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If you are looking for a healthy and moist banana bread recipe, make this Banana Bread with Applesauce Recipe.

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This healthy banana bread recipes is made with simple ingredients. The applesauce substitutes the butter creating a delicious and moist banana bread recipe. This is one of our favorite quick bread recipes to make and can be served for breakfast, snack or a dessert.

You may even like this Applesauce Bread or another family favorite Banana Bread Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

This applesauce banana bread starts with mashed bananas and other simple ingredients to create a delicious bread. Anytime I have bananas that are going bad, I always make this banana bread recipe.

The flavor, texture and how easy it is to make, always ensures that this bread is always eaten. The applesauce banana bread recipe is great to make ahead of time and is easy to store.

Ingredients 

Banana Bread with Applesauce Ingredients - ripe bananas, applesauce, sour cream, eggs, vanilla extract, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, flour
  • Ripe Bananas 
  • Applesauce – Feel free to use unsweetened applesauce
  • Sour Cream 
  • Large Eggs 
  • Vanilla Extract 
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Brown Sugar 
  • Baking Soda – You can also use baking powder
  • Salt
  • All Purpose Flour 

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom to see the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Sugar – To make this banana bread even healthier, you can use a sweetener that meets into your diet restrictions. Make it with coconut sugar or a monkfruit sweetener. You can also make sugar free by using honey or pure maple syrup instead of white sugar to make sugar free banana bread.
  • Flour – Feel free to make this banana bread with gluten-free flour or whole wheat flour. You will substitute with the same measurement as with the all purpose flour.
  • Additions – For amazing flavor and texture add in chopped nuts – walnuts or pecans, or chocolate chips. A teaspoon of Cinnamon is also a great addition.
  • Muffins – I love making muffins and this is the perfect recipe to make with it. Banana muffins make the grab and go breakfast. Just place the batter in a muffin tin to bake. Baking time may change.
  • Sour Cream – Substitute the sour cream with Greek Yogurt.
  • Peanut Butter – Before baking the bread, swirl in a tablespoon of peanut butter for added flavor.

Step by Step Instructions 

  • Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9X5 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Mashed bananas in a bowl

Step 2 – Peel the bananas and mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl.

Stirring in applesauce, eggs, and vanilla to the mashed bananas

Step 3 – Stir in the applesauce, sour cream, eggs and vanilla extract until everything is combined.  

Adding in sugar and brown sugar to banana bread mixture

Step 4 – Add in the granulated sugar and brown sugar.  Stir until combined. 

Combining the ingredients together in a bowl

Step 5 – Add flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir until just combined with a spatula or wooden spoon.  Be careful not to over mix the batter. 

Pouring the banana bread batter in the loaf pan

Step 6 – Pour the batter into the loaf pan.  Gently tap the pan on the countertop to release any air bubbles in the mixture.  

Banana Bread with applesauce in a loaf pan

Step 7 – Cook for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread and the toothpick comes out clean.

  • Step 8 – Cool the bread in the loaf pan for 10-15 minutes.  Then carefully remove the bread from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.  
  • Step 9 – Then the bread is ready to slice, serve and enjoy! 

Recipe Tips

  • Banana – Make sure to start with ripe bananas to make this recipe. It makes it easy to mash the bananas and makes the bread even easier. Make sure to not add more banana then what the recipe indicates. Adding to much could cause the bread to not bake in the middle.
  • Prepare Loaf Pan – Before pouring in the banana bread batter, make sure to spray the loaf pan with cooking spray. We even like to line with parchment paper to easily remove the bread to slice.
  • Combining Ingredients – Easily combine the dry ingredients and wet ingredients by hand or with an electric mixer. Make sure to not overmix the batter.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary depending on your oven and if you are using a large loaf pan or mini loaf pans. I like to use a toothpick to insert in the bread to make sure it comes out with moist crumbs. If the toothpick is still show wet batter, then continue baking.
  • Rest Bread – Before slicing the bread, we recommend letting the bread rest for about 15 minutes.
Banana Bread with Applesauce sliced on a cutting board

Serving Suggestions

This banana bread is perfect to serve for a delicious breakfast or a snack. We even enjoy making it for the holidays and wrap up as a gift. Served topped with butter or cream cheese for a delicious bread recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How to Store Leftovers

Store the leftover bread at room temperature in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to 3-4 days.  

Can I Freeze?

Yes, banana nut bread freezes great. Wrap the cooled bread with plastic wrap and then with aluminum foil and store in a freezer safe bag. If stored properly the bread will stay fresh for up to 6 months. For tips, learn how to freeze banana bread properly.

Banana Bread with Applesauce sliced on a cutting board

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Banana Bread with Applesauce

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If you are looking for a healthy and moist banana bread recipe, make this Banana Bread with Applesauce Recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cool the bread in the loaf pan 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 234

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9X5 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Peel the bananas and mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the applesauce, sour cream, eggs and vanilla extract until everything is combined.
  • Add in the granulated sugar and brown sugar.  Stir until combined.
  • Add flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir until just combined with a spatula or wooden spoon.  Be careful not to over mix the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan.  Gently tap the pan on the countertop to release any air bubbles in the mixture.
  • Cook for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  • Cool the bread in the loaf pan for 10-15 minutes.  Then carefully remove the bread from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Then the bread is ready to slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store the leftover bread at room temperature in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to 3-4 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 234kcal, Carbohydrates 48g, Protein 4g, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0.003g, Cholesterol 40mg, Sodium 188mg, Potassium 202mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 27g, Vitamin A 145IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 31mg, Iron 1mg

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