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Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Bread - No Eggs, No Oil

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I love to eat. I love to use every taste bud on my tongue. I also enjoy eating healthy foods. In an endeavor to cook life-giving foods for myself and my family, I have perfected this recipe over the past few years for delicious, wholesome banana bread.

In lieu of white sugar, I use raw, local honey, which has innumerable benefits. Yes, there are still natural sugars in honey. However, they are in their original, natural state. The sugars in honey do not break down as quickly as in the processed sugars. For more information on the benefits of raw (not processed) honey, please visit my link.

I substitute oil with sugarfree applesauce. In case you are unaware of the use of applesauce in baking, you can substitute equal measurement of applesauce in place of oil.

Additionally, I substitute 1 large banana in place of 2 medium eggs. I think eggs are healthy, I just enjoy the flavor of the extra banana. Also, remember that you can subsitute 2/3 of a large banana in place of one large egg in baking - a helpful resource if you ever find yourself eggless while baking!

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Ingredient List

1/3 cup sugar free applesauce
1/2 cup local, raw honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tsp baking soda DISSOLVED in 1/4 cup hot water

optional:
1/2 cup whole oats
1/8 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup walnuts
1/3 cup dried fruit

Note: This recipe is super moist, almost to the point of being a bread pudding. Adding the oats and ground flaxseed absorb some of the moisture. The bread has always turned out moist, even when adding oats or flaxseed.

Bananas Should Be Minimally This Ripe For Optimum Baking Flavor

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Recipe

(1) Preheat oven to 325.

(2) Prepare a loaf pan, either with butter, or with a Baker's Joy type of pan-preparant. (is that a word?)

(3) In a large bowl, beat applesauce and honey together.

(4) Add bananas, salt, cinnamon. Mix well.

(5) Add whole wheat flour and baking soda mixture. Mix well, scraping sides of bowl.

(6) Add any optional ingredients.

(4) Bake for about 50-60 minutes. Check at 50 minutes, then if needed, bake 5-10 more minutes. My cooking time varies with how "big" the bananas are.

Serve warm with coffee or milk. Delicious. This does not last long in my house! I usually double the batch.

Full of nutrient-rich calories, this banana bread is a great pick-me-up on a hike.

Full of nutrient-rich calories, this banana bread is a great pick-me-up on a hike.

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Storing

This recipe usually does not last even 24 hours at my house. I slice and keep on a covered cake pedestal. If you do not have five growing children and a spouse appreciative of good baking, then you may be concerned with the shelf life of this banana bread. This bread does not keep well at room temperature much longer than 36-48 hours because it is void of preservatives. However, it is full of antioxidants (found in bananas and raw honey), energy and flavor.

For longer term storage, place in airtight container and refrigerate. Or, slice, wrap individual slices in waxed paper. Place wrapped slices in freezer bag. Take the slices with you on picnics. Great for backpacking or traveling, especially when you add the oats, dried berries and nuts.

Just do not reheat the bread in the microwave, as microwaving destroys nutrients. You can reheat in a skillet, lightly buttered. Whether you eat this right out of the oven, or on a hike, you are sure to enjoy every bite!

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Comments

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 07, 2015:

This looks delicious and fun to make. Voted up for useful!

Heidi (author) from Gulf Coast, USA on September 24, 2013:

I understand the connection now, cathylynn99. Thank you for taking the time to respond! I am glad you enjoy the bread! :)

Best regards~

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on September 24, 2013:

btw, I make this banana bread all the time. we love it.

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on September 24, 2013:

well, if you reheat stuff in the wrong type of plastic, that could be toxic.

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on September 24, 2013:

in your last paragraph of this hub, you say not to reheat the bread in the microwave. please read the reliable link. microwave in heating for less time usually actually destroys less nutrients than other methods. the toxic part is a total old wives tale.

Heidi (author) from Gulf Coast, USA on September 24, 2013:

I am uncertain why you would post about microwave cooking on this hub. My understanding of microwaving food is that the process kills/diminishes phytonutrients as well as causes some food to be toxic.

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on September 23, 2013:

http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/Microwav... Microwave is a comparatively healthy way to cook.

Heidi (author) from Gulf Coast, USA on January 07, 2013:

This is a great recipe for Daniel Fast-ers, too!

Heidi (author) from Gulf Coast, USA on August 27, 2012:

Thank you, Linda! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

linda on August 25, 2012:

Wow! I love it!Thanks For the Great Tips…..Very informative Post of yours…I seriously get some useful and extra knowledge for this…!!!Well done..!!

Keep posting..!

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Heidi (author) from Gulf Coast, USA on June 03, 2012:

Jess - so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to comment. :)

Jess on June 03, 2012:

It turned out fantastic!!

Heidi (author) from Gulf Coast, USA on April 18, 2012:

Subhadra - after 50-55 minutes, insert a knife or toothpick into center of bread. If it pulls out without any dough sticking, then its done. If any does stick, then put bread in oven for 5-10 more minutes. I hope that helps!

Aneetha, Bree &Kjrzeek1 - Thank you for reading and commenting! :)

Subhadra on April 18, 2012:

I tried, but when it's done is a little confusion. Could you send the directions

kjrzeek1 from New Jersey, USA on April 05, 2012:

My wife loves banana bread, can't wait to make this for her! Thanks!

Bree on March 22, 2012:

Today I went to make a banana bread but I forgot egg. I really wanted to cook a healthy banana bread, so I typed in banana bread without eggs and found this I didn't think it was possible! Thanks so much its great!

anitha on January 04, 2012:

happy to find such a healthy recipe.tried it today and it came out so good.my hubby who is very health conscious and who loves baked stuffs is the happiest now.thank u so much for sharing the recipe..loved it

Heidi (author) from Gulf Coast, USA on January 02, 2012:

Freda D - Thank you for such a big compliment! :) Thank you for reading, trying the recipe, and taking the time to post your review. :) Happy New Year!

Freda D on December 31, 2011:

Can't believe anything this healthy & VEGAN tastes Sooooo Good. We have changed our diet drastically this year, and this recipe is one of our treats! THANKS FOR POSTING

BTW We use ALL of the options (usually craisins for the dried fruit)

WillSteinmetz on August 09, 2011:

I am always eating banana... Glad to see this.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 08, 2011:

Hi B2T, I just love bananas, I am looking forward to trying this recipe out! sounds so yummy!

ravenblueu from Somewhere Tropical on May 30, 2011:

I love bananas and this looks yum and healthy!

SJKSJK from delray beach, florida on April 10, 2011:

I will definitely try this recipe, I love bananna bread.

Heidi (author) from Gulf Coast, USA on March 20, 2011:

cathylynn99 - thank you for reading & trying the recipe! So glad you and your dear hubby enjoyed it! :)

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on March 19, 2011:

done baking and eating. it hit the spot. my husband calls it "good stuff".

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on March 19, 2011:

making this tonight. will get back to you in a while on results.

Germaine Reilly on December 06, 2010:

Will definitely give this recipe a go, my own version isn't so virtuous. I like the idea of adding flaxseed instead of walnut, for a change - thanks for sharing!

Heidi (author) from Gulf Coast, USA on October 18, 2010:

So glad you enjoyed it, cpa! Thanks for reading & trying the recipe & for posting!

I plan to post other healthy baking/cooking recipes - including dips & desserts. :)

Warm regards~

cpa from Brooklyn, NY on October 18, 2010:

That is great healthy and tastes great too!

Thumbs Up !

Heidi (author) from Gulf Coast, USA on October 14, 2010:

cathylynn - thank you! hope you try it.

BD- sounds, well, special. :) Glad you enjoyed! thanks again for commenting.

BDazzler from Gulf Coast, USA on October 14, 2010:

b2t ... as a matter of fact I had some just about a week ago it made a special get together with special friends even more special.

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on October 14, 2010:

sounds delish. thanks

Heidi (author) from Gulf Coast, USA on October 07, 2010:

BDazzler - Did you try it?

Erthfrend & _cheryl_ - thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

warmest regards~

BDazzler from Gulf Coast, USA on October 07, 2010:

I have it on good authority that it is an absolutely delicious recipe ;)

_cheryl_ from California on October 07, 2010:

Great banana bread recipe, sounds delicious. And awesome tip about using a banana to substitute for an egg, very useful info! Thanks for sharing.

BDazzler from Gulf Coast, USA on October 05, 2010:

Absolutely YUM!

erthfrend from Florida on October 05, 2010:

This recipe sounds WONDERFUL! I also love to cook healthy so I love to hear new recipes...and who doesn't LOVE banana bread?!! Thanks for sharing!

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