Lyn’s Banana Bread

Jan 6, 2012 by

I’ve been making this banana bread for a few years now. It somehow never fails. Everybody loves it and I’m so happy to be sharing it with you. It’s definitely “lighter” than most recipes which is great because I really don’t care for the guilt that comes along with loaded baked goods. So this recipe satisfies me. I found this recipe on Food Network Canada and I’ve made my changes to get it to where I like it.

Bananas should never EVER go to waste. I learned a few years back that over-ripe bananas can be stored in the freezer for baking. That advice was like gold to me. I now use frozen bananas for porridge, smoothies and banana bread.

I love Banana Bread. Even more so with dark chocolate chips.

I use 2 bananas because I found using 3 made the bread overly moist, which wasn’t so nice for me. I love that yogurt is used as the binding agent instead of eggs. Notice too, that butter is absent. The garnish on top is optional too, it’s really there to make the cake look even prettier. The cake on its own is delicious. Yes, even without the chocolate chips.


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – Ready for the oven


Banana Bread


Lyn’s Banana Bread
Recipe Type: Bread
Author: Lyn of the Lovely Pantry
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
Serves: 10
A lighter version of a wonderful family favourite – Banana Bread
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp Allspice
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced, to bake on top of bread as a garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Lightly grease a 4-inch X 8-inch loaf pan.
  3. In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add the honey, vanilla, sugar, yogurt and oil. Mix to combine.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt and allspice.
  5. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  7. Arrange banana slices decoratively on top of the batter, if desired.
  8. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, until golden and a knife inserted comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 30 minutes before cutting into slices.

Adapted from


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


If you ever get around to making this bread, please do think of me. Imagine me with a big smile on my face, whispering sweetly…”I told you so”

Have an amazing weekend!


~Lyn   XoXo









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  1. I seriously need to try this recipe. It’s waaaayyyyy overdue! I can hear you say “I told you so” already :)

  2. That looks lovely! I would love to try that recipe! :)

  3. Oooh, that looks so pretty! Especially with the banana slices on top. I love that you used some whole wheat flour :) It looks delicious and healthy!

    • Thank you Heidi! Yes, I do try to add whole wheat flour in some sort of way. I tried using whole wheat flour by itself but the texture just wasn’t the same. This is my compromise :-) Thank you for your comment :-)

  4. This is the best banana bread presentation I had ever seen! Love how it looks, Love your recipe.

  5. This looks lovely!!!And I really like the idea of putting extra banana slices on top, very decorative indeed. Had I only landed in here a few days ago, wouldve loved to add this touch to my chocolate banana bread post as well:)

    • Thanks Schee! I’m sure you’ll make another banana bread really soon! You can do the decorative top next time :-) Thanks so much for your compliment and for visiting. I appreciate you! Cheers!

  6. This is the most beautiful banana bread I’ve ever seen.

    Plus, I love all things banana. I cannot WAIT to try it!

    • Thanks Jen! I have a special thing for bananas too 😀 I hope you try this recipe soon! Can’t wait to hear that you did! :-)

  7. What an exquisite dish!!! I love the presentation of bananas on top it is so original and beautiful 😀

    Choc Chip Uru


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