Banana Bread Frittata is an absolutely delicious breakfast packed with protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied for hours. It has all the flavors of banana bread that you love, but it’s not super sweet. And it’s also gluten-free.
If you’re looking for my other favorite frittata, check out my Hearty Spinach Beef Frittata.
The Ingredients in This Banana Bread Frittata
This Banana Bread Frittata is pretty simple in terms of ingredients. But you need to know: there’s not actually any banana bread in the frittata. Rather, the flavors will remind you of banana bread.
Of course, since this is a frittata, there are going to be eggs. For a frittata big enough for 4 to 6 people, that means a dozen eggs. No comments that this banana bread frittata tastes eggy, okay? 😉 (The most common complaint about my famous tortilla recipe is that it tastes “eggy” when eggs are the base. Gotta have reasonable expectations!)
Next, this recipe uses fresh bananas. I used medium-ripe bananas. They had no green parts on them, but they also weren’t turning dark yellow with black spots. Here’s a simple tip for you: the greener the banana, the more starch it has compared to sugar. That means a greener banana will be less sweet. Bananas and other fruit aren’t bad because they have sugar. But just know that how ripe the banana is can change the final sweetness balance in this dish.
Also, to lend some sweetness, this recipe uses pitted dates. There are walnuts for crunch and to lend that banana bread flavor. Finally, there’s coconut milk for texture and cinnamon for that warm flavor everyone loves. If you need substitutions, check that out below.
What’s a Frittata?
The easiest way to describe a frittata is that it’s a baked egg dish with the fillings mixed in. Compare that to an omelet which cooks the eggs separately and lays the fillings on top before it’s folded. Frittatas come in endless flavor combinations. They’re an excellent portable breakfast because they tend to be less messy than other egg dishes.
Can You Make a Frittata in a Cast Iron Skillet?
Totally. In fact, cast iron is the only way I make my frittatas anymore. Nothing will stick in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, not even eggs. I know it sounds too good to believe, but it’s true. The key to having a well-seasoned cast iron skillet is not using harsh soaps to clean it out. Also, giving it a light coat of oil after washing will help it maintain its non-stick surface. Go here for more details about how to clean cast iron.
There are other things you can bake this Banana Bread Frittata in. A glass baking dish like this one would be my second choice. You could also use silicone muffin liners (or a silicone muffin tray) and bake these in a muffin tray. However, in my experience, there will be some sticking even though you’re using silicone.
How to Make Banana Bread Frittata
Making this Banana Bread Frittata is pretty simple. Here’s how to do it:
- Preheat the oven.
- Grease your baking dish or get your cast iron skillet ready.
- Blend the eggs and coconut milk until smooth. Add the bananas and dates.
- Pulse the blender a few times until there are still some chunks of banana.
- Pour into your baking dish or skillet. Top with walnuts and optional sliced banana.
- Bake until the eggs are set, 20 to 30 minutes.
You can make this frittata in advance and reheat. I recommend reheating in the oven for best results. Also, you can freeze this Banana Bread Frittata, well-wrapped, for up to a month.
How to Modify This Recipe
There are so many ways to modify this recipe. Here are the most common ways:
- If you don’t like dates, try adding a bit of maple syrup or honey.
- Swap out the walnuts for your favorite nuts. Pecans might be nice.
- Not a fan of coconut milk or would rather use dairy? Pretty much any milk substitute or milk itself will sub in. Cashew milk or heavy cream would be yummy.
- And you can definitely leave the cinnamon out if you’re not a fan.
- Or, try adding a dash of vanilla– about a teaspoon – to give that little extra something.
Other Breakfasts You Might Like
Looking for other popular breakfast ideas? Here’s some to try out:
- Savory Ham & Egg Cups
- Breakfast Stuffed Peppers
- Sweet & Savory Blueberry Omelet
- Smoked Salmon Egg Bake
- Matcha Banana Pancakes
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Banana Bread Frittata (Gluten-Free)
Banana Bread Frittata is an absolutely delicious breakfast packed with protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied for hours. It has all the flavors of banana bread that you love, but it's not super sweet. And it's also gluten-free.
- 12 eggs large
- 2/3 cup coconut milk canned is better because it's less watery
- 5 bananas medium, roughly chopped, if you don't want to put banana slices on top you only need 4 bananas
- 1/2 cup pitted dates roughly chopped
- 4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 pinch salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
- 1/2 cup walnuts roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease your baking dish or cast iron skillet.
Blend the eggs and coconut milk in a blender until smooth, about 20 seconds.
Next, add 4 of the chopped bananas, the dates, cinnamon, salt, and optional vanilla extract. Pulse the blender 4-6 times or until some medium-sized chunks remain.
Pour into the baking dish or skillet. Sprinkle the chopped walnuts on top.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Slice and enjoy!
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