This Baby’s first banana bread is sugar-free and perfect for babies starting their weaning journey. If you are looking for a freezer-friendly, easy recipe, look no further!

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This Healthy Banana Bread is a great make-ahead snack for littles of all ages. Most banana recipes you will find use maple syrup as a sweetener; however, it is added sugar and should be avoided for younger babies and toddlers < 2 years of age. Therefore, I blend raisins in the batter to add sweetness, fiber, vitamins, and minerals!

You can add chocolate chips to the batter to make this recipe more interesting and fun for toddlers > over 2 years old and older kids.

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Reasons to Love this Sugar-Free Banana Bread for Babies

  • Naturally Sweetened: This baby banana bread is sugar-free, yet not bland! The raisins add the perfect sweetness without negatively affecting the baby’s developing taste buds.
  • Easy and simple: This recipe uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
  • Customizable: You can bake for babies and add chocolate chips or nuts to the batter for older siblings.
  • Freezer-friendly: A great recipe to prepare and reheat in the microwave for a quick breakfast or snack.
  • Great for lunch boxes: These are a healthy option for your little ones, and they can easily be added to packed lunches or snacks on the go.
Banana bread slice

Ingredients to Make The Best Baby Banana Bread

Here is what you need to make this delicious banana bread for your baby:

  • Bananas: For added sweetness and moisture. The riper the bananas, the sweeter the banana bread.
  • Eggs: Used as a binder. Use room-temperature eggs if you can!
  • Raisins or Golden Raisins: Source of natural sweetness packed with fibers, vitamins, and minerals. Natural sugars from fruits and veggies can be used to sweeten baby recipes from 6+ months.
  • Butter: To add moisture to the muffin. You can use coconut, avocado, vegetable oil, or light-flavored olive oil (extra virgin will not work as it is too strongly flavored).
  • All-purpose flour: I like to use a combination of oats and all-purpose flour. This way, the muffins are healthier and also fluffy!
  • Oat Flour: For added fibers and nutrients.
  • Baking powder: To make the muffins rise.
  • Cinnamon: Optional for added flavor and sweetness.
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Step-By-Step Instructions

Follow these simple steps to make the best healthy banana bread for babies:

  • Preheat oven to 356F and prepare a baking loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Melt the butter (about 20 seconds in the microwave).
  • Add the ripe bananas, eggs, raisins, and melted butter to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Combine the oat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients until combined.
  • Pour the blended wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Pour batter into the greased loaf pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and the banana bread is golden on the edges.
  • Let it cool for 5-10 minutes and move to a wire rack.

Tips for the Perfect Baby’s First Banana Bread

  • Use overripe bananas with brown spots for best results on both sweetness and moisture.
  • For decorating, you can add a few banana slices to the top before baking.
  • Preheat the oven before adding the banana bread. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick and check if it comes out clean.
  • After 5-10 minutes, remove the banana bread from the pan and let it finish cooling on a wire rack, preferably, or it can get soggy.

Tools Needed

Storage Instructions

  • Let it cool completely before transferring to a freezer bag or an airtight container.
  • Fridge: Store for up to 4 days. You can reheat in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
  • Freezer: Store for up to 3 months. You can slice and freeze or wrap the entire loaf. I find it easier to portion it so that you can remove the exact quantity for the baby’s snack, and it is much easier to defrost.

Serving Suggestions and Substitutions

I always suggest offering the ingredients individually before adding recipes to the menu. For example, first offer bananas, then eggs, then bananas with oats and cinnamon. Then, you can offer this baby banana bread, making sure that you screen for any food allergies and allow enough time for the baby to get used to each individual flavor.

  • This banana bread can be served independently, or you can top it with nut/seed butter, yogurt, cream cheese, or even sugar-free jam.
  • For baby-led weaning, between 6 and 9 months, you can serve the food in thin slices so the baby can use his palmar grasp to hold on to it.
  • Once the pincer grasp has developed after 9 months, you can cut the banana bread into smaller pieces.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a 12-month-old eat banana bread?

Yes, absolutely! Babies can have sugar-free banana bread since starting solids! However, make sure that the individual ingredients have been offered first, especially the allergens such as dairy and eggs. I started introducing recipes when both my babies were 9 months old.

How do I cut my 7-month-old banana bread?

7-month-old babies still use their palmar grasp, so, if you are doing baby-led-weaning, you can cut the bread into strips or fingers. If you are feeding the baby, you may offer it in smaller pieces. At around 9-10 months of age, babies develop their pincer grasp. At this age, you may cut it into bite-size pieces.

Can you freeze banana bread?

Yes, this banana bread loaf can be frozen. Let it cool down, slice and add to a sealed container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

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Baby’s First Banana Bread

This Baby’s first banana bread is sugar-free and perfect for babies starting their weaning journey. If you are looking for an easy recipe that is freezer-friendly, look no further!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 7 Slices
Calories: 205kcal
Author: Carol Pecora

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 2 bananas extra ripe
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 356F (180C) and line a baking loaf tin with parchment paper OR grease with butter and coat with some oat flour for a clean release after baking!
  • Melt the butter (about 20 seconds in the microwave).
  • Add the ripe bananas, eggs, raisins, and melted butter to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients until combined.
  • Pour the blended wet ingredients into the dryingredients bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Pour batterinto the greased loaf pan and bakefor 25-30 minutes until atoothpick comes out clean and the bananabread is golden on the edges.
  • Let it cool 5-10 minutes and move to awire rack.

Notes

  • Nutrition facts are calculated for each 1 serving of the recipe (1 slice).
  • It is suitable for baby-led weaning. I always recommend starting recipes after the baby has been exposed to each ingredient individually. For example, offer bananas and eggs separately before the combination so that the baby is familiar with each food individually before combining.
  • Ensure you preheat the oven before adding the banana bread. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick and check if it comes out clean.
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Baby's First Banana Bread
Amount per Serving
Calories
205
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
0.3
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
64
mg
21
%
Sodium
 
257
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
268
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
29
g
10
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
292
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
122
mg
12
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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