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Healther Classic Banana Bread Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 12 slices

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This Classic Banana Bread is made healthier with whole wheat flour, applesauce and plain Greek yogurt! It’s super moist, perfect every time banana bread that’s good for you, too! Freezer-friendly and made in one bowl with no mixer. Includes step by step recipe video.

I am a banana bread fanatic.

plain loaf of banana bread on a cutting board with bananas on the side and one slice cut

*Post and recipe updated from original or April 2015

It is my favorite quick bread and pretty much the best smell in the world. I think baking yeast buns/bread and baking banana bread are tied for #1 Smells in All The World.

I’ve made you lots of banana bread recipes here on The Recipe Rebel: PB & J Banana Bread, Toasted Coconut Banana Bread, Samoa Banana Bread…. And they’re all delicious.

But I have a confession to make:

I like plain banana bread best. Yes that means without chocolate.

Don’t be hatin’. You know I love my chocolate.

But I believe that a good banana bread is like a good brownie: it needs no frosting, no glaze, no chocolate chips, no nuts, nothing. If it’s the perfect banana bread, then that should be enough.

This here is Perfect Banana Bread.

close up image of banana bread loaf with two slices cut

This wasn’t intended to even make it to the blog.

I had finished my recipes for the week, four of them, in 3 days (Monday-Wednesday). Photographed and everything.

So on Thursday (because I don’t know how to handle downtime of any sort), I was all like, “I should just bake, just to bake.”

Weird, right?

loaf of banana bread on parchment on cutting board with two slices cut

I knew I had lots of bananas in the freezer and I like to have a loaf of banana bread around for snacking, and I also love to have some in the freezer.

This is the recipe I’ve been sticking with for a long time. I’ve made it again and again and again and it turns out perfectly every time. But the only record I have of my version of the recipe is my comments on the original pin of the recipe from Cooking Light.

And since it was Thursday and I was done all of my other recipes I figured, “well I ought to snap a few pictures, and write up the recipe and be all official about it. No need to keep this perfection to myself.”

So that’s what I did.

banana bread on cutting board with one banana on each side and butter on slice

And on my day off, I made you a bonus post.

Because I love you, and you deserve to have perfect banana bread.

It’s light, whole wheat, super moist, with reduced sugar and needs no other adornments. It’s made in one bowl with a whisk and no mixer. It’s freezer friendly.

It’s perfect. Just saying.

So even if I’m the only one to ever refer to this recipe, at least I have it written down somewhere!

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Classic Banana Bread

Classic Banana Bread: the perfect, super moist, no frills, one bowl banana bread! It’s also secretly healthy! www.thereciperebel.com
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine American
Course Bread and Baked Goods
Servings 12 slices
Calories 155cal

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce 100g
  • 1/2 cup 0% plain Greek yogurt 114g
  • 2/3 cup sugar 130g
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour* 130g
  • 1 cup all purpose flour* 130g

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease an 8×4″ or 9×5″ loaf pan (see notes)
  • In a large bowl, mash bananas with a whisk. Add applesauce, yogurt and sugar and whisk until combined and somewhat smooth.
  • Add vanilla and eggs and stir until combined.
  • Add baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and flour and stir just until combined (don’t overmix – it doesn’t have to be smooth, just combined).
  • Spread in loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, covering with foil at 30 minutes when top is light golden brown, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (up to about 1 hour).

Notes

*It’s very important that you weigh or fluff and spoon your flour into your measuring cups, or you will end up with a dense, dry loaf. I’ve tested this recipe over and over, and when I use a scale and measure out exactly 260g of flour total is when I get the best results. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 155cal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 191mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g

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  1. Diane Shaw says

    I’ve used the same recipe for 40 years but this is now my go-to banana bread recipe! So good! And I’ve told my kids and friends about it too

  2. Patty says

    So I just made this bread and although it tastes delicious it does not look anything like yours. It didn’t rise much for me and it’s very dense. I did not have wheat flour so I used all white flour. Didn’t think this would cause it to be dense.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      No, that shouldn’t cause it to be dense! It should rise plenty but it is not super fluffy, although it should be very moist. I’m not sure what would be the cause of that!

  3. Marilyn Keller says

    Hi…I am new to your post, this recipe sound and looks amazing..I have a question for you. …While we were in SeaSide Florida, before the holidays, we had a bread call ed ..BREAKFAST BREAD, bought at,PUBLIX SUPERMARKET.. I askedvforvtgeir revipe,but no luck in getting it.my questions is….cold youuses this recipe as a base and add in the other ingredients, like it had,dried apricots,currents or taisins,dried blueberries,dried cranberries,nuts..chopped pecans and chopped walnuts,it also tasted like a hint of bananas.it was a loaf bread shape,but not typical year bread texture.
    I would appreciate any ideas you have.Thanks .

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Oh, wow! That sounds delicious! Unfortunately I’ve never tried anything like that but I think you should be able to add in a mix of nuts and dried fruit to this bread and it would turn out just fine 🙂 I’d love to hear if you try it!

  4. Danielle says

    I like my banana bread plain too. With just a touch of salted butter on it while it’s still warm. Mmmmm…sounds much better than these plain egg white I’m about to have for breakfast! You mentioned having bananas in the freezer which peaked my interest. I had no idea you could freeze bananas. I know it probably seems obvious, but I never thought about it…

  5. Caroline says

    hello Ashley,

    I have been searching for a classic banana bread recipe and this looks so good… I was wondering since I do not have any plain yogurt if i could use banana flavored yogurt you find in the baby section at Walmart????

  6. Roxanne says

    Delicious looking recipe Ashley! I’m definitely going to try it. One question, have you ever used Greek Yogurt? It’s the only one I buy. Just wondering how it would turn out.

    • Ashley says

      I think it would work just fine! I often substitute it if I have it. I even use flavored yogurt sometimes!

      • Roxanne says

        Well being the temperature dropped to +13 here in Cornwall, Ontario, it was the perfect day to try your Classic Banana Bread recipe. It turned out perfect with 0% Greek Yogurt! Just the right amount of sweetness! Thank you Ashley! I’m looking forward to making many of your other recipes!!

        • Ashley says

          I’m so glad you liked it! It is definitely my favorite recipe for banana bread 🙂 It has been chilly here in Manitoba too lately!

  7. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven says

    I’m totally on board with the fun versions of banana bread, but absolutely NOTHIN’ beats the classic stuff! This seriously look so moist, soft, and every-bit-as-amazing! You won’t mind if I just steal half of that gorgeous loaf right outta my screen will you? My coffee is a little lonely over here. 😉

  8. My Kitchen Craze says

    Yay for you not wanting any down time because I love a good ole’ fashioned banana bread. 😉 I do love chocolate chips in it normally, but sometimes you just need the basic with a slather of butter.

  9. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen says

    I had to laugh when you said you were going to bake, just to bake, and then ended up snapping a few photos! I am the same way – just can’t stop with the baking and photographing! I think it’s an addiction. 🙂 This banana bread looks absolutely perfect. Pinned!

    • Ashley says

      Totally an addiction! And I figured I needed an upgrade from just having the recipe jotted in a recipe pin comment box. Lol. And hey look, I have this here blog! Thanks Kristine 🙂

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