Hey everyone! This morning I had some bananas that I needed to use up so we deviated from the menu plan a bit and I made my healthier version of Banana Nut Bread. This bread is SUPER moist and yummy. I think you’d be hard pressed to tell a difference between this bread and its full-fat, sugar-laden counterparts. I hope you enjoy it as much a we do!
Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread
1/3 cup applesauce*
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mashed, overripe bananas
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Beat applesauce and honey together. Beat in eggs. Stir in vanilla and bananas. Add flour and salt and combine. Add baking soda to water and allow to dissolve. Add to batter. Fold in nuts.
Bake at 325 degrees in a greased loaf pan for 50-55 minutes.
*I use home-canned applesauce which I do sweeten with a bit of brown sugar. If you use unsweetened applesauce you may want to increase the honey a bit, although between the bananas and the applesauce, the bread is plenty sweet without a lot of added sugar. The applesauce replaces the oil in this recipe which cuts down on fat content quite a bit and makes for a super moist bread. You can replace oil with applesauce in all of your baked goods! You can make it with even less fat by simply eliminating the walnuts.
Nutrition information: (this is per slice, if you slice into 15 pieces which is what I did)
Calories: 118 Carbohydrates: 19 grams Fat: 4 grams Protein: 4 grams