Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Here at Desserts With Benefits, we take peanut butter veeeeery seriously.  Today, I bring you the recipe for this Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread!  Basically, it’s the BEST combination EVER of two foods that were a match made in heaven:  peanut butter + bananas.

I’m telling you, this is one of the best damn things that I have ever tasted.  I honestly felt graced with its presence.

I’M NOOOT WOOORTHYYY *bows down*

I don’t kid around when it comes to peanut butter.  Especially when bananas are involved.  So you know I don’t take this likely scenario lightly.  That’s the honest truth.

This is the BEST Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread EVER! It’s so rich, moist, and flavorful, one bite and you'll wonder how there’s no butter and no sugar added. Yes, this bread is refined sugar free, gluten free, AND high protein! Healthy Dessert Recipes with low calorie, low fat, low carb, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and raw options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

This Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread is SO moist, rich, flavorful, and filling!  One bite and you’ll be like, “WAIT.  HOW on earth does this not have butter or added sugar in it??”

You’d never know this magical loaf of deliciousness is refined sugar free, gluten free, and high protein too!  Yes, for real.

I like to drizzle each slice with warmed up peanut butter and a sprinkle of crushed peanuts.  Word to the wise, it’s also delicious with a little glug of pure maple syrup  😉

I am so, so, SO happy with this recipe.  This Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread is incredibly tasty and addictive — the peanut butter and banana flavors are perfectly balanced together, and neither one overpowers the other.  It took a while to get this recipe right (it was either too banana-y, too dense, or not sweet enough), but I finally struck gold.

The peanut butter flavor shines bright, the bananas add natural sweetness, and the vanilla brings it all together.

This is the BEST Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread EVER! It’s so rich, moist, and flavorful, one bite and you'll wonder how there’s no butter and no sugar added. Yes, this bread is refined sugar free, gluten free, AND high protein! Healthy Dessert Recipes with low calorie, low fat, low carb, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and raw options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Best of all, this is actually good for you.

You don’t have to choose between healthy or happy…  you can have BOTH.

This is the BEST Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread EVER! It’s so rich, moist, and flavorful, one bite and you'll wonder how there’s no butter and no sugar added. Yes, this bread is refined sugar free, gluten free, AND high protein! Healthy Dessert Recipes with low calorie, low fat, low carb, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and raw options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

This is the BEST Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread EVER! It’s so rich, moist, and flavorful, one bite and you'll wonder how there’s no butter and no sugar added. Yes, this bread is refined sugar free, gluten free, AND high protein!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Bread & Muffins
Servings: 1 9x5" loaf + 5 muffins (OR 24 muffins)
Calories: 230 kcal
Ingredients
  • 136g (1 cup) Sweet White Sorghum Flour
  • 120g (1 cup) Oat Flour
  • 96g (½ cup) Granulated Erythritol (or dry sweetener of choice)
  • 4 tsp Double Acting Baking Powder
  • 1 tbs Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1⅓ cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 370g (~1½ cups) Mashed Bananas
  • 128g (½ cup) Natural Peanut Butter
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 tbs Vanilla Extract
  • tsp Liquid Stevia Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray a 9×5” loaf pan with cooking spray and line one way with parchment paper for easy removal later, and line a cupcake tin with 5 parchment paper liners (or if making muffins only, line 2 standard cupcake tins with 24 parchment paper liners**).
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the sorghum flour, oat flour, erythritol, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In an electric stand mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, add the almond milk, mashed bananas, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and stevia extract.  Mix on medium-low speed until mixture is completely even.
  4. Turn the mixer off and dump the dry ingredients into the stand mixer.  Return mixer to medium-low speed.  Mix until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and/or cupcake tin(s).  Bake the loaf for ~65 minutes (or until the surface forms a nice brown crust and springs back when tapped) and the muffins for ~20-25 minutes (or until the surface springs back when tapped).
  6. Let the loaf cool in the pan and transfer the muffins to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.  Store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Recipe Notes

**This recipe yields a 9x5" loaf PLUS 5 muffins, or, 24 muffins.  You can probably make 2 loaves by using 2 8x4" loaf pans, or you can make 24 muffins -- it's your preference!

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice of bread)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 270mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 20%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Above is the nutrition label for a slice of the banana bread.  Below is the nutrition label for a muffin:

This is the BEST Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread EVER! It’s so rich, moist, and flavorful, one bite and you'll wonder how there’s no butter and no sugar added. Yes, this bread is refined sugar free, gluten free, AND high protein! Healthy Dessert Recipes with low calorie, low fat, low carb, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and raw options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

This is one sweet bread and it makes for an even SWEETER breakfast.  Yes, I said it.  BREAKFAST!

This Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread is low-glycemic with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, so it’ll digest slowly and keep you full for hours.

Trust me.  Even with my insanely fast metabolism, a single slice kept me full for 4 hours.  So chomp away, my friends  🙂

I love this peanut butter + banana combination.  I’m still in awe that every ingredient in this recipe is a healthy one…  it seriously doesn’t taste nutritious in the slightest.  I also like how there is no oil added in this recipe.  The only source of fat is from pure, natural peanut butter (and a tiny bit from the eggs).

This Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread is a great source of fiber, whole grains, and complete proteins.

Did you know that peanut butter alone is an incomplete protein?

Yes, the jar may say 6g, 7g, or even 8g, but that peanut butter needs to be paired with another food — such as a whole grains, rice, or beans — to be considered a complete protein:  a protein that contains all the essential amino acids needed for muscle growth and repair in the human body.

Yet another reason why this bread is so great — the peanut butter + sorghum flour + oat flour (+ the eggs too!) provide you with all the essential amino acids your body needs to stay alive and thrive.

YASSSSS I will take another slice, please and thank you  😉

This is the BEST Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread EVER! It’s so rich, moist, and flavorful, one bite and you'll wonder how there’s no butter and no sugar added. Yes, this bread is refined sugar free, gluten free, AND high protein! Healthy Dessert Recipes with low calorie, low fat, low carb, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and raw options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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13 comments on “Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread”

  1. Those look delicious! What a perfect recipe 😀 I don’t usually use protein powder in baking though(mostly because I haven’t found one that I really love yet) so I’m kind of debating not using that. Do you know if I can just substitute more flour in place of it?

  2. Yes, that helps! Thank you very much 🙂 I’m going to check out that protein powder because the one I have doesn’t dissolve very well, it’s kind of gross, that’s why I don’t want to use it, haha. Thanks again!

  3. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits
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    Heidi,
    Protein powder doesn’t really change the recipe that much, but you will need to increase the whole wheat pastry flour by ~2 tbs, or take out ~2 tbs of the milk.
    If you do want to try a flavorless protein powder for baking, this is the one I use: http://www.bobsredmill.com/whey_protein-concentrate.html
    Hopefully this helps!
    -Jess

  4. I just subscribed to your blog. This is the second recipe I’ve ‘gawked’ at from you and am IN LOVE with what your doing. I look forward to viewing more recipes from you, esp. the ones off your wish list!

    I’d also like to comment on protien powder (if ya don’t mind). Shakeology has a delicious chocolate one with all kinds of good for you vitamins and minerals that might possibly be delicious in this (chocolate, pb, and banana = : ) me)

  5. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits
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    Renee,
    Aw, thank you! And that sounds like a great muffin: chocolatey pb banana muffin… that needs to go on my wishlist now! Mmmm, I need to try that protein powder now 🙂

  6. Innovative and healthy ingredients! I was wondering where you get those muffin ups? I see them at all the farmers’ markets but don’t know where to get them. Thanks!

  7. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits
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    Pauline,
    I was wondering the same thing before I got them too! I found them off of amazon, just search up “cupcake mold” in the search box and you will find dozens of different pans and cups 🙂

  8. Thanks for the reply, Jessica!

    Yum! PB + banana is a great combo! Have you tried almond butter before? A great mix would be the dark chocolate almond butter from MaraNatha. Extra level of decadence.

  9. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits
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    Oh my, that sounds DELICIOUS! I definitely have to try using a dark chocolate almond butter in this soon. Thanks for that great idea, Pauline 🙂

  10. These look divine! Quick question though, I need to make these gluten free and I don’t seem to be able to get my hands on GF oats. What can I use as a substitute? Also if I do not wish to use suncant or stevia how much sugar should I use?
    Thanks!

  11. Loving your blog and these banana peanut muffins look scrumptious!
    Cheers

  12. This sounds really good for my son. He’s skinny enough that we get comments on how he needs to gain weight, including from his doctor. Getting him to eat enough protein is the main problem. He has taken pretty well to protein powder drinks, but I always like to get protein from regular food sources too.

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