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Secretly Healthy Banana Bread (Gluten-free)

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Take those browning bananas off your counter and turn them into this Secretly Healthy Banana Bread! Completely gluten-free, oil-free, and refined sugar-free!

Shh… It’s Secretly Healthy Banana Bread

Don’t tell your guests, but there are no refined sugars or flours in this banana bread. This banana bread is made without oil, yet it still melts in your mouth!

I’ve always been a fan of banana bread. It’s easy, quick, and takes one bowl to make. That’s my kind of baking. Out of all the banana breads I’ve tasted…this secretly HEALTHY banana bread takes the cake! Literally, I would eat this over cake. 

Banana Bread Recipe Fanatic

I know I don’t need to convince you, but just for all those out there that need assurance of my love for healthy banana bread, I first discovered “healthy banana bread” on Pinterest & my excitement for this recipe was through the roof.

Since discovering that recipe, I have created my very own secretly healthy banana bread recipe that I’m sure you’re going to love as much as I do.

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Crowd Pleaser

I’ve shared this banana bread at numerous gatherings and it’s an absolute hit! I usually let everyone taste it first before spilling the beans on its healthy ingredients (ya don’t want people to prejudge ya know?).

When they ask for the recipe they FLIP! They can’t believe it’s actually healthy. I fully support you trying this approach next time you serve something healthy to your family and friends. It’s quite satisfying and hilarious.

My husband, who’s unfortunately not a fan of desserts or baked goods (we’re working on it) ACTUALLY LOVED this banana bread! Yay mini victory! So even for the pickiest of eaters, this healthy treat will hit the spot.

Secretly Healthy Ingredients

gluten-free banana bread recipe

Oil-free, How?

No oil in this beautiful bread my friends. That means way FEWER CALORIES and LESS FAT then your typical banana bread. Instead of oil, we use…drum roll please…one of my favorite secret ingredients...PLAIN NON-FAT GREEK YOGURT! Not only does this ingredient save us on fat and calories, it actually adds nutrition and protein! It also makes this banana bread extremely moist (sorry to those who hate that word).

Gluten-free Banana Bread Ingredients

OAT FLOUR: You can make your own Oat Flour from home! Check out my post on how to do this in just 3 STEPS! (How to Make Home-Made Flours).

ALMOND FLOUR: This ingredient is key in making this bread melt in your mouth. It’s also a great source of healthy fats and fiber which will keep you fuller for longer.

healthy banana bread

COCONUT SUGAR: This secret ingredient tastes very similar to brown sugar. Ever had a snack or treat that gives you immediate energy (sugar rush) but then leaves you feeling hungrier or sluggish 20 minutes later? I know I have. That’s because that snack we ate probably had processed foods or sugars in it that spiked our blood sugar giving our bodies a sense of “energy.” However, this “energy” quickly takes a turn for the worst and after about 20 minutes our blood sugar plummets, causing us to feel icky and lethargic.

Coconut sugar is incredible because it tastes amazing and DOESN’T SPIKE BLOOD SUGAR. It’s actually healthy for you! Read more about the health benefits of coconut sugar!

Need a recipe for ripe bananas?

I know you have those bananas going black on your counter… it’s time to whip up this easy Secretly Healthy Banana Bread! Trust me, it will not disappoint. 


Yield: 8-10 Slices

Secretly Healthy Banana Bread (Oil-free + Gluten-free)

banana bread

Shhh...don't tell your guests, but there are no refined sugars or flours in this banana bread. Completely gluten-free + oil-free and melts in your mouth!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


Opptional Add-Ins


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

2. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil.

3. In a mixing bowl, mash ripe bananas with the back of a fork until all the large lumps are gone. 

4. To the mashed banana, mix in eggs, yogurt, and coconut sugar.

5. To the batter, add in the almond flour, oat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda. Stir until just combined.

6. Optional- gently fold in nuts or chocolate chunks.

7. Transfer mixture into loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes.

8. Enjoy cold from the fridge or warmed up with grass-fed butter or peanut butter!

9. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for 3 months.


-Most oats/oat flours are gluten-free, just make sure to check the packaging.

*Try it out and be sure to tag us on Instagram! @secretlyhealthyhome 

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Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 6.6gCarbohydrates: 46.9gNet Carbohydrates: 41.1gFiber: 5.8gProtein: 9.2g

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  • Lynn

    This has now become a staple in our home. Such amazing flavor and all secretly healthy ingredients!

    • Claire

      I have not! But if you like things less sweet then definitely give it a try! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  • Deborah

    I need dairy free. Any ideas what to sub for the yogurt?

    • Claire

      any dairy-free yogurt will work 🙂 cashew yogurt, almond milk yogurt etc. Let me know what you think when you make it!

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