Best Ever High Protein Banana Bread Recipe

This tasty protein banana bread is made with ripe bananas, protein powder, and a dash of your favorite spices, this moist, delicious bread is perfect for a quick breakfast or a midday energy boost. It's time to elevate your baking game and make this protein-packed treat a staple in your kitchen.

Are you looking to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your nutrition on track? If you are, then you will love this protein-packed banana bread recipe! This delicious and healthy twist on the classic banana bread will not only keep you full and satisfied, but also provides a healthy dose of protein to support your active lifestyle. 

Incorporating ripe bananas and protein-rich ingredients like Greek yogurt and almond flour, this healthy banana bread recipe serves as a great breakfast option or post-workout snack. Plus, the natural sweetness of the overripe bananas means you can cut back on added refined sugar without sacrificing taste. 

Overhead view of a loaf of freshly baked protein banana bread topped with toasted almonds

You can check out my shortcut protein banana bread recipe made with Kodiak Cakes here.

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Protein Banana Bread Recipe Overview

overhead view of a loaf of freshly baked protein banana bread topped with toasted almonds in a glass loaf pan

Protein banana bread is a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional banana bread (no white sugar!), and is packed with high protein ingredients, making it an excellent choice for those looking to incorporate more protein into their diet. In this section, we will discuss the benefits of protein powder banana bread and provide you with a general overview of this delicious banana bread recipe. 

Benefits of High Protein Banana Bread

There are several benefits to incorporating high protein banana bread into your diet:

  1. Increased Protein Intake: Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscle mass, as well as supporting a variety of other functions within the body. By using high protein ingredients such as protein powder and almond flour, you can significantly increase your protein intake in a tasty and enjoyable way.
  2. Supports Weight Management: Protein is known to promote satiety and help maintain a healthy weight. Incorporating high protein banana bread into your meal plan can help to curb your appetite, making it easier to stick to your nutritional goals.
  3. Healthy Ingredients: In addition to its high protein content, protein banana bread also has a number of other health benefits. Bananas are a natural source of vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, vitamin C, and B6. Furthermore, the use of almond flour makes this a more suitable choice for those following a low-carb or gluten-free diet.

Ingredients

This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.

See recipe card for quantities.

Instructions

wet ingredients used to make protein banana bread in a large mixing bowl

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, grease loaf pan and line with parchment paper. 

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the mashed bananas, eggs, sugar, milk, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract together until combined. 

dry ingredients used to make protein banana bread in a glass mixing bowl ready to be mixed together

In a separate large bowl mix together the almond flour, protein powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 

All of the wet and dry ingredients to make protein banana bread mixed together with a wooden spoon

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until well combined and none of the flour mixture remains. 

protein banana bread batter with chocolate chips added

*Stir in chocolate chips, walnuts, or almonds at this point if desired. 

overhead view of protein banana bread batter topped with almonds in a glass loaf pan ready to be baked

Pour banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan, leveling off the top for even baking

*Top with almond slices (½) cup or banana slices if desired. I also sprinkled the top with some raw sugar for appearance sake.

freshly baked protein banana bread in a glass loaf pan on top of a wire rack

Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. 

Allow the bread to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before transferring to the wire rack to cool completely. 

sliced protein banana bread on a wire rack

Slice and serve at room temperature. 

Adding Mix-Ins and Toppings

To enhance the flavor and texture of your protein banana bread, consider adding mix-ins like chocolate chips, walnuts, or your favorite dried fruit. Fold these add-ins into the batter just before pouring it into the loaf pan. You can also sprinkle some mix-ins or toppings, such as oats or chopped nuts, over the top of the batter for a decorative finish.

Making Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free Versions

To make a vegan version of this protein banana bread, replace the eggs with a plant-based egg substitute or flax egg. You can also use plant-based protein powder instead of whey protein.

For a gluten-free option, simply use your preferred gluten-free flour blend, ensuring it contains xanthan gum for the best texture possible.

To create a dairy-free protein banana bread, replace any dairy ingredients with dairy-free alternatives, such as using almond milk or another plant-based milk instead of cow's milk.

Remember that adjusting the recipe for specific dietary requirements may slightly alter the texture and taste of the finished product.

With these recipe steps and variations, you can easily customize this easy protein banana bread recipe to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs while still enjoying a satisfying high-protein snack or breakfast option.

Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

Close up front view of a loaf of protein banana bread cut in half

Protein banana bread is not only a delicious treat, but it also offers a range of nutritional benefits. As the name suggests, this bread is typically higher in protein, thanks to the addition of protein powders such as whey or casein.

When enjoying a slice of protein banana bread, you'll also consume a good amount of carbohydrates, mainly from the bananas and flours used in the recipe. These carbs provide the energy you need to fuel your day. Moreover, bananas are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber, which all contribute to maintaining your overall health.

Fiber in protein banana bread not only helps make you feel full but also aids in digestion and regulating blood sugar levels. Additionally, ingredients like almond flour or nuts in the recipe might provide essential nutrients like vitamin E, calcium, and iron, contributing to your overall health and well-being.

Sodium content in protein banana bread is typically low; however, be sure to check the labels of the ingredients you use - especially baking powder - to control your sodium intake further. When selecting a protein powder, also consider its added sugars, artificial sweeteners, or flavors to ensure it meets your dietary requirements.

To wrap it all up, protein banana bread can be a delicious and healthy snack option when made mindfully. With its higher protein content and essential nutrients, this treat can indeed be a valuable addition to your balanced diet.

Variations

Protein Powder Alternatives

To boost the protein content in your banana bread, a variety of protein powders can be used, such as whey protein powder (which I used in this recipe), vegan protein powder, or casein protein. You can also experiment with plant-based options, like pea or rice protein. When selecting a protein powder, using a vanilla protein powder flavor or neutral flavor to complement the taste of ripe bananas may yield the best results regarding taste, but, it should be noted that I used chocolate protein powder as a personal preference. Basically, whatever kind of protein powder you prefer can easily be substituted. 

Sweeteners

Consider natural sugars like maple syrup or honey as a brown sugar substitute. In addition to providing a delicious taste, these alternatives are lower in added sugars. Alternatively, you can use sugar substitutes or sweeteners specifically designed for baking.

Fats and Wet Ingredients

Your choice of fats and wet ingredients will significantly impact the moisture and richness of your protein banana bread. Some popular options include:

  • Eggs: Add structure and act as a binding agent for baked goods.
  • Butter or oil: Both contribute to the bread's moistness. Butter adds flavor, while oils like coconut oil are a dairy-free option.
  • Peanut butter: Acts as both a fat source and adds protein.
  • Greek yogurt: This ingredient contributes to the result being a moist banana bread. 

In addition to these ingredients, don't forget the essentials for any banana bread recipe, such as ripe bananas, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to balance flavors.  Feel free to customize your protein banana bread with add-ins like nuts, for an extra layer of texture and flavor.

🍱How to Store and Freeze Banana Bread

loaf of protein banana bread sliced

Banana bread can be kept on the counter for up to 3 days if tightly sealed. I like to slice mine and place it in either a glass container with a lid or a storage bag. You could also use plastic wrap or aluminum foil, whichever works best for you.

To FREEZE: Once your loaf has cooled off you can slice it and freeze it. You can also freeze it whole by placing it in a freezer bag or by wrapping it in plastic wrap then aluminum foil.

Top tips

  • To achieve the perfect protein banana bread, be sure to use ripe bananas for optimal sweetness and flavor. The riper the bananas, the better the overall texture and taste. Your bananas should be speckled with dark spots, indicating their readiness for baking

  • When choosing a protein powder for your banana bread, opt for a plant-based or casein protein, as they can provide a better structure compared to whey protein. Experiment with different brands and flavors, but avoid choosing a protein powder with strong artificial flavors or tastes.

  • Incorporate ground cinnamon into your dry ingredients for a hint of spice that complements the banana flavor. Cinnamon not only adds taste but also provides health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties and blood sugar regulation.

  • Consider incorporating other wholesome ingredients like peanut butter, almonds, or other nuts to enhance your protein banana bread. This will not only elevate the taste but also add an extra layer of texture and nutrition.

If you click on the number of servings in the recipe card you can adjust the measurements up or down for the exact number of servings you need.

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Protein Banana Bread Recipe

This tasty protein banana bread is made with ripe bananas, protein powder, and a dash of your favorite spices, this moist, delicious bread is perfect for a quick breakfast or a midday energy boost. It's time to elevate your baking game and make this protein-packed treat a staple in your kitchen.
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overhead view of a loaf of freshly baked protein banana bread topped with toasted almonds in a glass loaf pan
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Total Time:55 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, grease loaf pan and line with parchment paper. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the mashed bananas, eggs, sugar, milk, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract together until combined. 
    1 cup bananas, 2 eggs, ½ cup skim milk, ⅓ cup Greek yogurt, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • In a separate large bowl mix together the almond flour, protein powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 
    1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 ⅔ cup almond flour, ⅓ cup whey protein, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until well combined and none of the flour mixture remains. 
  • *Stir in chocolate chips, walnuts, or almonds at this point if desired. 
    1 cup cacao chips
  • Pour banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan, leveling off the top for even baking. 
  • *Top with almond slices (½) cup or banana slices if desired.
    ½ cup toasted almonds
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. 
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before transferring to the wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Serve at room temperature. 

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 273kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $6.00

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Finally, protein banana bread can be a great meal prep solution. Bake a large loaf, slice, and store individually wrapped pieces in the refrigerator or freezer for a quick, healthy snack throughout the week. This way, you'll have a satisfying, protein-rich alternative to traditional banana bread, ready whenever you need it.

Food safety

  • Never leave cooking food unattended
  • Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
  • Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove

See more guidelines at USDA.gov.

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  1. Mary Beth, I can’t wait to try this because Leo loves banana bread but it’s a big no-no for a diabetic! This he can have! I can even use a sugar free brown sugar substitute. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I am so glad that Leo can have this, Jane! Let me know if you like it. <3