Avocado Banana Bread

Avocado Banana Bread is banana bread made even better with avocados! This bread is healthier for you…and it tastes better! I promise! {This post is sponsored by Avocados from Mexico.}

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I seriously cannot believe that a little over two years ago I thought I hated avocados. I had never tried one and was grossed out by the green and even the mere thought of eating one.

Now I just regret all those years of avocado-free life. Think of all the food I could have eaten! All the treats I could have made!

It’s a little crazy how much the 180 degree turn is. I mean, now I simply cannot live without avocados. I see them in the store and I envision what I will make.

Funny enough, I hardly ever use them in savory cooking, except to mash them with some salsa for tacos and chips. No, when I see an avocado now, all I think about is dessert, baking, and how I can sneak the green fruit into more of them so that I can brainwash you all and finally get you to try sweet avocado treats.

This banana bread popped into my head last week. I love banana bread. I love avocados. Why not marry them?

OMG people. Favorite. Avocado. Baked Good. EVERRRRR.

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I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. I’ve been killing myself trying to find the perfect avocado brownie recipe, and all the while this bread was waiting to be made.

Avocados and bananas are a great pairing. If you search on Pinterest at all, so many recipes will come up with those two ingredients.

And, for those of you who are still on the fence about avocado in dessert, note that the banana flavoring, as it often does, overpowers anything else. The avocado is there to reduce the amount of unhealthy fat in the recipe, and up the health factor. Did you know that avocados are on the heart healthy list for the American Heart Association? Less butter + more avocado means this bread is better for you!

And it’s SO much moister than regular banana bread!

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Does anyone else get shivers of anticipation looking at that picture? Seriously, #Ihaveaproblem.

Did you know that the world’s first avocado came from Mexico? And that Mexico is the only place in the world where avocado trees bloom four times per year?

{Sounds to me like I need to go live there…can you imagine me living in an avocado orchard? #happiness}

I am so excited to be partnering with Avocados from Mexico. It’s kind of a natural pairing, don’t you think? I have a few yummy recipes up my sleeve, and if you’re going to BlogHer Food next month…be watching out for me. {More details to come!}

And, in the meantime, I get to bring you more avocado sugar!

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We devoured this bread. Even Jordan loved it and asked to have it for breakfast. If you know Jordan at all, you know that’s one of the highest endorsements anything can get.

Chocolate and avocados go so well together. I decided to top the bread with chocolate because, well, if I can have chocolate for breakfast I’m a happy girl. I reduced the amount of sugar in the bread itself to account for the chocolate, but if you want to leave it off, the bread will be just find with the sugar called for.

The center of this avocado banana bread, as you can see, is super (pardon the word) moist. It’s rich and thick and stayed fresh for a few days, on the counter, wrapped haphazardly in plastic wrap.

I ate it for breakfast with some walnut butter on top. Best breakfast ever!

I WILL be making this again. Soon.

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But not soon enough. I want it now!

**Updated!** I made these again into muffins over the past weekend. I use 1 large avocado and NO butter (or you could use the 2 small and omit the butter). Fill muffin liners with 1/4 cup of batter, top with a few chocolate chips, and bake. Makes 12, and they can be frozen for easy breakfasts! A note was added to the recipe. 🙂

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Avocado Banana Bread

Adding avocado to banana bread is genius! This Avocado Banana Bread has less butter and sugar and is super soft and decadent!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened (but you can use less if you want to – I made muffins with this recipe and no butter and they were awesome…use your judgement.)
  • About 2 small avocados (1/2 cup mashed)
  • 2 tired bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place avocados in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Add butter and sugar to the bowl and mix with a hand mixer until well blended.
  3. Place the bananas, eggs, milk, vinegar, and baking soda to the food processor. Pulse until liquefied.
  4. Pour half of the banana mixture into the butter mixture with 1 cup of flour and mix until just combined. Repeat with the rest of the liquid and flour. Do not overmix!
  5. Pour into prepared pan. Top with chocolate chips and bake about 35 minutes, until it’s browned on the top and a toothpick comes out only with slight crumbs (or clean). Cool at least 10 minutes before slicing.
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This post is written as part of my partnership with Avocados from Mexico. All opinions are, of course, 100% my own.

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153 comments

  1. I absolute LOVE avocados and could eat them on anything savory, but I have never baked with them. I have some overripe bananas AND some avocado. I need to check this out! Mmmm!

    • You won’t regret it Lisa! 🙂

    • I would like to use whole wheat flour, would I be able to use the same measurements or would I need to change anything?

      • I’ve never used all whole wheat flour in any of my banana breads, but I have used 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup AP with success. I think it also depends on the kind of whole wheat flour. I think I’ve read people having success with white whole wheat as a 100% sub instead of regular whole wheat.

  2. wow what a great combo. Iove avocado but would never have thought of baking with it!

  3. Oh my gosh, Dorothy, I LOVE avocados! This is a must try!

  4. I always think that bananas and avocados have similar flavors, so I can totally see how this would be amazing!

  5. I lovvvve avocados. Seriously cannot get enough. I’ve seen a lot of recipes lately using avocado in baked goods. Haven’t tried it yet, but this bread looks so delicious that I might have to. Such a creative and innovative way to use avocados!

  6. It looks AWESOME! I loveeeee cooking/no-baking with avocados. I have a banana-avocado ‘ice cream’, an avocado raw/vegan chocolate mousse, and all kinds of creamy shakes with them. But never in banana bread. I have a zucchini banana bread, but not with avo. You have me inspired to try this. I bet it’s SO CREAMY and rich and wonderful!!!!

  7. Looks amazing! I was the same with avocados and am now addicted them!! So I obviously love this bread. It has 3 of my very favorites things. Avocados + Bananas + Chocolate!

  8. I’m so excited about this recipe! I’ve just recently started baking with avocados (I found this recipe for chocolate chips cookies made with avocados…so good!) and I love it! I never realized how versatile they are! I look forward to trying this out! Pinning this one right away! 🙂

  9. What a great way to add creaminess without the added saturated fat. This is something that I’ll definitely have to try in my baked goods.

  10. This looks awesome! I hardly ever use avocados in baking, but I do love a great guac! 🙂

  11. HI! This sounds GREAT! I just want to verify the amount of butter (recipe says 1/4 butter – I assume that’s 1/4 cup?)

    Thanks!!

  12. I’ve added avocados to banana bread before and can vouch it really makes a wonderful addition. When we lived in California, we would attend the Avocado Festival in Carpinteria and you’d be surprised how many “sweet” dishes they put them it! XOXO

  13. This was goooood! And to all those that want to skip it because they don’t like avocado, it really doesn’t taste like avocado. I mean, it was different from my original recipe but if you hadn’t told me there was avocado in it…I never would have guessed.

  14. Avocado and banana bread sounds too good to be true! Amazing and unique combo!

  15. wow..it looks so delicious…

  16. Yum! That looks delicious! I never thought of putting avocado in a sweet recipe. I bet it’s really good.

  17. How interesting to combine avocado and banana together in a bread recipe! Will be giving this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

  18. I’m so intrigued by this bread! I made a chocolate mousse type dessert with avocado a few months ago and we absolutely loved it! I thinking this would be pretty awesome too!

  19. I have heard great things about avocados in baked goods! And this recipe proves how well it works. Loving the addition of chocolate chips.

  20. I’ve been debating whether I want to try an avocado or not. You now convinced me to try one.

  21. I can’t wait to try this and tell everyone what’s in it! I’m passionate about avocados. I have at least 6 in my house daily, I need to know they are there when I need them! Yum!

  22. You know how I feel about the awesome avocado…and in this bread? Seriously so good looking!!! I need to try baking more with avocados!

  23. The smartest thing the people from Avocados from Mexico ever did was get in business with you.
    This looks AMAZING Dorothy. I also can’t live without avocados. I had half of one for breakfast, and the other half in my lunch 🙂

  24. Mmmm… gotta love avocados! This looks heavenly!

  25. ahhhhh this DOES look amazing!!!

  26. I try to like avocados, because they seem like something I should like. I order things with them and then I’m usually kind of underwhelmed. But this seems fantastic! I’m sure it adds an amazing taste and texture to the banana bread!

  27. I sooooooooo want to try the avacado banana bread!

  28. Yum…I need to try this! I make avocado brownies, but never thought to try avocado in something else…duh:) It looks amazing Dorothy!

  29. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! I have this crazy addiction to avocados and banana bread and you COMBINED THEM? Did I mention this is GENIUS!?!?!?! This is by far the best thing I have found on your blog and I am going to try this – even more than your peanut butter dip or scones. Pinned, pinned, pineed!

  30. I love avocados, but have never tried baking with them. Your bread looks SO moist, I’m going to have to try this.

  31. This is a great idea! Banana bread + avocados = two great tastes that I’m sure taste great together! The problem will be leaving avocados alone in my house long enough to turn them into bread…

  32. You have created so many avocado recipes … I’m surprised that you are new avocado lover 😉

  33. How fun is that. I never thought to use avocado for breads. I am crazy for avocados, but I wasn’t a fan until I became an “adult”, whatever that means!

  34. As much as I absolutely adore avocados I have yet to “bake” with them- I keep meaning to change that. In fact I have thought about using them in bbread but..nothing yet! This inspires me! Your bread looks absolutely! And may I ask why is it that everyone doesn’t like the word moist?! I love it- and when something (baked) is moist I want to scream from the rooftops! LOL maybe that’s just me 🙂

  35. I like the combo of bananas, and Avocados…I’ll omit the chocolate chips if you don’t mind.

  36. I love avocados! If they weren’t so expensive I’d eat them everyday! I’m looking forward to trying this banana bread!

  37. What a great idea! It looks so moist and yummy

  38. Chocolate and avocado ARE a fantastic combo. You can make chocolate pudding out of just avos, sweetener, and cocoa powder. The great this is that the chocolate flavor over powers it and you would never even know it was like 80% avocado. This looks SOOO good!

  39. You couldn’t have posted this maybe like 4 days ago seriously? (I’m kidding!) I would have totally tried this instead of the banana muffin recipe I made 3 days go. Mine were amazing, but I’ve got an avocado I’ve been wanting to use in some sort of baked good so this would have been perfect.

  40. This looks amazing!! I have to make this soon!!

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  42. awwwwww sounds terrific, thanks for the recipe i’ll surely try !!
    greetings from belgium

  43. Hi,
    I thought the recipe sounded amazing so I tried it out. For some reason the center didn’t cook properly. I even cooked it for double the cooking time and it still didn’t set. Any ideas what I did wrong?
    Michelle

  44. I never thought about putting avocado in banana bread, but as soon as I saw this, it was like a cartoon lightbulb went off over my head. Great idea! I can’t wait to try it!

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  46. I just made this. And it doesnt want to bake all the way through. Ive had it in the oven for almost an hour.

  47. I found the problem…i didnt use enough flour.

  48. This is amazing:) Love it!

  49. I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe soon, as I love avocados too! (And healthy = good).
    Just noticed the recipe says “1/4 butter” – does that mean 1/4 of a butter stick? How much butter is that roughly for those of us who can’t buy butter in a standardised stick form?

    Thanks!

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  53. I made the Advocado Bananna muffins last night and they were a huge hit. I did manage to put 4 in the freezer before anyone noticed. I made the muffins exactly to recipe and all was perfect-O!

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  55. I made this with gluten free flour and coconut flour. It turned out quite well! I subbed some other things too. Coconut oil for the butter, almond milk for the milk, arrowroot for the eggs and I used only half a cup of sugar. My next loaf will have a little more milk and oil because coconut flour sucks up the moisture. It was awesome and my family couldn’t even tell it was a gf, df, ef, sf goody.

  56. I made this recipe today and into Muffins they were a huge hit at my afternoon tea. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  59. I love this! It never occurred to me to substitute with avocados! Great idea!

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  62. honestly one of the best banana breads iv ever made !! <3 omgsh the texture of this is amazingg

  63. This looks incredibly moist. Must be the avocado!! Isn’t it funny how you can hate something and then have it one time and completely feel differently?! I use to hate avocado too and now I eat it pretty much daily in one form or another! I have never baked with it! I am totally bookmarking this and making it! Thanks fro the recipe, Dorothy 🙂

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  69. I made this with whole wheat flour, flax eggs instead of eggs, no butter, and almond milk and it turned out amazing!! Everyone loved it, thanks for the recipe!

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  71. I made these as muffins and they were totally delicious! I did have to bake them longer, like maybe 20-25 min. I did add 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt, as is in most banana bread recipes.

    • I’m glad you liked them Julia! Good to know they work with added baking powder. My mom’s recipe (which I base every banana bread recipe off of) only uses baking soda. So good to know!

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  76. I am very disappointed and angry of the result of the recipe. I only put avocados and not put butter. I replaced the sugar with 3/4 cup honey. I don’t know if theses changes turned bad the recipe… My bread was not cooked inside and burnt outside. The result and the texture are not appetizing.I throw my bread in the trash. I hate send food into trash.

    • I’m sorry Claudia. I’m sure that the honey had something to do with it. I made muffins with no butter (as in the recipe notes) but I used liners for that. I haven’t made a whole loaf without the butter, but I assume it would be okay. I think the honey for sugar may have made it too wet?

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  80. Hey Dorothy!!

    Absolutely love your blog!! Made this tonight without any butter in a loaf pan!! It tastes fantastic!! It browned up exactly like you said, my only problem was that the middle was still really soupy even though the sides and everywhere else was cooked through! Didn’t want to add anymore baking time since the sides were really well done. Any suggestions  on how to make it less soupy and how to get it to come out of the pan easier??

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  83. These things are incredible! This is my second experience baking with avocado and they make shtuff so darn… moist (shudders). What else ya got for me?!?

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  88. I would have to agree with all those who had trouble with “soupy”, wet insides while the outside browned and was well on its way to burning if allowed to be in the oven any longer- and this was with just 1 avocado, not 2. The bread is incredibly dense, and looks uncooked inside even though the outsides all around are very well done. Not a big fan… was really hoping otherwise. 

  89. When I try a recipe that calls for 1 cup of sugar, I either leave it out entirely or use only half of what is called for. I am on a low sugar and NO dairy diet (unfortunately) so I look for recipes that don’t require dairy products that make me sick.

  90. I was concerned with the density of this recipe from the pictures posted with the recipe so did a little research. Using an electric mixer, I creamed two avocados (small) with the sugar, (Omitted all butter) and added 1/4 cup sour cream, the eggs and vanilla to that. In another bowl, I mixed the dry ingredients. I then combined the dry ingredients into the wet. Barely stirred using a wooden spoon and then put them in a prepared loaf pan. It came out beautifully.

  91. Would it work to add a few blueberries to this recipe? Thx!
    PS. I made this as my son’s 2nd bday cake (just 4 in the family so loaf size was perfect) and used almond butter and some cream cheese icing to decorate it into a road and construction site themed cake. The kids loved it. Especially since it was the kind of cake that I even let them eat the next morning for breakfast. Little did they know how healthy it was (also cuz I skipped out on the chocolate chips on top hehe).

  92. Thank you so much. Made these today, had an avo that just turned bit brown and over ripe bananas,put them in a muffin pan and added slivered almonds to mixture and top, family love them. Taste amazing..

  93. I made this today, I love baking with avocados and have been waiting for the right moment to try a banana bread recipe. This one is amazing! I used one regular sized avocado and coconut sugar instead of cane sugar. I also used peanut butter chips instead of choc chips because that’s what I had and figured peanut butter goes well with banana. It’s nice on the top, but in the middle seemed to take longer to bake. But the taste is amazing, and it’s not dry at all! I can’t wait to bake and work with it again!

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