by Olena

Healthy Banana Bread (Video)

by Olena

5 from 17 reviews

Healthy Banana Bread moist with applesauce, no refined sugar and low fat. Easy and absolutely delicious banana bread recipe your kids will love. It is the best, just see reviews below.

Love quick breads? Healthy apple bread, healthy pumpkin bread and healthy zucchini bread are on a regular snack rotation in our house.

healthy banana bread in a loaf pan lined with parchment paper

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Healthy banana bread is a staple in our house. It is perfect as a school snack or healthy breakfast (spread with butter – yum!). Learn how to make it using our healthy banana bread recipe. So easy my 12 year old makes it.

Your perfect banana bread with applesauce 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 banana bread. And you are looking at it right now!

Is Banana Bread Healthy?

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

  • No sugar (refined) but with honey or maple syrup.
  • Applesauce replaces almost a cup of oil. It makes low fat banana bread moist.
  • Whole wheat flour adds fiber, nutrients and vitamins unlike the all-purpose flour stripped of everything that’s good for us.

Browse all healthy muffins and quick breads.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Bananas
  • Applesauce
  • Eggs
  • A bit of oil
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Whole wheat or spelt flour
  • Baking powder + soda, cinnamon

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 the comments.

bananas, maple syrup, whole wheat flour, olive oil, applesauce on a counter

Substitutions

Applesauce: Extra ripe large banana, Greek yogurt with 2% fat content and higher or pureed fresh apples.

Flour: Only whole wheat or spelt flour. Flours that don’t work with this recipe are almond flour, coconut flour and all purpose white flour. I have not tested this recipe with any gluten free flour.

Mix-ins: 1/2 to 1 cup of nuts, chocolate chips or blueberries.

The Best Bananas for Banana Bread

Ripe bananas are a must. They make bread sweet and moist. Ripe bananas are very yellow with brown spots. The uglier the bananas, the better. Even uglier than in my photo and video are perfect.

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.

How to Make Whole Wheat Banana Bread

  1. Mash bananas with a masher.
  2. Add eggs and I like to “whisk” them with the same masher haha.
  3. Add all other ingredients except flour. “Stir” with the same masher. I know, I’m fancy but there is really no need for extra tool and bowl. Quick bread is not a cake.
  4. Add flour and stir gently until incorporated. Do not mix too much.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for about an hour.

Tip: Let cool completely before slicing. Will make all the difference. Been there, done that haha.

how to make easy healthy banana bread step by step

How to Store and Freeze

Store banana bread on a counter wrapped in plastic or straight in the loaf pan covered with plastic. Then cut a slice each time. You can slice it fully and wrap each slice in plastic but in my opinion it is not environmentally friendly option.

Banana bread stays fresh on a counter for up to 3 days. After you can refrigerate for another 3 days.

sliced healthy banana bread recipe on a cutting board

To freeze banana bread, bake and cool completely. I recommend you do not slice bread before freezing. It retains its moisture better this way. Place in a gallon size Ziploc container, let out as much air as possible and seal. Freeze for up to 3 months.

To thaw, defrost on a counter. Takes about 3-4 hours. Bread will taste just like freshly baked. Pop it into a toaster for a minute for that freshly baked bread warmth and aromas.

Enjoy this healthy banana bread!

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Healthy Banana Bread

5 from 17 reviews

Healthy Banana Bread moist with applesauce, no refined sugar and low fat. Easy banana bread recipe your kids will love.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American
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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.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Should I have used 100% whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour.. because I used 100% whole wheat flour and it was kind of thick the batter?

    1. Whole wheat flour. And did you bake the bread and…? Maybe your bananas were smaller or did you skim the top of the measuring cup with flour with a butter knife?

  2. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out wonderful! My two year old loved it too. Thank you!

  3. The best Banana Bread EVER. It’s moist and not so sweet that it made you shiver from a sugar rush. It’s a Keeper and Healthy. I will stop looking for new ways to use old bananas, now I will watch them turn brown and make Banana Bread. 5 STARS, or more.
    I used whole wheat flour, will keep as is.

  4. Hi!,
    Looking forward to trying your banana bread recipe. I live in a small town & cannot find spelt flour. I did find coconut flour, could it be substituted for the spelt/wheat flour?

  5. Hi Olena,
    I tried the recipe with Carol’s gf flour, came out great. I love that it’s not overly sweet especially for my boys.
    Thank you..

  6. The best recipe I’ve found, although I had to use whole wheat flour. I can’t find Spelt!!

  7. I had some overripe bananas that needed to be used and checked your site for recipes. I decided to go for your Healthy Banana Bread. I added some cinnamon and blueberries to the recipe. It smelled delicious while in the oven and it tastes that way too. I just had a slice and could eat another one, and another one, and……. 😉

      1. She hasn’t tried it yet as she was away. 😉 I just did a 27mi. bike ride and a slice of banana bread afterwards was a nice reward. 🙂

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