This slimmed down version of the classic uses unsweetened applesauce instead of butter. The amount of sugar is also decreased, too, by adding a little honey and using more banana. No one will ever guess this bread is low in fat!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
Loaded with banana flavor and just the right hint of maple, this old-fashioned walnut-topped loaf is easy to prepare and tastes wonderful warm from the oven. "I sent a loaf of this bread to work with my husband, and his co-workers loved it," relates Amy Hawk of Seabrook, New Jersey.
Making this delightfully different twist on traditional banana bread is fun. It tastes excellent spread with cream cheese or butter. When I take this bread to bake sales, it really goes fast. I also make it in small loaf pan to give as gifts. I discovered the recipe in 1955 and have been making it since.
—Betty Hull, Stoughton, Wisconsin
We love this recipe around my house because we can change it from one day to the next on a whim. Just throw whatever fruit is in season into the mix, and you’ve got a tailor-made treat! —Christine Saxe, Ada, Michigan
"Banana bread has always been a favorite in our home," writes Lisa Green of Kunkletown, Pennsylvania. "As I was mixing up a batch one afternoon, I decided to add a cup of oatmeal and some chocolate chips. The yummy result was an immediate hit!"
“This recipe won several blue ribbons at our county and Nebraska State Fairs,” writes Anna Marie Moore from Aurora, Nebraska. “It’s especially wonderful with black walnuts.” TIP: Since this bread freezes so well, why not double the recipe and keep a loaf on hand for guests or a quick gift?
"A hint of orange livens up this moist and nutty banana bread," says Kathy Merrick from Hammond, Indiana. "I've taken loaves to potluck suppers and they are always a hit." She suggests trying a slice for breakfast or as a sensibly scrumptious snack.