Sunday afternoon as my friend Katie and I sat enjoying a slice of Apple Sauce Bread (waiting for the boys to get back from golf) we got on the topic of Banana Bread. We both agreed that we had yet to find our perfect banana bread recipe, and we love us some banana bread! We kept talking about how we wanted our banana bread recipes to be exactly like the Apple Sauce Bread (only banana)! Then the thought came to us... why not tweak the Apple Sauce Bread recipe just a little bit and add in some bananas! The idea seemed perfect, so we tried it! And the results we got were nothing short of amazing. We got the moist banana bread we love, without all the oil!
This recipe is to good not to share with you all!
So here is Katie and my version of Banana Bread!
Adapted from Eat Live Runs Almond Apple Sauce Bread
2 Cups Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon - I left this in
1 Egg Beaten
3 Tablespoons melted butter ( I use...)
3/4 Cup Apple Sauce ( I like Motts Natural)
3 Over Ripe Bananas
1/4-Small Handful Cup Granola of Choice (I like Bare Nakeds Fruit and Nut Granola, or Trader Joes)
A few Tablespoons Brown Sugar
Optional Mix ins:
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
First spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
1-Combine your flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
Mix dry ingredients well and set aside.
2-Now grab another medium bowl. Place your over ripe bananas in the medium bowl and mash with a spoon. Add your applesauce in with your bananas and stir to combine, and set aside.
3-Grab a measuring cup and melt your 3 tbs of butter, once melted beat your egg into the butter.
Now add your egg and butter in with your banana/applesauce mixture. Stir well to combine.
4-Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients, stir well until combined (but dom't over mix).
5-Pour your bread batter into your greased loaf pan, and sprinkle with a handful of granola if you wish ( I like the added texture the granola provides, I believe Katie sprinkled the top of hers with brown sugar - Both are delicious)
6-Bake your banana bread for an hour-an hour and fifteen minutes. Be sure to check the center of your bread with a tooth pick. If your tooth pick comes out clean its done! Mine took about an hour and fifteen minutes to bake!
And there you have it, a delicious treat!