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Anna Sward

Ask The Protein Powder Chef: Healthier Banana Bread

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Hi Protein Chef! I love banana bread and was wondering if you had a recipe for protein banana bread. My grandma always makes it, and I wish I could do a healthy version of it. Thanks!

A freshly made loaf of banana bread is hard to resist. Strong is the person who can walk away from it without pausing to at least consider giving in to temptation and eating a slice ... or three.

Eating your grandma's banana bread every once in a while is fine, but eating it on a regular basis? That's probably not a great idea (sorry, Grams). Traditional banana bread is primarily made out of sugar, white flour, and butter. Even though it features a fruit—the almighty banana—banana bread isn't healthy. It's mostly sugar and fat.

So what are you grandma-remembering banana-bread-loving people to do? The way I see it, you have four options:

  1. You can vow to never again eat it. (I strongly advise against this option; banana bread is too good to renounce.)
  2. You can leave it for a cheat day, if you do cheat days.
  3. You can enjoy it as a treat when you make those once-per-year trips to Grandma's.
  4. You can tweak the recipe and pack it with some protein POW! (Which means you can enjoy it as often as you like.)

Guess which option I've chosen? Say hello to this ultra-moist Banana Nut Protein Bread. It's seriously one of the best banana protein breads I've made; and I've made a few. Here's the recipe!

Anna's Banana Nut Protein Bread

Healthier Banana Bread

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Blend all ingredients together.
  2. Pour the batter in a bread muffin mold.
  3. Bake at 335 F (170 C) for about 45-60 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.
Nutrition Facts
Recipe yields 10 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 87
Total Fat2.6 g
Total Carb9.1 g
Protein6.4 g
Fiber2.3 g

Anna's Banana Nut Protein Bread PDF (58.8 KB)

Notes
  1. To make your bread lower in carbs, you can substitute the banana for some pumpkin or butternut squash puree. As long as you use banana-flavored whey protein powder, you should end up with tasty banana bread. You can also eliminate the dates but, if you do, I suggest you add in some sweetener to ensure the bread hits all the right notes.
  2. If you don't have banana whey protein powder, a vanilla whey protein will work just as well!
  3. If you want to use casein, you can. Just use 1/4 extra cup of liquid egg whites (or two whole eggs).
  4. Consider adding some seeds to the mix! Flaxseeds or poppy seeds are a delicious addition.


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Anna's passion for exercise and nutrition inspired her to create proteinpow.com while she was still in the last year of her Ph.D. program.

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Qotu79

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I just had a convo with a coworker about coming up with a protein rich banana bread recipe. Thanks!

Jun 11, 2013 8:19pm | report
 
JT414

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JT414

Absolutely love banana bread! definitely going to try this out!

Jun 11, 2013 9:13pm | report
 
Moniquita

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Moniquita

I cannot wait to make this! I just got done making the Red Pepper Protein Bread from Anna Sward's site, and it was super yummy!! Keep it up Anna!

Jun 11, 2013 10:18pm | report
 
BrawnyMan90

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BrawnyMan90

Sounds Awesome Looking forward to it!

Jun 12, 2013 6:19am | report
 
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HeatherJay14

Looking forward to making this! Thanks :)

Jun 12, 2013 8:59am | report
 
trsingle

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trsingle

Really excited about this one! I've done a simplified version of this and it worked out great. Love the fact that it's grain and gluten free!

Jun 12, 2013 9:43am | report
 
andrewk1991

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andrewk1991

is it possible to use wheat flour?

Jun 12, 2013 11:10am | report
 
AJK47

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AJK47

Tastes great! -goes nicely with a little peanut or almond butter

Jun 12, 2013 1:18pm | report
 
JohanOfSweden

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JohanOfSweden

You sure it is only 3 tbsp Flour?? Came out very mushy...

Jun 12, 2013 5:23pm | report
 
chandre1105

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chandre1105

mine came out the exact same. i am not sure if next time i should add more flour

Jul 13, 2013 4:13pm | report
ryanfield25

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ryanfield25

have some bannanas almost past their date may have to try this.... I have a culinary degree myself and just by looking at the ingredients and the amounts looks like a solid recipe.....

Jun 12, 2013 5:24pm | report
 
AdrianLBM

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AdrianLBM

Congratulations, your recipes are always fantastic !! :)

Jun 13, 2013 4:44am | report
 
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

Thanks so much Adrian!!!

Jun 20, 2013 3:50pm | report
yogachic52

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yogachic52

ask, and ye shall receive - I was looking for a good (clean, healthy) version of banana bread - thank you!

Jun 13, 2013 6:15am | report
 
BLKSPARTANKING

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BLKSPARTANKING

I am seriously going to get the things I need to make this. And the serving size is amazing too, not high in anything really. How do you come up with amazing foods, experimenting? :)

Jun 14, 2013 9:17am | report
 
hargainer

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hargainer

Hey I'm trying it tonight.

Jun 14, 2013 2:45pm | report
 
Alain77

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Alain77

I just tried it but I think there is something missing. The raw blend is too liquid. I thought egg white was the key to solidify the mix when cooked but after 2 hours in the oven, it looks like a well cooked omelette with the walnuts and dates on the bottom. It tastes great though but looks like thick omelette. Any update with the ingredients ? Maybe a little more flour ? I'm not used to cook with whey protein.

Jun 14, 2013 8:27pm | report
 
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

OK. Walk me through what happened. DId you use the same ingredients? What kind of protein did you use?

Jun 20, 2013 3:51pm | report
dimm

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dimm

The batter seemed too runny for me too so I added around 40gr of almond flour.
It turned out great, moist and very tasty :)

Jul 14, 2013 6:28am | report
BuildingBrass

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BuildingBrass

Cannot find Coconut Flour anywhere, used self raising instead. hope this hasn't ruined the recipe

Jun 16, 2013 9:59pm | report
 
zaidat

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zaidat

You can order coconut flour on Amazon, or from Nuts Online. Nuts online has a great selection of alternative flours.

Jun 19, 2013 8:59am | report
little dragon

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little dragon

you can also just blend up coconut shavings

Jun 27, 2013 8:34am | report
Josy88

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Josy88

So I just did the recipe, and followed it step by step and used Optimum Nutrition vanilla whey protein. Problem: in the oven, the bread was all puffed up and nice, but when I took it out, it started deflating completely and now it looks flat as heck! What did I do wrong?! I did everything the recipe said to do and it doesn't look anything like what's shown here! Someone can help me understand??? Did someone do the recipe? How did it look for you?

Jun 18, 2013 8:56pm | report
 
AnnaSward

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AnnaSward

Hm hm hm. Is it possible you used too big a bread loaf and too much baking powder? It's the only thing I can envision happened here? I mean, the bread does deflate a bit after you take it out but not dramatically or anything?

Jun 20, 2013 3:53pm | report
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mrrockyjones

I used this recipe to make cinnamon raisin bread just swap bannanas for raisins and bananna whey for cellucor cinnamin swirl protein. Also no dates or walnuts in my cinnamon bread it came out good.

Jun 19, 2013 11:25am | report
 
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