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Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Bread - No Eggs, No Oil

Updated on May 24, 2012

Healthy & Delicious

I love to eat. I love to use every taste bud on my tongue. I also enjoy eating healthy foods. In an endeavor to cook life-giving foods for myself and my family, I have perfected this recipe over the past few years for delicious, wholesome banana bread.

In lieu of white sugar, I use raw, local honey, which has innumerable benefits. Yes, there are still natural sugars in honey. However, they are in their original, natural state. The sugars in honey do not break down as quickly as in the processed sugars. For more information on the benefits of raw (not processed) honey, please visit my link.

I substitute oil with sugarfree applesauce. In case you are unaware of the use of applesauce in baking, you can substitute equal measurement of applesauce in place of oil.

Additionally, I substitute 1 large banana in place of 2 medium eggs. I think eggs are healthy, I just enjoy the flavor of the extra banana. Also, remember that you can subsitute 2/3 of a large banana in place of one large egg in bakingĀ - a helpful resource if you ever find yourself eggless while baking!

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3.7 stars from 55 ratings of Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Ingredient List

1/3 cup sugar free applesauce
1/2 cup local, raw honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tsp baking soda DISSOLVED in 1/4 cup hot water

optional:
1/2 cup whole oats
1/8 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup walnuts
1/3 cup dried fruit

Note: This recipe is super moist, almost to the point of being a bread pudding. Adding the oats and ground flaxseed absorb some of the moisture. The bread has always turned out moist, even when adding oats or flaxseed.

Bananas Should Be Minimally This Ripe For Optimum Baking Flavor

Did you know brown speckles on bananas mean high magnesium content?
Did you know brown speckles on bananas mean high magnesium content?

Recipe

(1) Preheat oven to 325.

(2) Prepare a loaf pan, either with butter, or with a Baker's Joy type of pan-preparant. (is that a word?)

(3) In a large bowl, beat applesauce and honey together.

(4) Add bananas, salt, cinnamon. Mix well.

(5) Add whole wheat flour and baking soda mixture. Mix well, scraping sides of bowl.

(6) Add any optional ingredients.

(4) Bake for about 50-60 minutes. Check at 50 minutes, then if needed, bake 5-10 more minutes. My cooking time varies with how "big" the bananas are.

Serve warm with coffee or milk. Delicious. This does not last long in my house! I usually double the batch.

Full of nutrient-rich calories, this banana bread is a great pick-me-up on a hike.
Full of nutrient-rich calories, this banana bread is a great pick-me-up on a hike.

Storing

This recipe usually does not last even 24 hours at my house. I slice and keep on a covered cake pedestal. If you do not have five growing children and a spouse appreciative of good baking, then you may be concerned with the shelf life of this banana bread. This bread does not keep well at room temperature much longer than 36-48 hours because it is void of preservatives. However, it is full of antioxidants (found in bananas and raw honey), energy and flavor.

For longer term storage, place in airtight container and refrigerate. Or, slice, wrap individual slices in waxed paper. Place wrapped slices in freezer bag. Take the slices with you on picnics. Great for backpacking or traveling, especially when you add the oats, dried berries and nuts.

Just do not reheat the bread in the microwave, as microwaving destroys nutrients. You can reheat in a skillet, lightly buttered. Whether you eat this right out of the oven, or on a hike, you are sure to enjoy every bite!

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      This looks delicious and fun to make. Voted up for useful!

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I understand the connection now, cathylynn99. Thank you for taking the time to respond! I am glad you enjoy the bread! :)

      Best regards~

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      cathylynn99 

      4 years ago from northeastern US

      btw, I make this banana bread all the time. we love it.

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      cathylynn99 

      4 years ago from northeastern US

      well, if you reheat stuff in the wrong type of plastic, that could be toxic.

    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 

      4 years ago from northeastern US

      in your last paragraph of this hub, you say not to reheat the bread in the microwave. please read the reliable link. microwave in heating for less time usually actually destroys less nutrients than other methods. the toxic part is a total old wives tale.

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I am uncertain why you would post about microwave cooking on this hub. My understanding of microwaving food is that the process kills/diminishes phytonutrients as well as causes some food to be toxic.

    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 

      4 years ago from northeastern US

      http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/Microwav... Microwave is a comparatively healthy way to cook.

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      This is a great recipe for Daniel Fast-ers, too!

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thank you, Linda! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      linda 

      6 years ago

      Wow! I love it!Thanks For the Great Tips…..Very informative Post of yours…I seriously get some useful and extra knowledge for this…!!!Well done..!!

      Keep posting..!

      http://all4payday.com

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Jess - so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to comment. :)

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      Jess 

      6 years ago

      It turned out fantastic!!

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Subhadra - after 50-55 minutes, insert a knife or toothpick into center of bread. If it pulls out without any dough sticking, then its done. If any does stick, then put bread in oven for 5-10 more minutes. I hope that helps!

      Aneetha, Bree &Kjrzeek1 - Thank you for reading and commenting! :)

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      Subhadra 

      6 years ago

      I tried, but when it's done is a little confusion. Could you send the directions

    • kjrzeek1 profile image

      kjrzeek1 

      6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      My wife loves banana bread, can't wait to make this for her! Thanks!

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      Bree 

      6 years ago

      Today I went to make a banana bread but I forgot egg. I really wanted to cook a healthy banana bread, so I typed in banana bread without eggs and found this I didn't think it was possible! Thanks so much its great!

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      anitha 

      6 years ago

      happy to find such a healthy recipe.tried it today and it came out so good.my hubby who is very health conscious and who loves baked stuffs is the happiest now.thank u so much for sharing the recipe..loved it

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Freda D - Thank you for such a big compliment! :) Thank you for reading, trying the recipe, and taking the time to post your review. :) Happy New Year!

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      Freda D 

      6 years ago

      Can't believe anything this healthy & VEGAN tastes Sooooo Good. We have changed our diet drastically this year, and this recipe is one of our treats! THANKS FOR POSTING

      BTW We use ALL of the options (usually craisins for the dried fruit)

    • WillSteinmetz profile image

      WillSteinmetz 

      7 years ago

      I am always eating banana... Glad to see this.

    • Movie Master profile image

      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi B2T, I just love bananas, I am looking forward to trying this recipe out! sounds so yummy!

    • ravenblueu profile image

      ravenblueu 

      7 years ago from Somewhere Tropical

      I love bananas and this looks yum and healthy!

    • SJKSJK profile image

      SJKSJK 

      7 years ago from delray beach, florida

      I will definitely try this recipe, I love bananna bread.

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      cathylynn99 - thank you for reading & trying the recipe! So glad you and your dear hubby enjoyed it! :)

    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 

      7 years ago from northeastern US

      done baking and eating. it hit the spot. my husband calls it "good stuff".

    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 

      7 years ago from northeastern US

      making this tonight. will get back to you in a while on results.

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      Germaine Reilly 

      7 years ago

      Will definitely give this recipe a go, my own version isn't so virtuous. I like the idea of adding flaxseed instead of walnut, for a change - thanks for sharing!

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      So glad you enjoyed it, cpa! Thanks for reading & trying the recipe & for posting!

      I plan to post other healthy baking/cooking recipes - including dips & desserts. :)

      Warm regards~

    • cpa profile image

      cpa 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      That is great healthy and tastes great too!

      Thumbs Up !

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      cathylynn - thank you! hope you try it.

      BD- sounds, well, special. :) Glad you enjoyed! thanks again for commenting.

    • BDazzler profile image

      BDazzler 

      7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      b2t ... as a matter of fact I had some just about a week ago it made a special get together with special friends even more special.

    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 

      7 years ago from northeastern US

      sounds delish. thanks

    • breathe2travel profile imageAUTHOR

      breathe2travel 

      7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      BDazzler - Did you try it?

      Erthfrend & _cheryl_ - thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

      warmest regards~

    • BDazzler profile image

      BDazzler 

      7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I have it on good authority that it is an absolutely delicious recipe ;)

    • _cheryl_ profile image

      _cheryl_ 

      7 years ago from California

      Great banana bread recipe, sounds delicious. And awesome tip about using a banana to substitute for an egg, very useful info! Thanks for sharing.

    • BDazzler profile image

      BDazzler 

      7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Absolutely YUM!

    • erthfrend profile image

      erthfrend 

      7 years ago from Florida

      This recipe sounds WONDERFUL! I also love to cook healthy so I love to hear new recipes...and who doesn't LOVE banana bread?!! Thanks for sharing!

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