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Makeover Banana Nut Bread

This slimmed-down banana bread with applesauce is one of our favorite ways to make banana bread. On top of swapping out the butter, the amount of sugar is also decreased, too, by adding a little honey and using more banana. No one will ever guess this bread is low in fat! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)


  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or rum extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes or until crumbly. Beat in egg, then egg white, beating well after each addition. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Stir in the bananas, applesauce, honey and extract. Combine the flours, baking soda and salt; gradually add to banana mixture just until moistened.
  • Pour into a 9x5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake at 325° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 165 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 173mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • robbrd
    Apr 7, 2017

    Moist and flavorful. I didn't put the nuts on top. Still looking for that perfect recipe. Don't get me wrong this is good just not hitting home for me. Something is missing that I can't put my finger on.

  • hicks91
    Jun 8, 2016

    Good but needs to be more moist.

  • chelseaspiegel
    Mar 2, 2015

    Absolutely delicious! I always need to bake it longer than the suggested time for it to cook through... but so yummy!

  • orientalevie
    Jan 11, 2015

    Delicious Banana Bread! Best I've ever made :)

  • chocoloco
    Jun 10, 2013

    Underrated! AMAZING!!!! I made 17 cupcakes without nuts, and baked at 350 for 27 minutes. Only 4 Weight Watchers points!

  • mandydahlseng
    Jan 18, 2013

    Amazing! I like to slice it and freeze the loaf as it doesn't keep very long. Perfect to heat up for a quick breakfast.

  • ChefV
    Nov 18, 2012

    Nice banana flavor, moist, and holds together well. I am not crazy about the nuts on top, just a personal preference, so next time will mix into batter as another reviewer suggested. It's definitely a keeper especially since hubby liked it!

  • ConnieK
    Jul 5, 2012

    I made this recipe as is and loved it. The bread is so moist and has much more banana flavor the standard banana bread recipes. I liked putting the nuts on the top. This gives the nut burst up front as opposed to being "buried" inside the bread.

  • BakinGymnast
    Jan 16, 2012

    One small issue I have with this recipe is that I can kind of taste the honey. It's not bad, but it'd be best if it tasted more banana-like. Good recipe though.

  • BakinGymnast
    Jan 16, 2012

    We have made this recipe many times. I sometimes use 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup white flour. Turns out fine too. Also, instead of sprinkling chopped pecans on top I sometimes sprinkle on peanuts or chocolate chips.