Fragrant, wholesome and comforting, this paleo almond flour banana bread is just perfect as a healthy breakfast or a filling snack. Keto option included!
This tasty bread is everything that I hoped it would be. A fragrant, not too sweet, delicious breakfast bread that I can feel good about eating and serving to my family.
To me, banana bread means comfort. Just sweet enough. Toothsome and wholesome. It is the perfect breakfast or snack. So as I was working on developing this recipe, I wondered, would it be everything that I needed it to be?
Is paleo almond flour banana bread tasty?
Yes! It’s everything that this type of bread should be. I based it on my paleo pumpkin bread recipe. It’s basically the same recipe, with mashed bananas instead of pumpkin. And less sweetener, because ripe bananas are so sweet.
As I was baking it, my house filled with the most amazing fragrance of sweet roasted nuts, banana, and cinnamon. Right then I knew that this recipe would be a success.
And it is! Its texture is wonderfully tender, and its flavor is so good. It’s earthy, wholesome and just sweet enough.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty bread. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
- Eggs: I use large eggs in most of my recipes.
- Very ripe bananas, well mashed. They are obviously not low-carb, but they are healthy.
- Vanilla extract.
- Ground cinnamon: Make sure it’s fresh.
- Honey: Or use a keto alternative.
- Almond flour: A healthy flour substitute. I use blanched finely ground flour in this recipe.
- Kosher salt.
- Baking soda.
How to make paleo almond flour banana bread
It’s super easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
- Whisk all the ingredients together, one by one in the order listed, in one bowl.
- Transfer to a small loaf pan, parchment-lined and greased.
- Bake for about 50 minutes at 350°F.
- Cool before enjoying. Texture and flavor will improve as it cools.
Do I need to add a sweetener?
Not necessarily! I actually made a version of this bread with no sweetener at all, relying on the fruit for sweetness. I thought it was perfect – just the right amount of sweetness.
So you’re welcome to try that. You can always drizzle the baked bread with some honey if you find it’s not sweet enough for your taste.
But you can certainly make the recipe as I wrote it here, with a small amount of honey, or with a keto or low carb alternative.
Even though I used honey, I’m fairly certain that a granulated sweetener would work just as well. So feel free to experiment with coconut sugar, brown sugar, or a low carb granulated sweetener.
Use ripe – but not spoiled – bananas
You should definitely use very ripe bananas in this recipe. You want bananas that are deep yellow with plenty of black spots on the outside, and very soft on the inside.
Just make sure there are no white spots on the inside and that the inside is not runny – this means the banana is spoiled.
How to eat this bread?
I like it just as it is. My kids like it lightly toasted, with sweet butter and a drizzle of honey. It’s also wonderful with cream cheese, with almond butter, or with peanut butter if you don’t mind peanuts.
I wanted a basic bread that would go with anything, so so I didn’t add any extras to the batter. I’m curious about chopped pecans, or a handful of chocolate chips. I might try it next time I make this recipe!
Keto banana bread
For a keto version, replace the honey with a low carb sweetener such as this, any granulated low carb sweetener, or the equivalent in stevia.
To keep the carbs low, I also suggest slicing the bread into 12 slices rather than 10.
The keto version has 160 calories, 12 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of fiber per slice. Admittedly not super low carb, but doable, I think, as a once in a while treat. If you need something even lower in carbs, try this keto zucchini bread.
Reviews of this recipe
On Pinterest, reviewers seem to love this recipe. A few of them made it into muffins or added chocolate chips (yum!). They also report that using stevia instead of honey works.
And on Instagram, Gabby posted a beautiful photo of her own creation. She says:
Good morning! I hope your day is as sweet as this paleo almond flour banana bread! Fragrant, super easy to make, and very very delicious, it is turning into one of my favorite healthy treats!
I am embarrassed to admit, that I woke up extra early today because I wanted to munch on a slice so badly!
This is not a sponsored post, just wanted to share the recipe with you, so you can enjoy it as well! The original recipe is by @yumhealth, whose work I am loving more and more with every dish of hers I make! I topped the slice with raw bananas and hemp hearts.
How to store leftovers?
Once the bread is completely cool, slice it. Then place the slices in an airtight container, separating layers with wax paper. You can keep them this way in the fridge for up to 4 days.
You can also freeze the slices in freezer bags. Again, if layering, separate the layers with wax paper.
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Almond Flour Banana Bread
- Cooking spray for the pan (I used avocado oil spray)
- 3 large eggs
- 3 large very ripe bananas, well mashed (1.5 cups)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons honey*
- 2 cups blanched almond flour
- ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a small loaf pan (8.5 X 4.5 inches) with parchment paper strips, leaving two inches of overhang on each side of the pan. Lightly spray the lined pan with oil.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, mashed bananas, vanilla, cinnamon and honey.
- Add the almond flour, kosher salt and baking soda. Whisk until smooth.
- Using a rubber spatula, transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Gently tap the pan on the counter top to evenly distribute the batter.
- Bake the banana bread until browned and set, and a toothpick inserted in its center comes out clean, about 50 minutes.
- Using the excess parchment paper strips as handles, carefully remove the banana bread from the pan and transfer it to a wire rack. Carefully remove the parchment, to allow air to circulate.
- Cool the bread completely on the cooling rack, about 2 hours. Slice into 10 slices, and serve.