This baby banana bread is refined sugar-free and made with whole food ingredients. The baby banana bread recipe is naturally sweet from the overripe bananas, sweet potato, and homemade date syrup.
Using date syrup that is 100 % natural yields the best baby friendly banana bread that you can feel comfortable feeding to your baby or toddler, as it contains no added sugar.
All the ingredients in this banana bread for babies are nutritious and healthy, so you can rest assured knowing that this subtly sweet treat is healthy enough to give to your baby or toddler for breakfast or as a snack.
Baby banana bread ingredients
- Oat flour
- Baking soda
- overripe banana
- Cooked sweet potato
- Date syrup
- Vanilla extract
- chia seeds
My girl loves bananas; by love, I mean she points and demands a banana every time we are in the grocery store. But, she doesn’t like sweet potato, a super nutritious root vegetable for babies.
I blended sweet potato with banana to make the best sugar-free banana bread. I always hide vegetables that my girl doesn’t like on their own with other foods that she does like.
You can slice and freeze the baby banana bread, then pull it out of the freezer as needed for an easy breakfast or healthy snack. I reheat the sugar-free banana bread in a pan to defrost and slightly crisp each side.
I also serve it with plain yogurt and date syrup, which tastes like a sweet potato banana pancake. Mmm, so yummy! Plain yogurt is also an excellent source of protein for babies and complements the baby-friendly banana bread.
If you need something to do on a rainy day, try making this baby banana bread recipe with simple ingredients that the whole family can enjoy eating and baking.
Tips and substitutions
The key to making the best-tasting refined sugar-free baby banana bread is to use super ripe bananas that have turned extra sweet!
I used oat flour to make this healthy banana bread and keep it whole-food based, but you can use any alternative flour as well.
You can also add ground hemp or pumpkin seeds and collagen powder to amp up the protein content, as this recipe only has a little protein. Ground hemp seeds and collagen powder are an easy addition to amp up the protein without changing the flavor.
I recently remade this recipe with my toddler and added hemp seeds and collagen powder, and made baby banana muffins that were a huge hit. While it took a bit of time to scoop the batter into muffin trays, my toddler had a great time while I practiced my patient teaching skills and cleaned up the mess.
If you don’t want to use cooked sweet potatoes in the recipe, replace them with extra bananas.
Benefits of this baby banana bread
Bananas are a naturally sweet fruit that many babies love, and luckily they are also packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B2, vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
Magnesium is needed to use glucose in the body but is deficient in obese children. Potassium is a crucial electrolyte required for optimal hydration. Manganese boosts antioxidants as it is the cofactor for the SOD enzyme. Vitamin C supports the immune system to help prevent colds. No one wants a sick baby!’
Sweet potato is a nutrition powerhouse and is a fantastic source of vitamin A for eye health and the immune system. Sweet potato contains many B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese.
I used oat flour which is super easy to make at home. Blend whole oats in a high-speed blender into fine flour.
Chia seeds provide ample fiber for gut health, protein, and healthy fats for brain health, including omega-3 fats.
Homemade date syrup is used to sweeten the baby banana bread naturally. While dates contain natural sugars, they also contain vitamins and minerals and are a great sugar substitute for babies when blended and added to foods in small amounts.
Eggs are an excellent source of protein to balance the carbohydrates and contain high amounts of choline, a crucial nutrient for growing babies.
How to make sugar-free banana bread for babies
Before making this baby banana bread, you will need to peel and cook 1/2 cup of sweet potato until soft. I always cook extra to make sweet potato pancakes. You can also make this sweet potato baby puree with leftover sweet potato.
You will also need to make this homemade date syrup for babies to sweeten the banana bread. I used ½ cup, but you can adjust the amount used to create a less sweet or sweeter banana bread.
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients, including the oat flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and chia seeds.
Mash the banana and sweet potato, then add to the mixing bowl. Add the date syrup and eggs, then stir into a batter.
Line a baking loaf pan with baking paper and pour in the banana bread batter.
Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 175 degrees Celsius or until cooked all the way through.
Enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge once it has cooled down.
Baby Banana Bread
- 1 Loaf Pan
- 1 Mixing bowl
- 1 High speed blender
- Boil the sweet potato for 15 minutes. While the sweet potatoes are cooking make the homemade date syrup.
- Combine all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix.
- Mash the bananas and sweet potato then ad to another mixing bowl with the homemade date syrup and and eggs then mix thoroughly before combining with the dry ingredients.
- Line a loaf pan with baking paper then pour in the banana bread batter. Place into a pre heated oven at 170° celcius and bake for 30 minutes.
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