Best Ever Banana Bread

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

Zeke B.
Amazingly moist, full of flavor and little effort required - the best way to enjoy banana bread!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 191 kcal


  • 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.


The real trick to making a quality banana bread is to make sure that the banana are as overripe as you can possibly find. Without that, your bread will just taste sweet - without much of a banana flavor. 
I prefer to freeze my overripe bananas and then thaw them when needed - they puree very easily and require little effort. 


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 33.2gProtein: 2.3gFat: 5.9gSaturated Fat: 3.6gSodium: 185mgPotassium: 191mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 15.2gCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Maria

    5 stars
    Banana bread is my favorite! Thank you for this recipe, it really goes well with my brewed coffee.

  2. Jeannette

    5 stars
    Gotta love a super moist and fragrant banana bread! So good that I can use my overripe bananas. Such a winner!

  3. Jac

    5 stars
    Oh I agree that fruit or veggies in a bake instantly means that it is healthy! Well I like to think so anyway. This looks like a tasty banana bread and I love that it has apple sauce and no-egg 🙂

  4. Danielle

    5 stars
    I love a good banana bread recipe. Interesting that you use applesauce here, I’ve never tried that. It’s a great idea, can’t wait to try it out!

  5. Beth

    5 stars
    Wow! We love bananas and banana bread especially my son! This is such a great banana bread recipe and so yummy! We absolutely loved it and can’t wait to make this recipe again today!

  6. Cathleen

    5 stars
    I am always up for trying new banana bread recipes. Love how you kept the ingredients list small. I am definitely going to give this a go, bookmarked for later 🙂

  7. Rosemary

    Love this. I’m a huge banana bread fan and it is sometimes difficult to get the moisture levels right. Excited to try your recipe and well done raising a banana bread fan 🙂 Cheers.

  8. Alison

    5 stars
    Classic banana bread is such a favorite in our house! This one is moist and full of rich banana flavor! Yum!

  9. Gina

    5 stars
    So moist and decadent – the perfect use of overripe bananas. Can never go wrong with a good banana bread!

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