Wholesome Banana Bread Recipe

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Wholesome Banana Bread Recipe
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Wholesome Banana Bread Recipe

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“In an effort to make more healthy homemade breakfasts, I cut a lot of fat out of my regular banana bread recipe,” writes Sarah Bialock, Yuma, Arizona. “This bread turns out so moist and delicious, you won't believe it's light!”
Featured In: Banana Bread A to Z
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Beat in the banana, applesauce and vanilla. Combine the remaining ingredients; add to creamed mixture.
Transfer to two 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 mini loaves (6 slices each).
Originally published as Wholesome Banana Bread in Cooking for 2 Summer 2009, p18

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 91 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Beat in the banana, applesauce and vanilla. Combine the remaining ingredients; add to creamed mixture.
  2. Transfer to two 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 mini loaves (6 slices each).
Originally published as Wholesome Banana Bread in Cooking for 2 Summer 2009, p18

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GaitherMom User ID: 6038554 263504
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2017

"This is a great recipe. I used 3/4 cup of bananas and eliminated the butter, apple sauce and flax seed all together. I used 100% whole wheat flour in the recipe as well. I should have changed the brown sugar for honey. Next time I will do that. It is still very moist. I also quadrupled the recipe, and used my large bread pans. It only filled 3 of them. If I want thicker bread, I will divide the dough in half and use two pans. The taste is very good. I only baked it for 20 minutes for the size of loaves it made."

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kkingery User ID: 7964321 180300
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"I ended up using almost all wheat flour and it still was amazing, delicious and moist. My husband usually hates the healthier recipes I make but he loved this banana bread. Making it again today!"

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Foreverdixie User ID: 6641314 181784
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2012

"Very nice and moist. I quadrupled the recipe and it made a nice amount. Everyone loved it. Next time I might add some walnuts and maybe some more whole wheat flour in it, but otherwise awesome!"

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luvmy2boys User ID: 1067844 181256
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2009

"I used 3/4 cup mashed banana, Splenda brown sugar & no flax. I also added mini chocolate chips since I gave them as a gift. Smelled & (hopefully) tasted great!"

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luvmy2boys User ID: 1067844 181255
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2009

"I used 3/4 cup mashed banana, Splenda brown sugar & no flax. I also added mini chocolate chips since I gave them as a gift. Smelled & (hopefully) tasted great!"

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