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.