Front view of a slice of healthy banana bread

Healthy Banana Bread

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50-60 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minute
  • Yield: 10 slices


Made with whole wheat flour, unsweetened apple sauce, and half the sugar, this Healthy Banana Bread is a true treat. It’s quick and easy to prepare and makes for the perfect healthy snack or breakfast.


  • 1 ¼ cup mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup (4oz) unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (110g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 ¾ cups (245g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F: Generously grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan and set aside. Line the pan with parchment paper if desired.
  2. Peel and mash the bananas with a potato masher or fork.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients: Combine the bananas with all the wet ingredients: eggs, apple sauce, oil, maple syrup milk, and vanilla extract. Beat all the ingredients together until well combined. Add the sugar and beat until incorporated.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and beat just until it starts to combine then add the nuts. Stir the mixture with a spatula to finish incorporating the flour.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Information:
1 slice
14.8 g
324.8 mg
8.3 g
34.2 g
3.8 g
5 g
37.3 mg
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy healthy banana bread, healthy moist banana bread, homemade banana bread