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How to Make Banana Bread - Simple, Healthy Recipe

Updated on March 27, 2011

You don't have to be an expert baker to make this delicious banana bread.

There's nothing I love more than a moist piece of fresh banana bread. This is a recipe that my grandma passed on to me, but with a few tweeks. I've changed some ingredients to give it a healthier, lower calorie spin. The almond extract gives it the banana nut flavor, but without the nuts.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic, raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 eggs, or egg substitute (which is what I used)
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Mash the bananas in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the apple sauce and sugar together. Add the eggs, beating until the mixture is foamy.
  5. Stir in the mashed bananas, vanilla, and almond extract.
  6. Add the dry ingredients in increments, stirring until well combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 50 minutes. After 50 minutes, begin testing the bread with a toothpick. When the toothpick comes out clean, remove the bread from the oven.
  8. Let bread cool on a wire rack, in the pan, for fifteen minutes. Then, remove the bread from the pan, and allow to finish cooling on the wire rack.

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Three ripe bananas.Mash the bananas.Combine the dry ingredients.Beat the apple sauce and sugar together.  (I used brown sugar here.)Add the egg, or egg substitute, and beat until foamy.Stir in the mashed banana.Stir in the flour mixture.Mix until well combined.Pour batter into a greased loaf pan (I use a cooking spray).Bake at 325.  This one turned out a bit darker than usual because I left it in the oven a little longer, but it was still as moist as ever.
Three ripe bananas.
Three ripe bananas.
Mash the bananas.
Mash the bananas.
Combine the dry ingredients.
Combine the dry ingredients.
Beat the apple sauce and sugar together.  (I used brown sugar here.)
Beat the apple sauce and sugar together. (I used brown sugar here.)
Add the egg, or egg substitute, and beat until foamy.
Add the egg, or egg substitute, and beat until foamy.
Stir in the mashed banana.
Stir in the mashed banana.
Stir in the flour mixture.
Stir in the flour mixture.
Mix until well combined.
Mix until well combined.
Pour batter into a greased loaf pan (I use a cooking spray).
Pour batter into a greased loaf pan (I use a cooking spray).
Bake at 325.  This one turned out a bit darker than usual because I left it in the oven a little longer, but it was still as moist as ever.
Bake at 325. This one turned out a bit darker than usual because I left it in the oven a little longer, but it was still as moist as ever.

Store the bread in an airtight container, or wrap in plastic wrap, for up to a week. You can also wrap and freeze until you are ready to eat it.

A great idea, especially during the holidays, is to bake the bread in smaller loaf pans, then you can give them as holiday gifts, or take them to holiday parties for the host and hostess. They also make wonderful additions to homemade gift baskets, perhaps with some homemade cappuccino mix or holiday candy. This bread can come in might handy during the busy holiday season.

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    • Katrina Ariel profile image

      Katrina Ariel 

      8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      I love banana bread. I tend to put walnuts or dark chocolate in it as well.

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      pason 

      9 years ago

      This is an excellent recipe. I have tried many breads that include some not so good ingredients like butter and refined sugar. This one is moist and light. I added 1/2 a cup ground flax in place of 1/2 a cup of flour for nutritional benefits and it was still a hit with the kids.

    • barnabybear profile image

      barnabybear 

      9 years ago from Columbus, OH

      Great hub and great recipe for Banana Bread! Thumbs up!!!

      If you get chance, checkout my Banana Bread recipes...

      https://hubpages.com/food/Banana-Bread-Recipes

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      JR 

      10 years ago from California

      The step-by-step photos are great!! Excellent use of the hubpage feature!

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      10 years ago from Seattle

      Great tip to add flax. I add it to a lot of my recipes, but not to this one. I'm going to have to try it!

    • akeejaho profile image

      akeejaho 

      10 years ago from Some where in this beautiful world!

      We also like to add rosted crushed Flax seed to ours for the omega's, and the flavor. We just reduce the flour a bit, and add them right in. Loved the Hub, and love Banana Bread. (I can almost smell it baking right now!)

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      Chicago Metallic 

      10 years ago

      I have to try this bread recipe. thank

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      10 years ago from Seattle

      Liam, what a fabulous idea. I will have to try it.

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      LiamBean 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

      A perfect banana bread recipe. This is the way I make it; the "two batch" process.

      I like to put tropical trail mix in mine too. The dough is so thick that the nut and fruit pieces stay suspended and don't sink to the bottom.

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      moonlake 

      10 years ago from America

      Enjoyed my visit to your hub. Make banana bread all the time but will try it your way.

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      G-Ma Johnson 

      11 years ago

      Stacie i like the changes..think I will try it.. G-Ma

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