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Whole Wheat Flour Banana Bread Recipe with applesauce, coconut oil, whole wheat or spelt flour, and honey or maple syrup. Healthy with rave reviews. | ifoodreal.com

If you can find a more perfect whole wheat flour banana bread recipe sweetened only with 1/3 cup maple syrup/honey and not using a cup of vegetable oil, feel free to leave it in the comments. Your perfect banana bread should be moist and the top should be cracking, gloss-ing and sticking. And when you take a bite it melts in your mouth. That in my world is a perfect healthy whole wheat banana bread and you are looking at it right now!

Whole Wheat Flour Banana Bread Recipe with applesauce, coconut oil, whole wheat or spelt flour, and honey or maple syrup. Healthy with rave reviews. | ifoodreal.com

I originally posted this banana bread recipe with applesauce 3 years ago and it called for white flour and 1 cup of brown sugar. Yeah…You can even see in the comments Stephanie tried to make sense to me that 1 cup of sugar, even if it is brown, is not OK. My response to Stephanie was weird…I clearly had nothing to say. Now I (almost) understand why people say “Everyone has their own understanding of “healthy””. 3 years ago I thought if I use no oil the bread is healthy. And brown sugar is healthy too.:)

Whole Wheat Flour Banana Bread Recipe with applesauce, coconut oil, whole wheat or spelt flour, and honey or maple syrup. Healthy with rave reviews. | ifoodreal.com

Good thing is we grow, learn and change with time. And I finally perfected a 2015whole wheat flour banana bread in my books. Believe it or not it took me quite a few tries because apparently taking banana muffins batter and pouring it in a loaf pan doesn’t produce an epic banana bread. I’m still puzzled why. I understand bread needs more flour but still shouldn’t that existing muffin batter work in a loaf tin if it worked in a muffin tin?! Major confusion.

Whole Wheat Flour Banana Bread Recipe with applesauce, coconut oil, whole wheat or spelt flour, and honey or maple syrup. Healthy with rave reviews. | ifoodreal.com

Your first key to success with banana bread is going bad bananas. Even uglier than I have pictured above. With a lot of brown spots. They make perfectly moist bread with little dark threads throughout. You know those?! That is one of the signs of a good banana bread to me.

Whole Wheat Flour Banana Bread Recipe with applesauce, coconut oil, whole wheat or spelt flour, and honey or maple syrup. Healthy with rave reviews. | ifoodreal.com

This is the rest of the gang…Applesauce from my backyard that I froze in portions. Emergency vanilla extract because I ran out of an organic one and a homemade one is in the making. Aluminum free baking powder…who wants to eat aluminum?! Maple syrup because I am out of my raw honey. And spelt flour…

Whole Wheat Flour Banana Bread Recipe with applesauce, coconut oil, whole wheat or spelt flour, and honey or maple syrup. Healthy with rave reviews. | ifoodreal.com

A few weeks ago I was introduced to these wonderful people from Daybreak Mill from Saskatchewan, that is in Canada, people. I assume not many of you are familiar with our prairies where you can watch your dog run away for 3 days. So, this wonderful family has been producing organic grains, flours and cereal since 1953. That sweetest old man somehow makes me believe I’m getting the best of the best left in this poisoned part of the world. You won’t find Daybreak Mill’s products in big box stores but rather look in smaller local and health food stores in Canada or online. Their spelt flour was amazing in this bread! On my list is to try their einkorn flour which I have personally never heard of. I also have used whole wheat flour which produces a little less fluffier bread which I personally prefer.

Whole Wheat Flour Banana Bread Recipe with applesauce, coconut oil, whole wheat or spelt flour, and honey or maple syrup. Healthy with rave reviews. | ifoodreal.com

This recipe is so simple my 9 year old made this bread following only ingredients list without directions drafted in my phone. The bread came out exceptional. So, you can make it. It is super-duper that good. My Italian neighbour is whipping it up right now too.

Enjoy and stop eating Starbucks.:)

Whole Wheat Flour Banana Bread

Whole Wheat Flour Banana Bread

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 9" x 5" loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork or a masher. Push to a side, add eggs and whisk. Add applesauce, honey, oil, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk to combine.
  3. Add flour and stir gently just enough to mix. Pour batter in prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack to cool off completely. Cut into 10 slices and enjoy.
  4. Storage Instructions: Keep in a cool dry place in a glass airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 10 slices

Amount Per Serving = 1 slice:
Calories: 198.6
Total Fat: 4.3 g
Cholesterol: 32.7 mg
Sodium: 169.3 mg
Total Carbs: 38.4 g
Sugars: 14 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.3 g
Protein: 5.1 g
WW Points+: 5

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27 Comments

  1. Victoria

    Hi, Olena!
    First of.all, thank you for.sharing with your healthy and light recipes! This is awesome, because the recipes that I see perfectly fit.in my current diet:) I recently had my 4 th child and surely gained some baby fat:( but am working on getting back in shape. I am also eating high protein and low fat/carb foods. It is very effective! And does not affect my milk supply:)
    Blessings to your family!!!

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  2. Stephanie

    I like that you replaced most of the butter with applesauce, but I wonder whether the brown sugar could be reduced? That’s quite a lot of sugar per slice!

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Feel free to reduce sugar to 3/4 cup but I wouldn’t recommend less than that. That will bring sugar down to 14 g per slice. And keep in mind a lot of that sugar is unprocessed sugar from bananas so hopefully a little bit better for us.:) Happy baking!

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  3. bettac

    hey, just wondering if you can replace the melted butter with vegetable oil? like olive oil or sunflower?

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Yes, you should be fine, it’s not a big of amount. I probably would use canola, grape seed or vegetable oil that has less distinct taste than olive oil. The texture of the banana bread might change a bit but shouldn’t be critical. Let us know. Next time I want to replace butter with coconut oil.

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  4. Cianna

    Is there any way to work some protein powder into this? Or a good topping with protein? I’m looking to diversify my protein snacks! 🙂

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    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Haha, I hear you.:) Try to replace 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour with 2 scoops (60 g) of whey protein powder or so. Any quick bread’s batter should be thick, not runny. So go from there and play around with whole wheat flour, not white.:) You should end up with tasty protein whole wheat banana bread.

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  5. GK

    someone said that you used brown sugar? I don’t see brown sugar in the recipe, is it still 14 grams of sugar per slice, I am diabetic and wonder if I can add Xylitol instead of maple syrup?

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    • Olena

      This is an old recipe which I remade and in a previous version I used brown sugar. Nutritional info is current using maple syrup. You can use xylitol considering you add extra liquid like applesauce or milk to bring it to quick bread batter consistency like in my photos. And of course taste wise should be good. This is against all rules but I do taste batter even with eggs. Should be slightly sweeter than what you want your end result to be.

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  6. Jen

    Just made this following the recipe exactly with the addition of 2 T of mini chocolate chips. I halved the recipe as I only had 2 ripe bananas. I baked it for 35 minutes. It’s almost gone, after being highly approved by an 8 and 10 year old, and ME!! Very moist and delicious!

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  7. Jennifer

    Just made this recipe, and it is soo good! The only difference is I used 3 large bananas and 1/4 cup maple syrup because it was easier to calculate the nutrition lol. I used spelt flour and next time I will use whole wheat and see how it turns out. It might seem soggy/wet when you first take it out the oven and cut into it but rest assured when it cools overnight it dries and is fluffier than ever. Oh and I had to bake mines for 10min extra on top of the 60min.

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  8. Sissi

    Hi,

    I followed your recipe, I think it’s the best I have seen. I am not sure what applesauce is and I replaced it with unsweetened almond milk. I baked for 40mins and the bread turned out quite dry. Is it because I don’t have much oil In it (the applesauce has oil I presume)?

    Thanks!

    Sissi

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    • Olena

      Hi Sissi. You can’t replace applesauce with almond milk. Applesauce is puréed cooked apples full of fiber thus adding moisture. It replaces oil in baking quite well. Almond milk is simply water. You can buy applesauce in any store. Bread will turn out amazing!

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      • Sissi

        Hi Olena,

        Thanks for your reply. I will try it with applesauce. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. perfect wth my diet 🙂

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  9. Tracy

    This is the BEST banana bread I’ve ever made. I was out of applesauce and to lazy to make some so I used an extra banana. The lightest banana bread I’ve ever made. Thank you.

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  10. Petros

    Amazing banana bread…The smell, the flavor…omg!!! I forgot to put in the avocado, and i couldnt resist puntting in ceylon cinnamon and nutmeg. It was perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Olena

      Hi Petros. Glad to hear! Your comment made me puzzled for a bit about avocado but then I figured it out by reading my recipe. That is not avocado you are supposed to add but rather an avocado oil. Or basically any oil. 2 tbsp. But I am glad my whole wheat banana recipe worked without avocado anyways.:)

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