Nancy, what a nice banana bread, I like that you used honey and olive oil in this whole wheat version…looks delicious!
    I hope you are having a great week 🙂

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