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Pear & Banana Bread

Swap your cafe-bought banana bread for this delicious sugar-free version, and get some extra fruit and heart-healthy nuts in your diet. Bonus!



SERVES: Makes 12 Slices


  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pear
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup crushed walnuts, plus extra for decorating
  • 1 scoop protein powder*
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Natvia (or other natural sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon coconut nectar or honey (optional)

*Chocolate, vanilla, banana and unflavoured protein powders all work well.


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180º.
  2. Peel and cube the pear.
  3. Mix all ingredients (apart from pear, walnuts and sultanas) together in food processor.
  4. Stir in pear cubes, walnuts and raisins, then pour into lined loaf tin.
  5. Sprinkle additional walnuts on top, if desired.
  6. Bake for approximately 35 minutes, until just browning.
  7. Remove and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  8. Whilst cooling, drizzle with a little raw honey or coconut nectar if desired.
  9. Serve cool – the flavours are much stronger.
If your bananas are ripe, you can reduce the amount of sweetener added to 1 tablespoon.
This won’t rise like traditional banana bread due to the lack of flour – so use a small loaf tin if you want a deep slice.
Cut the cooked loaf into 1-inch squares for a portion-controlled treat.

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

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