I am always looking for an excuse to pretend a delicious food is healthy because it has a fruit or vegetable in it. In fact, so is our oldest – Lincoln. He loves this recipe so much that at 4 years old, when he sees an overripe banana he says “Dad…. I see a yucky banana on the counter!!!! You know what that means, right?? BANANA BREAD!”. As you can see – we have taught him well!
Banana Bread is consistently one of my justification culprits – I could justify the calories any day of the week. Bananas are high in potassium – my heart needs potassium; so it’s obviously healthy. In addition, you have no choice but to put butter on it – and butter is full of nutrients which is all the excuse that I need.
While I will never say no to a loaf of banana bread, it’s no secret that sometimes it’s just not stellar. It’s either too dry, too moist, not sweet enough, not banana-y enough, too dense…. The list goes on. The good news is that it does not have to be this way – you can have your banana bread and eat it too.
Thankfully I have had a lot of overripe bananas on hand over the years to perfect what I believe is the best banana bread around. You might notice that this is egg free – it does allow you to knock out some of the additional calories/fat from the bread but after much experimentation I have found that unsweetened applesauce outperforms eggs in this recipe. It allows the bread to be ultra-moist while still having an excellent crumb.
Since you have now convinced yourself that this is good for you – grab the ingredients needed and get baking! Do not forget the butter when you are done!
Best Ever Banana Bread
- 4 Bananas overripe is preferred
- 1/3 cup Salted Butter melted
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1.5 cups All Purpose Flour
- Preheat oven to 350° and butter/spray a 4x8-inch load pan
- In a bowl, mash the bananas until smooth (I use a potato masher). Stir in the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
- Mix in the baking soda, salt, sugar, vanilla extract and applesauce. Once combined, add flour.
- Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour, to 1 hour and 10 minutes at 350°. Insert a tester and it should come out clean.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely on a baking rack.