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Whole Grain Banana Bread

Whole Grain Banana Bread


Whole Grain Banana Bread

January 25, 2018

Whole Grain Banana Bread

There is certainly no shortage of banana bread recipes. What makes this one so delicious? The flavour is bold with banana, as this recipe contains a generous amount of bananas in the batter and there are no added spices. The liberal sprinkling of sugar on the top creates a delightfully crunchy and deeply caramelized top, which gives way to a moist and flavourful bread.

Our Flourist Whole Grain Red Spring Wheat Flour and Flourist Sifted Red Spring Wheat Flour are available for purchase here. Your flour is freshly milled to order, shipped to you right away and never stocked in our warehouse.

Note: This recipe calls for some whole grain flour for added texture and flavour, but you can also use exclusively sifted flour for equally delicious results.

Whole Grain Banana Bread
~ Adapted from Claire Ptak's The Violet Bakery Cookbook
6 bananas, very ripe
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup (76g)  brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp dark rum (optional)
2 eggs
1/3 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
1 cup (138g) Flourist Sifted Red Spring Wheat Flour
1/2 cup (71g) Flourist Whole Grain Red Spring Wheat Flour (optional, see note above)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
3 tbsp (41g) sugar 

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, mash 5 bananas well, reserving one banana as a garnish on top. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, brown sugar, vanilla, rum (if using), eggs and buttermilk. Add the mashed banana and set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture until just combined and pour into your prepared pan.

Split the remaining banana in half lengthwise and nestle the halves on top of the batter, lightly pressing them in. Sprinkle 3 tbsp sugar generously over the top.

Bake for 40-50 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean, the top has set and is deeply caramelized.


  • Hi Helle! I’m so sorry to hear that. In our experience when a banana breads collapses it’s usually because it was undercooked or it was taken out of the pan before it had enough time to cool down. I suggest baking for longer, even up to an hour and make sure a toothpick/knife inserted into the middle comes out completely dry. And then leave it in pan to cool.

    Janna (Flourist) on

  • I have made this recipe 3 times and every time it totally collapses within a few minutes of coming out of the oven even the latest time after baking it on convect for 55 minutes. Is the baking time possibly wrong?

    Helle Wilburn on

  • Hi Belinda! We haven’t tried using flax eggs, but banana bread is generally quite forgiving so we think it should work. Please let us know how it turns out!

    Chantal @ Flourist on

  • Thank you for the recipe. Do you think I can replace the 2 eggs with flax eggs?


  • Hands down the best banana bread I’ve ever made — and I’ve made a lot! Everyone who tried it loved the carmelized banana top and the overall banana flavour. The loaf stayed moist and luscious to the last slice. I do have two suggestions. First, if using a 9×5 or 8×4 loaf pan, you’ll need two. This recipe makes lots. Second, this loaf is so moist that in hot weather, after a day it might not keep at room temperature. Keeps fine well wrapped in the fridge.

    Elizabeth on

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