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Hearty High Protein Banana Nut Bread (Gluten Free Options)

This wholesome, hearty, and high protein banana nut bread is the perfect snack or breakfast bread to keep you full, satisfied, and happy! Gluten free options!

While I am off skittering about Lake Tahoe with Spyder for the weekend (have you been following me on Facebook Live and Instagram Stories? We are having so much fun!), I am bringing to you a recipe that never goes out of style and would be a perfect last minute addition to a brunch or gift for a special someone (like Mom!). I will come back at you all with alllll sorts of updates on Monday, but until then, Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, regardless of what their children may be! Ridley better get me flowers….

Preview of our weekend…

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Hearty High Protein Banana Nut Bread (Gluten Free Options)

This wholesome, hearty, and high protein banana nut bread is the perfect snack or breakfast bread to keep you full, satisfied, and happy! Gluten free options! @suzlyfe

I delved straight into a love affair with banana bread during March, and that love affair continued for months! I made banana-base muffins every weekend for the next few weeks and was completely guilty of eating up to 5 in a day! But when your banana bread/muffins are this delicious and so good for you… can you blame me?

This hearty protein banana nut bread recipe is similar to my favorite Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins, but there are slight differences that produce a slightly different result. The result is a heartier protein banana nut bread that focuses on the banana flavor and then ups the ante with ginger and nuts. So if you are less chocolate inclined (gasp), this is the protein banana bread for you!

This wholesome, hearty, and high protein banana nut bread is the perfect snack or breakfast bread to keep you full, satisfied, and happy! Gluten free options! @suzlyfe

Slather it with nut butter, butter, have it plain with a glass of cold almond milk (my personal favorite) or a glass of tea (ok, so I love this as well), crumple it over ice cream… there are unlimited options. Plus, you can tailor the nuts to what you like–salted peanuts, hazelnuts, cashews!–but I think that the walnuts are the way to go. 

You know how I was talking about unique Mother’s Day gifts? This is another excellent option–show your mom that you want her to live healthfully and deliciously!

Hearty High Protein Banana Nut Bread or Muffins (High Fiber, Gluten Free Options)

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Prep: Cook: Yield: 12 muffins or 2 mini loavesTotal:

Finally, a high protein banana nut bread recipe that's high fiber, low in sugar, and tastes delicious! Gluten free ready + protein powder free!

You'll Need...

  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 1-2 (about 100-200 g) Ripe Bananas, Mashed*
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Liquid Egg White (or 2 Egg Whites and Dash Liquid)
  • 2-3 drops Vanilla Stevia (or 1 tsp Vanilla Extract + 2-3 drops liquid stevia or 2 TBSP sweetener)
  • 2-3 TBSP Maple Syrup
  • Optional 1/4 avocado***
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 120 g (about 1 Cup) Whole Wheat Pasty Flour**
  • 60 g (about 1/2 Cup) Chickpea Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 TBSP Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Powdered Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 oz nut of choice (I picked walnuts!)


  1. Heat oven to 350*. Line and spray mini loaf tins or muffin tin with liners and or parchment paper. Mist liners with cooking spray.
  2. Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients (not including nuts) in separate bowls until each mixture is well incorporated.
  3. Add wet to dry and incorporate, then add nuts and fold in.
  4. Divide batter evenly among muffin tin and or loaf pans.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes, then rotate pan. Cook additional 5-10 minutes (less for muffins, more for mini loaves). Additional 15-20 minutes for normal sized loaf pan.
  6. Removes, let cool, and enjoy!

Additional Notes

* for a sweeter and more moist muffin, use more banana (up to 2).
** for Gluten Free version, use Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (make sure that binder is included within the mixture)
***For additional moisture, add in 1/4 ripe avocado

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And a quick Friday Catch Up for you!

Posts from the Week:

Five Thoughts on my mind!


  1. Today I will ski for the first time in 15 years. #herewego
  2. Yesterday’s meals: Bar and coffee in the am, coffee at the airport, bar between planes + bulk candy between planes, snack mix and crackers on the plane, body weight in wheat thins + chips + guacamole + salsa at the house, beets and foccacia and ahi tuna apps, dinner of roasted Brussels, hummus + pita, and sweet potato fries. Life was a big freaking snack plate yesterday, and it was GLORIOUS. 
  3. Like I mentioned yesterday, I can’t tell you how much I needed this escape. I was having an anxiety attack at my lunch shift (for various reasons), and it just reiterated how much I needed a break from everything going on in Chicago. As much as I would love for Alex to be here with us, I’m honestly really glad to be here with all women. 
  4. I played a slot machine yesterday. Won $5 on the first try, lost it on the next pull. Dumb (Alex called it, literally verbatim). 
  5. Speaking of Alex, he is doing a great job single parenting so far. He got up early and took the pup out to the park to play around and came back home after a super busy morning to let her out, feed her, and take her for a walk, went back to work, and then came home and took her for  a run after work! Plus, he has been sending me video of her running around like an idiot, which you know I love. I love you, Alex, thank you for being such a great daddy!

I honestly had tons of other thoughts to share with you, but we are going to have a ripe and ready start tomorrow morning, and I need to be ready to go! 

Make sure to follow @Suzlyfe + @Spyderactive + @Shape_Magazine as #SpyderXShapeTakeTahoe! Click To Tweet

Banana bread–want it sweeter or more neutral?

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day?

Linking up with Foodie Friday (Farrah, Annmarie, Esther, and Jess), Friday Five 2.0, Meatless Monday (Sarah and Deborah) and another Meatless Monday (Annmarie and Dixya),

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  • Reply Allie

    OMG I need this right now!! I went to our local natural bakery on Wednesday dying for their homemade banana bread and they had the audacity to be sold out! I seriously almost cried. I guess I can now make it myself but I need to make at least 2 loaves at a time because I am banana bread obsessed. Thank you!!

    May 12, 2017 at 5:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SO not cool. I can’t make two loaves because then I eat two loaves. In one day.

      May 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Christina @

    That bread looks yummy. I hope you have a great time skiing! I’ve only been skiing once, my freshman year of college. I was a disaster lol, but I had the best time!

    May 12, 2017 at 6:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, if you didn’t die and had a great time, who cares?

      May 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Well you know I’ll love this one based on my thoughts from your muffins. But I am loving the addition of gingggerrrr. Again – I so hope you enjoy this weekend and take with it all the relaxation, escape and re-centering that you can <3 <3

    May 12, 2017 at 7:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I kind of wish I had added crystalized ginger in there, too.

      May 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    OMG you are so close to me! have fun!!! You deserve it!

    May 12, 2017 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Wanna fly me back out?

      May 16, 2017 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply jen

    Have fun skiing, I can’t wait to hear about it!

    May 12, 2017 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Have so much fun skiing!! I love banana bread, especially with chocolate chips. It’s been forever since I made it though!

    May 12, 2017 at 8:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t start, you might just not stop doing it!

      May 16, 2017 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Hehe… I love watching our dogs run around like crazies; it’s so funny. And I’m glad you get this sunny, relaxing, wonderful weekend out there. I hope it fills your cup right up!

    May 12, 2017 at 9:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It filled it right up, Emily!

      May 16, 2017 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I totally get that sometimes what we really need is to be surrounded by women. I’m glad you’re getting in that earthy healing this weekend. <3

    May 12, 2017 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Rachel (LittleChefBigAppetite)

    Yum!! I would DEVOUR this bread!

    May 12, 2017 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Dude! I’ve been working on a banana bread for the blog that is similar but with chocolate chips and chocolate ha ha I really need to try chickpea flour in my baking!

    May 12, 2017 at 9:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Um yes, yes you do! You know i love me some choco chips in anything

      May 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    What a great banana bread! I like mine sweet but not too sugary sweet– this version looks lovely! Good luck skiing today! Looking forward to seeing the highlights.

    May 12, 2017 at 10:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is indeed the perfect middle ground!

      May 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Sooooo jealous! I love Tahoe and Spyder! My favorite ski jacket is made by them. Have FUN!

    Also, tell Alex the last time I was in the Reno airport I won $150. So there. 😉

    May 12, 2017 at 10:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, there you go. I won immediately and then lost immediately!

      May 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    You are going skiing again? Snow skiing?
    I need a picture of that.
    You were fearless on the slopes as a kid!

    I think Ridley IS your Mother’s Day gift!
    She’s perfect but not too perfect, she has lots of personality but is sweet and fun, and she loves her mama.
    If she gets flowers for you, let’s just hope she didn’t dig them up from someone’s garden, and yet that would be Ridley-perfect ❤️

    May 12, 2017 at 10:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She will probably just shed on me and bring me grass or goose poop

      May 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        Would those top Peach’s recycled paper-towel? I think not!!

        May 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    We love banana bread at our house and are always looking for new variations. Hope you are having a fantastic time out there

    May 12, 2017 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I’m glad you got this getaway! Enjoy!

    May 13, 2017 at 7:20 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    It’s been so long since I’ve made banana bread – yours looks absolutely delicious!

    May 13, 2017 at 8:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, you know I’ve been going a little crazy on it 😀

      May 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    I need to go get myself some bananas! 😛 This looks delicious! I love the addition of ginger in this!

    May 13, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It makes so much difference!

      May 16, 2017 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Mmmmmm! Banana bread can do no wrongs, in my opinion!

    May 17, 2017 at 1:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Especially when it is this good!

      May 17, 2017 at 8:59 am
  • Reply Esther

    This looks so good! I have never thought about adding avocado to add moisture! Brilliant!
    I love all the options!
    Banana bread and I are such good friends! I am in fact posting a new version tomorrow 🙂

    Loved all your stories from your trip 🙂
    Thanks for linking up with us 🙂

    May 18, 2017 at 12:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you darling! And yes, you must add avocado!

      May 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm

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