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This healthier take on banana bread uses yogurt instead of butter, but it's just as moist and indulgent as classic recipes. This banana bread recipe isn't just easy. It's also highly customizable and can adapt to a number of flavors and substitute ingredients. Banana bread should form a crack down the center as it bakes--a sign the baking soda is doing its job. Serve toasted with a smear of cream cheese, Greek yogurt, or peanut and top with mixed nuts, if desired. You can even customize your bread with a crunchy streusal topping that the kids will love.

Jean Patterson
Recipe by Cooking Light September 2003


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1 loaf, 14 servings (serving size: 1 slice)


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  • Kid-Friendly Upgrades:

  • Upgrade 1Marble it. Stir 1 cup batter and 1/2 cup melted semisweet chocolate chips together in a small bowl. Spoon plain batter into pan, alternating with dollops of chocolate-chip batter. Drag a knife through batter to swirl. Bake as directed.

  • Upgrade 2Berry it. Fold 1 cup fresh blueberries into batter. Bake as directed.

  • Upgrade 3French-toast it. Cut bread into 3/4-inch slices. Toast until slightly crisp on both sides. Whisk together 2 eggs, 2 Tbsp. milk, ground cinnamon and nutmeg to taste as well as a pinch of salt in a shallow bowl. Dip bread in mixture, let excess drip off, then fry, turning once, in a nonstick skillet lightly coated with vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

  • Upgrade 4Chocolate-chip it. Fold 1 cup dark chocolate chips into batter. Bake as directed.

  • Upgrade 5Streusel it. Combine 2 Tbsp. rolled oats, 2 Tbsp. flour, 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 Tbsp. butter, melted, and 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg in a medium bowl. Divide batter among 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Top with streusel. Bake at 350°F until done, about 25 minutes.

Chef's Notes

This versatile bread is the perfect on-the-go breakfast, gift for a host, or holiday gift. When would it not be welcome? Top it with whatever you like, and even throw some additional ingredients like chocolate chips. It's the bread that everyone can get behind. 

Nutrition Facts

187 calories; calories from fat 21%; fat 4.3g; saturated fat 2.4g; mono fat 1.2g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 3.3g; carbohydrates 34.4g; fiber 1.1g; cholesterol 40mg; iron 1mg; sodium 198mg; calcium 20mg.