by Olena

Healthy Banana Bread (Video)

by Olena

5 from 28 reviews

Moist Healthy Banana Bread with applesauce, no sugar and low fat. It is so delicious you won’t know it is healthy. Comes together in one bowl with simple ingredients.

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!

Ingredients You Will Need

  • 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, bake yellow bananas with skin on for 20 minutes at 300 degrees F oven. Or place a few ripened bananas or apples with unripened ones in a brown bag, close tightly and wait 1-2 days.
  • Unsweetened or sweetened applesauce. Substitute with extra ripe large banana, Greek yogurt with 2% fat content and higher or pureed fresh apples.
  • Eggs. You can replace with flax seed eggs if needed.
  • A bit of oil. Really any oil works like avocado oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil or melted coconut oil.
  • Honey or maple syrup – Any liquid but not dry sweetener is OK like agave syrup, brown rice syrup etc.
  • 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.
  • Optional mix-ins: 1/2 to 1 cup of nuts, chocolate chips or blueberries.

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

How to Make Healthy Banana Bread

  1. Mash bananas and eggs with a masher. I first like to mash bananas and then “whisk” eggs with the same masher.
  2. 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.
  3. Add whole wheat or spelt flour and stir gently until incorporated. Do not mix too much as bread might come out rubbery. Batter should be thicker than pancakes.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for about an hour and then let cool completely before slicing. It will make all the difference because you will be able to slice the bread. Been there, done that haha.

how to make easy healthy banana bread step by step

How to Store, Freeze and More Tips

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.

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.

You can make mini meatloaves by baking them for about 35-40 minutes and checking with a toothpick.

Enjoy this healthy banana bread!

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Healthy Banana Bread

5 from 28 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. I have made many different recipes for BB over many years. I have been using applesauce for years. I got burned out on it. I had a very rural grocery store that was part of a big general store and drove 40 miles once a weekk to buy the grocercies & haul back. The elderly owner of the grocery store I bought from was always putting a brown paper sack full of over ripe bananas in my vehicle. I grew up waste not. Want not! Needless to say…lots BB. But OH MY! This is by far THE BEST BANANA BREAD EVER! I made it with spelt flour. So delicious!! Will never use another recipe! Thank you Olena!!!!

  2. This is my go to banana bread! It’s also easily switched up with adding chocolate chips, grated apple or small chunks, and any other fruit. Andy you can switch up the flours too! Simply the best!!

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