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A small loaf of healthy banana bread on a white plate with honey and butter

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x



1/3 cup xylitol

1/4 cup (2 oz) avocado oil

2 large eggs, beaten

3 bananas, (1 1/2 cups), ripe, mashed

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup gluten-free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)

1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal

1/2 cup collagen peptides, optional

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)

1 cup chopped nuts, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line loaf pan(s) with parchment paper and grease ends with avocado or coconut oil. I like to use 3 mini loaf pans or 1 regular loaf pan (9x5x3 inches) for this recipe.
  2. Mix xylitol (or sweetener of choice) and avocado oil (or oil of choice) in a large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, applesauce, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in the remaining ingredients just until moistened. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if desired. Pour into prepared pan(s).
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The top of the loaf should be golden brown with a crispy top. Baking times will vary depending on the size of your pan & your oven. Check the oven regularly near the end of baking. Bake a 9-inch loaf pan for approximately 50-65 minutes; 3 smaller mini-loaf pans take approx. 30-45 minutes, and muffins take approx. 25-35 minutes.
  4. Cool for about 15 minutes so the bread is sturdier, then run a butter knife around the edges of the pan to loosen. Remove from pan(s) and place on a wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing.


Storage: Wrap tightly to store, keep at room temperature for up to 4 days, or freeze.

Freezing Instructions: Freeze bread or muffins up to 3 months.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Breads
  • Method: Baking

Keywords: healthy banana bread, gluten-free, dairy-free, collagen peptides

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