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5 from 1 vote

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

This banana bread recipe uses whole wheat pastry flour and less sugar and oil, for a light, fluffy, and delicious loaf!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
resting10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: Reduced fat
Author: Lisa Lombardo


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed banana 2 large or 3 medium bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsps vegetable oil olive oil, preferred
  • 1/3 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease one 8x4x2 inch loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together 1 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add sugar and combine.
  • Add mashed banana, vanilla extract, applesauce, and oil to flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer until combined.
  • Add eggs and remaining flour to mixture and beat until blended. Fold in chopped nuts, if desired.
  • Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool thoroughly on wire rack before slicing.