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Banana Applesauce Bread

Simply the best way to start your morning!

Banana Bread is one of those go-to recipes that nearly every mom and baker knows about. It’s easy to put together, and even the most finicky eaters seem to enjoy it.

But… have you tried Banana Applesauce Bread? What happens when you take a traditional recipe, change out some of the popular ingredients, and lighten up the fat and calorie count with applesauce and whipped egg whites?

You get moist, yummy, delicious, healthy Banana Applesauce Bread! When I think of this recipe, I think of clean-eating at its best. This recipe replaces the traditional vegetable oil with applesauce and whipped egg whites, giving you a super moist slice of banana bread heaven, and it’s just as delicious as the original version.

And the tweaks don’t stop there!

How about making this bread as multiple mini loaves? I absolutely love using my Wilton 8-Count Mini Loaf Pan for this recipe. The loaves are perfectly sized for individual servings, and easy to slip into a Ziploc bag on your way out the door.

If you’re feeling super industrious, or you need to prepare an extra large quantity of mini-loaves for holiday gift-giving (which this recipe is great for!), you might want to check out Wilton’s larger 18-count mini-loaf pan. This one is a super time-saver, but make sure to double-check the measurements of your oven first, because it’s pretty big. 

Banana Applesauce Bread Mini Loaf

Servings:

10

Prep Time:

20 minutes

Cook Time:

55 minutes

Difficulty:

Easy

Introduction

About this Recipe

By: Tess

I’ve made this banana nut bread for years, and it’s my absolute favorite!! Healthy, too – if such a delicious treat can also be considered “healthy.” This banana bread is wonderfully moist without all the vegetable oil that most recipes call for.

If you are looking for an explosion of multilayered sweet and salty flavors in a delicious combination, try topping it with a salted caramel glaze!

Ingredients

Banana Applesauce Bread

  • 1 cup / 240 ml all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup /240 ml whole-wheat four
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp / 15 ml baking powder
  • 1 tsp / 5 ml cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp / 1.25 ml baking soda
  • 4 egg whites, beaten until fluffy
  • 1 cup / 240 ml mashed bananas (ripe)
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml buttermilk or skim milk soured with 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup / 80 ml unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp / 5 ml vanilla
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml raisins (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp / 15 ml grated orange zest (fresh, if possible)

Notes and Tips

For mini-loaves:
Bake for 25 minutes in preheated 350 degree F oven. Fill each 3/4 full with batter. Let loaves cool for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Makes 10-12 loaves

For muffins:
Bake for 22 – 25 minutes in preheated 375 degrees F oven. Fill each ¾ full with batter. Let muffins cool for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Makes 12 muffins

Banana Applesauce Bread Mini Loaf

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and dust with flour (or use baking spray). You can also line the pan with parchment paper instead of spraying the pan.

Step 2

In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. In another medium bowl, beat egg whites until fluffy. Then pour bananas, buttermilk (or soured milk), applesauce and vanilla into a large bowl.

Step 3

Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until just blended. Fold in egg whites, then add walnuts, raisins and grated orange zest. Pour into prepared loaf pan.

Step 4

Bake for 55 minutes.

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Banana Applesauce Bread

Banana Applesauce Bread Recipe Card


  • Author: Tess
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x

Description

I’ve made this banana nut bread for years, and it’s my absolute favorite!! Healthy, too – if such a delicious treat can also be considered “healthy.” This banana bread is wonderfully moist without all the vegetable oil that most recipes call for.

If you are looking for an explosion of multilayered sweet and salty flavors in delicious combination, try topping it with a salted caramel glaze!


Scale

Ingredients

1 cup / 240 ml all-purpose flour
1 cup /240 ml whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup / 120 ml packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp / 15 ml baking powder
1 tsp / 5 ml cinnamon
¼ tsp / 1.25 ml baking soda
4 egg whites, beaten until fluffy
1 cup / 240 ml mashed bananas (ripe)
1/2 cup / 120 ml buttermilk or skim milk soured with 1 Tbsp lemon juice
⅓ cup / 80 ml unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp / 5 ml vanilla
1/2 cup / 120 ml chopped walnuts
1/2 cup / 120 ml raisins (optional)
1 Tbsp / 15 ml grated orange zest (fresh, if possible)


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and dust with flour (or use baking spray). You can also line pan with parchment paper instead of spraying the pan.

2. In large bowl combine dry ingredients. In another medium bowl, beat egg whites until fluffy. Then pour bananas, buttermilk (or soured milk), applesauce and vanilla into a large bowl.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until just blended. Fold in egg whites, then add walnuts, raisins and grated orange zest. Pour into prepared load pan.

Bake for 55 minutes.


Notes

For mini-loaves:
Bake for 25 minutes in preheated 350 degree F oven. Fill each 3/4 full with batter. Let loaves cool for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Makes 10-12 loaves

For muffins:
Bake for 22 – 25 minutes in preheated 375 degrees F oven. Fill each ¾ full with batter. Let muffins cool for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Makes 12 muffins

  • Category: Sweet Bread
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