Banana Bread with applesauce is an easy recipe to enjoy for a great dessert or snack. It’s so simple with mostly pantry staples and turns out delicious.

Slices of banana bread with butter.
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This simple recipe is so moist and flavor packed. It’s one of my favorite quick bread recipes that anyone can make. My kids love bananas and I have been making Banana Bread Brownies and Air Fryer Banana Bread for years.

We love banana flavor and also make some of the Best Banana Dessert Recipes.

Why we love this recipe:

  • The best banana bread recipe. It is so easy but turns out wonderful.
  • Great way to use ripe bananas. Don’t toss those too ripe bananas and make this recipe.
  • Inexpensive. While this recipe is budget friendly, the results are so tasty.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for banana bread - ripe bananas, applesauce, sour cream, sugar, flour.

  • Ripe Bananas 
  • Applesauce 
  • Sour Cream 
  • Large Eggs 
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Brown Sugar 
  • All Purpose Flour 

You can get the complete ingredient list at the bottom of the post.

Variations and Additions

  • Wheat Flour. Substitute ½ of the flour for whole wheat flour in the recipe.
  • Chocolate Chips. Add ½ cup to 1 cup chocolate chips into the batter.
  • Nuts. You can add ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter.
  • Banana Muffins. Make this recipe as muffins instead of bread for a quick breakfast idea. Adjust the baking time for muffins.
  • Double the recipe. This recipe is so easy to double for gift giving.
  • Gluten-free flour. Swap the regular flour for gluten free.
  • Peanut Butter. Swirl peanut butter into the batter.

Step by Step Instructions

Mixing bowl with batter.

Step 1. While the oven is preheating, prepare the loaf pan with cooking spray. Then mash the bananas in a large bowl.

Mixing bowl with applesauce added to batter.

Step 2. Next, stir in the applesauce, sour cream, eggs and vanilla extract into the mashed bananas. Mix together until everything is combined.  

Mixing bowl with both types of sugar added.

Step 3. Next, add the granulated sugar and brown sugar.  Once combined, add the flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir until just combined and do not over mix the batter.  

Batter in loaf pan.

Step 4. Carefully pour the batter into the loaf pan.  I like to tap the pan on the countertop to release any air bubbles in the mixture.  

Bread baked in pan.

Step 5. Let the bread cook for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.  

Bread cut into slices.

Step 6. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack. When cool, slice and enjoy. I like to serve with butter and honey.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to store leftovers?

Store the leftover bread at room temperature in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to 3-4 days.  

What types of bananas are best to use?

The riper the banana is the better. They will taste sweeter and make the bread even better.

How can you tell when banana bread is finished cooking?

Insert a toothpick into the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, the bread is ready to come out of the oven.

Can I freeze the bread?

Yes, the bread freezes really well. Allow to cool and wrap in plastic wrap. Place inside a freezer container or bag.

You can freeze the slices or the entire loaf. Allow to thaw in the fridge or warm in the microwave.

Pro Tips

  • Don’t overmix the batter. Stir together the wet ingredients and dry ingredients until just combined to avoid overmixing the batter.
  • Be careful that you do not overbake the bread. It will be dry and the texture not as desirable.
  • Wait to store banana bread until cool. Do not wrap the bread until completely cool.
Slices of banana bread.

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Banana Bread with Applesauce

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Banana Bread with applesauce is an easy recipe to enjoy for a great dessert or snack. It's so simple with mostly pantry staples and turns out delicious.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cool the bread in the loaf pan 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 234

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9X5 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Peel the bananas and mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the applesauce, sour cream, eggs and vanilla extract until everything is combined.
  • Add in the granulated sugar and brown sugar.  Stir until combined.
  • Add flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir until just combined with a spatula or wooden spoon.  Be careful not to over mix the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan.  Gently tap the pan on the countertop to release any air bubbles in the mixture.
  • Cook for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  • Cool the bread in the loaf pan for 10-15 minutes.  Then carefully remove the bread from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

Store the leftover bread at room temperature in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to 3-4 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 234kcal, Carbohydrates 48g, Protein 4g, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0.003g, Cholesterol 40mg, Sodium 188mg, Potassium 202mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 27g, Vitamin A 145IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 31mg, Iron 1mg

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