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

1 slice: 154 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 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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ConnieK User ID: 282614 128777
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."

ozwizard User ID: 1165607 149898
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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