Olive Oil Banana Bread - Cook For Your Life-anti-cancer recipes

Olive Oil Banana Bread

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 30 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 12 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 9 ingredients

Olive oil doesn’t just belong in salads and savories — it makes great cakes, too. This dense, moist cake is intensely banana-y. For the best results, use very ripe bananas. Their sugars will add...


  • 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 4 large bananas)
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutrition Facts


204 cals


8 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

5 g


33 g


14 g


4 g


4 g


194 mg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate medium bowl mix the olive oil, eggs, mashed banana, Greek yogurt, and vanilla until well blended.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the banana mixture. Stir together with a wooden spoon.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool on a rack for 20 minutes, then remove from pan to finish cooling.

Chef Tips

When bananas get too ripe, peel and freeze them. Frozen bananas can be used straight from the freezer to thicken and sweeten smoothies, or slowly thawed in the fridge to use in baking and desserts.

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    1. Hi Kade, we're on board with adding more bananas! Adding more bananas to the bread could make it more wet and result in a slightly different texture. But, making recipes to suit your tastes is what cooking is all about!

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