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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

  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 Fat 2.6 g
Total Carb 9.1 g
Protein 6.4 g
Fiber 2.3 g

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

  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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