Banana Bread – with or without the baby

In Breakfast, Recipes by Frances Largeman Roth

Makes 8 servings | Prep TIME: 15 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes

One of my favorite recipes from Feed the Belly is the Baby on Board Banana Bread. It’s a moist, delicious loaf that’s chock full of delicious ingredients. It also has more fiber and less sugar than most banana bread recipes. Even though I’m no longer pregnant (or planning to get pregnant ever again), I find myself going back to this recipe over and over again. Why? I always seem to have mushy bananas on hand, plus this recipe lends itself to multiple variations. Sometimes I add 1/4 cup of chocolate chips or coconut flakes, and sometimes I use chia seeds instead of the flax. Any way you make it, it’s darn good, and perfect for a rainy day.

Baby on Board Banana Bread

The first time I made this I completely left out the sugar (blame it  on pregnancy fog), but it actually still turned out really nicely. The  overripe bananas give it a ton of natural sweetness, and you can al- ways drizzle some honey on top. Of course, if you prefer it sweeter,  add the brown sugar.

Momma Must-Have: A slice of regular banana bread usually has  only half as much fiber as this version and only a scant amount of  calcium. So enjoy your slice of the sweet stuff, knowing that it’s actually quite good for you.


  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon dry milk powder (optional, but it adds extra calcium)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar (optional)
  • 11⁄2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 egg
  • 1⁄2 cup organic 1% milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1⁄4 cup organic low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 81⁄2 x 41⁄2-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix  the  dry  ingredients  (flours,  baking  soda,  dry  milk  powder,  salt,  brown  sugar,  and  ground  flax  seed)  together  in  a  medium bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg. To the egg, add the milk, melted butter, yogurt, and vanilla. Whisk until combined, and mash in the bananas.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just incorporated. Do not overmix (or air bubbles will form).
  5. Transfer  batter  to  the  prepared  pan.  Top  with  the  chopped  almonds, and bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool  for 10 minutes, then serve.
  • Calories 226; Fat 4 g (Sat 1 g, Mono 0 g, Poly 0.5 g); Cholesterol 28 mg; Protein 6 g; Carbohydrate 43 g; Sugars 21 g; Fiber 4 g; Iron 1 mg; Sodium 291 mg; Calcium 83 mg; Folate 18 mcg; Potassium 202 mg