by Olena

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

by Olena

How to make easy healthy banana bread recipe with applesauce. This is THE BEST moist and simple recipe on the web!

Banana bread is a staple in our house. It makes a great school snack. It is delicious breakfast spread with butter. It doesn’t have a lot of ingredients. So easy my 12 year old makes it.

Learn how to make our easy healthy banana bread with applesauce.

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Your perfect banana bread should be moist. Have glossy and sticky top. And with a crack.

When you take a bite it melts in your mouth. In my world, it is the best healthy banana bread. And you are looking at it right now!

My Healthy Banana Bread Recipes Is:

  • Simple
  • Incredibly moist
  • Perfectly sweet
  • Contains no sugar

Rave reader reviews! If you can find a more simple healthy banana bread recipe with only 1/3 cup of maple syrup and without 1 cup of vegetable oil, feel free to leave it in comments.

What Are Healthy Banana Bread Ingredients?

  • Bananas
  • Applesauce
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Eggs

Is Banana Bread Healthy?

Well. Where do I begin?! I think everyone has their own definition of “healthy”. And I think my banana bread recipe is healthy for the following reasons. If you don’t eat entire loaf in a day.:)

  • Natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey replaces refined sugar.
  • Applesauce replaces almost a cup of oil. It makes banana bread moist.
  • Whole wheat flour adds fiber, nutrients and vitamins unlike the all-purpose flour stripped of everything that’s good for us.

Healthy Banana Bread Substitutions and Tips

What Can I Substitute Applesauce With?

Here are my thoughts and what has worked for some readers:

  • Extra ripe large banana
  • Greek yogurt with 2% fat content and higher
  • Pureed fresh apples

What Are the Best Bananas for Banana Bread?

  • Very yellow ripe bananas with brown spots.
  • The uglier bananas, the better.
  • Even uglier than in my photo and video are perfect.

How to make easy healthy banana bread recipe with applesauce. This is THE BEST moist and simple recipe on the web!

How to Make Banana Bread with Fresh Bananas?

If you don’t have going bad bananas, don’t fret. To “ripen” bananas faster:

  1. Bake yellow bananas with skin on for 20 minutes at 300 degrees F oven.
  2. Place a few ripened bananas or apples with unripened ones in a brown bag. Close tightly and wait 1-2 days. The ethylene gases from the ripened fruit will speed up the ripening.
  3. Peel and slice bananas, place them on a plate and microwave for 30 seconds or until they sizzle.

What Flour Is Good For This Healthy Banana Bread Recipe?

Baking is a science. It is always best to stick to original recipe if you want the recipe to work. Especially when it comes to flour.

Flours that work with this recipe:

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Spelt flour

Flours that don’t work:

  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour
  • All purpose white flour

I have not tested this recipe with any gluten free flour.

What Can I Add?

You can add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of these add ons without any other changes to the recipe.

  • Nuts: chopped or pieces. Walnuts, pecans etc.
  • Chocolate chips
  • Blueberries: fresh or frozen.

Can I Make It into Muffins?

Yes. Not sure how many muffins it will make. And you will have to bake them for 18-22 minutes. Just keep an eye.

How to Make Healthy Banana Bread

1. Get Ready

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line 9 x 5 loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper.

2. Prepare Liquid Ingredients

  • In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas with a fork or a masher.
  • Add eggs, applesauce, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Whisk to combine (masher works fine).

How to make easy healthy banana bread recipe with applesauce. This is THE BEST moist and simple recipe on the web!

3. Add Dry Ingredients

  • Add flour and stir gently just enough to mix.

4. Bake

  • Pour batter in prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

5. Cool & Slice

  • Remove from the oven.
  • Let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Cut into 10 slices and enjoy.

How to make easy healthy banana bread recipe with applesauce. This is THE BEST moist and simple recipe on the web!

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Healthy Banana Bread

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How to make easy healthy banana bread recipe with applesauce. This is THE BEST moist and simple recipe on the web!

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium very ripe bananas (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tbsp avocado or coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder, aluminum free
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat or spelt flour

Instructions

  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. Add eggs, applesauce, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk to combine (masher works fine).
  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.
  4. 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.

Store: Keep in a cool dry place in a glass airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. This recipe is amazing! I was looking for a banana bread without sugar and using spelt flour and here it it! My kids love it, it is so yummy it pretty much gets eaten in a day! Thanks so much 😊

  2. I have made many a “clean eating” banana bread. This was, by far, the most outstanding. The size of the loaf was relatively large compared to others I have made. I added some cinnamon to this for an extra little bit of flavour. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    1. 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!

      1. Hi Olena,

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!!!