Whole Wheat Molasses Banana Bread

Servings: 1 loaf serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 75 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

Take me to the recipe

healthy whole wheat molasses banana bread
Banana bread with a little bit of peanut butter spread on top.

That’s what I have been thinking about this afternoon as I nibble three-day old buns and sip my tea.

Banana bread is everything that these buns are not: It’s moist, fragrant and has an irresistible texture.

moist and flavourful molasses banana bread

This is a classic banana bread recipe, with just a few updates. It’s lightly spiced, gets a bit more substance from whole grain flour and the banana is beautifully complemented by the molasses…a sweet that has a little bite to it.

Feel free to toss in ½ cup of nuts, seeds, or desiccated coconut if you prefer more texture.

For an more flavourful bread use extra ripe bananas. And if you don’t have ripe bananas, try this:

How to ripen bananas quickly, in the oven.

healthy whole wheat molasses banana bread

 Whole wheat molasses Banana Bread Recipe


  •  ½ cup butter, melted, or canola oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. yogurt or soured milk*
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1 1/4 cups)
  • ¾ cup whole wheat or spelt flour (spooned in)
  • 1 ¼ cups flour (spooned in)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg


  1. Grease a large loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the melted butter with the sugar and stir well.
  3. Add the molasses and then the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Stir in the yogurt, vanilla and then the mashed banana.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir gently, just until combined. (Take care not to over mix.)
  7. Bake at 350 F for 50-60 minutes.
  8. Let cool in pan 10 minutes before upending on cooling rack.

*To sour the milk, add 1/4 tsp. of vinegar to the 3 Tbsp. of milk and let sit for five minutes.

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7 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Molasses Banana Bread

  1. Melissa says:

    Love, love molasses recipes fr NFLD

  2. Ann says:

    I would add 1/3 cup sugar & 1/4 cup molasses,it should cook at 325 degrees

    1. Hi Ann, Thanks for your recipe suggestions.

  3. Sadie says:

    I’ve tested dozens of banana bread recipes and wouldn’t classify this one as “classic” or “traditional”, but it’s a very nice “hybrid”. The crumb is dense but tender and light. It’s moist without being a gummy, which I’ve found with some of the banana breads I’ve made. I would recommend a 1/2 tsp salt if using canola oil, otherwise the bread could be a bit flat tasting. I added 1/2 tsp cardamom and 1/4 tsp rum extract for a flavour boost. I didn’t think that it had a pronounced banana taste, but it was delicious. I also increased the sugar to 1/3 cup, and still used 1/3 cup molasses, and didn’t find the bread to be sweet in the least. Mine baked for 65 minutes at 325° in a Pyrex pan. It rose beautifully, cracked down the middle. and sliced cleanly. A definite keeper!

  4. Made this bread yesterday. Because “large” eggs are so small these days, I used three of them. And I used salted butter rather than oil.
    I baked the loaf at 350° in a Pyrex loaf pan for 65 minutes.
    It was absolutely perfect!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Sarah, I bet the bread was so yummy with butter. Great suggestion about the eggs too. This has always been one of my favourites so I’m happy to have some feedback on it.

  5. Yvonne Sandoval says:

    I’m baking it now! I made it exactly like your recipe reads. The dough was quite nice, kinda yeasty almost! I can’t wait omg every time I have over ripe bananas I hit the internet for a new recipe and yours hit me when I included molasses as my key word. Thank you!

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