crackly-banana-bread Recipes

crackly banana bread

There are a lot of good reasons to make banana bread: You have a pile of sad bananas on top of your fridge that have reached their life’s expectancy. You like things that are unquestionably delicious. It’s raining and you need something toasty and cake-like to go with your coffee. You’re into recipes you can make with one bowl, and feed a dozen. You’re going to be wildly busy this fall and are hoping to pack your freezer with all sorts of wonders that that can be warmed up whenever the craving strikes, even if you’re not around to enjoy them.

soft focus bananas so to revolt you less
mashy mashy

There are very few reasons, however, to reinvent banana bread, even when one’s original recipe is just shy of six years old, an eternity in blog years. I mean, is there anything new to add to banana bread? Even if there were, should banana bread be mussed with? The answers are, of course, no but due to a confluence of events — and yes, 24-hours-from-fruit-flies bananas were one of them; freezer-packing was another — I found myself making an updated banana bread last week and it was so lovely that it deserves a new mention.

ready to go

A few months ago, my editor asked me if I had a recipe for a whole-grain breakfast-y banana bread and I snapped back “BUT YOU SAID THE BOOK WAS DOOOONE. You promised!” Just kidding! Kinda. Ahem, what I was actually about to say was, “haven’t you seen my jacked-up banana bread recipe? It’s so wonderful because it has…” And then I looked it up again and guys (gasp!), there’s bourbon in there. You’re welcome. But seriously, I may love bourbon enough to argue that it should be a food group but I just cannot pull off a bourbon-spiked cake for breakfast and still make it through the day. (Whiskey in my coffee, however, is apparently no bigs.) And you know, it’s full of white flour and refined sugar and melted butter and it’s absolutely, unquestionably wonderful but when it comes to breakfast, I like to pretend that that I’m not feeding us cake but something wholesome and that recipe makes it hard to pull off.

a millet cascade

And so, I got to fussing. I always do. The white flour became whole-wheat flour. The butter became coconut oil in one batch, olive oil in another. The white sugar became maple syrup. The bourbon took a nap. But then I did something I’ve been wanting to do for so long, I wish I hadn’t waited because it’s not going to be the same again without it: I made it crackle.

baked and bronzed

When we talk about food, we often talk about texture: plush cakes, juicy roasts, caramelized onions that sigh against the walls of a quiche and peaches that melt into butter. But we so rarely talk about the crackle of a shattering lid of creme brulee or the edge of a thin, curly slice of bacon. A few months ago ate a muffin that crackled from what I learned was, get this, millet. Like the bird feed! (Not that I’ll ever share it with the birds again after trying it in breakfast cake.) In banana bread, the millet creates a texture as satisfying to eat as bubble wrap is to pop. So go on; you know what needs to be done.

banana bread like bubble wrap
crackly banana bread

One year ago: Apple Pie Cookies
Two years ago: Beef Chili + Cheddar-Sour Cream Biscuits
Three years ago: Snickerdoodles and Date Spice Loaf
Four years ago: Black-and-White Cookies and Summer’s Last Hurrah Panzanella
Five years ago: Chocolate Babka, Red Velvet Cake and Cream Cheese Noodle Kugel
Six years ago: Flower Cupcakes

Crackly Banana Bread

The crackle comes from uncooked millet, a seed that can be cooked like a grain in pilafs, but here is left crunchy. It’s sold in health food, speciality stores and many larger ones (found mine at Whole Foods). If you don’t have t and don’t want to seek it out, however, the recipe absolutely works without it and makes a delightful, wholesome spin on banana bread with no less deliciousness than the original.

I suspect a gluten-free flour mix would work well here, but didn’t test it out in my kitchen. If you’d like to play around a mix of whole-grain flours would make a lovely partial swap too (perhaps some rye, buckwheat or barley flours).

Miss the bourbon and butter? You might like my Jacked-Up Banana Bread too!

3 large ripe-to-over-ripe bananas
1 large egg
1/3 cup (80 ml) virgin coconut oil, warmed until it liquefies, or olive oil
1/3 cup (65 grams) light brown sugar
1/4 to 1/3 cup (60 to 80 ml) maple syrup (less for less sweetness, of course)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1 1/2 cups (180 grams) white whole-wheat flour (or flour mixture of your choice, see Note up top)
1/4 cup (50 grams) uncooked millet

Preheat your oven to 350°F and butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan. In the bottom of a large bowl, mash bananas with a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon until virtually smooth but a few tiny lumps remain. Whisk in egg, then oil, brown sugar, syrup and vanilla extract. Sprinkle baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves over mixture and stir until combined. Stir in flour until just combined, then millet.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool loaf in pan on rack.

Do ahead: Loaves keep well in the freezer, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, for a month or more. Ours kept at room temperature for a record week, becoming more moist each day.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

New here? You might want to check out the comment guidelines before chiming in.

398 comments on crackly banana bread

  1. I have a ginger banana bread recipe that I love, but my current sweetie is allergic to bananas so I can’t make any of these recipes. I’ve been trying to think of other fruits I could smash into pulp and use in sweet breads – any thoughts?

    Thanks so much!


  2. I’m busying myself with recipes that freeze well; so glad to have another to add to the pile. Your raspberry whole wheat ricotta scones freeze up nicely, as does your chana masala. Next up are soups and stews.

  3. Cara

    Should the millet be rinsed and picked over? I’m relatively new to millet, but the one time I cooked it I didn’t rinse or pick it over and there were crunchy stony bits. Nowhere did it say to rinse/pick it over but a few web searches suggested it should be treated like quinoa or dried beans.

  4. Oh, this is fun! I make us breakfast every Sunday for the week ahead, and try not to make things that are too cakelike. I’ll have to try these as muffins too, since that seems to be one of the easiest way for us to grab and go in the mornings.

  5. I was just hunting for a “more wholesome” banana bread/muffin recipe that I could pass for breakfast. While I created something I rather like using coconut oil & whole wheat flour, I’m excited to test out this millet version. Hmmm. Looks so good.

  6. Sarah

    How did you KNOW I was hunting for a whole-wheat banana bread recipe?! Can’t wait to try this. And for the record, I eat the jacked-up banana bread for breakfast. An extra loaf always makes it to my workplace also, and it is a hit, keeping the bourbon hidden of course! ;)

  7. Deb! I am going to try this with millet flour, sorghum, and tapioca starch to make it GF. I’m sure the extra millet flavor will give it an extra punch. I’ll let you know how it goes. This looks amazing! :D

  8. You read my mind! I was thinking about banana bread when I was passing a shelf of bananas the other day at the grocery store. I didn’t buy them because I have 3 weeks worth of sweet tart dough in my freezer that I made and don’t have time to finish yet. I trust your recipes, so I will be putting this one on my to do list.

  9. Kristen

    Millet. That’s one thing I never have in my cupboard. Maybe in the bird food bag, but not in my cupboard. I guess I’ll have to make a trip to the store for millet since I already have a kazillion overripe bananas calling my name!

    I’m a newbie here – I stumbled upon this blog yesterday and now I can’t leave! I’m hooked! :)

  10. Badger Reader

    I make your jacked up version on a monthly basis. My coworkers especially like when I am heavy-handed with the bourbon, and have no problem with spiked breakfast treats. Will be hard to test something new when the old is so beloved, but I am very intrigued by the millet. Also STHOOS melts my heart.

  11. This looks delicious…and healthy! I’ve tried to make my grandma’s banana bread recipe with healthier substitutions, but it never turns out just right — I can’t wait to try yours! Plus, I’ve never had millet before, so it will give me a chance to try something new!

  12. I’ve tried similar banana breads and I dig them all. I literally go through about a dozen bananas a week on smoothies/juices alone (only $.19 a banana at my local Trader Joe’s), but inevitably some end up spoiling on me. Definitely need to start whipping up some banana bread more often.

  13. Kara

    Um. It’s raining. I have four VERY RIPE bananas. And, seriously, I have my old standby Williams-Somoma muffins and quick breads cookbook open to the whole wheat banana nut bread page. Just waiting for motivation to strike. GET OUT OF MY HEAD.

  14. I have so many bananas that need to get used. They’re currently living in my freezer because defrosting them seems to mash them for me. I further jacked up your jacked up banana bread with brown butter and streusel, but this is definitely more breakfast appropriate. Although lack breakfast appropriateness has never stopped me before.

  15. Maggie

    I have to say I’d never dream that you need anything more than the Jacked-Up recipe! It’s the ONLY banana bread recipe I use (though I just double up on the vanilla and skip the bourbon). I have tried subbing in some whole weat flour for some of the white and it’s still good. It really is the best all-white though. Dang that’s an awesome recipe. So good I’m skeptical of anything new! But I’m sure this is great too.

  16. Aleza

    An old roommate of mine would add millet to whole-grain pancakes for the same reason- crackle! Goes very nicely, especially if the pancakes are flavored with a bit of cinnamon/ginger.

  17. I love that you made it crackle! Ive been on SUCH a banana bread, cake, bars making bonanza. Every week for the last few months. Can’t get enough of it! Will be trying the crackle action next! And coconut oil. I bet this is dreamy!

  18. Kate

    I’d like to second SongBird’s question about an alternative to bananas–I’m allergic. Pumpkin? Zucchini? I usually skip over banana recipes because they’re so hard to substitute, but this looks so good!

  19. Jane

    This looks amazing! I love millet crackily-ness in my baked goods.

    Your banana bread has been my go-to for the past 3 years, and everyone swears I’m an incredible baker because of it. Ironically, I never rarely have butter on hand, so usually opt for coconut oil as a substitute. It adds beautiful moisture/texture to the bread that, I think will complement the whole wheat in this recipe.

    Perhaps this will top my current go-to? At least I am not going to be cheating on you with another blogger :)

  20. I have all of the reasons to make banana bread EXCEPT the going-bad bananas. We just eat them too fast! But for this bread, I may have to start saving. Banana bread is amazing in most any manifestation, and this looks like no exception. I do, however, want to try the bourbon version as well…

  21. “We so rarely talk about the crackle of a shattering lid of creme brulee or the edge of a thin, curly slice of bacon.”

    Who’s “we” in this sentence? Because I pretty much talk about that stuff daily… :P

    Excellent idea with the millet; I love crackling! Have filed this under “make this.”


    1. deb

      Sari — I preferred the coconut oil and didn’t find the coconut flavor to be detectable (if you, like my husband, are coconut-averse). But both will work.

      Banana alternatives — I am quite fond of my Zucchini Bread recipe, and also whole-grained it up this summer with no ill effects. You could probably substitute pumpkin puree for the banana but I’m not sure how much… maybe 1 cup? Or 1 1/4 cups?

      Linda — I have never tried it so I cannot say what kind of texture it will impart uncooked in the bread. It can’t hurt to find out, I suppose.

  22. Maggie

    Just made this with the olive oil – at first I found it very strange because of the strong olive flavor, but after a few bites it really grew on me. Next time, though, I think I would try the coconut oil or just use a neutral oil. It is the loveliest looking banana bread I’ve ever made, however, and I’ve tried just about every recipe out there. The texture is perfect – light without being cakey, hearty without being heavy.

  23. Adrianne

    I love millet – can’t wait to try this. And given the season, I think I’ll see what it tastes like with one of the winter squashes I can’t stop buying at the farmer’s market. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Vanessa

    Although this certainly looks interesting, I will never ever cheat on your Jacked Up Banana Bread recipe. Not even for the promise of a crackle!

  25. Jennifer

    I haven’t clicked through to pictures of your little guy in a while…when did he get so big?!? I guess I’ve been too self absorbed in my own kids’ astonishing rates of growth. Last time I clicked through, he was eating mushy baby stuff :)

  26. Banana bread is always welcome by me! Even if I don’t have ripe bananas, I’m fully willing to put an unripe banana or two in banana bread (I know, I know…sinful!). Boozy banana bread sounds wonderful! I could definitely see bourbon going well in bread! Looks delicious as always!

  27. sarah

    My favorite bakery in our food-ish town (Northampton, Mass.) serves the best muffin: Pear Sunflower. Large-diced pear with the skin still on + millet + sunflower seeds for crunch on top. Delicious, and I think it’s the millet that makes it!

  28. I was wondering where the millet at Whole Foods went (I wanted to buy some for mushroom millet soup)…I kid. I kid. Thank you for another awesome recipe. I’m looking forward to your cookbook. It’ll be the first I’ll have purchased in a while.

  29. Shelli

    I guess I get the whole grain option but what do you mean the bourbon banana bread isn’t for breakfast? I suppose I probably wasn’t suppose to serve it to the 1st graders when I was snack mom this week, either….hmmmm?

  30. Nina

    I saw this recipe pop up in my Google Reader and roasted some non-speckled bananas in the oven so I could make this recipe ASAP. The millet is an amazing addition and I plan to try it out in other recipes. I did find the bread itself to be a little dry, but I plan to play around with adding more next time. And maybe some chocolate chips, just because. :) Thanks, Deb!

  31. Sarah

    Looks great! I’ve got a favorite banana bread recipe already, but I’m always willing to give another recipe a try. Of course, I think that topping ANY banana bread with a drizzle of honey and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream is a must too.

  32. I LOVE adding millet to my banana bread. It adds such a wonderful crunch! I’ll have to try your version with coconut oil — I’ve never made that substitution before. Sounds really good.

  33. I love the millet idea. I’ve made banana bread with teff grain, which is finer than millet and doesn’t provide crackle exactly, but adds a very pleasant texture and nutty flavor.

  34. This looks delicious! I love banana bread and I already know this whole-grain version will become a staple in my kitchen! Plus I can’t wait to try what you called a “crackly” consistency :)
    Thanks Deb for this healthy and yummy breakfast recipe, I’ll be surely making it soon!

    xo, Elisa

  35. Becky

    Can not wait to make this more wholesome version of banana bread tomorrow. I know it will change the texture, but I was wondering if I steamed the millet first would that be ok? I make millet all the time, first I lightly toast it in a cast iron skillet, that way when steamed it is even nuttier and with a great bite!

  36. Clavis

    I’ve substituted pumpkin (or squash) for banana in banana bread many time, I think it’s about 1 to 1.5 cups per 3-4 bananas. If you add cinnamon/nutmeg/ginger/cloves as well it makes a lovely pumpkin spice bread.

  37. Meg

    This recipe makes me happy, but what makes me really smile is that photo of Jacob! He looks so grown up. And SUCH a cutie! He’s definitely going to be a heart breaker!

  38. I don’t have maple syrup on hand and I can’t get millet (I live in Cambodia), so I ad-libbed a little here and just used some salted caramel sauce I had on hand! Plus, no whole wheat flour either. Yes, I pretty much made the antithesis of what you were going for here, but just tuck the salted caramel addition in your back pocket for another time!

  39. Susane

    Honestly, I think you have taken a wrong turn here. The bread looks anemic to me, and the millet looks nasty. I may be prejudiced regarding the millet, because hard little millet- type things are difficult to digest and cause pain for people such as myself, who have diverticulitis. The bread does have a nice sheen, however, presumably from the cocunut oil. But the bananas you photographed for mashing – they weren’t nearly ripe, or overly-ripe enough to flavor your bread! Fine for out of hand eating, but not baking. I am dead conservative when it comes to banana bread. My idea of a variation is substituting 1/4 cup of very strong and dark cocoa for 1/4 cup flour, which makes a lovely rich but not overtly chocolatey loaf. Variation number two would be to use half whole wheat flour for the white four.
    That adds a delicious substance to the loaf. And I always enjoyed the James
    Beard recipe where he added a couple of tablespoons of honey to the recipe. It
    really intensified the banana sweetness of the bread in a very natural sort of way.
    I hope Iam not causing offense. I love your blog and just wanted to share my opinion.

  40. Ah.. uncooked millet… When I saw the first pics.. i thought it might have been something like poppy seeds … ths would also be healtheir… One can never get tired of banana bread and the various twists that people give it!!

  41. laslig

    Mmmm… I tried this today – wonderfu! Love the crackles.

    Hope there’ll be some left by tomorrow when my friends come over to sample it!

  42. K

    Thx for all the inspiration you provide!
    Overripe bananas & I don’t seem to get along, so I tend to dislike bland-nana loaves in principle. ::surreptitious sliding of said bananas to Susane::
    …love millet in anything…and love the idea of teff, too.
    …Though I would suggest RINSING QUINOA before using; it has a bitter coating…maybe want to dry it before adding to recipe by dry-roasting it a bit?
    I am looking forward to trying your recipe. I think that I’ll substitute grape seed oil for the olive oil.
    (caps are for quick reference, rather than shouting)

  43. A couple quick comments- this sounds wonderful for a variation on a theme! Millet sounds great, and I saw a reference above to quinoa, too. There is such a thing as prerinsed quinoa, and that is really convenient.

    I was taken back to my childhood when I looked at the very first picture on your post, that is the same kind of bowl that my mom had and we used it for baking banana bread and lots of other things. I was a trip down memory lane. My mom’s place is being sold soon, and I ended up with the bowl. I think a batch of banana bread in it would be quite fitting. Thanks for a wonderful post.

  44. That’s such a good point about remembering the texture of food. The millet is inspired–I can’t wait to try it. Who doesn’t want their breakfast with a side of bubble wrap fun?

  45. Philip B

    “In banana bread … millet creates a texture as satisfying to eat as bubble wrap …”
    –Smitten Kitchen, September 2012

    >> How political ads are created. ;-)

    Love the recipe – Thanks!

  46. Eliza

    It’s hard to comment since I made a few changes, but… I roasted 4 bananas first with butter and brown sugar (amazing enough just to eat with yogurt!). I also added a streusel topping and skipped the millet (since I didnt have any). So… it was AWESOME!

  47. Mae

    This looks delicious and I wish I was smelling it baking right now. But I agree with Susane above, bananas need completely black skins to make the best banana bread.

  48. Caetie

    I have JUST been tinkering with your jacked-up banana bread recipe to make it more whole grain-ish, so this is awesome to see your ideas for that!

  49. Liz

    I just made this and the smells are amazing. One quick note, the recipe never said when to add the vanilla. I assumed it was meant to go in with the other liquids. Delicious :)

  50. Renee

    I can’t believe I am going to ask an annoying substitution question, but have you baked with agave nectar enough to know whether it would be a 1:1 substitution in this recipe? This bread looks awesome, but we just don’t buy maple syrup often (crazy, I know). I will buy syrup if I need to, but I have agave (and honey) on hand. I can also Google about that substitution, but I thought you might have baked with agave before.

  51. this just came out of the oven 15 minutes ago. husband is currently standing at the stove shoving pieces into his mouth saying “really good banana bread” in between swallows. I added 1/4 c of unsweetened flaked coconut (we’re fans in this house) and dialed back the sugar even more. I don’t think this loaf will be around a half hour from now, even though i made it with my twin toddlers in mind. YUM!

  52. Lea

    Perfect timing! I have three soft, speckly bananas on the counter that have had me dreaming of banana bread all week. I looove millet, too. For the crackle and the heartiness it adds. You are too good.

  53. Laceflower

    Millet is wonderful I put it in my breads and crackers and also have a millet pilaf recipe that is great served with roasted veg. Here is a tip about fruit flies; wash all veg and fruit as soon as you get it home from the store, and yes that includes bananas. I think we have had only 4 flies all summer with fruit and veg on the counter all the time.

  54. basketpam

    I print off a fair amount of the recipes that come through from this site and there’s only one things I’d love to see changed, that when we select the recipe for print mode that we have the option to include a picture of the finished product. Even after baking and cooking for over 40 years now I still like to see a picture of what my item it to look like. I’m not a big fan usually of banana bread, I give it more as gifts than I eat it myself but this one looks pretty good. I also like to do things like this in small loaves and give them as gifts to our residents at the retirement community we own. One thing they like is that it’s so freezable.

  55. Naomi

    Do you think Amaranth can be used as a substitute for the millet? I have a bag in my pantry that I have yet to find a use for (and actually have ALL the other ingredients on hand miraculously…)

  56. Jane

    Renee – Anytime I’ve substituted agave for maple syrup in baking recipes, it’s always been in equal amounts. And has always been equivalent in delicious-ness!

    I think agave will have a slightly milder flavor, but contributing the same amount of sweetness/moisture to the bread.

    Hope that helps!

  57. Nev

    Oh no no no, do you know what you did now?! I will be putting millet in all sorts of baked goods from now on! Cakes, breads, muffins, cookies, brownies… Thank you so much for this idea!

  58. yvonne

    this was SO GOOD. i will never make quick bread without millet again! i was half way through mashing the bananas when i realized that i only had regular whole wheat and a little homemade multigrain flour (rye, millet, buckwheat, oat, & corn mixture). made it with a combo of those two and while it came out a lot darker in color than yours it was still deliciously moist and not dense at all. added chocolate chips too.

  59. Elisabeth

    Just pulled our crackly banana bread out of the oven and it’s to die for! We *love* the millet too. Thank you for another wonderful recipe, Deb!

  60. tara

    I have never used coconut oil before, and I almost bought it at the store today to try this recipe, but I balked at the amount of saturated fat. Something like 12g in a single tablespoon–more than butter, and SIGNIFICANTLY more than olive oil. Am I missing something? I assume it’s delicious, but is it worth it?

  61. Andoriah

    I can’t wait to try this, esp as I have lots of coconut oil to put to good use.
    Do you think I could substitute agave syrup for the maple syrup? Would you use the same amount? I have it on hand but I’d have to go out and buy maple.

  62. bergamot

    This is a wonderful bread. Love the idea of crackle. I too love to use healthy substitutions while baking. I just cannot make myself use just plain flour or butter while baking. I have to healthify it :-) I use jaggery powder as a substitute for brown sugar and it works out just fine.

  63. Vicky

    You read my mind… I literally logged on to find your banana bread recipe and here it was – staring me in the face on the first page! Now its off to the shops to find millet!

  64. ella

    a lot of people are asking about substitutions – when it comes to syrup, I believe that agave syrup is slightly sweeter than maple, but it really would depend on the batch; so ymmv depending on how sweet you like things to be. To sub for cocoanut oil, if you can’t or don’t want to use cocoanut oil for whatever reason you could probably use whatever solid fat thing you like (e.g. Nature’s Balance spread) at a one-to-one substitution without any disasters, tho depending on the results you might decide to add a bit more or less the next time you make it. Subbing a liquid fat gets a bit more complicated but there are loads of online calculators for that. (all my experience with cocoanut oil has been with a solid product. If this is not the case here I apologise and would suggest that you use any nice oil that you know you can tolerate)

    For people who are concerned about the health ramifications of cocoanut oil, as far as I am aware it just goes solid because of its nature, not because of processing (which makes it less health-problematic), but I could be totally off with that and if you’re really worried you should ask your health professional/the internet/a combination thereof.

    Anyway, I love figuring out how to make recipes vegan/gluten free/whatever because I have loads of friends and family who have various dietary restrictions for health or ethical reasons and even though I’m pretty catholic in my tastes I really like being able to feed everyone. (c,f, I catered my own vegan- & gluten-free-friendly wedding reception even tho I am omnivorous and have no issues with gluten) So if anyone has more questions of this nature, feel free to ask me. My email should be linked to my username I think. If not, it is ellael (at) gmail (dot) com.

  65. ash

    This bread is beautiful with the millet! Made it with a tablespoon of olive oil, 1/4 cup homemade yogurt, 2/3 cup brown rice syrup, and double the spices. It was so easy to make too – a lovely and calming process.

  66. ash

    @ Ami – if I could chip in – you could make the bread as is with about 2 – 4 tablespoons of yogurt to help with the leavening process. I haven’t found either flaxmeal or chia to be particularly necessary (:

  67. Oooooh, I love the idea of a crackling banana bread. It’s so fun to tweak faithful recipes and yield delicious results. I am definitely going to give this a try! Thank you for the recipe. :)

  68. Perfect timing! A beautiful confluence of events (missing a just-past summer vacation covered in Sun Bum, a sunscreen that smells like whipped banana heaven, and a bunch of lusciously overripe bananas on the counter) has made it clear that I must make and devour this recipe a.s.a.p.! It will be making a gluten-free appearance in my house before the end of day tomorrow. Thank you for sharing and inspiring! :)

  69. I’m so looking forward to trying this. There is a (now closed) place in Berkeley that made amazing Millet muffins and I always wondered if they millet went in fully raw or what. There is definitely something about that crackle that makes the whole baked good feel virtuous, which is always a plus. Sounds like it might go well with a rainy afternoon and a hot toddy.

  70. I love millet. Even though my tried and true banana bread is my favorite and hard to give up, I absolutely love this variation and am going to try it. Thanks! Amazing recipe!

  71. Ilona

    Hi Deb, can’t wait to make this. I have one question, though. I don’t have white whole wheat flour – what would be a good substitute? I was thinking half white flour and half whole wheat. What are your thoughts?

    1. deb

      Faith — I’m getting you an answer and will respond in a bit. Sorry for the trouble.

      Ilona — I am sure that combination would work great.

      Kate — Now added. Just ask! I’m adding metrics to recipes as requested. I usually get it done faster.

      basketpam — I don’t include the photo because I know a lot of people don’t like it, it uses a lot of toner, etc. However! You just reminded me that I have a new tech guy and I should ask him if he can implement a “print with photo” or without checkbox option before you print. :)

      Renee — Agave would be fine. It’s technically a tad sweeter than sugar, so you probably will only want to use the 1/4 cup amount.

      debio — Thank you for sharing. I inherited the bowl, too but it’s becoming a favorite! I have other wide, large ceramic/glass bowls but they’re very heavy, especially the stoneware. This is far more enjoyable to lift and scrape. The spouts are great.

      Susanne — Wow! I am reading comments backwards so I just got to yours but I’m surprised that you’d leave such a long, negative comment on what you’d imagine the bread would taste like just based on the photo, and not trying it. I don’t expect anyone to like every recipe; most and not for many people; this doesn’t bother me. But I kind of think of this comment section as living room, a place where we can enjoy each others company and where I’d hope politeness trumps presumptions.

  72. Sarahb1313

    So, being away, this is a bit of torture as I can’t bake but I am eager to try this especially as I have a jar of coconut oil I have been longing to put to use!

    My go to recipe for Banana bread for 3 decades was from the Joy of Cooking book, which frankly is quite decent- includes whole wheat flout and wheat germ- but a girl’s fancy turns to other recipes and it has been a while for be and banana bread…

    This looks like just the thing to kick it back up the list!! Thanks!

  73. Hi Deb, Have made a gazillion versions of bana bread and always something missing to me… You have solved the problem. finally a banana bread I dont get bored with after the second slice! I cut this in slices and wrapped in parchment paper and then froze all wrapped slices in a freexer zip bag. Individual slices for breakfast, a snack or a sent to school snack. Only one problem…all the kids in the class want a slice!

    Grazie mille,


    Love to see you come to Madison Wi on your book promo. Downtown Madison (State Street area) very very hip and so many great restaurants from unique countries around the world. Madison would be so SMITTEN with you for sure!

    Im originally from NJ (the shore ) and moved here abt year and half ago..Love it! Oh and by the way, lived in Aruba for a year after vacationing there 4 times a year for years…Im sure you get the “Aruba” madness thing! Thank you for your efforts, you have brought joy to our home at least once a week!! (Usually more!)

  74. Margaret

    My son (just a few months younger than Jacob) requests banana bread with frightening frequency. I’m excited to try this recipe as a break from my usual Joy of Cooking recipe! My only problem with this (and every other banana bread) recipe is the lack of specificity about banana quantity. What’s a “large” banana? Do you have perhaps a cup measurement for the mashed bananas? We end up with a crazy variety of sizes, based on where/when we got the bananas, and they’re almost always frozen before being put to use in bread. A volume measurement would be deeply appreciated.

  75. Simcha13

    I don’t know – the Jacked-Up Banana Bread recipe is one of my favorites from your site! It’s going to be hard to actually make a different banana bread. But the crackle top does sound hard to resist. I might just have to give it a try. :-)

  76. Ilona

    So I went ahead and made the banana bread without white whole wheat flour – I used 1 cup white and 1/2 cup whole wheat. It’s in the oven right now, so I will let you know how it turns out when it’s ready. I did want to let you know, Deb, that you forgot to include adding vanilla in the instructions – no harm, I added it in with the liquid ingredients, but I just thought you might want to update the recipe.

  77. I’ve been obsessed with millet in quick breads for years! Starbucks had a date bran muffin with it. Now, Heidi (101 cookbooks) had a lemon yogurt muffin with millet. It’s all delicious! I can’t wait to try your version! :)

  78. This was amazing! I made a couple substitutions –I filled the 1/3 cup up half way with maple syrup first, then the other half of the way with honey; I used 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup unflavored protein isolate powder; I substituted quinoa for the millet. It was AMAZING! Not too sweet, a nice texture, and then an added crunch from the quinoa (and protein!!!). Definitely making again! Thanks for the recipe!

  79. Yum! I have enough bananas to make my traditional version + this one, so… off I go! Plus I was trying to find something to do with that baggie of millet I cannot recall purchasing. Thanks for your help.

  80. Molly

    Hi Deb – Looks amazing as always!!!!! I have three bananas on the counter nearing that sweet spot. I wonder, since I don’t have any millet on hand, do you think quinoa might work?? Thanks!

  81. Kristin

    This baked up nice and moist and not too sweet ( with the lower amount of syrup). I like the fact that it was all whole wheat but wasn’t heavy at all. I didn’t have coconut oil so used canola to keep the flavor neutral. I was happy to try something with millet, since I’d never cooked with it before, but I can’t say that I liked the crackle. I will definitely make this again but will get my crunch from nuts.

  82. M.C.

    Okay, I’m totally on board with the millet, but right now, I just received a huge box of sesame seeds from amazon that I subscribed to and forgot to unsubscribe. I have sesame seeds out my ears…do you think I could use those and get the same crackle? What do you think about the taste difference?

  83. JenSCooks

    I just made this gluten free to rave reviews, especially from my gf MIL. It was incredibly tender and without the sticky or gritty texture that some GF baked goods can get. I used 1 cup of Cup4Cup flour, 1/2 cup gf oats, and subbed flaxseed meal for the millet, because it was what I had.

    My instinct was to grind the oats, but I’m glad I didn’t, because they didn’t cook through all the way, and everyone liked the texture they gave the bread. So there’s your crackle. :)

    One question. I had coconut oil in the house, but had never used it before. It says nothing on the jar about refrigerating after opening. Do you know if it’s ok to leave out, or does it need to go in the fridge?

  84. Ilona

    Just made this, and it was awesome – it got rave reviews from some tough critics. I loved the texture of the millet. I used one cup white and half a cup whole wheat flour because I didn’t have any white whole wheat flour.

    I noticed some people asking about the volume of bananas to use in this recipe. It seems to be quite flexible – I didn’t classify my bananas as “large”, so I used four of them, and the results were delicious. I dialed down the maple syrup to compensate for the added sweetness and moisture.

    Thank you, Deb, for another hit!

  85. TracyS

    I love the crunch of adding millet to baked goods! It’s also very good in zucchini muffins! Love your blog, too! I always find great things to make. Can’t wait to receive the cookbook. By the way, I have an even tinier kitchen (live in Tokyo) that makes yours look palatial!

  86. anaheeta

    Deb! you’ve inspired me to make this bread not just super healthy but truly indigenous, packed with locally sourced, locally grown ingredients: for the flour i used whole wheat, sorghum (indian name: jowar), pearl millet (indian name: bajra), finger millet (indian name: ragi). Instead of maple syrup, i poured in hill honey sourced from my neighbour’s rubber plantation in Kerala; the bananas were grown on our farm and the brown sugar was replaced with powdered jaggery (unrefined cane sugar)…i added some orange rind and left out the cinnamon…

    the outcome? a deliciously browned, fabulously crackly, flavourful banana bread…

    thanks so much!

  87. Michelle

    This was so delicious, love the crunch of the millet!! I made this into muffins because I wanted to bake them up quickly before everyone got out the door this morning. I don’t usually make changes to your recipes, but I used a cup of oat flour, and coconut sugar. It was still really delicious! Thanks, Deb!

  88. I adore banana bread, and I just bought a jar of coconut oil in the hope of making my fat use in baking slightly more acceptable… In short – you read my mind! I’ve never used millet in baking before, but the promise of a ‘crackle’ is too much to resist!

    John @KDCUK

  89. Ashby

    This bread is wonderful – not too sweet but it still feels a little bit naughty. We didn’t have millet, but it worked beautifully without it.

  90. Ka

    This looks WONDERFUL! And I will eventually make it, but, there is no better crowd-pleaser than your Jacked-Up Banana Bread. Seriously. It has become a thing of legend among my family and friends. Especially when jacked-up with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey!

  91. alison

    Hi Deb, I love your website, but you know what would be great for this and all cooking blogs? A comment section that separated true suggestions (ie:”I tried this gluten free, and found almond meal is a good substitute”) from uncooked enthusiasm. I find your reader feedback and your responses very helpful in my cooking, but I’m too impatient to wade through the praise to get to the useful stuff (“I think it looks delicious, too! That’s why I want to try this cake!”).
    Thanks for all your amazing recipes and writing.

  92. Hillary B

    I made this last night and we really liked it. Will definitely make again – glad to have a healthy banana bread. I loved the texture of the millet in the bread. I made it with regular whole wheat flour and olive oil (instead of coconut oil).

  93. joanne

    this is by far the best banana bread i’ve made so far! added a handful of nuts and a 1/4 cup of flaxseed, and it was a huge hit! super moist and delicious!

  94. Lori

    I used to have the problem of one mushy banana left in the fruit bowl omn a pretty regular basis. Not good to eat, but not enough to make banana bread with. Now I just put the whole thing in the freezer until I have three of them and then it is banana bread time. Or I leave all three in the freezer until I feel like making the banana bread. After freezing the texture breaks down so you barely have to mash them, but the end product is just as good.

  95. Nice to see some great suggestions for maple syrup subs in the comments. I LOVE banana bread and this recipe looks great, but maple syrup is CRAZY expensive in the UK – as a consequence we almost never use it for anything and 1/3 cup sounds like it would have quite a heavy effect on the flavour of the bread, at least for my not-accustomed-to-maple palate.

    I might try a very British substitution over the weekend – golden syrup – and will post on here if it turns out well. Definitely like the sound of adding millet – I love adding different grains to my breads!

  96. JanetP

    I find plain millet in (regular) bread to be too crunchy for my taste. I pour boiling water on it first and drain it after it’s soaked for a while. It’s not cooked, but it softens it. Great idea to add it to banana bread!

  97. Dana Erickson

    I made this last night – except I made muffins since my husband thinks it too much work to slice a loaf, lol – and it was DELISH!!!! Love, love, love the texture added by the millet. Oh, and I added walnuts too. Mmmm.

  98. Hey Deb,

    I’m a long time follower of your blog, and have used your recipe for banana bread (with some personal tweaks) for years. I’m now a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, and biked 30km today to visit a city with a stove and oven (luxurious!) to do some work and good-for-the-soul cooking. I came back from market today with a giant bunch of bananas. Hoping to find another banana recipe on your site I paid a visit… the timing couldn’t be better. My host family in village and everyone in Senegal is harvesting millet right now. I’ll have to work around some ingredients (no whole wheat flour or coconut oil here) but man you made my day. Jamm rekk (Peace Only!)

    1. deb

      Erin — That is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing.

      Dainapen — Virgin coconut oil has a delicate flavor and is wonderful for baking. Regular coconut oil is chemical treated and partially hydrogenated — this process creates trans fats. They won’t kill you, but the virgin stuff is consider much lovelier and healthier for baking.

      Quinoa — I am not sure if it is has the same crunch when uncooked in baked goods because I haven’t tried it. I’d love to hear back from anyone who has.

      JenSCooks — Great question about the virgin coconut oil. My jar says “no need to refrigerate” but at room temperature, and my apartment is always warm, it is liquid. So, I put it in the fridge (figure there’s no harm) but then it is suuuuper difficult to scoop when chilled. I have to run it under warm water. In short: I’d say do as the jar says and store it in a cool, dim place.

      M.C. — Sesame seeds could be delicious here. You might even amp up the sesame flavor intentionally, adding toasted sesame oil or a spoonful of tahini paste to the batter.

  99. Paige

    That bread looks amazing!! I will have to make that this week! The best part is that being on a diet that won’t break my bank at breakfast :) I can still enjoy a sliver of that bread along with my morning fullbar I will still be able to lose my needed weight, and I know with the combination of both I will stay full until my lunch and not have to worry about snacking during the morning.

  100. I made a loaf of this yesterday, but only after spilling half the bag of millet all over the kitchen floor. It was all cleaned up before the cats could make their way over to the interesting little balls all over the floor.

  101. Kate

    I love the healthier take- I’m a runner so I’m always overbuying (then having the freeze) bananas.

    re: the pic of Jacob. He’s going to be such a ladykiller!!!

  102. Megan

    I had to laugh because I was on to your recipe of carnitas before I even got to the recipe at the bottom. This is perfect, I’m on a new coconut oil kick and I have dozens of bananas in the freezer. Thanks for sharing!!!

  103. Faith

    Hi Deb, I had a question about your book tour. I called the Mid-Manhattan Library about your December 17th date, but they have no record of it. Do you have more information about it? Is there a registration and required book purchase? I’d love more info if possible! Thank you!!

  104. m.

    Beautiful, as usual. Wondering what you think about omitting the egg to make it vegan? I am hosting a brunch this weekend & have some special needs guests. & since I’m commenting a may as well say that this is my most favorite food blog I read. I love the recipes but I also enjoy reading everything you have to say about them. You are an excellent cook & a superb writer. Can’t wait for the cookbook! xo

  105. Kee

    this absolutely works GLUTEN FREE! I subbed a whole-grain all-purpose gluten free blend and it turned out so good. I used coconut sugar and sprinkled some on top before popping it in the oven. thank you for a wonderful recipe, Deb.

  106. Debbie

    Just made the banana bread and i have a question for you. You have vanilla in your list of ingredients but no mention of it in the recipe directions, should it be included or not? Thank you.

  107. Carrie

    I made this bread for a co-ed Bible study yesterday. The guys were extremely skeptical of the millet and I worked hard to convince them it was just a healthy crunch (they insisted millet was used in cow feed :). I also added about a half a cup of chocolate chips. It was a hit! I did not take home any bread; it was all gone by the end of the night! THanks for a delicious recipe.

  108. madelief

    Perfect, a lot of baking with too much white flour/processed sugar etc doesn’t do it for me. No millet, so used chia seeds – nice crackle too!

  109. Elizabeth

    I made this on sunday morning, absolutely amazing. So tasty and the millet PERFECT. Now I can’t imagine banana bread without that crunch! Thanks again Deb!!!

  110. I have been making your ‘jacked up’ banana bread for forever and nothing would make me try another – except maybe this – change is good (or so we tell ourselves) thanks am def going to try this :)

  111. Luna

    If anyone tries it with amaranth, please come back and post a comment. I, too, have amaranth and have found that I don’t really like it as porridge so I’m looking for other uses. It seems like it would work, but I’d love to hear other people’s experiences.

  112. liz

    I just made this as a batch of 12-muffins. 25 minutes at the same temperature. They taste awesome! considering a peanut butter icing…

  113. Deb, this recipe is delicious! I’m trying to drop some lbs, but I can’t resist making a healthy(er) treat like this. The millet is awesome, you’re right it’s totally akin to bubble wrap in the best way! Now I’m looking for recipes to use up the rest of the millet I bought (since at Whole Foods I couldn’t remember how much your recipe required so I just got a whole bunch). Any suggestions?

    1. deb

      Carrie — I would toss a couple spoonfuls into any muffin or quickbread you like. A couple commenters have mentioned that it’s nice in bread and rolls — outside? inside? Not sure, but either sound like they have potential. I have made a millet pilaf before. I didn’t care for it. I’m sure it was me, and not the millet but I found that the bits glued so tightly to each other it was like eating tough polenta, not a pilaf. I am sure there are more promising ways to use it as a pilaf, however.

  114. Alexandra

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I veganized it and used a flax egg instead of a regular chicken egg and it still turned out great. I also swapped the oil for applesauce because I try to cut back wherever I can. So for those looking to save a few calories, the bread still turned out moist even without the oil! Thanks again for a perfect new banana bread recipe Deb!

  115. skye

    I just made this recipe as mini muffins. I’m going to take them to my friend in Germany when I fly out to see her tomorrow. The crunch of the millet really makes these special. Thanks for the recipe, Deb.

  116. Richard O

    Hey Deb, the bread looks delicious and I bet it tastes as good as it looks. My problem is keeping the bananas long enough to get “fruit-fly” ripe. Regardless of how often I buy them, they seem to evaporate into thin air before I can make bread out of them. My two daughters seem to be as perplexed as I am.

    1. deb

      Richard — Many commenters over the years have suggested to me that you freeze them just before then. I think it’s done while they’re still in the peel. They’re supposed to look absolutely revolting when you defrost them, but are totally ready to use when you want banana bread.

      Btw, the store that figures out how package bananas so that you can buy 5 at a time, one fully green, one just about freckled, and the other three a range in-between so that you can have a perfectly ripe banana each morning (rather than none ripe then all overripe at once!) will make a fortune.

  117. Sam

    I made this gluten free and as muffins rather than bread. After we each tasted one I decided I’d better get back in the kitchen and make another batch right away as the first was gone almost instantly. I used 3/4 c. teff flour, 1/2 c. sorghum, and 1/4 cup arrowroot powder and the texture was perfect. Soft, but not gummy with a beautiful crumb. So good. The millet adds the perfect crackle without being a full blown crunch. Yum.

  118. jmarie

    made this tonight but it wasn’t as spectacular as i was hoping (note: i’m still eating it!). the crackle is fun but the flavor balance is a little off. i substituted pumpkin (1.5 cups) for the banana but it wasn’t very pumpkin-y. also, the spices seemed a bit subtle to me.

    i’m posting this mostly to help those who are thinking about trying a pumpkin substitution–i think there need to be more tweaking (or, you know, just try one of the great actual pumpkin recipes on here!).

  119. shalini

    I love banana bread/cake with walnuts and will surely try this with quinoa instead because that’s what I have.
    If it is not much trouble, could you please include the number of the comment with the name while answering? It will make it easier to see what the query is that you are answering. thank you and I am big fan of your blog and writing style.

  120. the crackle looks delish. do you think I could substitute in quinoa? this weekend’s project is chili and cornbread, but as soon as my green bananas ripen – you know what’s coming!

  121. I have made this twice in two days! The first day, as written, with bananas. The second day (because that first loaf really didn’t last long), with pears that were about to liquefy in my fruit bowl (I omitted the cinnamon, but kept the nutmeg and clove). Both delicious, though the coconut oil kind of overpowers the pears. I will use vegetable oil today (I have more pears, and I’m sure the bread I baked yesterday won’t last past noon). The millet is genius – I love the texture. Thanks for another great recipe!

  122. libby

    this was gooood!! The crackle really was a pleasant crackle addition. I was fearing more of a ‘mini popcorn hull’ texture – but it’s not at all – it’s a pleasant crackly crunch. And oddly enough I had briefly looked for a healthy breakfast banana bread on your site and discounted the jacked-up version for all the reasons you stated…I abandoned the search and then you posted this. You and/or your editor are so smart!!

  123. Barbara

    I had all the ingredients on hand except for the millet, so I used 3 TBS. poppy seeds instead. Delish, and pretty, too. Sorry that I did not think about quinoa — which I also had — until I came back to post this and read what others’ did. Next time Great recipe. I used equal amounts white whole wheat flour, almond flour and Red Mill non-gluten flour substitute. Worked fine.

  124. youbettie

    Delicious! I didn’t have the millet on hand so I decided to take a tropical take on this by adding a little chopped candied pineapple, toasted macadamia nuts, and a handful of un-sweetened coconut…vacation in a baked good! So good…thanks for the recipe!

  125. Emily

    I’m curious — how do bakeries make their banana bread with those dark brown specks of banana inside? No banana bread I have ever made has come out with those super dark specks, even though I always use very ripe bananas. Is it because I substitute coconut oil for butter? Thanks!

    1. deb

      Emily — They come from the bananas; the seeds down the centers of the bananas are blackish. Leaving a few little lumps of banana also give a darker impression.

  126. Lorene

    Sounds awesome, it’s rainy, and like everyone else, I have some ripe bananas on the table screaming to be used. A friend gave me a Liberian Banana Rice Bread recipe years ago that uses Cream of Rice and is baked in a cake tin like corn bread. It has a GREAT texture – it’s been all I’ve used since then. But I do miss the familiar, comfy loaf, so I can’t WAIT to give this recipe a try. :)

  127. “Crackly” is EXACTLY what I always think banana bread is missing! Thank you thank you thank you! I love me some banana bread, but “crackly” is … well, it’s what my life has been without for so long.


  128. mimi

    I’ve done this exact same thing, except with a gluten free banana bread. I love the contrasting texture of the millet. So yummy!

  129. mimi

    @Songbird – try using roasted butternut squash or sweet potatoes instead. I bet that would be delicious!

    @Deb – do you measure the coconut oil before or after melting? I usually measure before, but I’ve been wondering…

    1. deb

      mimi — Usually I do it before but this time I’d had the coconut oil in the fridge and it was rock hard and I literally couldn’t chip off the right amount. So, liquid. :)

      SLZ — Whoops! Will add. Sorry about that.

  130. SLZ

    just made this, but I realized I forgot the vanilla extract because it wasn’t referred to in the instructions! Still turned out fine. I made it vegan using egg-replacer and I couldn’t find white whole wheat flour so I used 1 cup white, 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour. My only issue with it is the coconut flavor is almost too present for my liking. Other than that, great success. millet was a great idea!

  131. g

    This looks amazing – can’t wait to try it!
    Thanks to this website (and your piece in the Times article), I’ve started using a kitchen scale – and yes, it’s so much fun and so easy. But there’s one piece I haven’t figured out – my scale offers grams and ounces, but where do milliliters fit in?

  132. Eve

    I just made this and it’s great!! Not too sweet – I used half maple syrup/half agave, and the millet gives it a nice crunch! this will be great with peanut butter on it for breakfast!

    1. deb

      Judi — I’m unfamiliar with them but I’m thinking it might be different? Sorry I cannot be more help. I’ll look for them next time I’m at a store that sells Bob’s products and report back.

  133. Monica

    Did it yesterday with some changes as in Venezuela is hard to find some ingredients. Used regular white flour, vegetable oil (wasnt sure about trying with olive), used honey instead of maple, no millet here.
    Still it turned out fantastic and best of all is pareve (a plus for me! I am also lactose intolerant). Poppy seeds would work great, also will try some day with chocoate chips.
    Thank you very much for the recipe its great and very easy to put together.

  134. TraceyK

    Tomorrow morning I am making this, only I’m turning it into crackly pumpkin cranberry loaf. Fingers crossed!
    Looking forward to seeing you in Toronto!

  135. Nancy Heyman

    I haven’t made banana bread in years because it just wasn’t that good. I made mine from frozen bananas (I froze for smoothies) and this was the best ever banana bread.

  136. I just made a gluten-free batch of banana blueberry muffins! I followed the recipe to the letter but substituted 1/2 cup of tapioca starch, 1/4 cup millet flour, 1/4 cup teff flour, and 1/2 cup brown rice flour. I then stirred in about a half cup of frozen blueberries. I just pulled it out of the oven and they smell and taste DELICIOUS. Thanks :)

  137. Devra

    Deb, I made this with one third barley flour and was delicious. It’s particularly good when you spread cream cheese over it to give it a bit of tang. Thanks for the recipe, I’m enjoying it in bed on Sunday morning.

  138. ESullins

    So, so good! Salt is listed twice in the ingredients – am I missing a second application? Mine came out great with rinsed quinoa replacing the millet and I omitted the brown sugar altogether. 1/3c maple syrup plus the bananas was sweet enough for me. I’m an odd one. :)

  139. christina.vd

    Delicious idea, Deb! Joy the Baker made a (banana?) bread quite some time ago and suggested millet instead of walnuts for that crunchy/crackly texture at a fraction of the cost. I tried it and was hooked for a while but had somehow forgotten all about it until now. Thanks again!

  140. Kate G

    I just made this this afternoon without the millet–I didn’t have any on hand and too many DC sports this afternoon to head to Whole Foods (though it’s likely empty!), and I don’t have enough wheat flour, so it was about 2/3 what, 1/3 unlbleached white. I don’t comment much on your recipes, but I am stunned by how light and delicious this turned out. I haven’t baked with coconut oil before, but will for sure experiment now. Thanks for healthy-fying this super comfort food.

  141. arugulove

    I just made this and I can’t believe how good it is.

    I’m thinking the next time around, I might sub in some pumpkin or persimmon puree for the banana.

  142. brita

    My cat’s name is Millet (for real! Millie for short), so I keep a running list of millet recipes. These days, it lives on Pinterest. I now have two pins for banana bread on there, and have yet to try either! Time to get cracklin’.

  143. Alexis

    I looooooove banana bread, especially in maui, where its almost fudgey its so denseand moist, and where they usually add in macademia nuts, pineapple, coconut, or a combo….. Since most recipes i make are never banana-y enough, i doubled the bananas, used greek yogurt insteaf of oil, used all brown sugar to sweeten (figured all that banana moisture didnt need syrup moisture) and instead of millet added 2 handfuls of coconut, 1 handful of oats, and a handful of sesame seeds – still not quite maui, but best ive ever made!

  144. Today was the THIRD time I have made this banana bread since you first posted it, and everyone just devours it each time. Each time I have made it, I’ve added a couple tablespoons of flax, and 1/2 cup of chocolate cups for some chocolately decadence. It is SO moist and delicious…and yet, I have absolutely no guilt eating or serving it to my fam since it’s made with so many good-for-you ingredients. Thanks for another awesome recipe, Deb.

  145. This is amazing. I made it tonight with 1/2 cup wheat, 1/2 cup white, 1/2 cup rye. Delicious. Thanks for posting! I’ve been making a pumpkin millet muffin recipe (from wholefoods) for a few years, and am happy to have another baked good with the *crackle*.

  146. DE

    I made this bread this morning and it is so simple and delicious! I pretty much try every banana bread recipe I find – and this one is my new favorite. Best of all, it’s healthy. Also – I love the millet – who would’of thought!?

  147. Donna

    I am making this asap!!…Question…Do you think poppy seeds would work for the “Crunch Factor” if I do not have millet…or better to go with quinoa?….I love the crunch idea and want to honor it!

  148. Adrienne

    Deb, I’ve been coming to your site for years. I’ve yet to try a “fail” recipe, this banana bread is fantastic! Can’t wait for your book, maybe I’ll get lucky and see you at the signing in Seattle – keep up the good work :)

  149. Tamara

    This came out amazing. I LOVED the millet. And I did sub in agave for the maple syrup (used 1/4 measure) and it tasted perfect to me. Next time I might sub the agave for the maple syrup AND the brown sugar. Thanks for this lovely recipe!

  150. Sarah M.

    Oh man– my house smells like fall! Love this recipe. I didn’t have an appropriately ripe bananas, so I swapped 1 cup of pumpkin puree for the bananas. Then I did 1 cup AP flour, 1/4 C whole wheat, 1/4 C rye, added some ginger, chopped dates and pecans. Amazing! I’ve already had two slices :) You are totally right about the millet- so much fun!

  151. Shayna

    “When we talk about food, we often talk about texture: plush cakes, juicy roasts, caramelized onions that sigh against the walls of a quiche and peaches that melt into butter.”

    What to say about this sentence? Poetry. You don’t have to move to a different country, your world is already filled with such romance! Love it. Love you!

  152. Galia

    I just baked the second of these wonderful loaves. The first went in a day! (unusual when we are talking about so little sugar!!). My 13 year-old went for the batter like a bee to flowers. Upon his first taste of the cake he said “liked the batter better”… but later in the day came back to devour more and more… (even though there were sweeter things around…).

    Thanks again Deb!! Love that this was whole wheat and low sugar!! Just the kind of recipe I love!!

  153. jody

    just made it the other day and it was great! used 1 c regular flour, .5 c whole wheat. i think i’ll try putting millet in some other baked items!

  154. Second time making this – great go-to banana bread recipe. My only substitution was 1/2 cup rye flour, plus some chopped bittersweet chocolate in today’s loaf per a friend’s request. Oh, and I guess I didn’t add the clove only because I didn’t have any. Great recipe. Both times my loaves have been golden brown and deeply flavored with banana. The millet adds that unique something that makes those who try this say, “What a great idea!” And I LOVE that this is a one-bowl baking project.

  155. Simone

    My new face banana bread – thanks deb. made a few changes – butter instead of oil, added some roLled oats and used extra brown sugar instead of syrup – all great additions :))

  156. I tried this with amaranth this morning, after letting the amaranth soak overnight. It was decent, but I think it’s smaller size compared to millet made it less crackly. For my taste and my husband’s, I would leave out the millet/amaranth and just go back to including walnuts. We really like banana bread with walnuts. Otherwise, this is a really good banana bread recipe.

  157. Liz

    wow!!! as soon as I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. I’m obsessed with Metropolitan Bakery’s (in Philly) Millet Muffin… so this is basically perfect. love that it’s not too heavy, yet super moist and the perfect amount of sweetness! thank you thank you! Might even try it with a bit extra millet next time, love that crackle :)

  158. Erin

    Just made it and it was great! Not as sweet as the jacked up version, but it I’m happy to know that I can make something that is yummy, healthy and give me energy to go get things done. Thanks!

  159. Kathleen

    This is a new favorite. Second time around, I skipped the the spices and added chopped bittersweet chocolate. Heaven. I also used a combination of white and spelt flours, and second time around white and whole wheat. Both delicious.

  160. Lisa Moran

    I love this recipe. I am totally new to millet but as one person said earlier, I will never make banana bread without it again! And I agree that the bananas need to be almost spoiled—I made it with “new” bananas and it just didn’t have that good flavor. I used spelt in place of the whole wheat and really liked that too. Thanks for such a great recipe!
    Love your blog :0)

  161. ML

    I have wanted to make this since you posted it and I finally got around to it tonight! I made mine gluten-free and used silan date syrup since I didn’t have any maple syrup. I also threw in a pinch of cardamom. Such a hit!! I cannot believe that I never thought to add millet to baked goods! I’ll definitely be making this again soon–thank you!!

    P.S. can’t wait to see you in DC!!

  162. Jen

    I love using coconut oil in baking. Nice to see it in this banana bread recipe. The addition of crackly millet is genius! Love the added texture.

  163. Tovah

    I just made these (with gluten free flour mix) and the millet doesn’t quite seem to “crackle.” More of a hard chalkiness, I’d say. I’m not sure if this is because of the reduced cooking time (about 20 min) needed for muffins? Or if one lady’s pop is another lady’s chalkiness!

  164. Candice

    Baked this recipe this morning using spelt for the flour, omitted the brown sugar and used the full amount of maple syrup. Absolutely Delicious!! It was plenty sweet and even my husband (who usually shy’s away from anything that’s reduced sugar) loved it. Thanks so much for the post – loved trying out millet for the first time….now I’m onto researching more recipes to use up the remaining bag.

  165. Emily

    Made this tonight and it was absolutely perfect — not greasy, but very moist, perfect texture, not too sweet… With or without the millet, this is a great recipe!

  166. Erin D

    Deb – I made this recipe tonight with brown rice flour. So yummy and moist! Will definitely be making this recipe again and again. Thank you for continuing to inspire me to cook/bake!

  167. Abbie

    I (amazingly) had almost everything on hand; I subbed dark brown sugar for light. The bread was moist, crunchy, and had my husband and I arguing over who was going to take it to work tomorrow. Definitely a keeper – next time I’ll do muffins to freeze!

  168. ADL

    Amazing! I added a touch of ground coriander to the mix, as well, since I love that flavor. I was out of vanilla extract, so I took a note from the “jacked up” recipe and just dumped in a little whiskey instead :)

  169. betty888

    Made this tonight to help me survive Sandy, the storm of the century! Nothing beats the comfort of banana bread. I made as directed with the exception of the millett. Delicious. BB – NYC

  170. Vanessa

    This is officially my new favourite baked good. I just made it for the third time to take on a roadtrip tomorrow. The millet is amazing, and I will definitely plan on incorporating it into future baking.

  171. Jennie

    We love this banana bread! My daughters, who are 4 and 8, request it over and over. I add extra crunch by including toasted walnuts, and then coating the buttered pan with sesame seeds. Delicious! Thank you!

  172. Muniba

    Hmm what if I sub pureed pumpkin for the mashed bananas? I have some leftover pumpkin and was thinking of making pumpkin bread. :)

  173. Dan

    Hey Deb:

    1) Love the cookbook!

    2) Love the blog!

    3) You need to come to Pittsburgh – we are your biggest fans!

    4) Today is our daughter’s first birthday. For her party yesterday we made a three layer harvest cake based on this banana bread recipe. We used 2 parts white flour, one part whole wheat. We didn’t use the millet and substituted for the banana and spices. One layer was beet/orange/vanilla, another layer was zucchini/apple/cinnamon, and the third layer was pumpkin/carrot/ginger/cardamom. We made a apple cider maple cream cheese icing adapted from the Edible Cookbook. IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!! Would be happy to send pictures if you’re interested.

  174. melissa

    I have a variation in the oven. I am now allergic to bananas and had roasted sugar pumpkin in the fridge I used…it didn’t have the same liquid quality as ripe bananas so I added coconut milk to get a similar consistency. Btw, from when I did use bananas, frozen in their skins they do look off when they come out to defrost…and they seemed to have more liquid volume…just in case someone uses those for the first time.

    Most importantly, I want to say…. Thank you for publishing the weights…it makes substitutions for gluten-free flours much easier.

  175. Jennie

    This morning, while my 8 year-old was munching a piece of this amazing banana bread, she told me “Mom, for my birthday, instead of birthday cake could you make banana bread?”

  176. Toni

    Just made these with quinoa in place of millet and they came out great! I rinsed and then toasted it before adding it to the batter, but it was still a bit crunchy and nicely integrated. I also used 1/2 almond flour and I think that worked great as well. Made as mini muffins, with a few mini chocolate chips on the top, my preschool girls loved them. Thanks! Always looking for ways to use quinoa.

  177. Candice

    Made this for a second time this morning (requested by hubby). This time I toasted the millet prior to adding in and I have to say the result was grand. The toasted millet provided a bit more texture making the bread more substantial. Toasting the millet also brought out a slightly nuttier flavor element. Again as before I used spelt and omitted the brown sugar, using the full amount of maple syrup. Delicious! Great recipe!

  178. ed

    Yes! I’ve been looking for a healthier alternative of banana bread… and bonus, I’m living in Kenya, which has an abundance of both bananas and millet… however, the maple syrup and whole wheat flour will be making its way over from Vermont.

  179. vicky

    Hi! Was searching to buy millet and there is a hulled and unhulled version…which is the one you used or does it not matter? thanks deb!

  180. Bam Bam

    Superb recipe! This was my first time cooking with both millet and coconut oil; however I was confident it would work simply because it was a Smitten Kitchen recipe. I didn’t have maple syrup, so I substituted it with 1/4 cup treacle and a couple extra tablespoons of brown sugar. It was a hit!

  181. Linda

    Just made this banana bread without the millet (didn’t have any on hand). It was delicious! Not too sweet, loved the use of coconut oil, not oily. Definitely will make again. Thanks!

  182. Rebecca

    Take 1:

    I stuck pretty closely to the original recipe: (a) used 1 cup white flour + 1/2 cup whole wheat (b) used 1/4 cup agave instead of the maple syrup and cut the brown sugar to 1/4 cup.

    Absolutely loved the result, but decided it was a tad too sweet for a “healthy bread” (even with cutting total sweetener to 1/2 cup. But note I use REALLY overripe bananas that I freeze and then thaw) and it was also a tad too rich. I also think I could have upped the whole wheat: white ratio because it wasn’t dense at all.

    Take 2:

    I figured I would follow the above recipe with less sweetener, olive oil and more whole wheat in the flour mix. Unfortunately I found myself making it for a second time at my mother’s house, and had some limitations on ingredients: no agave, only maple syrup; no millet (though strangely enough millet flour!); no whole wheat flour.

    After reviewing the posts I thought about using quinoa for the crackle, but then I found some Wheatena on hand, which oddly enough had a recipe for “crackle cookies” on the back. So….

    – I cut the olive oil to 1/4 cup.
    – I used only 1/4 cup of maple syrup, no brown sugar (I tasted the batter and it seemed sweet enough, but in hindsight I definitely cut the sugar a bit too much)
    – Used 1 cup white flour + 1/2 cup millet flour
    – I subbed 1/4 cup dry Wheatena cereal for the millet.
    – I sprinkled some dry quinoa on top of one of the mini loaves.

    (I know, WAY too many variables changed!)

    1) Neither the wheatena nor the quinoa had the same “crackle” effect as the millet, although they added a nice texture compared to regular banana bread. IMHO they were pretty poor subs.
    2) As I mentioned above, cutting the sugar to only 1/4 C maple syrup, left the bread just slightly undersweatened. Although if you plan on eating the bread with some butter or jam, this is probably a great level of sweetness.
    3) Huge difference between using 1/3 cup olive oil (“healthy” tasting) vs 1/4 cup (“decadent” tasting). Not really sure how that is possible but will probably try again with 5 TBSP.
    4) The flour ratio again yielded a really light bread

    Take 2 has ~500 calories less than take 1 (for the entire recipe). Probably the difference between justifying it as a breakfast bread vs. a dessert.

    Sorry for the long post, but I am rather passionate about this recipe!

  183. Aimee

    I just made this today (snow day!), and I’m munching it now. Delicious!

    I only had two bananas, so I added about 3 tbsp of milk to loosen the batter up. I also forgot to add the vanilla, and left it in the oven two minutes too long :) Even with all of that, it’s still wonderful. I can’t wait to get more bananas and make it properly.

  184. JodieF

    Made it – loved it – delicious crakly goodness!! Ran out of millet the next time I had some bananas to use up so used some Chia seeds instead – delicious!! Ran out of maple syrup the third time so used Agave – yep – delicious!! Just made some this morning with millet, chia & agave – munching it down still warm with my morning coffee – still delicious!! Love your work Deb – what an inspired take on a classic!!

  185. Alisha

    I just veganized this by using egg replacer (only adjustment necessary) and it rose beautifully and tastes delicious!
    The millet creates such a fantastic texture. I think this will officially be my go to banana bread recipe (there have been many but this one just crackled its way to the top spot)!

  186. Erin

    Hi Deb- I just made this with a few changes: I sub’d butter for coconut oil and used all brown sugar because I didn’t have maple syrup. I used 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup regular flour, and I added a little less than 1/4 cup flax seed. I LOVE the millet crunch and since you’ve posted this, I’ve added millet to lots of other baking recipes. It’s nice because it doesn’t seem to take up too much “room,” meaning I keep the dry ingredient amounts the same and add the millet in addition. Thanks for the great recipes!

  187. Rachel

    I had to make this vegan and I just took the egg out and didn’t replace it with anything (banana is such a great binder) and it was just as good without egg. There is literally no difference at all. I also replaced the brown sugar with raw honey (1:1), also just as good.

  188. Christine

    Yummy!!! Just made a double batch, one loaf + 12 muffins, with sprouted wheat and a little extra millet. I love the combo of bananas, brown sugar, and maple syrup. I was also afraid the cinnamon was going to be overwhelming, but it gives a perfect subtle note of warmth. Thanks!!

  189. Vanessa Freeman

    Just made this bread…YUM! Was looking for something different than our regular banana muffins. I had millet in the pantry so this was perfect. I used Spelt Flour, about 1/4 cup maple syrup and coconut oil. I couldn’t find my vanilla (seriously, how does that go missing!?) so I just didn’t use it, still tastes awesome.

  190. Lilcarrot

    Wonderful recipe ideas. I really enjoy reading the posts/comments of others who “have baked” the recipe. That makes a huge impact on whether or not to try out a new recipe. I had extra millet on the counter and after a quick internet search I found your recipe. With a few modifications (as per my gluten free lifestyle, and love of all things natural) the bread is in the oven filling the house with whisps of sweet decadent memories. Thank you for your baking knowledge and passion for food!
    My mods to the recipe:
    Coconut palm sugar vs. Brown sugar
    Extra cinnamon and allspice
    GF flour mixture of (rice, tapioca, Sorhgum, millet, rice bran)
    Toasted and freshly ground flax seeds! Mmmmmmm
    And a splash of freshly juiced ginger and a TBSP of quality Rum
    They’ve turned out perfectly gorgeous, wonderfully tasty and slightly healthy :)

  191. angela

    I didn’t have white whole wheat, so I made it with two cups spelt flour and one cup white flour (I doubled the recipe). It worked really well; it’s one of the best loaves of banana bread I’ve ever tasted.

    I also made the jacked up banana bread (I had so many frozen bananas) and did a taste off, and I enjoyed the “healthy” version as much as the jacked up one. I’d recommend making it.

  192. Lori

    Late to the party here – but I made this tonight. Millet is not a staple in my pantry, so I was going to go without the crunch factor, but on a last-minute whim added the Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain cereal I did have to the batter instead. (I used cinnamon rasin, because that’s what I had.) Just tried it out – delicious and just crunchy enough.

  193. Deb

    Would chia seeds be an acceptable substitute for millet seeds? It would be great to know the nutrition info. as well since I’m following weight watcher’s. Love your recipes!

  194. Liese

    Okay I just made this – as mini-muffins – and they came out delish! Let me also say that I generally hate banana bread so if you love banana bread you will probably adore this recipe. (I had bananas going bad and the millet was intriguing, I’ll give the muffins away, you know how it goes…) I used 1:3 whole wheat to all purpose flour and olive oil, and baked for 15 min. I have a second batch in now into which I threw some cocoa for the heck of it – I’ll let you know how that went ;). Deb, I love your blog and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your book – it was on backorder over Xmas so I finally got my three copies (two for presents) last week. It is a really beautiful creation – wasn’t sure anything could match up to the beauty of your blog but it does! The ONLY “problem” with the book – just like your blog – is that whatever recipe I open to, I want to make RIGHT NOW. No kidding. Thanks as always for your work.. Cheers, Liese

  195. Magdalena

    I made it with gf flour (a mostly rice based blend) and subbed amaranth. I also used two eggs and a half cup of milk and no oil. Delicious! And the first palatable use of amaranth I’ve found :)

  196. EmmyJane

    Just wanted to echo ESullins and Claudia above that rinsed (and not dried) quinoi worked great as a replacement for millet. I love this recipe!

  197. Tom

    Gluten free mixture of 40% millet flour, 40% quinoa flour, 10% coconut flour. Add to that the millet seeds for crunch.
    Instead of sugar I dice a ripe sweet pear. It gets along very well with bananas!

  198. Morgan Carr

    I finally found my favorite banana bread recipe! Thank you so much. I did make some awesome swaps though:
    Coconut palm sugar for the brown sugar
    Honey for the maple syrup
    and chia seeds for the millet, which actually added a lot of “crackle” too!
    Thanks deb!

  199. mmmmm thanks for the recipe! I used mostly barley flour and it was perfect. I also added chia because I didn’t have millet, but I’ll definitely be trying millet in the future.

  200. oh yes! I love this loaf, love it! it’s got such a great texture. I used agave nectar as I was out of maple syrup and the family demolished it. Made another one last night to keep up with demand.

  201. Cass

    This is fabulous! This is at least my eighth time making it – currently in oven in mini-muffin form for kids lunches. Also perfect paired with a smoothie in the morning. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  202. Cool recipe. Very original. It took me a long time to find millet but it was definitely worth it. There are tons of variations on classic banana bread and this is one of the best.

    Well done.

  203. amoeba

    Yet another of your cake recipes that worked perfectly for you – had to improvise a little bit as the shops weren’t open, so I substituted half of the bananas for (very ripe) kiwis and left out the cloves and the millet. I made 1.5 times the amount in a bundt form, using olive oil and whole wheat flour – very easy to make, moist and tasty! Will definitely make this again, have to try it with the millet…

  204. Alyona

    Made the bread and didn’t like the crunch – don’t worry, I think it is just my personal taste. In my second round, I didn’t add any sugar or syrup, added dark chocolate pieces (about 3/4 cup) instead, only 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon instead of 1 teaspoon and baked muffins. Liked it better :)

  205. Lori

    I made this recipe this morning and it is amazing!! I love the combination of coconut oil, maple syrup and millet! I must admit that I have never cooked with millet before but will be looking for more recipes to use the rest of it! Thanks for always posting reliably delicious recipes, Deb!!

  206. Tracy

    I tried adding the millet in your zucchini bread recipe and it is delicious and crackly as well! YUM!!! I actually tried toasting the millet first…. but i’m not sure if it really makes that big of a difference. Thank you!

  207. Jaclyn

    This is the best banana bread recipe ever! I’m making this for the second time this week. I’ve substituted spelt for the millet since I couldn’t find millet in the supermarket, and the spelt gives a nice texture. I’ve also added some cardamom to the recipe and it tastes great!

  208. kellymo

    Yum! Substituted a couple things for what I did/did not have – vegetable oil for the coconut, an equal mix of AP, 10 grain & rye flours, knocked the maple syrup to 1/4 cup, and added a 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips. Definitely a keeper.

  209. Lily

    This is wonderful breakfast sweet. I made this before when you first printed the recipe and followed the recipe as it was.

    I made it again today into 24 mini muffins (baked for 7 mins) and 10 regular-sized muffins (baked for 18.5 mins) with some minor changes: added an extra banana , used a mix of half dark buckwheat flour and half white whole wheat flour; decreased brown sugar to 1/4 cup (it was all I had); and used 1/4 cup of maple syrup.

    Still yum-mum-in-the-tums!

  210. I gave this a try today. It was good. I didn’t have millet, so I used an equal amount of amaranth. Also, couldn’t find the nutmeg. I know I have nutmeg in that #$@# cabinet somewhere! I also had the help of a toddler. She’s a very enthusiastic mixer. It turned out great. My partner was a little freaked out by the amaranth, but pronounced the flavor delicious. I love the coconut oil in this.

  211. I added about 1/3 cup plain yogurt, used closer to 1/2 cup coconut oil, about 1 cup unpacked brown sugar, and just a little drizzle of maple syrup. I omitted the millet because I didn’t have any. It was still wonderful!

  212. Sarah

    I’ve made this recipe twice as a loaf and love it, and just now I made it as muffins. It took about 23 minutes and made 15 muffins, FYI.

  213. Suzanne

    I loved this recipe. I have always used Helen Corbitt’s recipe and it is quite good but I wanted something a little healthier. I used rye flour and a little toasted wheat germ instead of millet. I also used mace instead of cinnamon. Our family always uses mace in banana bread. I think it enhances the banana flavor. also made this substitution in your monkey cake this past weekend. very fun to make and a big hit. thank you

  214. stacy

    another winning recipe from Deb! this banana bread was the best I’ve ever had–and with such healthy substitutions from the norm. thank you!

  215. Lisa C.

    Wow! How did I miss this recipe when you posted it nearly last year? I made (well actually the nearly 9-year old did). And we made it pretty much as described with olive oil–I’ve been baking everything with olive oil the past few months for pretty much no reason whatsoever. However, I did get the bourbon kick because I started making my own vanilla extract about a year ago with–yeah you guessed it–bourbon. there is no going back. Just one question about coconut oil. I know it is all the rage now, but I don’t know why. Any one got any info? Can’t wait to get the Smitten Kitchen cookbook–it’s on my birthday wish list!

  216. Rebecca

    I finally found my banana bread nirvana! I think I’ve made close to 10 different recipes in the last 6 months hoping to find the right balance of feeling like I’m eating cake for breakfast, without actually eating cake for breakfast. I’d tried the uncooked millet before in a different recipe, so I knew I’d love that part of it. This was seriously delicious and so quick to make. Thank you for another foolproof recipe!

  217. Rebecca

    Lisa C.–
    Coconut oil is a very healthy fat to add to one’s diet. It’s made up of medium chain fatty acids which help stimulate metabolism and it’s also antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. It also has lauric acid which helps to support proper thyroid function. Be sure to select virgin coconut oil if you do buy some.

    I got this info from Angela at who is very learned in the health benefits of foods. I suggest you also do your own research to know if it’s right for you and your diet!

  218. This banana bread is amazing (and I’m not usually a fan of bananas!). I made this with summer campers in a cooking camp last week after reading Ed’s comment about having an abundance of millet and bananas in Kenya (the camp theme was international cooking with kids – Cookbooks & Passports!). I’m gluten-free, but we made the recipe with regular wheat flour – the kids loved it so much I had to try it myself! I posted my adaption and a write-up about how the campers liked the bread on my blog. Thanks for such an awesome recipe!
    P.S. This is late but I noticed in the comments from last year that some folks are looking for a banana alternative. I recommend pawpaw pulp, if you can find it! It’s a fruit native to the Eastern US, the pulp tastes like a tropical vanilla-mango custard. You could forage for it or possibly find it at a farmers’ market. Integration Acres in Athens, Ohio is selling the pulp too!

  219. Meg

    I asked my husband what millet was, and he joked it was a kind of chocolate chip. ;) So we skipped the millet, and added chocolate chips (just over 1/2 cup), and Jules’ gluten free flour mix. It turned out fabulous…. moist and delicious… and is not going to last long. Debated adding a little rum (instead of bourbon) like your other recipe, but decided against it. Maybe next time.

    Love your recipes! Keep up the good work! :)

  220. Danah Grice

    My family loves this recipe so much that I always make a double batch. I make muffins instead of bread, and they take about 15 minutes to bake. I use half store bought gluten free flour and half almond meal and they turn our to delicious. Sometimes chocolate chips find their way in to the muffins as well. Thanks for a great recipe!

  221. Fiona

    My sister passed on this recipe to me and I’ve made it numerous times while living in New York. I’m now living on a small car-less island in Greece called Hydra, and since everything has to be brought by ship, our ingredients are limited. I wanted to make this bread for my boyfriend and his family and decided to substitute the maple syrup with honey (true Greek style- as well as the famous Greek olive oil) and I had to use walnuts instead of millet. I was unsure of how this would turn out- but it was a delicious success! An easy, delicious, and HEALTHY recipe. I love it (and have to make a new one tomorrow because the first one lasted less than 24 hours)!

  222. Andi

    A friend and I made this together this Wednesday. So good I’m making it again today. The millet is genius. We subbed bourbon for the vanilla (Ok, so we put in a lot more than the amount of vanilla it called for).
    Great recipe!

  223. Laurie

    This should be illegal!!!! So good. Baked at 9000 feet with a few tablespoons extra flour, an extra egg and at 375 degrees. It was perfect. And it’s all gone.

  224. Jennifer

    My daughter is allergic to coconut, and I’m trying to cut back the oil anyway. Any thoughts on maybe subbing in applesauce for the oil? What impact would that have on the amount of maple to use (if any)? All thoughts appreciated!!

  225. Nina

    I turn to this recipe as soon as I notice a few bananas getting more and more ripe. But I alter it by omitting the millet, thus it’s not really “crackly”. But with quinoa flour it makes for an amazing gluten-free bread! As well as muffins. Loved by adults and the pickiest of children alike :)

  226. Bella

    I feel ridiculous to ask for such a tiny detail for such a magnificent recipe, but I’ve got a huge mound of ripened bananas already peeled and mashed…so, what would you approximate as the weight of the 3 bananas? Then I’ll multiply the recipe from there. Thank you so much!

    1. deb

      Bella — I’ve never weighed them, sadly. I should next time. I just read online that 1/3 cup mashed = 1 average banana, but that sounds a touch low to me. Nevertheless, several sites suggest that.

  227. Karin


    Used agave instead of maple syrup and replaced the whole wheat flour with half regular, half ground quinoa. My only regret is not doubling it! I’m going to slice up this loaf and freeze it for breakfasts.

    Thank you, Deb!

  228. Val W

    This is my go-to recipe for baby muffins for my four-year old. I leave out the millet (I know, I know, the millet is the whole thing about this recipe) b/c it’s a bit more of a tiny-stones-in-my-muffin than crackly effect (to me and my fam at least)
    Is it possible that the 10-minute baking time for a baby muffin just isn’t enough for the millet to get that bubble wrap appeal?

    1. deb

      Hi E — I wasn’t inspired by Joy the Baker’s recipe (which is quite different, aside from the banana and millet). Although she is a friend of mine and we are very fond of each other’s work, I hadn’t come across her recipe before making this or I’d have referenced it. I always do; I have nothing to gain by stealing anyone’s work. What I actually did to come up with this recipe is take my standard banana bread and replace the white flour with whole wheat and added millet, an idea I got after having it in a delicious muffin over the summer.

  229. yo I made these as gluten free muffins with ground flaxseed , arrowroot powde,r psyllium husk, and rice flour . soooo good with evaporated cane juice crystals sprinkled = caramelized on top

  230. gigi

    excellent banana bread. Used Kim Boyce’s multi-grain flour mix for most of the flour. First time using coconut oil, didn’t realize it hardens so quickly so had to re-melt it a couple times but other than that really liked the flavor it gives the bread.

  231. Jo

    I just made a version of this, using whatever I had in the kitchen. I only had two bananas so I used fresh pineapple to make up for the third, quinoa in place of millet (as someone else here suggested) and for the flour I used white flour and oat bran. My goodness it’s delicious. It’s slightly undercooked and under-risen, which may be due to either the amount of quinoa or the oatbran?? I don’t know but I’m sure we’ll scoff the lot by tomorrow morning.

  232. I feel ridiculous to ask for such a tiny detail for such a magnificent recipe, but I’ve got a huge mound of ripened bananas already peeled and mashed…so, what would you approximate as the weight of the 3 bananas? Then I’ll multiply the recipe from there. Thank you so much!

  233. Dina

    Made mine with a mix of whole wheat flour(a super course one I bought at my farmer’s market, so I left out the millet–still super crackly)and buckwheat flour. I’d also bought some maple sugar from the Vermont Sail Freight Project(check this out–it’s amazing!, so I substituted the maple sugar for the brown sugar. Always use homemade vanilla extract. The result was pretty incredible–a super dark bread, but light and fluffy texture, and not overly moist like banana bread can be. Thanks so much for the inspiration to try different combos–this one is a keeper!

  234. Noa

    I love this recipe and keep baking it, often in the form of muffins, especially as it’s a huge favourite with my two-year-old. Last time I veganized it by substituting the egg with an additional banana; I also used mostly whole flour and added some shredded coconut. It still had great texture and flavour, and it freezes very well (I baked a double batch, which was quickly decimated by the toddler).

  235. This is an awesome recipe. Just made it, adapted it due to my cupboard’s requirements and my preferences (I love butter). Thought I’d share it here in case someone else wants to try with butter too.

    Swapped butter equally (read somewhere that you should scale it but I couldn’t be bothered) and it worked a treat. Swapped the flour for 2/3 wholegrain spelt and 1/3 coconut flour (reduced the amount to compensate for coconut flour’s swelling). Added chopped walnuts because I have to have them in my banana bread.
    See my version here

    Thanks for another great recipe Deb!

  236. JD

    This makes such a delightful breakfast-on-the-go, especially on days that I have to get out of the house earlier than I would like. Since it’s fall, I found myself wondering if these could be easily converted to a crackly pumpkin spice muffin. I finally had time to give it a try tonight and was really pleased with the result. Here’s what I changed: I used a 15-oz can of pumpkin (not pie filling – just pumpkin puree) in place of the bananas; I swapped out the spices for about 1 tsp each of cinnamon and ginger, and mixed those in with the pumpkin first; I opted for the larger volume of maple syrup from the original recipe, as the pumpkin wouldn’t contribute sweetness the way the bananas do; I baked the batter as a dozen standard muffins, which took about 20 minutes at 350. If you like your muffins sweet, you’ll probably want a little more sugar or syrup, but this was just perfect for me.

    1. deb

      Elina — Theoretically, it should work, or work well enough, but I haven’t actually tried this kind of swap. Still, I’m about 75% sure it will be fine, so go for it. :)

  237. Elina

    I tried it but i finally put some extra baking powder and it came out great. I think without it wouldnt be right. Thank you for your divine recipes which ALWAYS come out great!

  238. Alenka

    Hot from the oven, smelling wonderfully and tasting deeelicious!
    Having just 2 ripe bananas at hand, I added a tiny apple (the old, sweet sort), grated – wouldn’t taste it if I didn’t know. Used millet and spelt wholegrain flour, a tad more since I left out the sugar completely, but poured in 80 ml of maple syrup. Used regular and peanut oil (great for flavour), otherwise according to recipe. Mmmmm …
    I was in a bit of a dilemma first, since we get millet in two variants: in a husk and without it, but without it, there would be no crackely texture, so that sorted it. Great idea, especially if baking for people with nut-andaseed allergies but you want that “something extra” texture to it.
    Thanks and keep on the good work! :)

  239. Katie

    This is a favorite in our house for the last two years! My two-year-old insists upon calling it “banana cake” though. I tell him, “but it is whole wheat flour!” and he doesn’t listen. :-)

    But I could like to make it for a celiac friend this weekend, so for those you saying you used a gluten-free mix, do you have a recommendation for a particular one/brand?

  240. Ashni

    What could I use as a replacement for eggs? Thinking of making this for people who don’t eat eggs. Also, can you eliminate sugar and maple syrup from this recipe altogether and have it still taste great – perhaps just increase the number of over-ripe bananas for sweetness? Please help with advice on this! I’m trying to eat things with no added sugar / honey / maple syrup at the moment – want to see if this recipe works that way. Thanks!

  241. deb

    A bunch of commenters have used a flax egg replacement, see #114, 132 and 201. I am not sure how this would work without the sugar because I haven’t tested it; you might want to use more bananas to compensate for the lost sweetness and moisture.

  242. Emily

    I just recently discovered millet and knew I had to make this! I’m 7 months pregnant and at the stage where I’m constantly hungry but have little room to spare, so a tasty but not entirely decadent snack was just the ticket! I subbed canola oil for the coconut, and used half wheat and half all purpose flour, and made this into 12 muffins (350 for 22 minutes) and OMG. I may never make another banana bread again, Deb, and I ADORE your “jacked up” version.

  243. Myna

    Deb, thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I have been trying to bake healthier options for my family members, and this recipe is really great!

    I made a few changes:
    -added a bit of lemon juice to the mashed bananas
    -used 1 cup coconut flour + 1/2 cup AP flour
    -I had a bunch of egg whites left over from making pastry cream, so in a 1 cup measure, I cracked the egg and filled the cup with egg whites.
    -I didn’t have much honey left (only a couple tablespoons) and didn’t have maple syrup at the house, so I filled the rest of the 1/3 cup with dark molasses

    I baked it in a 9 inch square cake pan (couldn’t find my bread pan) for about 25-30 minutes, and the result was amazing! It will be my go-to recipe when I have extra bananas and egg whites from now on!

  244. HNR

    Just made this and it was great! I used regular whole wheat (not white) and amaranth instead of millet and it is great. I only used 1/4 cup of maple syrup as I don’t like too sweet, but will try a little more next time. Next time I will also add a bit more salt. Thanks Deb!!

  245. Sara

    I’ve made this at least 20 times, it’s my go to snack for long bike rides. I’ve always wondered why salt is listed twice. Do you sprinkle some salt on top before baking? That could be awesome actually.

  246. Susan

    I made this last night, used 2vcupd of flour instead of millet. Dont have millet. It turned out really good. Used like 1/2 cup of syrup, I like sweet. It was very moist and very good. Thanks for this recipe. Oh and I threw some brown sugar on top it made it nice n crispy.

  247. Pallavi

    Just made this on this cold, drizzly day and it was perfect – dense, moist, not overly sweet (used < 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 maple syrup, but added a 4th banana since mine were small). Didn't have millet so substituted chia seeds which added a nice crackle. I used 3/4 cup whole wheat flour and 3/4 cup AP flour, and added a pinch of ground cardamom which is a natural pairing with cloves in my mind. Really great recipe.

  248. karen

    I’ve now made this 3 times. The spices were a little funky for me – I didn’t realize that I had opinions about banana bread. I generally like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, but apparently not in banana bread. The third time, I used all brown sugar (2/3 cup), butter and no spices – LOVED it with the fun millet. The maple syrup and coconut oil were good the first 2 times I made the recipe. I just was being lazy the 3rd time.

  249. Jessica

    Just made this recipe with my kiddo as mini-muffins, sans millet. Delicious!! Love the addition of the maple syrup! We used 1/4 cup and they are plenty sweet…although our bananas were on the riper end of the spectrum! Thanks for another great recipe!

  250. Anna

    I loved this! The millet is such a fun (and nutritious) addition. Deb, every time you create a recipe with whole grains it makes it such a fun discovery. I want to suggest a label of “whole grains” for these recipes. Your one pot farro is another one that I love. Thanks!

  251. Jillo

    Excellent recipe! Made today with one cup AP flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. Baked in two smaller loaf pans for 35 min. Loved the crunch of the millet.

  252. Stacey

    Love this recipe! Looks amazing! Looking to try with a substitute for bananas for my stepdaughter who is allergic….my idea is sweet potatoes!! SONGBIRD commented with the question of a substitute! Here ya go!

  253. Ilona

    Awesome! One of the best banana breads (without chocolate) I’ve ever eaten. Millet is so good. I baked pumpkin muffins with millet and chocolate some time ago and they were also delicious. Great recipe!

  254. QPN

    I love this recipe and made it so many times! Instead of millet, I use 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 1/4 cup of flax seeds, 1/2 cup of walnuts, and 1/2 ish cup of mini-chocolate chips. The last ingredient is not healthy, but it’s super tasty!

  255. Joanna

    I just made this recipe as muffins, with a few alterations because I was too busy to go to the grocery store.

    Didn’t have light brown sugar, so subbed dark brown.
    Didn’t have white whole wheat flour, so subbed regular whole wheat flour.
    Didn’t have vanilla extract, so subbed spiced rum.
    Didn’t have nutmeg or cloves, so subbed garam masala for both.
    Toasted the millet.
    Went for 1/3 cup of maple syrup.
    Coconut oil.
    And finally, I threw in 75g of 70% dark chocolate, chopped unevenly, just because.

    Baked at 350 for about 20 minutes.

    The muffins turned out great. They’re very moist with a nice chew from the whole wheat, but most of all they’re deeply flavorful from the spice, the syrup and the chocolate. Even so, somehow the banana holds its own, not getting even a little bit lost in there.

    Is it possible for a muffin to be “complex,” and if so, is this a good thing? Well, this time at least, it was a good thing.

    I have just one question: How can one be too busy to go to the grocery store, but not too busy for recreational muffin-baking?

  256. I’d just like to share that this has been one of my go-to recipes for years. It’s delicious and guilt-free, and I often make it the night before for a quick breakfast when we have house guests. I store my millet in the refrigerator so that it lasts longer, and I have it on -hand whenever I’m making this recipe!

  257. Kate

    I’ve made this many, many times. It’s absolutely my favorite banana bread recipe.

    For those wondering about quinoa:

    I have always made it with the millet and absolute adore the crunch. Today I was out so I used quinoa. It certainly works (as in, it doesn’t ruin the recipe and tastes great), but it doesn’t give the same wonderful, sparkly crunch that the millet does. If you want the extra health factor, go for the quinoa. Otherwise, do yourself a favor and get some millet!

  258. Liz De Vries

    Made it just now with canola oil and oat bran (instead of the millet).
    excellent and 1/4 of the sugar to my old, old recipe. This one is plenty sweet enough.
    Took 55 minutes to bake through on this humid summer day in Ontario.

  259. Heather

    The inclusion of millet in this recipe inspired me to try adding some to my first (but definitely not last!) batch of your chewy oatmeal cookies. The crackle texture is rocking my Friday afternoon. Thank you!

  260. This is my go-to banana bread recipe. Tried many others, but I still come back to this. I always use up frozen bananas with it. I have made it as written, varied the flours used, and subbed chia seeds for millet (or skipped it altogether). I’ve made it in big loaf tins and small silicone loaf pans. Thank you for this recipe!

  261. Jess

    This is a favorite in our house…I think the only SK recipe I make more often is “my favorite brownies.” We add chocolate chips and make as muffins (~18 minutes baking time) for easy freezing. Yum!!