"Healthy" Banana Bread

I'm not one to cook a lot "from scratch". Actually, I'm just not really one to cook a lot, period. But I'm making an effort to change that. When my mom was here visiting, she noticed that I had a few bananas that were about to go bad. I told her to eat them so they wouldn't, but she had a better idea. Banana bread!

I've actually never made banana bread, and we wanted a "healthy" version anyway, so I went to my trusty little Pinterest and found this recipe. It substitutes sugar free applesauce for the oil, and honey for the brown sugar found in typical banana bread recipes. We decided to give it a try.

First, we gathered all the ingredients. It actually consists of a lot of basics that I already had in my pantry, so that's always a big plus for me. I hate recipes that call for all kinds of fancy ingredients that I'm going to use once and then waste.

Then we measured out the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt) and the liquid ingredients (apple sauce, honey, eggs, and mashed bananas).

 Next you mix it all together. It looks disgusting, but just ignore that.

 Now, just throw it all in a lightly greased pan and bake at 350 degrees F for around 50 minutes (the directions I found say 60-65, but ours was well done after 50). 

 The most difficult part? Listening to this sad dog whine when the aroma becomes too much for her.

 And there you have it! Freshly baked, homemade from scratch, delicious banana bread. Yum-o!

By the time it was all done, it was too late to actually have any. So the next morning I had a couple of pieces for breakfast. Delicious! I honestly didn't feel like anything was missing. It was moist and super yummy, although I could have taken it out a few minutes earlier I think. 

Here's what you'll need to make it yourself:
  • 2 cups flour (the recipe calls for whole wheat, but I went with what I had)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar free applesauce
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 3 mashed overripe bananas


  1. that looks delicious and fairly easy - maybe something that even I could make!

  2. Yummmm! I'll have to try it! I didn't realize you could sub honey for brown sugar. I've done the oil/apple sauce though.

    Cool :D

  3. I'm a huge baker so this was a fun post to read. This probably wouldn't work with banana bread since it would make it ridiculously banana-y but just for reference, bananas (including the super ripe ones) can also be used in baking as a substitute for eggs. Just a little semi-vegan baking tip :)


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