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If you think banana bread has to be an indulgent dessert, think again. Here, a healthier banana bread is made possible with the use of whole-wheat flour, applesauce, and almond milk. These simple swaps give the classic quick bread an extra boost of fiber, vitamins, and a lot less sugar—and we promise no one will be able to tell the difference. When it's finished baking, slice up and serve as is (read: warm and perfect) or give it a coating of cream cheese or Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Credit: Grace Elkus

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Yield:
1 loaf
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-by-4 inch loaf pan.

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  • In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, honey, and brown sugar. Add the eggs and beat well. Stir in the mashed bananas and almond milk. Add the baking soda, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and ½ teaspoon salt and stir.

  • Gradually fold the flour into the banana mixture until just combined (do not overmix).

  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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