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Olive Oil Banana Bread with Flaxseed and Raisins

Updated on October 26, 2015
Olive Oil Banana Bread with Flaxseed and Raisins
Olive Oil Banana Bread with Flaxseed and Raisins | Source

Who doesn't like a scrumptious loaf of banana bread? A couple thick slices of this goodie, quite filling but not too heavy, will make a lovely breakfast. As a snack, it pairs nicely with either coffee or tea. It can even be a dessert if glazed with some sugar icing or topped with a scoop of ice-cream. It's totally your choice how you'd like to enjoy it. Now get your oven and measuring cups ready!

What Makes this Banana Bread Nutritious?

Olive Oil - Benefits of using olive oil in baking are substantial. Unlike butter, it doesn't contain cholesterol. And unlike margarine, it isn't an inflammatory ingredient. Olive oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, has been known to keep the heart healthy, boost brain function, lower your cholesterol and prevent a host of illnesses from type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis to strokes and cancer.

Flaxseed - Similar to olive oil, flaxseed is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. On top of that, it is filled with dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1 and lignans, which are antioxidant compounds that counteract the damaging effects of free radicals in the body.

Raisins - These little dried grapes have gotten a bad rap for their high sugar content, but if consumed in moderation, they can actually do the body more good than harm. Raisins provide a considerable amount of dietary fiber that can relieve constipation and improve your overall digestive health. Plus, research has shown that raisins contain three times the amount of antioxidants found in grapes, their fresher counterparts.

Please Rate this Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

4.8 stars from 5 ratings of Olive Oil Banana Bread with Flaxseed and Raisins

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 1 loaf (about 10 slices)

Flaxseed Banana Bread - Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unbleached whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar***
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinches of salt, nutmeg and ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 3 tbsps light olive oil***, plus a teaspoon for greasing the pan
  • 1 large egg and 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Notes on some of the Ingredients

***Feel free to use light brown sugar or regular white sugar instead. Both are acceptable substitutes.***

***You may opt for extra virgin olive oil if you don't mind its distinct aroma in your banana bread.***

Preparing Banana Bread Batter
Preparing Banana Bread Batter | Source
Freshly Baked Banana Bread Cooling in the Pan
Freshly Baked Banana Bread Cooling in the Pan | Source
Slice and Serve
Slice and Serve | Source

How to Make Olive Oil Banana Bread from Scratch

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Put the dry ingredients (whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, ground flaxseed, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, ground ginger and raisins) in a mixing bowl.
  3. Stir together well with a whisk. Set aside.
  4. Beat together mashed bananas, egg, egg white, olive oil and vanilla extract.
  5. Add half of the dry mixture into the egg mixture.
  6. Beat together until well combined, then add the rest of the dry mixture and continue to beat until completely blended.
  7. Grease a loaf pan with a teaspoon of olive oil.
  8. Put the banana bread mixture into the pan and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 - 35 minutes, or until golden brown on top and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove your delicious banana bread from the oven. Allow it to cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then unmold and serve.

Olive Oil Banana Bread - Calorie and Nutrition Info

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories 170
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 29 g10%
Sugar 15 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 20 mg7%
Sodium 16 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Learn More about Healthy Baking

Alternative Options for Your Personal Liking and Health Concerns

  • Make it cholesterol-free - For those with cholesterol or heart problems, go with 3 egg whites instead of 1 whole egg and 1 egg white.
  • Make it diabetic-friendly - Yes, this banana bread falls in the category of high-carb snacks, but it also has its merits. It contains flaxseed, a diabetic superfood with plenty of dietary fiber that will decelerate sugar absorption, helping diabetics avoid sugar spikes. To make it more diabetic-friendly, replace sugar with a natural sugar substitute, such as Stevia, and cut down the raisins to 1 - 2 tablespoons.
  • Make it more mature - Replace vanilla with rum extract, coffee extract or Kahlua. Just because it's a healthy recipe doesn't mean it has to be meek in flavor.
  • Add texture - To give it some crunch (and extra nutrition!), add a handful of chopped almonds, walnuts or sunflower seeds to the batter.
  • Add sinful ingredients - We all have to break bad once in a while. If you don't want to keep it super healthy all the time, that's fine. Give this banana goodness some pizazz with a few tablespoons of chocolate morsels or chocolate chips. Also, feel free to serve it with some cream cheese, honey, or a dollop of ice-cream.

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  • CrisSp profile image


    4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    This sounds different considering the use of olive oil. Will try it soon...bookmarking your hub.

    Thank you.

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    Shinichi Mine 

    5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

    This looks like something I'd love to try at home. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    Andrew Spacey 

    5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    Great recipe, with healthy alternatives, thank you. I think this bread would be excellent for everyone who loves tasty breads but with banana you've got extra whoosh - good for walkers and hikers who need an energy boost for example.

    Voted up and shared.

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    Audrey Selig 

    5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    I love all the main ingredients in this bread Om. I eat flaxseed and bananas every day. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and also the alternate ingredients to use. Sure wish I could make it right now Gave it 5 stars. It is nice to stop by and visit your hub as I follow you. Blessings. Audrey

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    Jay Wyne 

    5 years ago from America

    a nice hub

  • jtrader profile image


    5 years ago

    I would like a slice of that.

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    Vespa Woolf 

    5 years ago from Peru, South America

    This does sound healthy and delicious! I can appreciate the benefits of adding flax to the diet. Thank you for the helpful suggestions for adapting the recipe to dietary restrictions or preferences.

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    5 years ago

    @R Talloni - hehehe Thanks for your lovely comment. Ok, I'll rephrase: Chocolate is sinfully divine. How about that? ;)

    @rebeccamealey - Ah, this recipe can't go wrong for you then. Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca. :)

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    I use olive oil often, and I love banana bread, so this is just what I needed. Thanks!

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    5 years ago

    Oh! ;) I am cut to the quick--so surprised! It's not that I didn't know that some people…, but I didn't expect it of you my young friend! To posture Chocolate in the same category as sin, why I never dreamed of you! It's, well, it's like money. Money isn't sinful, it's greed and selfishness and other vices that people give in to when they love it that is sinful. Chocolate? Child--Chocolate is divine! Okay, all kidding aside…

    Thanks very much for posting this new way to up the interest of including flax seed in our diets. :) Lots of good stuff in this recipe and your tips about those good stuffs are useful. We have a lot of tasty food in our society, but our focus needs to be on making nutritious food tasty. You've done a good job of it!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    5 years ago

    Thanks for your comments, everyone!

    @rosescottw - Honestly, I'm not sure when I'll have time to write another hub! I've been so, so, so busy lately. But hey, check out JessbBraz's comment above. She has some great ideas for gluten intolerant peeps.

    @JessBraz - Yep, those substitutes should work, I think. Have fun experimenting and let me know how it goes.

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    Thelma Alberts 

    5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

    Yummy! I love baking banana bread but I have not tried it with flaxseed and raisins. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Have a great weekend!

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    5 years ago from Canada

    Lovely recipe! Thankfully I have all the ingredients already, so I might just try to whip this up later today! I love banana bread.

    I am unable to eat gluten (which makes me sad, because I love bread) and I can't have eggs either.. I'm thinking for those who are also gluten intolerant they can substitute the whole wheat flour for Robin Hood Gluten free flour and the all purpose flour you can probably get away with almond flour...

    If you took the eggs out, it probably wouldn't be as moist or bind together quite as well... Another possibility is to use coconut flour instead of all purpose flour. Apparently coconut flour is very absorbent so if you took the eggs out but added in coconut flour you should be alright.

    I've never baked with coconut flour before. But I purchased some and it's been sitting in my cub board just waiting to be used. I think I'll use this recipe to experiment with it!

    Cheers on the wonderful hub! Voted up!


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    Ceres Schwarz 

    5 years ago

    This recipe looks good. I like banana bread. The images really make the banana bread with flaxseed and raisins look delicious and tasty.

  • Ruchira profile image


    5 years ago from United States

    Flax seeds if used in any dish is turning them into a healthy treat...your receipe sounds healthy yet delish :)

    might give it a try :)

  • Susan Recipes profile image


    5 years ago from India

    Simply mouth watering recipe. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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    Rose Scott 

    5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    Yum! It looks so good. The picture and all is just mouth watering. But, I was hoping you might have a recipe that would not call for using wheat. I've become very health conscious and have learned that the gluten in wheat can lead to weight gain and many other health aliments. I sure would like to try it. Would you put together one that is gluten free?


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