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Makeover Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Makeover Banana Nut Bread Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour YIELD:10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or rum extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes or until crumbly. Beat in egg, then egg white, beating well after each addition. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Stir in the bananas, applesauce, honey and extract. Combine the flours, baking soda and salt; gradually add to banana mixture just until moistened.
  • 2. Pour into a 9x5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake at 325° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 1 loaf (10 slices).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 266 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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robbrd User ID: 1292786 264431
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017

"Moist and flavorful. I didn't put the nuts on top. Still looking for that perfect recipe. Don't get me wrong this is good just not hitting home for me. Something is missing that I can't put my finger on."

hicks91 User ID: 6731271 249202
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2016

"Good but needs to be more moist."

chelseaspiegel User ID: 6394642 221838
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"Absolutely delicious! I always need to bake it longer than the suggested time for it to cook through... but so yummy!"

orientalevie User ID: 1862053 217543
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Delicious Banana bread! Best I've ever made :)"

chocoloco User ID: 1876593 46170
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"Underrated! AMAZING!!!! I made 17 cupcakes without nuts, and baked at 350 for 27 minutes. Only 4 Weight Watchers points!"

mandydahlseng User ID: 4060712 34613
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"Amazing! I like to slice it and freeze the loaf as it doesn't keep very long. Perfect to heat up for a quick breakfast."

ChefV User ID: 50456 204805
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"Nice banana flavor, moist, and holds together well. I am not crazy about the nuts on top, just a personal preference, so next time will mix into batter as another reviewer suggested. It's definitely a keeper especially since hubby liked it!"

ConnieK User ID: 282614 125278
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"I made this recipe as is and loved it. The bread is so moist and has much more banana flavor the standard banana bread recipes. I liked putting the nuts on the top. This gives the nut burst up front as opposed to being "buried" inside the bread."

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 125081
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"One small issue I have with this recipe is that I can kind of taste the honey. It's not bad, but it'd be best if it tasted more banana-like. Good recipe though."

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 34612
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"We have made this recipe many times. I sometimes use 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup white flour. Turns out fine too. Also, instead of sprinkling chopped pecans on top I sometimes sprinkle on peanuts or chocolate chips."

Mrs.Brackett User ID: 6179548 46169
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"I loved this! So did my hubs. Substituted walnuts for the pecans and mixed them in the batter. Also I made muffins instead of the loaf of bread so we could take them on the go for breakfast. Baked at 325 for 20 min"

sdeb User ID: 5934110 131891
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"I haven't made this yet butI bet it will be as good as everyone says it is! To make it even HEALTHIER, you can use egg beaters instead of the eggs, splenda in place of the sugar & split the white flour with the whole wheat (1 cup of each). I'm headed now to make it :)"

mom23kids User ID: 3946374 34611
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"I made a double batch so that it would last, one loaf doesn't do much in our house. The turned out great. I cut the sugar even further, changed the flours to 1c white 1c whole and used Walnuts instead of the pecans....wonderful."

ahalbersma User ID: 5421369 41121
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"Unbelievable that it is made any different than other banana bread - maybe even better than the "real" thing! I used walnuts on top instead of the pecans which adds the bonus of omega-3's that are found in them!"

kerschc User ID: 2601335 103086
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"We love this recipe and have given it away many times. Thankyou!"

arthurs24 User ID: 4437093 92033
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"Very good recipe. It has the flavour and texture of banana bread but is MUCH healthier than the average banana bread. Will make this again, delicious!"

meiti User ID: 1790908 83683
Reviewed May. 5, 2010

"Delicious!! The only change I made was to mix the nuts into the batter instead of putting them on top."

gemmasmomma User ID: 4053302 125054
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"Perfect! Not too sweet, not greasy at all, and holds together very well. My husband said this is bakery quality bread."

deltatoolgirl User ID: 1215550 41113
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2009

"This is the best banana bread recipe I have ever made! Since I started using this recipe a couple of years ago, my hubbie doesn't like any other recipe!"

kats_zoo User ID: 2164845 92032
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2009

"I didn't have any unsweetend applesauce. I did have 1/2c extra bannas. That worked well.

Katherine (kats_zoo)"

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