Banana Walnut Bread – Healthy Option

Banana walnut bread is delicious for breakfast, snacking or wrapped up with a festive ribbon as holiday gift for friends.

The Backstory: Who doesn’t love a little something sweet now and then? I sure do! And why not? All of us love to indulge now and then and there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to enjoy a sweet treat without feeling guilty about it. My recipe for Banana Walnut Bread is a deliciously healthy way to have your cake and not feel guilty about it. My recipe is low in refined sugars and saturated fat, but all you’ll taste is the natural sweetness of the ripe bananas and the nuttiness of the walnuts satisfying your sweet tooth. This is one treat you can actually feel good about enjoying. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Banana Walnut Bread - Healthy Option

Naturally sweet bananas and rich nutty walnuts add layers of flavor to this delicious bread. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee or tea or anytime you feel like a little something indulgent. This is also a wonderful gift to give at the holidays or as a hostess gift, wrapped in parchment and tied with a pretty holiday ribbon.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Desserts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings


  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 large ripe bananas, 10 oz. each
  • 1 whole egg, large
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup shelled, chopped walnuts


  1. Mix together first five ingredients. Beat on low speed until just combined.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and mix for about 1 minute until blended through. Do not over mix.
  3. Place batter in a non-stick 8 x 4 loaf pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until cooked through.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories:  140
Total Fat: 4.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 15mg
Protein: 3g
Carbohydrates: 22g
Sodium: 115mg
Fiber: 2g

…The Backstory continues: You can find many more delicious recipes like this in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Spirals to Broiled Halibut (or Salmon) with Garlic and Tarragon — that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!

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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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