Banana Bread…a slightly healthier version

When it comes to banana bread nothing beats this version but I wanted a healthier option so after a few attempts I came up with this.

No added oil or white sugar and it’s sweetened with honey, dried fruit and as a bonus, it also has some extra hidden vegetables.

Banana Bread
Recipe type: Baked
Serves: 1 loaf
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g honey
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 125g wholemeal flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 small very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 100ml natural yoghurt
  • 1 medium-large carrot, grated finely (about 125g)
  • 1 medium-large zucchini, grated finely (about 150g)
  • 75g sultanas
  • 75g dates, finely chopped
  • 50g walnuts, chopped
  • ·
  • Optional toppings
  • Crushed walnuts
  • Brown sugar
  • Oats
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, grease and line a 26cm loaf
  2. tin with baking paper
  3. Using an electric mixer beat eggs and honey together for
  4. several minutes until light and fluffy
  5. In the meantime, sift flours, spices, bicarbonate of
  6. soda and baking powder together in a small bowl, set aside
  7. Add mashed bananas and yoghurt and continue whisking
  8. until incorporated
  9. Using a wooden spoon, mix in dry ingredients until
  10. just combined
  11. Fold in grated carrot, grated zucchini, sultanas,
  12. chopped dates and chopped walnuts until all incorporated
  13. Spoon into prepared tin and add optional toppings if
  14. using and bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes , test with a skewer, it should
  15. come out clean
  16. Allow to cool slightly before removing from tin
Why use bicarbonate
of soda in a recipe?

*Baking powder and bicarbonate of soda are both leavening agents
*When added to a batter, the leavening agent causes air bubbles to expand when heated and therefore causing a rise Bicarbonate of soda is used in
recipes that contain an acidic ingredient e.g. lemon juice, sour cream, buttermilk,
cocoa or honey
*Baking soda starts to react and release carbon dioxide gas as soon as it is added to the batter and liquid is added.
*Bicarbonate of soda has a slightly different quality to that of baking powder when used in baking It can have a slightly tangy or soapy taste and it makes a lovely golden colour, think of it used in the making of honeycomb
*It gives cakes a very specific texture unable to be achieved with baking powder.
*It needs to be sifted well and measured precisely to avoid the bitter taste




 Do you like to hide veggies as well?
What’s your favourite hidden veggie recipe?
Are you baking today?

Whatever you are up to today, I hope you enjoy each moment ♥

  • You make it look so easy, Cathie.

    I hide vegetables in everything. Zucchini hides well in any recipe so I always put it in… x

  • Looks divine! I just saw a recipe where they grated pumpkin – that would be a great vegetable to "hide" also!

  • sounds divine!

  • Ooh I love recipes that are nice and healthy like this one especially with those hidden veggies. No baking today but yesterday I did make some Strawberry Banana Oat Muffins which seemed to have been enjoyed by everyone. xx

  • Looks so hearty Cathie! There is always too much zuccini around in the summer 🙂 Good idea to use it up!

  • mmmm yum! I love a recipe that is yummy AND healthy!

  • Yunny!

  • This looks super healthy but also super yummy!!

    We haven't needed to hide veges – Miss 11 is away on a school trip at the moment and will be craving her veges/salady bits I'd say!XXXJ

  • Oh yum! Now that the weather is turning colder that looks to be the perfect bread!

    If I make a dipping sauce, I can keep all of the vegies out in the open.

  • Thanks so much for this recipe Cathie! Can't wait to try it.

  • Hi Cathie,
    I have been following for a while now only realised I could come directly here and not the rss feed. I love this recipe and am keen to give it a go, the Bi carb info was very helpful too.

  • Thanks Cathie, I am printing this off now to try!

  • Exquisito y muy lindo me encanta,abrazos y abrazos.

  • Wow Cathie, that is the healthiest looking Banana Bread ever! Can't believe you managed to hide that much veg in there, what a legend!
    I have a fussy eater over at mine so I have had a go had hiding the odd veggie with mixed results but this recipe was certainly v. yummy – the recipe link is here

    xx Alisa

  • I love this! The addition of honey and oats sound yummy.

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  • Hi, friend. I've missed you.

  • Sensational !!! LOVE IT!!! If ever you want to go a step further Cath, you should try The Healthy Chef ~ Teresa Cutter. She's the staple of all my meals now that we have crossed over to the clean eating side :-))

    Love your blog!!! XxDani

  • MOTH buys Bicarb in 44-gallon drums. He uses it for everything, some of which I couldn't possibly repeat on your beautiful blog Cathie. So off to dip into his Bicarb stash for this fab recipe. His record-breaking cholesterol count will thank me for it.
    Millie xx

  • made it twice now and I am sure that I will be making it many many more times, it is the new favourite, along with Pink cupcakes. x

  • Hi Cathie, Oh, I love your blog and pretty stars that follow me. It's so nice to pop in and see you've updated your blog. I think instagram took over our blogjo???

    I want to try this bread. I make your muesli slice all the time and love it! So, I can only expect good things with this one too! xx

  • So chic! Glad I've learned another way to trick the picky eaters haha. They love banana bread and this is really perfect. Got my eye on your next posts.

  • Amazing!! Yum!! I'm going to try this, thank you xx

  • Yum! I've been missing my blog-hopping habit and I wanted to stop by and say, "Hello, friend. Merry Christmas."

  • I really can't wait to try it. Tomorrow I will try sure. thanks. xo
    ~ Mehul
    Architectural Stone

  • You always share with such an open heart. I love this place! Thank you.

  • i tried something similar-ish last week to use up some zucchini but it was an epic fail. a bit to much experimenting and winging it on my part. will give your recipe a go for sure – it's got to be a winner!!

    rachel xo

  • What a great recipe. Loving this blog.

  • Come back, friend. Come back.

    Really? Just know you are missed.

  • i am back on blogger!

    That looks delicious Cathie! You are such an amazing cook 🙂

  • yuuuummmm!
    my husband buys bananas every time we go to the shops and a bunch always end up going bad.. so I am constantly making banana things. I can't wait to try this one though, love the healthy twist!!!