Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Banana-Applesauce Bread

The other day, I found myself with LOTS of overripe bananas.  I was on an adventure to find a recipe for just a plain, old fashioned banana bread that was WW friendly.  I searched and searched, then settled on this recipe from a WW cookbook I have in my ridiculously large extensive cookbook collection I own.   I was really happy with the results of this banana bread; moist with a strong banana flavor.    At 7p+ per slice, it is a bit of a splurge, but you can tweak the p+ values by decreasing the serving size.  The recipe calls for a large loaf to be divided into 12 servings, which is VERY generous!

Since I had so many bananas to use up...I ended up doubling the recipe and making two breads.  I gave one away to my mom and kept one for my family.

*A note about making quick breads and muffins....DO NOT OVERMIX THE BATTER!  This will give you a tough end product.  It's ok to leave a bit of flour mixture that has not been fully incorporated into the wet ingredients. Another good rule to remember is to always mix up the wet ingredients separate and then bring them to the dry to combine.  By following these two will be assured of a tender bread or muffin!

Printable Recipe

Banana-Applesauce Bread

Calories - 225, Fat - 7g, Carbs - 27g, Protein - 4g, Fiber - 3g,   PP per svg - 7P+


  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 6 very ripe small bananas or 3-4 medium ones
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg substitute (such as eggbeaters)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spreay a 9 x 5" nonstick loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until combined. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mash the bananas ( I use a potato masher) To the mashed banana, add the sugar, egg substitute, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Mix well to combine.
  4. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until JUST COMBINED. Do NOT over mix. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  5. Bake until deep golden brown and toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean, about an hour and 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan and allow to cool completely on wire rack. Once cooled, wrap well in foil or plastic wrap to store.
Yield: 1 loaf/12 servings
Prep Time: 00:10
Cook time: 01:15
Tags: quickbread, banana, apple, weightwatchers, easy 

I really enjoy new flavor combos...but sometimes, you just want something that is pure and simple and comfort food at it's best....this banana applesauce bread is just that.  Nothing fancy...just pure and simple goodness.  How about you?  Do you ever just want to make something that is plain and simple grassroots food? 

If any of you read Danica's Daily, you know what a wonderful blog it is and today, while she is out celebrating her hubby's bday in the Bahamas she has a guest post from ME!  ( she has had some amazing guest posters all week long!)  Danica is a great inspiration to me and I love all her WW advice and tips!  She also runs the Friends for Weightloss Support Website, which is a wonderful WW resource to have.  I highly recommend you check it out if you are not familiar with it.   I was so honored to do a guest post for her.  You can check it out HERE!  It is totally different from the format I post it is a true "daily" post. ( it gives you a chance to see what a day in the life of ME is )  And as I state in the post, doing a daily post is a lot of work!  So hat's off to all of you lovely bloggers that use this format on your blog! 


  1. I have a TON of really over-ripe bananas to use. Muahaha...looks delicious, Renee! :) 7 pp is well worth it for banana bread :) Always!

  2. Mmm i have some overripe nanas in the freezer! You really cant beat nana bread- worth the points!

  3. Mmmmm.... I puffy heart banana bread! Looks great, Renee!

  4. Ooh, this looks really good! Banana bread is maybe one of the few things I can successfully make. My recipe uses only whole wheat flour, and is vegan if you're interested in another version.

  5. Mmmmmmmm. Two of my favorite flavors in one delish sounding bread!

  6. Hello Renee,
    This is an awesome banana and applesauce combination bread you have here - amazing!I'm having a linky party going on at my place and was wondering if you'd care to take a look and link-up maybe:)Hope to see you there!


  7. Hi Renee,
    This is a delicious looking bread. It looks so moist and full of flavor. Hope you have a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come back soon,
    Miz Helen


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