A few weeks after my 11th birthday, my family moved across town to an older yet substantially larger house. Built in 1955 with wooden floors and ceilings throughout, my dad immediately fell in love with its character. He started woodworking as a hobby as a teenager, and he still creates beautiful wooden bowls or plans new furniture projects whenever he has spare time!
Since our previous house sat on a tiny lot with almost no space between our neighbors, Mom truly appreciated the almost full acre of land of that second house, split between the front and back yards. The previous owner had an especially green thumb, so she had planted countless trees and flowers all around the property, including quite a few fruit trees: three lemons, an orange and grapefruit, green apple, fig, avocado, both a regular and wild plum, kumquat, and peach.
At the end of that first month, once we had unpacked most of our belongings from the cardboard moving boxes, the peach tree began to drop its perfectly ripe fruit. Mom researched recipes and bought lots of glass jars, and my brother and I helped her can over half of the peaches from the tree. At the end of the process, we laughed at how much work (and shelf space) it required!
A few years later, the peach tree developed a disease, so we cut it down before it got any worse. Although we missed the fresh, juicy fruit from its branches, we felt slightly relieved that we no longer spent long hours in the hot kitchen sterilizing jars and preserving peaches!
So when I recently decided to make this Healthy Peach Pie Banana Bread, I thought about our old peach tree and how it would’ve been so rewarding to make this with our homegrown fruit. It’s perfectly sweet and tender, with a hint of coziness from my grandma’s infamous peach pie spices, but it contains no butter, refined flour or sugar and only 106 calories!
Perfect for breakfasts… Snacks… Dessert… And just like that, it’s already time to bake another loaf! 😉
To make this healthy banana bread, you’ll start with regular whole wheat flour (or my favorite gluten-free blend, if you prefer!) and a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg. Like I described here, my grandma makes the best peach pie you’ll ever taste… And since those spices are one of her secret tricks, I always include them in my peach baked treats! They add a layer of coziness, just like I previously mentioned, and make everything ten times more irresistible. (Which can be a little dangerous!)
Whereas many traditional banana bread recipes rely on lots of oil and eggs to keep them moist, this guilt-free recipe only requires ½ tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 egg whites! The rest of its tender texture comes from the mashed banana and Greek yogurt. You know how much I ♡ Greek yogurt! It adds the same moisture as extra oil for a fraction of the calories, and it gives your baked goodies a protein boost, too!
In addition to an extremely tender texture, the mashed banana also provides natural sweetness, which means you’ll only need to mix a couple tablespoons of pure maple syrup (like this kind!) into the batter. Make sure you use the ripest, most speckled bananas you can find! Those contain much more natural sweetness than their pure yellow friends. I actually prefer bananas with more brown color than yellow for baking!
To recreate my grandma’s iconic pie flavor, you’ll fold in diced peaches just before spreading the batter into your loaf pan. I always prefer fresh, but canned peaches in 100% juice will also work if you get your cravings when peaches aren’t in season. (That happens to me all the time!)
If only it were possible to reach through the screen and take a bite of that slice! 😉 And when you make your own, remember to snap a picture and share it on Instagram using #amyshealthybaking and tagging @amyshealthybaking IN the photo itself! (That guarantees I’ll see your picture! 🙂 ) I’d love to see your healthy peach banana bread!
Healthy Peach Pie Banana Bread
- 2 cups (240g) whole wheat flour or gluten-free* flour (measured like this)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tbsp (7g) unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
- 2 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup (60g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- ¾ cup (200g) mashed banana (about 2 medium – see Notes!)
- 2 tbsp (30mL) pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup (60mL) nonfat milk
- ¾ cup (150g) finely diced peaches
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x5” baking pan with foil, and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in the mashed Greek yogurt, stirring until no large lumps remain. Mix in the mashed banana and maple syrup. Alternate between adding the flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, and stirring just until incorporated. (For best results, add the flour mixture in 3 equal parts.) Reserve ½ tablespoon of the diced peaches, and gently fold in the rest.
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan, and gently press the reserved peaches into the top of the batter. Bake at 350°F for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before carefully lifting out the loaf by the foil and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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