I was on a banana bread kick when we came back from our Disney vacation. I’d had a couple slices of good ol’ Starbucks banana bread for breakfast while away and yep, it’s yummy. 😉 But I also know it’s not really ‘healthy.’ I mean despite the fact that it’s got banana and nuts you may as well eat a donut! So… I started browsing the internet for banana bread recipes that didn’t use as much sugar. I found some that use applesauce and honey! Or just applesauce even!
I believe I’ve tried it before with applesauce and honey and for whatever reason I seemed to recall that we didn’t love the result. But that may have been before we started eating more real food. See, the foods we eat now have actual flavors beyond “sweet” and “salty” but it took awhile of being off the Standard American Diet to start to notice those flavors. Now most things that are sugary treats seem cloyingly sweet to us.
So I gave this banana bread a whirl and it was wonderful!!!
Healthy Banana Bread:
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup no-sugar-added applesauce
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup honey or agave
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, mix well.
In a medium mixing bown, combine mashed bananas, eggs, applesauce, honey, and vanilla extract. Mix thoroghly. Add wet mixture to bowl containing the dry ingredients and still until just blended.
Spoon batter into large loaf pan (9×5) sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for about 50 minutes (keep an eye on it….it could take less time!), or until knife inserted in middle of loaf comes out clean. Alow loaf to cool slightly, cut into slices.
I don’t recall where I first found the recipe but I found several that were pretty much the same. I used our heirloom wheat flour which isn’t quite as “dense” as regular whole wheat. But this recipe turned out fantastic and was SO delicious! I felt good about eating it and feeding it to my family. I think that the next time I bake it I will try without the honey though, cause I feel it’s almost unnecessary. Bananas (especially the super ripe ones for baking) are already so sweet and so is the applesauce. 🙂
Either way it’s a winner!