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High Protein Banana bread is healthy and makes a satisfying breakfast, snack, or dessert! Loaded with protein, chocolate chips, and ripe bananas! It tastes just like classic banana bread except it’s better for you!
high protein banana bread
If you love banana bread and trying to boost your daily protein intake like me, you will love this recipe. This High Protein Banana Bread is made without any refined sugars so it’s naturally sweetened with ripe bananas, honey or syrup, and protein powder.
This Banana Bread is tender, moist, and has a cake-like texture. You can customize this bread by adding your favorite add-ins, toppings, and you can even make them into High Protein Banana Bread Muffins if you wish!
Loading up on protein means you’ll stay fuller for a bit longer so you’ll want to be sure to fuel up on good stuff like this bread. We use both protein powder and yogurt to make this rich in protein.
If you love banana bread, be sure to try my Banana Pancakes, Cinnamon Banana Bread, Gluten-Free Banana Bread (made with almond flour), Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins, and Skinny Chocolate Banana Muffins!
Why You’ll Love This HIGH PROTEIN BANANA BREAD
- Bananas: We use two medium ripened bananas. Make sure the bananas are soft and spotty to make the best banana bread!
- Eggs: Helps bind the ingredients together. You can also sub the eggs for flax eggs or chia eggs if needed.
- Regular or Greek yogurt: Use plain or vanilla flavored yogurt regular or Greek yogurt. This will add even more protein and make the bread extra moist.
- Sweetener of choice: I recommend using either honey or pure maple syrup for natural sweetness. You can also substitute for coconut sugar.
- Butter: Makes the banana bread extra moist and decadent. You can also use coconut oil or any other type of neutral oil like canola oil, vegetable oil, or olive oil.
- Oat flour: Makes a crumby texture and adds a nutritional boost. Make your own oat flour at home, by adding rolled oats in a food processor and blending until flour consistency forms.
- Whole wheat flour: Adds a wholesome and nutty flavor. You can also use all-purpose regular flour.
- Vanilla protein powder: You could use your favorite go-to brand. Vanilla makes the bread a bit sweeter so if you wanted it less sweet, I recommend using unflavored protein powder. Whey protein powder, vegan protein powder, soy protein powder, or plant-based protein powder will work for this bread.
- Ground cinnamon: Adds a warm spice flavor.
- Baking powder and baking soda: Used as a leavening agent to make the bread rise and get fluffy.
- Mini chocolate chips: Adds a chocolatey flavor. Use as much or as little as you prefer, you could also leave this out.
how to make high protein banana bread
Prepare loaf pan: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or generously coat with nonstick spray or brush with melted butter.
Mix together the wet ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas together with a fork until smooth (it’s ok if there are a few lumps). With wooden spoon, stir in the yogurt, honey, eggs, vanilla extract, and melted butter or coconut oil. Mix until combined.
Whisk together the dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, whole wheat flour, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix together completely combined.
Fold together: Fold the dry ingredients into the mashed bananas mixture just until combined and add chocolate chips.
Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared pan and top with more chocolate chips (optional) and bake for 45-50 minutes. The cooking times will vary depending on your oven. Let cool on a cooling rack or wire rack, slice and enjoy!
pro tips & variations
- Make sure not to over-mix the banana batter. This will cause the bread to be dense, rather than light and fluffy. Just stir until all ingredients are combined.
- Banana Protein Muffins: Pour the batter into a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan and bake for about 20 minutes.
- Chocolate edition: If you want to make this bread full of chocolate flavor, swap the vanilla protein powder for chocolate protein powder. Feel free to add your favorite chocolate chips such as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate chunks, or drizzle melted chocolate on top of the baked bread.
- Sweet topping: Add a light glaze or frosting to the top of the bread loaf to add more sweetness.
- The riper your bananas are, the sweeter the bread will be. Overripe bananas will totally work for this recipe.
- Top sliced banana bread with butter, honey, or jam!
- Berry Banana Bread: Add fresh or frozen berries to the banana mixture and on top of the bread.
- Birthday Bread: Add sprinkles to banana batter and to the top of the loaf before baking to make this for a fun occasion or birthday.
recipe add ins
- Shredded coconut
- Add crunch: You can add any of your favorite chopped nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, or pecans.
- Dried fruit: Raisins, dried cranberries, or dried blueberries make great options.
- Shredded zucchini: Make sure to ring out as much excess water as possible.
- Freeze-dried fruit
- Cinnamon chips
- Nut butters: Add a few tablespoons of your favorite nut butter such as peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter to the banana batter or swirl it on top for a nuttier flavor.
- Sunflower seeds
- Flax seeds
- Chia seeds
- Sprinkles: Rainbow sprinkles are fun to add, especially for the kids!
leftovers & storage
To-store: Place leftovers in an airtight container or large zip-lock bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Heat in the microwave before eating to make the bread soft and warm. You can also just let them come to room temperature for a few minutes.
To freezer: Place cooled loaf in a large zip lock bag (be sure to squeeze our excess air) or an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. You could also wrap individual slices in plastic wrap and store them in a plastic freezer bag. When ready to eat, remove from the freezer and let thaw. Warm in the microwave or oven for a few minutes or enjoy at room temperature.
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High Protein Banana Bread
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup plain or vanilla flavored yogurt regular or Greek
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter melted
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips plus more to put on top
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or generously coat with nonstick spray or brush with melted butter.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas together with a fork until smooth (it's ok if there are a few lumps). With wooden spoon, stir in the yogurt, honey, eggs, vanilla extract, and melted butter or coconut oil. Mix until combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, whole wheat flour, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix together completely combined.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture just until combined and add chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and top with more chocolate chips optional and bake for 45-50 minutes. Let cool, slice and enjoy!