Protein Banana Bread
This protein banana bread is soft, fluffy and moist! Each piece has 17 grams of protein. This bread is quick and easy to make. It is great for a grab and go breakfast, afternoon snack or even healthy dessert!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This protein banana bread is quick and easy.
- It is made with only pantry staple ingredients.
- This bread features much higher protein than traditional breads.
- This recipe is made with wholesome ingredients. So is this Healthy Banana Bread!
- Protein comes from the protein powder, nut butter and almond flour.
- This recipe is Paleo friendly, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free.
- For nut free, use sunflower butter.
- Double check protein powder labels if needed for allergy concerns.
- Check out these Banana Protein Muffins for another similar recipe!
Ingredients & Substitutions
These are the main ingredients and substitutions for protein banana bread. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.
Use ripe bananas. They add a delicious natural sweetness. Two large bananas are sufficient for the 1 ¼ cups.
Three eggs help this bread bind together and rise while baking. I do not recommend a vegan substitute, flax eggs, chia eggs or applesauce. For an eggless option, check out this Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.
Natural creamy nut butter adds protein and substance. In addition, this flavor is slightly detectable. For Paleo, use almond butter or cashew butter. For nut free, use sunflower butter. If desired, peanut butter works well too.
A little vanilla extract adds a homemade taste.
Coconut sugar is a great Paleo sweetener. It is unrefined and much less processed than white sugar. If necessary, white sugar or brown sugar can be used.
Almond flour is a grain free flour that adds more protein. I have not tried this recipe using any other flour. For a classic version, try this Gluten Free Banana Bread.
Vanilla protein powder adds protein and flavor. Use a good tasting vanilla protein powder. For a chocolate protein recipe, try these Protein Brownies.
Baking soda helps this bread rise.
Any type of chocolate chips can be used. For Paleo, use a refined sugar free dairy free variety. Chopped chocolate and mini chocolate chips work well too.
Taste & Texture
This protein banana bread tastes like classic banana bread. The nut butter flavor is slightly detectable. In addition, the protein powder adds a subtle flavor. The main flavors are banana and chocolate chips.
The texture is so soft and fluffy! This bread is moist, not dry.
How to Make
First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, add mashed banana, eggs, creamy nut butter and vanilla. Stir to combine.
Add in coconut sugar, almond flour, protein powder and baking soda. Stir to combine.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Spread batter into the lined loaf pan. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top if desired.
Place a piece of aluminum foil over bread. Then, bake covered for 45 to 50 minutes.
Finally, remove bread from oven. Allow the protein banana bread to fully cool before slicing into.
Expert Tips & Tricks
For best results, use ripe bananas. They add natural sweetness.
Use nut butter made from only nuts and salt.
Choose a protein powder that you enjoy. The protein flavor is somewhat apparent, so do not choose one with a weird taste.
Place a piece of tin foil loosely over the bread before baking. This prevents the top from burning.
Bread is done baking when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Allow protein banana bread to cool before slicing into.
How to Serve & Store
Serve protein banana bread once cooled.
It is delicious with a smear of nut butter on top!
For breakfast, it pairs well with bacon or sausage. Or, try this Protein Mug Cake for another filling breakfast!
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature.
This bread freezes well. Freeze for up to 30 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Use a vanilla flavored protein powder with great taste. Chocolate can be used, but this bread will be chocolaty.
Yes, this recipe is gluten free as written.
Yes, this recipe is dairy free as written.
To increase protein in baked goods, use high protein ingredients. For instance, add protein powder, nut butters, Greek yogurt and flaxseed for added protein.
You May Also Like
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- Sugar Free Banana Bread
- Gluten Free Zucchini Banana Bread
If you make this protein banana bread recipe, I would really appreciate a review! You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I would love for you to follow along! For more ideas, check out these Paleo Recipes.
Get the Recipe: Protein Banana Bread
- First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, add mashed bananas, eggs, nut butter and vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Add in coconut sugar, almond flour, protein powder and baking soda. Stir to combine.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spread batter into the lined loaf pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top if desired.
- Place a piece of aluminum foil over bread. Then, bake covered for 45 to 50 minutes.
- Finally, remove bread from oven. Allow bread to fully cool before slicing into.
- Use ripe bananas for the best flavor.
- Use nut butter made from only nuts and salt. Any added sugars or oils will change the texture.
- I recommend using a protein powder you enjoy the flavor of. I used Nuzest vanilla protein powder.
- Bread is done baking when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Allow the bread to cool before slicing into.
- Store bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- Freeze for up to 1 month.
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