Lite 'n Moist Banana Nut Bread

READY IN: 1hr 24mins
Recipe by Big Mtnt Woman

This recipe was based on “Very Moist Banana Bread” in RecipeZarr. I lightened it up by using less sugar, and substituting applesauce for the oil. Some banana tips: This bread is best with very ripe, black bananas. Put ripe bananas in the freezer. They will ripen a little more and stay usable for several months. The frozen bananas will thaw in less than an hour at room temperature. You can also ripen a banana in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds. Add 15 more seconds, continue until ripe.

Top Review by blueberry2

Pretty good recipe...I had to make a few adjustments based on available ingredients, but the recipe still produced a tasty bread. I only had 1/2 cup of applesauce, so I added 1/4 canola oil. I didn't have buttermilk or sour milk, so I used half n half - not sure what this did or didn't do to the "science" of the buttermilk + baking soda! I also used a mini muffin pan instead of loaf pans and they baked quickly (about 20 mins at 355). Overall = Moist and flavorful. I'd use this recipe again.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or spray 2 8” x 4” loaf pans.
  2. Use very ripe bananas, 5 is best. In a large bowl, mash bananas.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla, and applesauce and blend.
  4. Add dry ingredients and stir well. (1/2 cup Splenda Plus for baking may be substituted for sugar).
  5. Dissolve baking soda in milk. Put this in a container bigger than one cup. It will foam up a lot.
  6. Add milk mixture to rest of ingredients and mix well.
  7. Fold in nuts and pour into greased pans.
  8. Bake for about 1 hour and 5 minutes depending on your oven. Start checking for doneness at 55 minutes. (especially with Pyrex pans)
  9. For a moist bread, a toothpick should come out almost clean. Totally clean will mean a dryer loaf.
  10. After removing from oven, let cool for 15 minutes and remove from pans. Bread will freeze nicely.

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