Banana Bread Without Added Sugar

Banana bread without any added sugar

Most baked goods I've eaten are too sweet. I don't want too much sugar in my life, so I'm starting to bake less-sweet variants of popular baked goods. This time I try banana bread.


  • 1/4 cup Whole milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 ripened bananas
  • 1.75 cups whole wheat flour

Ingredients for the banana bread

The type of oil probably doesn't matter that much here. I also added a bit of cayenne pepper, on the suggestion of a friend.


This is pretty simple to make. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees at some point. Preparation won't take very long, so you can probably start pre-heating right from the start. Then, just take all the ingredients above and put it in a stand mixer bowl.

Banana bread ingredients in a bowl

Turn on the stand mixer and wait until it's mixed.

Stand mixer

Pour the batter into a baking pan and put it in the oven for around an hour. Don't forget to grease the pan with a bit of oil.

And that's it.

I had some major problems when trying to remove the banana bread from the pan. I probably put too much batter in the pan, so the heavy crumb (the soft bit inside the loaf) completely separated itself from the crust when I flipped the pan over.

Banana bread disaster

If you don't like the crust anyway, then perhaps this is a feature, not a bug. In any case the crust is salvageable.

Banana bread - fixed

... Somewhat.


This banana bread initially tasted a bit weird without any sugar, but I suspect that is because I hadn't eaten banana bread which wasn't very sweet before. There is actually still quite a bit of sugar in here due to the natural sugars found in bananas (WolframAlpha says 14g per banana). After a brief adjustment period, this doesn't taste bad. I didn't put enough cayenne in to taste anything, but I am a bit skeptical on whether it would work here.

I would make this again for my own consumption, but definitely add a bit of sugar if you're expecting to serve banana bread to other people.