Friday, October 20, 2017

Loaded Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Ahhh I cannot believe we find out the baby’s gender today! The halfway mark in my pregnancy seems surreal. It has been flying by. I felt the baby (more than the tiny flutters) today and it just flooded me with memories and emotion thinking back on my first pregnancy. All the pregnancy pains (including no red wine during fall hehe) just drain away with those magical movements and you are quickly reminded how blessed you are to be carrying your little bundled of joy.

Alright, enough sappiness haha…who doesn’t love a fabulous banana bread? Sweets and bread have been my biggest pregnancy craving and has turned into my guilty pleasure for sure!

This recipe is to die for.  It completely fills my sweet tooth (which is ALL THE TIME) and a perfect healthy option that I feel good eating to start my day. Naturally sweetened with banana and honey and made with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, wheat germ, greek yogurt, dried blueberries, chocolate chips and walnuts, this is one of the most LOADED banana bread recipes you will find! Super indulgent but with all the good stuff for you!


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 heaping cup mashed banana (about 3 very ripe bananas)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 heaping cup blueberry greek yogurt (or unsweetened applesauce if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk (you can use skim, whole, almond, coconut milk, etc.)
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of wheat germ
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


 *Disclaimer – you can separate your wet and dry in two bowls before combining, but for me I just do everything all in one bowl and can’t tell the difference. Hartley adores making this recipe with me, so it’s totally toddler proof too 🙂
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl combine mashed banana, yogurt, honey, egg, milk and vanilla until well combined and creamy.
  3. Add whole wheat flour, wheat germ, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix until just combined (don’t overmix!).
  4. Add chocolate chips, dried blueberries, and walnuts.
  5. Pour into prepared loaf pan, sprinkle oats and extra walnuts over top (if desired), and bake for 50-60-minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and cool. Cut into 12 slices and enjoy! Keep bread tightly wrapped to maintain moisture.

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