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Made with whole wheat flour and lots of bananas, this Banana Breakfast Bread is a healthy way to start of your morning.

Banana Breakfast Bread from www.tasteandtellblog.comPhoto Updated April 2013

Originally published July 25, 2008 – I actually updated this recipe quite awhile back, but thought that since it’s the first of the year and so many of you are looking for healthier choices, today would be a great day to bring it back to the front. This banana bread is a little healthier than your typical banana bread, and makes a great breakfast. Not too sweet and full of goodness from whole wheat flour and bananas, I’m guessing you all will love this one, too!

I’m late getting this week’s cookbook of the month recipe up – mainly because I just finished it!!

The 24th of July is a state holiday in Utah – celebrating when the pioneers first came into the valley. A lot of people get the day off of work, but unfortunately, not me. I only get days off when the stock market is closed. But I thought it would be a good time to take some vacation time, especially since we don’t have anymore vacations planned this year, and I have a decent amount of PTO that I need to use up. So I’ve been off since yesterday, which has been great – giving me time to do a little baking.

I feel like my cooking has become a little boring lately. Probably because I am just cooking (or mostly eating since there’s not a whole lot of cooking going on) to survive. I’ve been really wanting to get back into the kitchen lately, but then my tiredness takes over. I’m heading into the second trimester, though, so I’m going to plan a few meals, hit the grocery store, and hopefully I will be getting some energy back!

Speaking of boring, I know this is just another banana bread. But I had some bananas that really needed used, and I have so many in the freezer already that I didn’t want to throw more in there. Plus, this banana bread recipe stood out to me because it is a bit healthier than the one I usually make. It only has 2 tablespoons of butter, and it’s made with whole-wheat flour. It calls for half a cup of sugar, but I’m sure you could even cut that down. The only thing I did differently is that I didn’t add the dried fruit bits, as I didn’t have any on hand.

I was actually quite surprised at how much I liked this recipe. It doesn’t taste “healthy” like I expected. I cooked mine in a round cake pan, and after I had it in the oven, I realized that wedges aren’t as easy to slather with butter as slices are. But really, this bread doesn’t even need that extra slather of butter.

A delicious bread great for breakfast!

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Made with whole wheat flour and lots of bananas, this Banana Breakfast Bread is a healthy way to start of your morning.
Serves: 8-10 servings
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 medium-size ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  1. Place pecans in skillet and cook over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring often.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with vegetable cooking spray.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in a large bowl. Combine sugar, butter, mashed bananas and egg in a small bowl; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in pecans. Pour mixture into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of bread comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan, and cool on wire rack 2 hours or until completely cool.

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38 Responses to Banana Breakfast Bread {Cookbook of the Month Recipe}

  1. Maria says:

    Thanks for another banana recipe. I always have too many from Costco!!

  2. dobetter says:

    mmm, looks good. And I have a bunch of bananas that are almost ready (costco too).

  3. Mary says:

    That looks yummy! I stopped buying bananas because I had so many go bad. But maybe I’ll start buying them again if I could make this bread.

  4. kat says:

    banana bread is always so good that there is no such thing as just another banana bread

  5. Megan says:

    I too, have a ton in the freezer. And I could use some whole wheat in my system! Good recipe!

  6. rachelle says:

    ooo, i canNOT believe it never occured to me to make b.b. in something other than a loaf pan. the cake pan idea is so so cute! and gotta love southern living- a couple of my FAVE recipes of all time came from them. i’ll bet this one is good! i must try it! thanks!

  7. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    It looks delicious! I love banana bread, especially when it’s eaten with butter…



  8. Paula says:

    I love ‘nana bread! You’ve got guts baking in the hot weather! I love the shape of your loaf … it looks round! I enjoy seeing familiar items presented in new ways! YUM!

  9. Grace says:

    say…why isn’t banana bread baked in a round tin more often? i really don’t think i’ve ever seen it before, but i like it! somehow it becomes more like cake than bread, even though it’s really the same. i like cake. 🙂

  10. Katie says:

    Sounds wonderful. I love banana in baked goods and being able to eat it for breakfast sounds even better.

  11. Dhanggit says:

    this is one banana bread recipe to try!! a beauty like this merits eating three times a day!!

  12. aybi says:

    love bananas! i will definitely try this!! thanks!!

  13. glamah16 says:

    Nothing is boring . You show how your love food and make an effort. Boring is buying a frozen dinner out of a box. I could eat a slice of bannana bread every day of the year.

  14. Suzana says:

    Mmmm, banana bread recipes are never enough!

  15. noble pig says:

    I wish I would have had this for breakfast instead of cold shrimp…yummy.

  16. Beth says:

    It looks lovely and moist. I have just acquired a measuring jug with american cup measurements on the side – no more converting recipes for me. Think I’ll give this a go first!

  17. Brilynn says:

    Banana bread is never boring, I buy bananas specifically for it and hate having to wait for them to turn brown. I’ll give this one a try!

  18. kellypea says:

    This sounds so good it would be dangerous around me. Did you try toasting it? I can just smell it. YUM!

  19. giz says:

    I think Kelly’s on to something – toasted banana breakfast bread – oh yeahhhh…

    You’re in the best time of the pregnancy – or going into it. You’ll have this resurgence of energy and all will be good in the land.

  20. Rachael says:

    This looks delicious. How long did you bake it using the cake pan instead of the loaf pan?

  21. Damaris says:

    I have to try this. It looks great. I have a food blog too! I love running into fellow foodies out there in cyper space

  22. Elle says:

    Second trimester? Wha? Where the heck have I been? Congratulations!

    The bread looks and sounds great–and what a great idea to make it in a round pan!

  23. Jj says:

    This sounds and looks so good – and I just happen to have some nicely ripened bananas on hand, too. Love it that this is healthy, too! Thanks!!!

  24. eatme_delicious says:

    Mmmm slathered with butter. I rarely do that anymore because I feel guilty, but it’s so so good. I love how you baked this in a round cake pan! I always do loaves.

  25. Patricia Scarpin says:

    I can’t believe I almost miss this – I am always interested in new ways of using bananas, and this looks super delicious, Deb!

  26. Kevin says:

    I don’t think that banana bread could ever be boring. This one looks good!

  27. Alpa says:

    Just recently came across your blog. I was looking for recipe for banana bread as i always have ripe uneaten bananas in the end of the week ,leftover from my son’s daily lunches.
    For a beginner like me this recipe is perfect. I had all the ingredients , didnt need any special mixer , tools and could be baked in a cake pan .

    I made it last night. It was super simple and quick. Kid and Hubby loved it for breakfast today .

    thank you .. gives me confidence to try my hand at baking .:)

  28. Shayna says:

    Has anyone made this recipe using just regular white flour instead of whole wheat flour? I would hate to ruin the recipe by using the ingredients I have on hand, rather then buying whole wheat flour for one recipe. Thank you for any feedback.

  29. I would love this for breakfast!! Yum!

  30. I love banana bread, a perfect breakfast!

  31. I love the minimal use of sugar in this recipe. The ripe bananas add the perfect amount of sweetness. I know I will love this recipe!

  32. Jaclyn says:

    This looks perfect! I love that it’s made in a round cake pan, such a great idea!

  33. Amy says:

    Looks delicious! Thank you!

  34. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This looks so perfect! Incredibly filling and tasty 🙂

  35. Stephanie says:

    This looks absolutely delicious!

  36. Adam Brown says:

    I made this earlier this afternoon, and it was incredible.

    I made a variation, though. I used five bananas instead of four (because I had five XD), I substituted 1/2 cup of protein powder (MuscleTech Nitro Tech Power [Triple Chocolate Supreme]) and 1 cup of whole wheat flour instead of just 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour, and substituted 1/2 cup of salted, shelled sunflower seeds instead of 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. (And I added 1/2 cup of Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips, because peanut butter.)

    It turned out absolutely perfectly. Actually, it’s incredible. Phenomenal recipe, and perfect for a great protein-rich snack. Spot-on. 🙂

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