Basic Banana Bread

Banana bread

This is my “go-to” banana bread.  It doesn’t have any oil or butter in it, and the sweetness all comes from the bananas, applesauce, and honey – no need for added sugar.  It’s more of a breakfast banana bread, rather than a desert banana bread, which is just the way I like it.


2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup oatmeal (optional)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup applesauce (or pumpkin puree)
3/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
3 mashed, overripe bananas
walnuts (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease a 9X5 inch loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce, honey, and vanilla.  Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.  Stir banana mixture into flour mixture (and add walnuts if using).  Pour into loaf pan.

3.  Bake for 60-65 minutes.  Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto wire rack.

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