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Are Bananas Keto? Counting The Carbs In Bananas

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Bananas are a classic ingredient used in many traditional recipes but are they keto-friendly? How many carbs are in a serving of banana?

Are Bananas Keto

Are Bananas Keto?

Bananas aren’t keto-friendly, they contain too many carbs to be a regular option.

Bananas are a simple fruit available all year round that brings sweetness and flavor to many baking recipes but it does so because it contains between 23 grams and 37 grams of carbs and 2.6 grams to 3.5 grams of fiber depending on its size.

So eating a whole banana is definitely out of the question on a keto diet where your macros might limit you to 25 grams of net carbs for a whole day.

Can I Eat A Small Banana?

On a keto diet, you would typically allow about 5 grams of net carbs for snacks. If you wanted to use that to eat a banana, you’d have to limit yourself to a quarter of a small banana.

So technically, eating 25% of a banana is possible on a keto diet, and that will bring you some of the vitamins and minerals that bananas contain.

Keto-Friendly Alternatives

While bananas are not quite keto-friendly, it’s still possible to get all the great taste and sweetness of bananas without the carbs.

In my keto recipes, I use either banana extract or other low-carb fruits or vegetables to mimic bananas.

  • Banana Extract: Choose a banana extract made with real bananas and without any artificial flavor. It’s essentially a concentrated extract of the banana that contains just its flavors without any of its sugar. Banana extract does contain alcohol as it’s the only way of extracting the flavors, but as long as you use it for baking, it will all have evaporated by the time your bread or muffins are ready.
  • Fruits And Vegetables: To mimic the sweetness of bananas, I use liquid sweeteners like sugar-free maple syrup. To mimic the moist texture of a banana, I like using zucchinis, a low-carb vegetable.

Low-Carb Recipes With Banana

If you miss the taste of bananas on your keto journey, you can make the following recipes.

Almond Flour Banana Muffins
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A healthy, Gluten-free Almond Flour Banana Muffin recipe with the most delicious moist crumb and half the carbs of regular banana muffins.
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Keto Banana Bread
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A moist Keto Banana Bread without banana for only 3.3 grams of net carbs per slice but full of banana flavor!
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Keto Banana Pudding
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A delicious, creamy pudding with banana flavor and only 1 gram of net carbs per serving. Gluten-free, dairy-free option.
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Almond Flour Banana Bread
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This Almond Flour Banana Bread is a healthy recipe with Chocolate Chips, no Sugar Added and dairy-free.
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Carine Claudepierre

About The Author

Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

All my recipes are at least triple tested to make sure they work and I take pride in keeping them as accurate as possible.

Browse all my recipes with my Recipe Index.

I hope that you too find the recipes you love on Sweet As Honey!

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