22 sensible banana bread recipes excellent for baking on a wet day


If you’re stuck indoors on a drizzly day, why not bake a banana loaf?

The humble snack tastes absolutely delightful fresh from the oven, plus it will make your home smell divine too.

Made with just a few kitchen cupboard ingredients, some of the recipes below don’t contain flour or eggs, so if you are running low on the basics, you won’t have to dodge the rain to get to the supermarket.

Instagram baker @cakeontherun has shared some of her favourite banana bread recipes including one version that is made in a mug.

The secret to all the recipes is to use really spotty, over-ripe bananas as they make bakes naturally sweet meaning you don’t need to add extra sugar.

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1. Microwave banana bread

*No flour *No butter *No refined sugar *Gluten-free *Dairy-free

This recipe is fantastic for anyone with a serious cake craving who doesn’t want to wait around.

It takes just four minutes to cook and you can bake it in the microwave, yes really. No fancy baking tins or equipment is required as you can cook it in a microwave-safe lunch box.

You can read the full recipe for microwave banana bread here.

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2. Raspberry banana bread

*No eggs *No butter *No refined sugar *Gluten-free *Vegan

Packed with vibrant pink raspberries, this bake is especially lovely on a summer’s day.

Not only does it count as two of your five a day, it looks pretty too. It’s wonderful drizzled with a homemade fruity yoghurt topping.

To make it, simply mix together any plain yoghurt and mix with a teaspoon of raspberry jam and a squeeze of lemon juice.

You can read the full recipe for raspberry banana bread here.

This healthy raspberry banana bread is gluten-free and vegan-friendly

3. Chocolate banana bread cookies

*No flour *No eggs *No butter *No refined sugar *Gluten-free *Vegan

These cookies are great for kids because they won’t be able to tell fruit is lurking inside of them.

Made with just four ingredients, these scrumptious cookies combine both teatime treats and are healthy.

They have a soft and chewy inside and a crisp and chocolatey outside.

You can read the full recipe for chocolate banana bread cookies here.

These cookies are surprisingly healthy

4. Banana bread baked oats for two

*No flour *No eggs *No butter *No refined sugar *Gluten-free *Vegan

Now this recipe is the ultimate breakfast option.

Combining all the deliciousness of banana bread and the goodness of oats, this gluten-free, vegan and healthy recipe is a must-try.

With just a handful of ingredients needed to make it and an easy recipe to follow, it means everyone can give it a go.

You can read the full recipe for banana bread baked oats here.

It is perfect for breakfast or dessert

5. Pumpkin banana bread

*No eggs *No butter *No refined sugar *Gluten-free *Vegan

Pumpkins are not just for decorating at Halloween, they are fantastic to use in baking.

If you can’t get hold of them right now, squashes are just as good.

The versatile orange fruit is nutritious and linked to many health benefits, rich in vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C and fibre.

Besides being packed with vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is relatively low in calories, as it’s 94% water, making it ideal if you are trying to lose weight.

You can read the full recipe for pumpkin banana bread here.

The super healthy pumpkin banana bread with only 130 calories per slice

6. Christmas cake banana bread

*No flour *No eggs *No butter *No refined sugar *Gluten-free *Vegan

Christmas may be months away but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until then to tuck into a slice of the festive delight.

Packed with juicy sultanas and smelling of cinnamon, mixed spice and nutmeg, this sticky loaf is not only packed with fruit, it contains veggies too.

At 128 calories per slice, it is naturally gluten-free and vegan, low in fat and what’s more, ridiculously easy to make.

It combines all the sweetness and the stodge of your favourite winter snacks in a healthy banana bread.

You can read the full recipe for Christmas cake banana bread here.

A very healthy Christmas cake

7. Banana mugcake

*No eggs *No butter *No refined sugar *Gluten-free *Vegan

This serves one and is perfect for anyone craving cake but who doesn’t want to bake an entire sponge in fear of eating the whole lot.

It requires little effort, takes only a few minutes to cook and can be topped however you wish.

The recipe below includes a vegan and non-vegan option to suit both diets.

You can read the full recipe for banana mugcake here.

This banana mugcake takes less than two minutes to cook in the microwave

8. Classic banana bread

*No eggs *No butter *No refined sugar *Gluten-free *Vegan

You can’t beat a slice of banana bread with a nice cup of tea and this recipe will certainly do the job. Plus it’s extra healthy.

You’re probably thinking what on earth is used to replace the eggs, sugar and butter… well, here is the secret:

Butter – use apple puree

Sugar – use maple syrup

Eggs – use milk with apple cider vinegar

You can read the full recipe for classic banana bread here.

Healthy banana bread

9. Four ingredient banana bread

*Healthy *Gluten free option *Dairy free *Low fat *Low sugar *116 calories per slice

This recipe makes a small loaf and will provide five slices, but if you’re feeding unexpected visitors, just double the quantity.

Similarly, if you’d prefer your homemade bread a bit sweeter, we’ve popped some tasty extras you can throw in just before you bake it.

From nuts and dried fruit to cinnamon and chocolate chips, the great thing about this recipe is that you can tailor it to suit your taste.

You can watch how to make it here.

You only need a few basic ingredients to make banana bread

10. Banana muffins

*Healthy *Gluten free option *Dairy free *Vegan option *Low fat *Low sugar

The muffins are perfect for breakfast or for an easy snack during the day.

They take just 15 minutes to cook and you only need a few basic ingredients.

They do not contain an ounce of butter or oil and can be made without sugar as maple syrup and sweetener work perfectly well instead.

Watch how to make them easily here.

The super healthy banana bread breakfast muffins

11. Banana baked oats in 90 seconds

*314 calories *Low in sugar *High in fibre *Gluten-free *Vegan *Singe serve

Made in the microwave in a mug, it requires just a few simple ingredients, and it’s so simple anyone can make it.

What’s more its surprisingly nutritious and can easily be made vegan and gluten free as it contains no eggs or flour.

Click here for the full recipe.

Healthy banana bread made with oats

12.Banana baked oats made in the oven

*250 calories *Low in fat *High in fibre *Gluten-free *Vegan *Meal prep *Single serve

Perfect for breakfast drizzled with maple syrup and yoghurt or enjoyed as a dessert in a bowl with hot vanilla custard, this delightful bake will certainly make you feel warm and cosy.

The soft and squidgy recipe can be made vegan and coeliac friendly, plus it is high in fibre and low in fat.

Perfect for making in advance, we advise making a big batch of it so you can enjoy it over a few mornings as soon as you wake up.

For the full recipe click here.

Make easy and healthy banana bread baked oats

13. Chocolate banana bread

*2 minutes *Child friendly *Low fat *Low sugar *Easy

Forget sticky cake tins, fiddly food processors and cooling racks, you will only need a mug and a spoon for this recipe.

Delicious when eaten hot or cold, it’s perfectly suitable to slice up and eat for breakfast.

Get the yummy recipe here.

14. Strawberry banana bread

*Easy *Quick *Dairy free *Gluten free *Single serve

Made in a bowl in the microwave, this recipe takes just two minutes to cook and it serves two people.

With some strawberries thrown into the mixture as well, it’s a tasty way to get more fruit into your diet.

The video here shows you how to make it step-by-step. The instructions are also clearly noted in the link.

You can make strawberry banana bread in the microwave

15. Banana mug cake

*Easy *Quick *Vegan *Gluten free *Single serve

This recipe is super easy and simple to follow, it requires just five basic ingredients and it is vegan friendly too as it contains no eggs.

It serves one person and can be enjoyed straight from the mug.

For the full recipe along with some top tips if you’ve never made a mugcake before, click here.

A yummy banana bread mugcake

16. Banana dough balls

*Healthy*Easy *Quick *Vegan *Gluten free *Single serve *Low fat *Low sugar *Child friendly

Made with just three basic ingredients, they are cheap, fuss-free and guaranteed to be a hit with the kids.

Covering all basis, they can be made gluten-free simply by using gluten-free flour and vegan when using a dairy-free yoghurt such as soya, almond or coconut.

They can also be cooked in the oven or microwave.

Get the easy recipe here.

Super healthy banana bread dough balls cooked in the microwave in 60 seconds

17. Banana cereal

*2 ingredients *Healthy*Easy *Quick *Vegan *Gluten free *Single serve *Low fat *Low sugar *Child friendly

This super simple recipe is healthy and full of fibre to keep your hunger pangs at bay until lunch. If you enjoy meal prepping you can make a big batch as it is suitable for freezing too.

You can also add extra flavours to the mix if you fancy, such as cinnamon, raisins or chocolate chips.

Here’s the fun recipe.

Healthy banana bread cereal made with just two simple ingredients.

18. Banana pancakes

*No eggs *No butter *No sugar *Quick *Easy *Batch cook *Healthy

Ideal for those watching their weight or who want to eat more healthily, they are also naturally vegan and can be made gluten-free.

They are made with just five ingredients, all of which you’ll probably have lurking in your kitchen, so there’s no need to go out any buy anything fancy.

Watch how to make them here with a step by step video.

Scrumptious, healthy, banana pancakes

19. Chocolate banana pancakes

*No eggs *No butter *No sugar *Quick *Easy *Batch cook *Healthy

These chocolate pancakes are surprisingly healthy and vegan friendly too.

The recipe serves one, but if you want to make them for an extra person, just double the ingredients.

Here’s the recipe.

Make healthy chocolate banana pancakes in a matter of minutes

20. Peanut butter banana bread

*Quick *Easy *90 seconds *Single serve

This easy recipe is a must-try for any peanut butter fan.

The single-serve portion is ideal if you fancy something sweet but don’t want to make a huge cake for yourself.

Plus it creates very little washing up as you only need a few simple utensils.

Get the full recipe right here.

Banana and peanut butter bread is made in a mug in the microwave

21. Banana granola

*Healthy *Easy *Quick *Gluten free *Vegan *Child friendly *Low fat *Low sugar *2 ingredients

This homemade granola is so cheap to make, it can be cooked in bulk and it’s naturally vegan friendly.

Low in fat and sugar, you don’t need to be any good at baking to make it and it can be enjoyed first thing in the morning or snacked on throughout the day.

Click here for the simple recipe.

To make banana bread granola you only need two simple ingredients

22. Banana overnight oats

*Healthy *Easy *Quick *Gluten free *Vegan *Child friendly *Low fat *Low sugar *Meal prep

This is a fantastic breakfast option for anyone on a health kick.

You can serve it in an empty jam jar or any container with a lid.

Ideal for making in advance when time is pressured in the morning, it’s perfect for meal prep fans.

Watch how to make it here.

Super creamy and delicious overnight oats with banana

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