100% Whole Wheat Banana Bread

100% Whole Wheat Banana Bread

I focus on sensible recipes that are perfect for busy families. And although I’m not afraid to use white flour in some recipes (like light and airy cakes), it’s not my flour of choice in things like muffins and breads, that I look at as snacks or quick breakfasts/lunches on the go. Let’s load those up with wholesome whole wheat flour and not highly refined and processed bleached white flour.

Hope you can see just how moist and soft this banana bread is!

But I also don’t want to waste my time baking very average things… I don’t want to hear: “this is good for a whole wheat banana bread.” Nope, I want to hear “this banana bread is amazing.” And that’s exactly what this recipe will do. No one will know this banana bread is healthy and loaded with olive oil, Greek yogurt, tons of bananas and whole wheat flour. All anyone would know and say is that this bread is simply delicious!

So let’s get to baking!

DifficultyBeginner

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time1 hr 10 minsTotal Time1 hr 20 mins

 1 ⅓ cups ripe bananas, around 3.5 large
 ½ cup olive oil
  cup Greek yogurt
 2 eggs
 ½ cup sugar
 2 tsp vanilla
 1 tsp baking soda
 ¼ tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp kosher salt, heaping (half as much if using fine table salt)
 ½ tsp cinnamon
 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
 ½ cup additions of choice, optional, such as walnuts or chocolate chips

1

Preheat the oven to 350. Set your oven rack to the lower third of the oven. Line your 8x4 loaf pan with parchment, making sure it overhangs on the sides so that it becomes easier to remove your bread after it's baked.

2

Mash the bananas in a bowl. Add eggs, vanilla, sugar and oil. Whisk well until thick, off-white in colour and well blended.

3

Sprinkle salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon on top of the batter. Whisk it in well.

4

Next, add the whole wheat flour. Fold it in gently but ensure it's well incorporated. When the flour is about 75% incorporated, stir in your additions, if using and finish folding; fold only until incorporated and avoid overmixing. Pour into the prepared pan. Run a wet butter knife in the middle of your loaf. This will make it look better and "break" in a more controlled manner.

5

Bake in preheated oven for 55-65 minutes (60 mins usually works for me) until the toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. The best way to test for doneness is with a digital thermometer inserted at 45° angle in the centre of the loaf - for a perfect loaf the internal temperature should be 202-206. My bread took 59 minutes and came out at 204°. It was perfect!

6

You can cool your bread on wire racks, or do what I do and cool it slightly in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan and wrap tightly with the plastic wrap. Cool in the fridge or at room temperature. This trick helps trap the steam and keep your bread extra moist!

Ingredients

 1 ⅓ cups ripe bananas, around 3.5 large
 ½ cup olive oil
  cup Greek yogurt
 2 eggs
 ½ cup sugar
 2 tsp vanilla
 1 tsp baking soda
 ¼ tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp kosher salt, heaping (half as much if using fine table salt)
 ½ tsp cinnamon
 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
 ½ cup additions of choice, optional, such as walnuts or chocolate chips

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 350. Set your oven rack to the lower third of the oven. Line your 8x4 loaf pan with parchment, making sure it overhangs on the sides so that it becomes easier to remove your bread after it's baked.

2

Mash the bananas in a bowl. Add eggs, vanilla, sugar and oil. Whisk well until thick, off-white in colour and well blended.

3

Sprinkle salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon on top of the batter. Whisk it in well.

4

Next, add the whole wheat flour. Fold it in gently but ensure it's well incorporated. When the flour is about 75% incorporated, stir in your additions, if using and finish folding; fold only until incorporated and avoid overmixing. Pour into the prepared pan. Run a wet butter knife in the middle of your loaf. This will make it look better and "break" in a more controlled manner.

5

Bake in preheated oven for 55-65 minutes (60 mins usually works for me) until the toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. The best way to test for doneness is with a digital thermometer inserted at 45° angle in the centre of the loaf - for a perfect loaf the internal temperature should be 202-206. My bread took 59 minutes and came out at 204°. It was perfect!

6

You can cool your bread on wire racks, or do what I do and cool it slightly in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan and wrap tightly with the plastic wrap. Cool in the fridge or at room temperature. This trick helps trap the steam and keep your bread extra moist!

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