Sugar Free Banana Bread with Coconut

Who doesn’t love a nice loaf of banana bread, the perfect solution for using up bananas that are no longer in their prime. I’ve been experimenting with a few more healthy bakes and alternative snacks, and one of the results was this sugar free banana bread with coconut – an amalgamation of various different recipes I found online. So I hereby present you with my healthy version of this all time favourite bake.



  • 4 large, very ripe bananas (ca. 450g)*
  • 200g Greek yoghurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 75g buckwheat flour
  • 235g plain gluten free flour mix, e.g. from Dove’s Farm
  • 3 tsp gluten free baking powder, e.g. from Dove’s Farm
  • 150g gluten free oats
  • 200ml regular milk or almond milk
  • 4 Tbsp desiccated coconut

*The riper the bananas, the more easy they are to mash but more importantly, the more sweeter the cake will also taste. This cake includes no sugar or other sweeteners, and takes all its sweetness from the banana and coconut. Also, if you don’t need to eat gluten free, you can just use regular plain flour and oats. 



  • Pre-heat your oven to 200 C (or 180 C for a fan oven).
  • Grease and line a baking tin – I used an 1.8 litre loaf tin, which is roughly 4 lbs.
  • Mash the bananas up with a fork (I found it easiest doing this on a board), and mix together with the yoghurt, eggs and milk.
  • In another bowl, sift the flours and baking powders and combine with the oats and coconut.
  • Fold the dry ingredients in to the wet ingredients, being careful not to overmix.
  • Pour the batter in to your prepared tin, and bake in the oven for 45 – 50 minutes. I usually cover it with tin foil after about 30 minutes, to avoid the top burning.
  • Leave to cool for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove from the tin and leave to cool completely. Well, okay, you might want to cut off a bit while it’s still warm, because nothing tastes better than fresh banana bread warm from the oven – but be warned, it’s a bit tricky to cut.

As I said above, this banana bread contains no sugar or other sweeteners, and takes all its sweetness from the bananas and coconut. I was a bit anxious the kids might not like it, as they are used to banana bread made with sugar, but I was pleasantly surprised. My 3 year old was a little bit apprehensive, but my 7 year old has been gobbling this up and asking for more! If you like it a bit sweeter, you could experiment with adding some maple syrup to the mix, or we have found it also tastes really nice spread with a little jam or marmalade.


Comments: 9

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    19 March 2018

    This looks so yummy! I gave up sugar from my diet and feel so much better for it. Also vegan – but i’m sure I could replace the yoghurt with an alternative. Thanks for this though, definitely going to give it a go.

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    19 March 2018

    Oh banana and coconut bread sounds really tasty, I’ve been meaning to make a fruit based bread for ages x

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    19 March 2018

    What’s not to love about this! Fantastic. And great to have a recipe properly measured out (not in cups) as I much prefer baking this way. Thanks. Kate |

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    Beth @

    19 March 2018

    Wow! This looks lovely. I would love to try it. Perhaps I’ll get the kids to help me make some on the weekend. :)

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    19 March 2018

    I’ve been looking for a cake I can cook my young daughters and this is perfect – thank you :)

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    19 March 2018

    Well, let me let you into a secret my son does not yet know – I cannot stand bananas! Hate them. But, I still buy them because everyone else loves them. One thing that gets me is when they are especially ripe, so this is perfect. We bake every week, so this gives me something to do with them!

    Kat x

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    Amy - All about a Mummy

    20 March 2018

    I loathe bananas but I often make banana cake or muffins for the kids because I won’t eat them! Sugar free versions are great,

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    23 March 2018

    This a great recipe! I may have to try it as a low sugar snack for the kids! Unfortunately, I am not a banana fan xx

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