This is a lower calorie, more nutritious version of banana nut bread. This recipe uses apple sauce in place of butter to make a banana nut bread that is healthier than the traditional version but is still moist and very tasty.
I used all-purpose flour for this banana nut bread but more nutritious alternatives like whole wheat flour can be used for this dish. I like my banana nut bread to be very nutty so I was pretty heavy handed with the walnut topping for this bread. If you want a bread that’s less nutty, you can omit the walnut topping or use less of it. Banana nut bread can be eaten as a dessert or for breakfast in place of doughnuts and muffins. Enjoy!
Low-Fat Banana Nut Bread
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 4 over-ripe bananas
- ½ cup sweetened applesauce
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup walnuts (chopped)
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and prepare a 9-by-5 inch loaf pan by spraying the inside of the pan with cooking spray.
- Remove the banana skin and place the bananas in a mixing bowl. Mash the bananas using a potato masher. Add the brown sugar to the mashed bananas and mix until smooth using a whisk or a fork.
- Whisk the beaten eggs, applesauce, and vanilla extract into the banana mixture.
- In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix the ingredients together.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and fold together using a spatula until no dry flour mixture remains.
- Gently fold ¾ a cup of the walnuts into the banana mixture.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the remaining walnuts over the top of the batter.
- Bake the loaf for 50 minutes at 350 °F (175 °C) in the oven or until a toothpick inserted at the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
- Remove the loaf from the oven and let it cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes. Once the loaf has cooled down enough to safely handle, remove it from the pan using a spatula and let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing and serving.