Sunday, October 10, 2010

Healthier Banana Bread

I love banana bread, but most recipes call for butter which makes the fat and calorie content of it skyrocket. Here's a recipe from Glamour that replaces the butter with applesauce while keeping the banana bread delicious and even more nutritious.

Afternoon Snack: Proof That Applesauce as a Butter Substitute in Banana Bread Is Delicious!

By now, you've probably heard the healthy eating tip about swapping out butter in baked recipes for equal parts applesauce. If you're worried about what it will do to the flavor and texture of your favorite banana bread or muffins, don't. Here's proof that applesauce creates amazing results ...

Banana Bread (Easy + Healthier)

(this recipe is from Quyen - Kitchen Runway)

Prep: 10 mins - Cooking time: 50 mins - Yields: 1 loaf


  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ C cinnamon apple sauce (naturally sweeten)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ C nuts, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°, spray loaf pan with cooking spray
  2. Mash bananas with a potato masher or a fork, set aside (I like to keep it on the chunky side because I like little bits of banana floating in my bread)
  3. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda in medium bowl
  4. Add cinnamon apple sauce, eggs, vanilla and bananas (and nuts if using) to flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until well combined, do not overmix
  5. Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake on center oven rack for 50 mins - 60 mins (until inserted tooth pick comes out clean)
  6. Let cool in pan for 5 mins and then cool bread on cooling rack