Banana Bread with tahini is next-level! The nutty flavor from the Tahini shines through and takes the spotlight and I couldn’t be happier about that! Once I came up with this Banana Bread recipe, my husband and I became obsessed!

One of the many reasons I love this Banana Bread recipe with Tahini is because it has NO butter! I completely substituted the butter with Tahini for so many reasons. The biggest reason is that I absolutely love the taste of Tahini and when I made the recipe the first time, I actually used butter and I couldn’t taste the Tahini enough. So that needed to change!

Not to mention that Tahini has a ton of health benefits, making it such an amazing substitute for butter, meanwhile staying a deliciously moist banana bread – just how I like it! I go over some of the health benefits of tahini below.

Banana bread with tahini | Tahini Banana bread recipe

This Banana Bread with Tahini is an ode to my childhood in Lebanon!

If you didn’t know that Tahini is used for sweets or anything besides hummus for that matter then you wouldn’t be the first that I’ve met.

But, I grew up eating many desserts that were made with Tahini, one, that was my absolute favorite was made with Tahini, and sugar, with tons of pistachios sprinkled throughout. It’s not an easy dessert to find when you’re an 8-hour round-trip away from a Middle Eastern store.

So, I recreated the flavor combination using Banana Bread as my base!

Try this healthy banana bread recipe and let me know what you think, using the stars on the recipe card below!

Here are Banana bread with Tahini ingredients: Tahini, bananas, eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, flour, chocolate, and pistachios or nut of your choice!

Tahini Banana Bread recipe | Banana Bread recipe with tahini

This Banana bread with Tahini recipe is healthier than the average banana bread recipe, because:

  1. No butter. You really taste the Tahini in my recipe, and that was my #1 goal! I love the nutty flavor.
  2. Tahini has loads of health benefits. More on the health benefits of Tahini below.
  3. Reduced sugar. Triple win!

Health Benefits of Tahini

First, let’s go over what is Tahini. Tahini is made of hulled, crushed toasted sesame seeds. It is very popular in a variety of dishes (not just hummus) in the Middle East and in Mediterranean cuisine.

Tahini is packed with nutrients! It’s high in antioxidants, it’s an anti-inflammatory, heart health, protects kidney and liver function and so much more. Needless to say, it’s the perfect substitute for butter in banana bread and enriches it with the best nutty flavor and tons of health benefits!

I know I can’t say the same about butter!

How to Store Banana Bread

Store this banana bread in an airtight container or placed in a large ziploc bag to keep fresh for several days on the counter. Store banana bread in the fridge for longevity.

How to Store Banana Bread in the Fridge

Banana bread can store in the fridge covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container. Slice the banana bread and wrap it individually, then place it in a large Ziploc bag or airtight container to enjoy throughout the week.

How to Wrap Banana Bread to Freeze

To wrap a loaf of banana bread to freeze you will need to let it cool completely then wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in a gallon ziploc bag. The banana bread wrapped this way can last for months to years in the back of the freezer.

How long does Banana Bread last in the Freezer

Banana bread will last for months in the freezer if packaged properly. It will last even longer in a deep freezer.

TIP: To Make This Banana Bread Recipe Even Healthier

Switch out the all-purpose flour for gluten-free flour. You’ll want to make sure the package shows that it can be substituted for a 1:1 ratio for all-purpose flour recipes. It turns out just as delicious to make this Tahini banana Bread recipe healthy with GF flour. My husband couldn’t tell the difference!

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I’ve linked a good Tahini from Amazon below! Make my Hummus recipe with any leftovers!

Banana bread recipe with Tahini

Banana Bread with Tahini

Banana Bread is one of the best coffee companions. Tahini Banana Bread is even better! The nutty tahini flavors shines through and holds the spotlight!
My Tahini Banana Bread recipe has no butter, so eat up! Tahini, bananas, eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, flour, chocolate and pistachios or nut of your choice!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Baked Goods, Breakfast
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 1 loaf


  • ½ cup tahini
  • 3 large ripe bananas or 4 medium
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup sugar plus 1 tbsp for the top of the loaf.
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chunks or chips
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios pecans, or walnuts.

Optional Tahini drizzle

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp hot water to make it runny
  • 4 tbsp powdered sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • In a large bowl, mash peeled bananas.
  • Add eggs and whisk to combine. Then add tahini, vanilla, white sugar, brown sugar, and stir.
  • Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, chocolate and pistachios or other nuts and stir to combine.
  • Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan (9×5) and sprinkle the top with sugar.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Then cover with foil and bake for an additional 25-40 minutes. Until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbles.
  • Set aside until completely cooked, for about 30 minutes.


  • If you need to purchase Tahini, HERE is the link to a good one on Amazon!
  • Using GF flour? Make sure it’s a 1:1 ratio mixture. Should be shown on the package.
  • Baking times differ greatly depending on your oven and your baking dish. Check your bread periodically passed the 50-minute mark.
Keyword Baked goods, Baking, Banana bread, bananas, breads, tahini, tahini recipes
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