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This “Healthyish” Seed-Topped Whole Wheat Banana Bread is a delicious, lighter version of your typical quick bread. 

Made with bananas, whole wheat flour and sprinkled with crunchy seeds, it’s almost guilt-free, unless you eat the whole loaf of Healthy Banana Bread!

Seed-Topped Whole Wheat Banana Bread slices on a white tray



Seed-Topped Whole Wheat Banana Bread

My loyal readers may recall that I’m the only nut/seed fan in the household. So I had to tweak this recipe from Healthyish by Lindsay Maintland Hunt, so I wouldn’t have to eat the whole loaf myself!

Bill doesn’t like nuts, seeds or quick breads so he was a no go.  Katie is OK with quick bread but none of the seedy additions. So instead of the pecans, poppy seeds and sesame seeds called for in the original recipe, I just topped this banana quick bread with a mixture of pepitas and sunflower seeds and kept the “crunchy stuff” out of the batter. I happily volunteered to eat all the discarded crusts of this Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes – Bite-sized, individual cheesecakes with an autumn twist!for continued quality control!

Seed-Topped Whole Wheat Banana Bread in a loaf pan

Banana Quick Bread

I make a lot of quick breads. Quick bread is leavened with baking soda or baking powder instead of yeast.

Pumpkin bread is a family favorite. Doubling my recipe ensures each of my children has their own loaf. My personal favorite is any cranberry bread, but apple and pear bread are also outstanding. Then there’s the perennial favorite, banana bread. And this Healthy Banana Bread is just my style!

Seed-Topped Whole Wheat Banana Bread slices on a round white plate

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Next, an easy to use Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set is imperative. I love the magnets on the handles that helps keep these implements attached for easy storage.

My old oven thermometer was covered in splotches and had lost its hanger, so a spanking new Chef’s Precision Oven Thermometer was a joy. The gauge reassured me my oven was at exactly 350°. Whew. This thermometer stays securely in place in a wide range of ovens and withstands the opening, closing, rotating and general wear and tear that comes with active oven use.

Last, but not least was a Non-Stick Pro Cooling and Baking Rack which is my only non-stick version, so it will get tons of use! The non-stick, two-layer coating is PFOA-free and Swiss-engineered for exceptional performance and food release. The wire pattern is optimized for 360° air circulation, for quick cooling and even baking. Perfect for cooling this healthy quick bread, cakes, cookies and more!

Two slices of whole wheat banana bread on a white plate sitting on a cookbook


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Seed-Topped Whole Wheat Banana Bread

The Recipe: Seed-Topped Whole Wheat Banana Bread

This “Healthyish” Seed-Topped Whole Wheat Banana Bread is a delicious, lighter version of your typical quick bread.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 1 loaf


  • 2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pepitas
  • 2 teaspoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 3 very ripe bananas)
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease and flour an 8 ½ x 4½-inch baking pan. Mix 1 tablespoon of sugar with pepitas and sunflower seeds.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

Whisk banana, eggs, vanilla, and remaining ⅔ cup sugar and ½ cup oil in a large bowl. Fold in dry ingredients until just combined. Scrape batter into prepared pan; smooth top. Sprinkle reserved seed mixture evenly over.

Bake bread until a tester inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, 50–60 minutes. Let cool in pan 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and let cool completely.


I keep overripe bananas in the freezer in a Ziploc bag. When I get 3 or more, it's time to make some banana bread! Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.

Bread can be baked 3 days ahead. Wrap tightly in plastic and store at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Healthyish by Lindsay Maintland Hunt.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 209mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g


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10 comments on “Seed-Topped Whole Wheat Banana Bread”

  1. OXO products are the best! My family would scoff and the seeds also so I would have to make two batches. I want all the seeds and crunchy stuff in my loaf.

  2. LOL re your continued challenges with the family and their particular needs with regard to food/baking. I think many of us have those issues and have had those issues, me included. It seems my husband and I are such opposites. I can eat what he can’t and visa versa, which means I often have to make 2 versions of the same thing! Sympathies! Hope your are well and happy, Liz. P.S. the bake-ware sounds fantastic!

  3. I love that this calls for whole wheat flour! Bet it’s a very hearty loaf:@)

  4. This quick bread looks fabulous. It has tender even crumb and that crunchy seed topping makes it even more appealing!

  5. Really beautiful banana bread Lizzy!! hugs!

  6. Dear Liz – this bread looks fantastic, as do the OXO products. (I like the measuring cups and spoon set – w/the magnets. Nice.) I’m glad to hear you are adept at quality control w/the crusts. I also excel in that area!!! Someone’s gotta do it, and it might as well be me. I also have a large stock of frozen bananas in my freezer… I think my boys are going to very happy. XO

  7. One can never have too many recipes for banana bread , yours looks delicious .

  8. this sounds delicious seeded never thought of this! I bet its great with cream cheese warmed banana bread!

  9. I haven’t made banana bread in ages, even though we love it. My favourite is with walnuts, tossted mskes it even more delicious! I love kitchen gadget too, the oven thermometer would be awesome to have!

  10. I love banana bread! And I like the texture of your banana bread, so nice and fine. I am not used to frozen bananas as they look pretty icky when defrosted. I only use them in smoothies.

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