Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe

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"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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium navel orange, peeled and sectioned (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 2 medium ripe banana
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

154 calories: 1 slice, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a food processor or blender, process the oranges, bananas, sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla until smooth. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pecans.
  2. Pour into two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves (10 slices each).
Originally published as Whole Wheat Banana Bread in Light & Tasty February/March 2005, p43

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Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"Very moist and delicious! breakfast in a bread! Going to lightly toast in a pan with some butter spray then put some pb and a slice and orange marmalade on another for breakfast tomorrow. Great recipe, thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"I have mad this twice now! Both times have been moist and delicious! Since, I run out of ingredients often, I make lots of substitutions. Like using crushed shredded wheat cereal instad of wheat germ and brown sugar for white. Also, added 1 cup fresh cranberries and left out salt. Still comes out perfectly!"

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