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Whole Wheat Oatmeal Applesauce Banana Bread {healthy + vegan-friendly}

Naturally sweetened applesauce banana bread made with whole wheat flour and oatmeal. This healthy whole grain banana bread has no butter or oil!

Course Banana Bread, Bread, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Snack
Keyword applesauce banana bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 133 kcal
Author Monique Volz of Ambitious Kitchen

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 heaping cup mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or skim, coconut, etc.)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick organic cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl combine mashed banana, applesauce, honey, egg, almond milk and vanilla until well combined and creamy. 
  3. In separate medium bowl whisk together whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined (don't overmix!).
  4. Pour into prepared loaf pan, sprinkle oats over top (if desired), and bake for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached.
  5. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool completely. Cut into 12 slices and enjoy! Keep bread tightly wrapped to maintain moisture.

Recipe Notes

To make vegan:
Use brown sugar, agave, or pure maple syrup instead of honey. Simply omit egg; the banana bread should still hold together just fine. However you can use a flax egg as well.

To make gluten free:
Use an all-purpose gluten free flour instead of whole wheat; make sure you also use gluten free oats and that all other ingredients are gluten/alcohol free (such as vanilla).

Nutrition Facts
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Applesauce Banana Bread {healthy + vegan-friendly}
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 12
% Daily Value*
Fat 1.3g2%
Carbohydrates 27.6g9%
Fiber 2.8g12%
Sugar 10.1g11%
Protein 3.1g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.