Keto banana bread is a low-carb alternative to one of the most popular breads in the world. It may be because it’s so easy and economical to make, or perhaps because of nostalgia. After all, how many of us grew up to its delicious aroma and satisfyingly sweet taste?
If it weren’t for the carbohydrates, fat, and sugar that it contains, we’d gladly indulge in this treat more often. As it turns out, each typical slice on average contains about four teaspoons of sugar, 60 grams of carbohydrates, and up to 30 grams of fat.
But did you know that it’s possible to make delicious, low-carb and keto banana bread?
If you’ve been craving banana bread but don’t want to ruin your diet, check out this simple low-carb recipe. It uses yummy keto-friendly ingredients like almond flour, olive oil, chocolate chips, and chopped nuts.
What are you waiting for? It’s bake time. Let’s go.
For this keto banana bread recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients. Most, if not all, can easily be found in your fridge or pantry.
Thankfully, banana bread is one of those recipes that isn’t easy to botch up so, aside from the ingredients, we provided quantities too, you can pretty much add what seems like a reasonable amount or add more of the ingredients that you love.
- Bananas. Adjust the number of (very) ripe bananas to add depending on how much you want to make and how strong you want the banana flavour to be. Mash them in a bowl.
- 1 egg. Make sure it’s at room temperature before using it in your keto banana bread.
- Almond flour. Use fine-grain, blanched almond flour. You can mix ¾th cup of almond flour with ¼th cup of coconut flour too.
- ½ to 1 teaspoon baking soda. This will make your dough rise.
- Olive or coconut oil. Oil will make it tender and easy to slice.
- Nuts. You can add any type of nut you’re comfortable with. You don’t have to add them but they add texture and nutritional benefits to your pastry.
- Cinnamon, honey, and chocolate chips for added aroma, sweetness, and texture.
Now that you have all the ingredients ready, let’s get baking the keto banana bread.
- Preheat your oven to about 350°F (or 175°C) and grease your loaf pan with butter or oil. You can place a parchment sheet at the bottom so the dough won’t stick to the pan.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them. Whisk the eggs and add them to the dry mixture. Add mashed banana and the other wet ingredients and gently mix.
- Transfer the batter to the loaf pan. You can add slices of banana, chopped-up walnuts, and chocolate chips on the top of the batter to make it look even more appealing.
- Brush the top lightly with melted butter. You can also sprinkle cinnamon and honey to add aroma and flavour.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the top looks golden brown. Once the top of your keto banana bread achieves the golden colour you want, cover it with foil to prevent it from burning and continue baking until it’s fully cooked.
You’ll know it is ready by doing a toothpick test. Stick a toothpick in the bread. Once the toothpick comes out clean and without any batter sticking to it, you’re good to go. Remember to allow your freshly baked goods to cool before digging in.
The baking process should take no longer than an hour, or an hour and a quarter at the most. If you alter the ingredients, this may change accordingly. It's a good idea to check the oven half an hour from when you started baking.
Nutritional Benefits of Keto Banana Bread
While the regular version has carbs, fat, and sugar, it also packs a nutritional punch. You get access to a lot of protein, healthy fibre, fat, and an energy boost. The question now is, do you get the same nutritional benefits with a keto-friendly recipe?
Let’s find out by going over some of the ingredients we’re using.
- Each medium-sized banana has 29 carbs. That’s roughly three carbs per slice.
- Almond flour is low-carb, higher in fat, and contains a moderate amount of protein. Every ¾ cup that our recipe calls for contains 480 calories, 18 grams of carbs, and nine grams of fibre. This means that each serving of your keto banana bread will have about nine carbs.
- Eggs are a keto diet’s best friend. A large egg has less than a gram of carbs and around six grams of protein.
- Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids that the body converts into ketones. It also has a nice taste that complements most baked desserts.
- Overall, olive oil (particularly extra virgin olive oil) has more health benefits than coconut oil. It has no carbs, contains heart-healthy fatty acids, antioxidants, and bioactive compounds.
- Some nuts are better than others for a keto diet. Here are some low-carb nuts with healthy fats to choose from: pecans, brazil nuts, macadamia, walnuts, hazelnuts, and peanuts.
Another way you can boost your keto pastry’s nutritional content is by mixing in chia and flax seeds.
How To Store Keto Banana Bread
Unlike regular banana bread, you shouldn’t keep keto banana bread at room temperature. While you can keep it in a cake tin on the counter for a few days, your best bet is to refrigerate it. By doing so, it will stay fresh for a week or two.
If you want to store your keto pastry for some time before eating, you can slice it into separate servings, store it in ziplock bags, and freeze it. Add parchment paper between the slices so they don’t become too moist or soggy. This will also make it easier to get a slice every time you feel like snacking or rewarding yourself.
To reheat, microwave a slice of keto banana bread for 30 seconds and you’ll have a healthy tasty treat in a matter of seconds. If the bread is frozen, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or on top of the counter before reheating.
Aren’t you glad to know that you can turn this popular and well-loved treat into a keto-friendly snack? By following this recipe, you’ll be upping its nutritional goodness while having a satisfyingly good treat.
If you’re looking for an alternate way to make keto banana bread, here is a recipe that uses Stevia, almond milk, cream cheese as well as a few different ingredients.
Whichever you end up choosing, you’ll be glad to know that you can enjoy great desserts without ruining your diet.
Looking for another low-calorie dessert to try making? Check out our Japanese raindrop cake recipe!