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Baked banana bread with two slices of banana baked on top

Healthy Banana Bread

A light and fluffy one-bowl banana bread that's free from both refined sugar AND butter! I love this Healthy Banana Bread for a tasty breakfast or nutritious snack.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread made with applesauce, healthier banana bread, no oil banana bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • 4-5 bananas overrripe, use one for optional garnish
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and grease a loaf pan. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until mostly smooth and only small lumps remain. Add in the honey, applesauce, vanilla, and eggs one at a time. Mix until combined well. Alternatively you can blend all these ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Add the flours, baking soda, salt, and any mix ins, and mix just until combined. Do not overmix or the batter will be gummy.
  • Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and top with the optional sliced banana. Let rest on the counter for 10 mins. Bake for 50-60 mins. The bread is done when the edges pull away from the pan and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Make sure to let the bread cool completely before cutting, or else it can be too mushy.


  • To make this recipe 100% whole wheat, use 2 cups of whole wheat flour and leave out the all purpose flour. 
  • Don't forget to let the batter rest on the counter before baking. This well help the gluten in the recipe to relax a little resulting in a fluffier bread!
  • Do not over-mix the batter. Mix until just combined.
  • Make sure this cools completely before slicing!


Nutrition Facts
Healthy Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 446mg19%
Potassium 332mg9%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 106IU2%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.