Moist Banana Bread With Applesauce Recipe

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I love a classic banana bread recipe. However, when I’ve made them in the past they seem to be dry and bland. So, when I came across this recipe I was excited to try it with my own twist! Enjoy this simple homemade banana bread recipe. This banana bread with applesauce is moist, delicious, and a cinch to whip up!

Banana bread recipe

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Moist Banana Bread with Applesauce

As is typically how I create my recipes, this one was born out of lack of ingredients. If you missed it, I’d call my salted pretzel sweet potato pie recipe my greatest baking achievement and it all came out of lack of ingredients.

This time around, I wanted a classic banana bread loaf to make as care packages to gift to family members for Easter alongside my simple free printables.

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You can subscribe to the blog to access all four designs. I created a few options, two for those with color printers and two for those without. Also, I wanted to offer simple Easter designs as well as some with an encouraging verse as we celebrate our risen Savior!

The black and white option can also be a quick coloring project to bring some life to the flowers if your kids (or you!) want to give it a try!

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Simply subscribe to the blog and you’ll receive an email with access to my entire free printable library. These are designed to be printed on regular paper or card stock and fit in a standard 5×7 card envelope!

Banana Bread Recipe

Ok, back to the recipe! I found a simple banana bread recipe to begin and then tweaked from there! Ironically, I prefer my banana bread not to be overly banana-y. So I cut down the number of bananas, replaced them with cinnamon applesauce, and added extra spices for more flavor.

I’m so happy with how it turned out! This banana bread with applesauce is a dense bread but SO moist! It baked evenly and didn’t leave the top or middle soggy like so many other recipes I’ve tried.

So here are the easy steps!

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Banana Bread Ingredients

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease and flour a 9×5 metal loaf pan.

Mixing banana bread ingredients together.
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You’ll need:

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 c. All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • Dash of nutmeg

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 3/4 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. Mashed over-ripened bananas
  • 12 oz. Cinnamon Applesauce

Banana Bread Baking Steps

First, mix together your dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Butter and eggs for banana bread

Then, combine your butter and brown sugar by creaming them with an electric beater.

In a separate small bowl, hand beat your eggs and add them to the creamed mixture.

Then, mash your bananas well and add applesauce.

Baking banana bread with applesauce.

If you do not have applesauce on hand, you can also substitute for a total of 2 1/3 c. mashed bananas. However, the applesauce is really the key ingredient to making a dense but MOIST banana bread!

Overripened bananas for banana bread.

Once you’ve mixed all your wet ingredients together, combine them with the dry ingredients. Hand stir gently and only until moistened. Over stirring will result in tough bread!

Wet and dry banana bread ingredients.

Once you’ve combined all ingredients, pour your batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake on center rack at 350 for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean or slightly damp.

Banana bread with applesauce batter.

After 30 minutes, check to ensure your loaf top isn’t over browning. If it is, loosely top with a thin layer of tin foil to prevent burning.

Loaf of banana bread with applesauce.

Remove from the oven when fully cooked and let cool for 10 minutes before removing your banana bread from a pan and relocating it to a wire rack.

Banana bread recipe

Moist Banana Bread

I’ve made my fair share of banana breads that never seem to cook properly. Either the top is pure dough and the bottom is burnt or it sinks after removing from the oven. This banana bread with applesauce is moist, yet dense, for a perfectly sliceable banana bread!

Easy banana bread recipe.

Serve it with a smear of butter as a snack, part of Easter brunch, or a simple dessert!

Modern farmhouse kitchen with banana bread.

Or, gift it to someone who would appreciate a simple pick-me-up! Simply wrap it up, tie a simple ribbon and attach one of my free printables! This is such an affordable way to brighten someone’s day for Easter.

Moist Banana Bread with Applesauce Recipe
Moist Banana Bread with Applesauce Recipe

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Banana bread recipe

Banana Bread Recipe With Applesauce

Yield: 1 Loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Enjoy this simple homemade banana bread recipe! This dense banana bread with applesauce is moist, delicious, and a cinch to whip up!


  • 2 c. Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 3/4 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 c. Butter, softened
  • 2 Eggs, Beaten
  • 1 1/2 c. Mashed Over-ripened Bananas
  • 12 oz. Cinnamon Applesauce
  • Dash Nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, nutmeg and baking soda.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream butter and brown sugar with an electric beater.
  4. Beat eggs in a separate dish, mash bananas well, and mix in applesauce.
  5. Hand mix creamed butter and brown sugar with the eggs, bananas and applesauce.
  6. Next, add wet ingredients to the dry ingedients and hand stir just until moistened. Do not overstir!
  7. Pour batter into prepared 9x5 loaf pan.
  8. Bake on center rack 60-65 minutes. Check at 30 minutes and cover with a thin layer of foil if top is browning too quickly.
  9. Loaf is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or slightly damp.
  10. Let bread cool for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack.
  11. Enjoy with butter or honey!


If you do not have applesauce, you can use 2 1/3 c. of mashed bananas total instead. Recipe adapted from this original recipe.

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