This Keto Banana Bread only lacks one ingredient: bananas. But not to worry, we are going to make our own low carb bananas out of the most unlikely of ingredients. Soon you'll be enjoying a sweet snack with just 4g net carbs.
🎶"Yes! We have no bananas. We have no bananas today!"🎶 -Eddie Cantor
I've been making Keto Banana Bread, so obviously, I've got the "Yes, We Have No Bananas" song stuck in my head. It's this old-timey Eddie Cantor tune from the 1920s about a cagey Greek grocer trying to sell his produce. He's got everything but bananas, you see.
Not unlike Keto dieters.
Yes, we've got no bananas, but we've got all sorts of other foods we can work with. Which brings me to today's recipe for Keto Banana Bread. We are going to be making our own bananas out of yellow squash. Curious?
Then read on my banana-loving friends.🍌
💬 Keto Dieters Often Ask
No, a medium-sized banana contains about 24 grams of net carbohydrate, which will blow your daily Keto carb allowance of 20g. And even if you could justify the carbs, the sugar content (14g) would likely knock you right out of Ketosis. So it's best to leave bananas for the monkeys.
Traditional banana bread contains anywhere from 35-55 grams of carbs. So put it out of your mind. Who needs real banana bread?
Yes, I'm going to show you how to make a moist and tasty Keto Banana Bread with just 4g net carbs. And there is no need to shed any tears over the potassium you are missing out on by foregoing bananas. You'll get plenty of potassium and other healthy vitamins from the almond flour we are going to use.
- Yellow Squash- These will become the bananas. It's doable, I promise! Cook it and infuse it with sweetener and banana extract and you'll have a very passable mashed banana.
- Butter- You can use butter or a Keto-friendly cooking oil like coconut oil to saute the yellow squash.
- Banana Extract- This is your Keto secret weapon. You can find fancy bottles of banana extract on Amazon, but you can usually find McCormick brand banana extract in larger grocery stores. It will give you just as much delicious banana flavor as the more expensive ones.
- Eggs- Always use large size eggs when baking. All recipes are designed to use eggs of this size.
- Cooking Spray- Use an aerosol can of cooking spray like Pam, or fill a cooking oil spray bottle with melted coconut oil.
- Brown Sugar Substitute- I like to use Swerve Brown, but Sukrin Gold makes an excellent zero-carb zero-calorie brown sugar substitute as well. Alternately, you can try a golden monk fruit sweetener that Lakanto makes.
- Almond Flour- Time was, almond flour was a specialty ingredient. But luckily for us, you can buy it at large chains like Aldi and Costco now. Buy a large bag if you plan on doing any amount of low carb baking. It goes fast.
- Baking Powder- Most store-bought baking powders use corn-starch as their base, but you can make your own baking powder at home using 1 part baking soda to 2 parts cream of tartar.
- Salt- Table salt is fine. You are only using a tiny amount.
🍪 Add-in Ideas
Chocolate Chips- Keto Banana Bread and sugar-free chocolate chips are a match made in low carb heaven. (Although to be fair, just about any baked good can be improved with chocolate.). Lily's makes a plethora of baking chips, from milk chocolate to dark chocolate to chocolate salted caramel. You can add between ⅓ - ½ cup of chips as desired.
Nuts- You can't go wrong with a handful of nuts in your banana bread. You can add up to ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans.
Spices- I haven't included any spices in this bread recipe, but you can add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg if you'd like.
Vanilla- You can add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, if you are a vanilla lover.
Now is the fun part: turning yellow squash into yellow bananas.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a loaf pan with cooking oil.
- Melt butter in a large frying pan over Medium-High heat. Add shredded yellow squash and cook until softened, 3 minutes. Add ⅓ of your brown sugar substitute and cook until all the liquid has evaporated, 3-4 minutes.
- While you are sauting the squash, add the remaining ingredients to a blender and blend until fully combined.
- Add cooked squash to a medium-sized bowl and mix in banana extract and remaining sweetener. Fold in the almond flour mixture.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil or parchment paper and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
❄️ Cooling and Storage
- After the Keto Banana Bread is cooked through, remove the pan to a cooling rack. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan.
- Then use a knife to slice the bread in places where it hasn't pulled away from the sides of the loaf pan.
- Invert the pan onto the cooling rack and release the banana bread. Cool on the rack until it reaches room temperature before slicing with a bread knife. (Although you can dig into it after about 20 minutes if you really want to. It'll just be a little soft. But it's great warm with butter.)
- Store in an air-tight container or wrap it in aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
- You can store it at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week. Also, try freezing it. It'll last for up to 6 months in the fridge that way.
It's bananas! 🍌
Yep, that's all it takes to make your own bananas out of yellow squash. I love this Keto banana bread recipe because it turns ho-hum vegetables into a sweet fruit. It's a great way to get some veggies and fiber into your diet.
So soon you'll have some gluten-free grain-free Keto Banana Bread that is surprisingly moist and flavorful. Low carb almond flour baked goods can be dry and flavorless, but the eggs and yellow squash lock the moisture in. And the banana flavoring is, mwah! Chef's kiss.
So yes, we have some bananas. We have some bananas today! 😊Print
Quick Keto Banana Bread
This recipe for Keto Banana Bread uses the most unlikely of ingredients.
- Prep Time: 4
- Cook Time: 54
- Total Time: 58 minutes
- Yield: 12 slices 1x
- Category: Bread
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
Preheat: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a loaf pan with cooking oil.
Saute: Melt butter in a large frying pan over Medium-High heat. Add shredded yellow squash and cook until softened, 3 minutes. Mix in ¼ cup of your brown sugar substitute and cook until all the liquid has evaporated, 3-4 minutes.
Blend: While you are sauting the squash, add the remaining ingredients to a blender and blend until fully combined.
Combine: Add cooked squash to a medium-sized bowl and mix in banana extract and remaining sweetener. Fold in the almond flour mixture.
Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil or parchment paper and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
Cool: After the Keto Banana Bread is cooked through, remove the pan to a cooling rack. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Then use a knife to slice the bread in places where it hasn't pulled away from the sides of the loaf pan. Invert the pan onto the cooling rack and release the banana bread. Cool on the rack until it reaches room temperature before slicing with a bread knife.
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 167
- Fat: 15
- Carbohydrates: 7
- Fiber: 3
- Protein: 8
Keywords: Keto Banana Bread, Low Carb Banana Bread, Gluten-Free Banana Bread