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Zesty Orange Banana Bread with Vanilla Citrus Glaze

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In need of a punchy new rendition of the classic banana bread? Sure you are! 

If you’re as much of a citrus fan as I am, this healthy orange banana bread recipe with citrusy cream cheese glaze will become your new favourite.

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How to Make Healthy Orange Banana Bread with Glaze

You’ll need:

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour or gluten-free if necessary
  • 3/4 cups monk fruit sweetener or granulated sweetener of choice
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, use flax egg or vegan egg if desired
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 overripe bananas mashed
  • 2 tsp orange zest

Method for making healthy orange banana bread:

  • Preheat oven to 350° and line a bread pan with parchment, or grease thoroughly.
orange squeeze into banana bread batter

Whisk together eggs, melted coconut oil, almond milk, orange juice, mashed bananas, and orange zest.

A trick for squeezing the orange without having any seeds in your batter is to use a small, fine-mesh strainer that can balance on the rim of your mixing bowl.

Add to dry ingredients. Stir together gently until just combined.

dry ingredients to wet healthy orange banana bread
healthy orange banana bread tip into pan

Tip batter into a greased or parchment paper-lined bread pan. Bake at 350° for about 60 minutes, or until a fork or skewer comes out clean.

To make the glaze combine:

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 ounces low fat cream cheese or cashew butter for vegan
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond milk

Drizzle over healthy orange banana bread while still warm.

To make these into healthy orange banana bread muffins, bake at 350 for 15 minutes until fork comes out clean.

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Zesty Orange Banana Bread with Orange Vanilla Glaze

A zesty burst is what you need to refresh the classic banana bread recipe, made with orange zest and juice and topped with an orange vanilla cream cheese glaze. Healthy, wholesome, and bright.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword almond milk, banana, carbs, citrus, coconut oil, easy, eggs, from scratch, gluten free, healthy, kid friendly, low sugar, monk fruit sweetener, sugar free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Author Rach

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour or gluten-free if necessary
  • 3/4 cups monk fruit sweetener or granulated sweetener of choice
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 overripe bananas mashed
  • 2 tsp orange zest

For the Glaze

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 ounces low fat cream cheese or cashew butter for vegan
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Combine flour, sweetener, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl; set aside.
  • Whisk together eggs, melted coconut oil, almond milk, orange juice, mashed bananas, and orange zest. Add to dry ingredients. Stir together gently until just combined.
  • Tip batter into a greased or parchment paper-lined bread pan. Bake at 350° for about 60 minutes, or until a fork or skewer comes out clean.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together glaze ingredients till smooth. Glaze bread while still warm.

Notes

For muffins, bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until a fork comes out clean from the center.
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Andrew

5 stars
This is absolutely as delicious as it looks in the pictures! The glaze is especially tasty.

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