The Best Healthy Banana Bread Recipe You'll Ever Bake


If you think banana bread has to be an indulgent dessert, think again. Here, 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.

Banana Bread on Wooden Cutting Board with One Slice Cut
Photo: Grace Elkus
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
1 loaf


  • cup unsweetened applesauce

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1½ cups)

  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ cups white whole-wheat flour


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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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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