This Low Carb, Keto Friendly Banana Bread is exactly what you have been missing on your ketogenic diet! Try it with your favorite additions, like chocolate chips or chopped nuts.
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Oh, how I have missed banana bread. Is it dessert? Is it breakfast? I have no idea - all I know is that it's 100% delicious! This recipe is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or just a quick snack.
- Overripe banana - It is really important that you use an overripe banana. I first tried using banana extract instead of real bananas. However, I realized pretty quickly that extract wasn’t gonna cut it. The texture was all wrong and it tasted more like banana candy than actual bananas. See the FAQ section about leaving out the banana and eating bananas on keto!
- Eggs, Egg Yolks, Butter, and Flax Meal are all integral to the recipe and not only act as a binder to keep the bread together, but they also help to keep the bread moist.
- Sweetener - I used powdered erythritol, but you can use any granular sweetener that you like. Be sure to check this conversion chart if you use something else!
- Optional: If you'd like you can add sugar-free chocolate chips and/or chopped walnuts or pecans.
I also like to make this 'bread' into muffins. This makes it easier to portion (and easier to stick to one serving!) Having it as muffins also makes it a terrific grab and go breakfast for my kiddos - which makes mornings so much easier for me 😉
How to make Keto Banana Bread
To start with this low-carb banana bread, preheat your oven to 350F and prepare a loaf pan, with nonstick spray. Next, mash your banana in a large mixing bowl, then add in the eggs, egg yolks, melted butter, and vanilla stirring to combine. You could also toss this all into a food processor or blender, but I prefer to mix by hand.
After that, combine the almond flour, flax meal, Erythritol, salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl and stir. Then, add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix well.
At this point, you can fold in some chocolate chips or chopped nuts if you would like. I love Lily's stevia-sweetened chocolate, but there are a bunch of keto-friendly chocolate options.
Next, transfer to the prepared baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
I love to eat mine warm and smeared with butter. To me, it doesn't get any better than that!
Tips and FAQs
Bananas have quite a lot of sugar which typically makes them off-limits for most keto dieters. Luckily this recipe uses just 1 banana to deliver the best flavor, while still keeping the carbs per serving low enough for a keto diet.
If you prefer not to use an actual banana you can use about a half cup of finely shredded zucchini and banana extract to taste.
Coconut flour does not substitute evenly for almond flour so it would be best to use a keto banana bread recipe that was developed to use coconut flour. Here is a great one to try!
For dairy-free or paleo you substitute melted coconut oil or Ghee for the butter. If you opt for ghee, I recommend trying vanilla bean ghee (affiliate) it's so good and it makes a great addition to baked goods!
Keto Banana Bread
- Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a muffin tin or large loaf pan with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork then add in the melted butter, eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, flax meal, erythritol (or other sweetener), salt, and baking powder. Stir until it's all mixed together.
- Gradually combine the dry ingredients with the wet, stirring after each addition, until they are well incorporated.
- Transfer batter to muffin tin or loaf pan, and bake 20 minutes for muffins and 30-35 minutes for a loaf pan.
Be sure to read the entire post for tips, tricks, and help troubleshooting.
The nutrition information listed here is only an estimate and is simply provided as a courtesy. It nor any other information within this post should constitute medical or nutritional advice. Be sure to read all packaging and ingredient labels for potential allergens. Optional ingredients are not included unless otherwise specified.