Banana-Avocado Bread

Stay with me here….. You might be as dubious as I was to see an avocado infiltrating a harmless banana bread, but this is one of those healthy “recipe makeover” substitutions I can whole heartily endorse. I’m all for healthy food of course, but I’m not a big fan of healthy versions of not-so-healthy things if they fall short on the yumminess factor.

It turns out you can substitute avocado for half the butter in many baking recipes. So you’re not only replacing bad fat with a healthier one, you’re also adding some extra nutrients. In our banana bread test, the avocado didn’t end up altering the flavor or color significantly and the end result was as moist and tender as the original. This is excellent news since my family has a major addiction to banana bread and I have become “the banana bread lady” at my son’s preschool. So now we’re eager to see how the avocado fares in some of our other favorite baked goods.

We decided to put this “healthier banana bread” experiment to the ultimate test by making it for a recent family soiree put on by the awesome folks of SF Music Together. [If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, Music Together is a fabulous children’s music program not only here in San Francisco, but around the world, where families can share and create music.] The party was tons of fun with face-painting, singing and tambourine shaking galore — Simran even snagged some totally cute hair clips from Made in the Haight.  The banana-avocado bread was a big hit across the board and there wasn’t a crumb left to take home. We heard many a “yum” which is definitely music to our ears.

Banana-Avocado Bread


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup softened butter (half a stick)
  • Half an avocado (approximately 1/4 cup)
  • 2 cups flour (I used 1 1/4 cups app purpose, and 3/4 cup whole wheat)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 very ripe bananas (this is not worth making if your bananas aren’t super ripe)
  • 3 TBL milk
  1. Cream together sugar, butter and avocado.
  2. Stir in the eggs and vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. In a seperate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt until well mixed.
  4. Fold together the butter and flour mixture until well incorporated.
  5. Mash 3 very ripe bananas. Mix in the mashed bananas and milk.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until the top springs back when you press it.

21 thoughts on “Banana-Avocado Bread

  1. You almost did loose me at Avocado…gonna have to taste it to believe it. I am all about cutting butter out so I will try this. I love Avocado and I love Banana…just not sure I would love it together.

  2. this looks delicious. I’m not feeding my daughter any sugar–do you think this might wrk with applesauce in place of sugar? I know the texture will be different.

    • if you google “california avocado’s direct” you will find a site where you can order fresh avocado’s through the mail.

  3. Don’t worry girls…I have seen it all in terms of substitutions….I once used papaya in my banana bread…and it was great. So…. yummy avocados won’t scare me. I will definitely going to try that. Have a great week. 🙂

  4. Great idea to substitute the avocado. I love them so much and hated them so much growing up! They are so versatile in both savory and sweet dishes like this. I’ve baked with avocado once, and yes, you cannot even detect the flavor in a sweet bread! Thank you for reminding me to do this the next time I make banana bread!!

  5. How many eggs should be used in this recipe? It’s not specified… I’m guessing 2, and hope I’m not too far off!

  6. I just improvised a similar recipe…used no butter at all, but applesauce! Turned out great! One of those single serve cups of applesauce substituted perfectly for the oil my original recipe called for. Delicious!

  7. Bananas and avocados are a wonderul combination…I fed all of my children this combo as babies and they LOVED it!! My youngest still loves avocado and eats it spread on whole grain toast. Soooo much tastier and healthier than butter. Avocados rock 🙂

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