This is totally the ultimate banana bread… incredibly moist, hearty, loaded with banana flavor, a natural sweetness from California raisins and lightly toasted pecans add the perfect crunch. The only banana bread recipe you’ll ever need! 

The Ultimate Banana Bread- loaded with banana flavor and naturally sweetened with honey and raisins.

Last Sunday, when I was prepping for back-to-school week; I wanted to make sure the majority of what I made was kid-friendly. Two of the snack foods that I came up with included California Raisins; which work great as a natural sweetener. Yesterday, I shared my nut-free homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola. My kids, like most, enjoy foods kept pretty simple, so with this granola I kept the add-ins to a minimum. There’s nothing simple about the flavor, though! I mean what’s better than an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie? 🙂 Madelyn has enjoyed the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola in her lunch with yogurt.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola- a simple, kid-friendly, nut-free granola that's perfect for school snacks or lunches.

The granola and banana bread were huge hits with the whole family. I was especially pleased that both snacks are filled with healthy ingredients, like California Raisins that are a great choice for wholesome, healthy, on-the-go snacking. California Raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about sending with your kids as they head back to school or offering as an after-school snack. The ingredient list says it all… raisins.

The Ultimate Banana Bread- nutritious and delicious with raisins and pecans.

This bread is wonderful for breakfast, snack or even dessert. And let me tell you while it is baking the smell is absolutely delightful. You’ll want to make this healthier version of your favorite bread again and again. Luckily, it’s nutritious and super easy to make.

Ultimate Banana Bread- healthy and yumilicious!
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Servings:1 loaf and about 10-12 slices
The Ultimate Banana Bread
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
This is totally the ultimate banana bread... moist, hearty, loaded with banana flavor, a natural sweetness from California raisins and lightly toasted pecans add the perfect crunch. The only banana bread recipe you'll ever need!
  • 4 small ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil + 1/4 cup applesauce or 1/2 cup coconut oil I used a coconut oil/applesauce blend.
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups spelt or whole wheat pastry flour substitute all-purpose, if desired (I used spelt flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans coarsely chopped and lightly toasted (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 1/2 cup California raisins optional, but highly recommended
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar optional for sprinkling over the top of the bread before baking
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray and lightly flour and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine all wet ingredients listed, bananas through vanilla.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients, raisins and pecans to wet mixture. Stir to combine, but don't overmix. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan and sprinkle sugar over the top of the bread.
  5. Bake for 60-65 minutes and when toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Allow bread to cool for about 20 minutes before removing from loaf pan and serving. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutritional info for one slice, with 12 slices cut
Calories 219.1

Total Fat 9.7 g

Saturated Fat 4.6 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1.3 g

Monounsaturated Fat 2.5 g

Cholesterol 31.0 mg

Sodium 13.8 mg

Potassium 201.4 mg

Total Carbohydrate 30.0 g

Dietary Fiber 3.6 g

Sugars 13.7 g

Protein 4.1 g

Author: Kim

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The Ultimate Banana Bread- a scrumptious bread made with all natural ingredients.

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Something to think about….

What’s your favorite type of quick bread?

What add-ins do you like best in your banana bread?

Are you a raisin fan? I am! I love oatmeal raisin cookies… chewy and sweet!

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