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Applesauce Banana Bread

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Applesauce Banana Bread is a very easy quick bread you can make any time of year! See it here.

I love banana bread. It takes me back to my childhood when my Mom would make it for me. I would be in the kitchen helping. It was always my job to mash the bananas.

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In general, Banana Bread is a very common recipe to find in older cook books. Like many of us, my grandparents lived through the Great Depression and learned to use everything in the kitchen! Nothing went to waste! If there were fruits going bad, they would certainly be made into some sort of cake or quick bread. Banana Bread is a filling option and of course works for breakfast, snacks, and even dessert.

Why Use Applesuce?

There are lots of variations on the Banana Bread theme, and you may even have a great family recipe you love, but you MUST check out this delicious Applesauce Banana Bread. It’s not only a great way to use up brown bananas, but also uses up any leftover applesauce in the fridge.

Applesauce Banana Bread

I tend to keep a large container of unsweetened apple sauce in the fridge, since it lasts a long time and honestly is a good thing to add into cakes and breads to really ramp up the moisture content! If you add applesauce, you can be sure you won’t have a dry, crumbly texture in your bread.

The other day I made some homemade applesauce, here’s there recipe, and I wanted to try to make a healthier version of  banana bread. Instead of using oils it is replaced with applesauce. Plus it adds a great flavor and the bread comes out so moist. It makes a lovely snack or breakfast….and memories! Of course, store-bought applesauce works just as well. Use what you have in the kitchen!

Optional Glaze:

We like sweeter banana bread, so I opted to add a Cinnamon Chip Glaze this time. This is completely optional, but the Cinnamon Chips complement the flavor of the cinnamon and nutmeg in the bread.

Follow the recipe for exact instructions. You will need Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips, which you can find in the baking aisle in store. I just mixed this up on the stove while the bread was baking. So Good!!

Yield: 12

Applesauce Banana Bread

Applesauce Banana Bread

This variation on banana bread is sweet with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Over-ripe Bananas
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup nuts or chocolate chips (optional)
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup Hershey's Cinnamon Chips
  • 2 TBSP. Half and Half

Instructions

    Mash bananas, remove any brown spots.

    Mix bananas and sugar with mixer or whisk until well blended and the bananas are completely
    mashed.

    Mix in the eggs and applesauce.

    In separate bowl, mix flour along with the baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

    Add all at once into banana mixture, fold gently until all dry ingredients are incorporated.

    Add vanilla extract.

    Fold in nuts or chocolate chips if desired.

    Spray a 8 or 9 inch loaf pan with nonstick spray, and pour the batter into pan.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Check to see if a toothpick comes out clean
    at 40 minutes, and bake more if still not fully baked.

    GLAZE: While banana bread is baking, add Hershey's Cinnamon chips to a small sauce pan. Add Half and Half on top of chips. Turn on VERY low heat, and stir constantly until Cinnamon Chips begin to melt. Continue stirring while sauce pan is on low heat, until mixture is a smooth and melted consistence. Allow to fully cool. Glaze will thicken. Pour over top of bread if desired.

Notes

I baked to 30 minutes, and then gently covered the loaf pan with foil. Returned to oven for the remaining 15 minutes. This kept the top from being overly browned. Optional.

Glaze optional: If you love SWEET banana bread, add the included Cinnamon Chip Glaze to take this recipe to the next level!!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 443mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 3gSugar: 27gProtein: 5g

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