Low-fat banana bread

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Note: If making muffins, cook for 18 minutes!


2 large or 3 small very ripe bananas

1/4 cup applesauce (I used the unsweetened cinnamon kind)

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup sugar

2 tbsp molasses (tip: spray the measuring spoon w/oil to prevent sticking)

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

I added 1/3 cup chocolate chips and 1/3 cup walnuts.


-Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9x5" loaf pan (or muffin tins)

-In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas really well. Add sugar, applesauce, oil, and molasses, and whisk briskly to incorporate.

-Sift in the flour, baking soda, spices, salt. Use a wooden spoon to mix until the wet/dry ingredients are just combined. Fold in chocolate chips/nuts if using.

-Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake for 45-50 min. The top should be lightly browned and a knife inserted should be clean.

-Remove from oven and invert onto a cooling rack - flip right side up and cool.