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Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 7, 2014 | Categories: Baking and Cooking, Recipes
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healthy whole wheat banana bread recipe

I love snacking. It’s one of the few things I’ve tried giving up, but realize that I just can’t. Besides, everything in moderation, right?

I enjoy all kinds of snacks, really, but one of my all-time favorites is banana bread. Plus, banana bread makes a great breakfast, too. I did cut down on white flour and look for recipes using wheat flour when I can find them.

Banana bread is also a great way to use over-ripened bananas… waste not, want not.

Here’s a whole wheat banana bread recipe that easy and delicious!

Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe


2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups sugar

4 medium overripe bananas, mashed

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup applesauce

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 eggs


Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Grease and flour 2 (9×5) loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, bananas, oil, applesauce, and vanilla.  Mix in the dry ingredients slowly until the batter is well combined. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake for 55-65 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes, before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting.

Store the leftovers in an airtight container.  The extra loaf can be wrapped in plastic and slipped into a freezer bag – store in the freezer for 1 month.

By the way, I don’t consider banana bread a dessert. What’s your favorite snack?

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51 Responses to Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe

  1. Annie says:

    Oh wow that looks moist and amazing!

  2. This looks lovely! We enjoy banana bread in our house too… the only issue being, no-one can seem to wait until it cools before tucking in 🙂

  3. I haven’t made banana bread in years! Yummy!

  4. This looks really good. My almost 12 year old son made banana muffins today and they were delicious for his first time. Thanks to his sister’s and my tutelage!

  5. Cat Davis says:

    I have a whole bag of whole wheat to use up before it expires. This looks like a great recipe for it.

  6. Looks and sounds deelish – I also just love the smell of banana bread baking in the house!

  7. debra dubois says:

    Looks and sounds deelish… Thanks so much for sharing..

  8. md Kennedy says:

    Yum, but I’d so have to add walnuts and raisins! I do consider banana bread a dessert, though! I try not to snack at all.

  9. Jessie says:

    Banana Bread is my all time favorite — love it! Can’t wait to try out your recipe; it looks delicious!!

  10. Shell Feis says:

    Ooh that looks so good! I could never get sick of banana bread.

  11. Jen says:

    Nom nom nom! I love banana bread. If you add chocolate chips ti it, does it negate all of the good of using whole wheat 🙂

  12. krystel says:

    this looks delicious

  13. Robin Gagnon says:

    I pretty much always substitute some of the standard four in recipes for whole wheat. It makes good sense 🙂

  14. trisha says:

    I have honestly never had whole wheat banana bread!

  15. Dawn Rader says:

    I love Banana bread. I am always looking for different recipes to try…can’t wait to try this one!

  16. I’ve never had whole wheat banana bread – I’m definitely interested in trying this!

  17. I love some banana bread and this is whole wheat? Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  18. ken smith says:


  19. Holly brewer says:

    Go great! I just made some today actually!

  20. I never thought to do a whole wheat version, but that sounds wonderful! Extra yummy actually!

  21. Shannon says:

    Looks delicious and healthy…pinning for later, thanks for sharing!

  22. I never had it with whole wheat before, that should make it very interesting, and healthier too.

  23. Jenn says:

    I just made banana bread this week for the first time in a long time. Need to keep some whole wheat flour on hand.

  24. I love Banana Bread. I could eat a whole loaf by myself.

  25. Mmm, I love banana bread! I haven’t had it in a while.

  26. lisa says:

    I’ve never thought to make this with wheat flour. I’ll bet it ups the sweetness a bit and adds a nutty flavor. Sounds good.

  27. Angela says:

    I need to incorporate more whole wheat into my baked goods. This looks wonderful!

  28. Marcie W. says:

    I always seem to have extra bananas that are on the verge of becoming over ripe. This recipe would be a wonderful way to make sure they don’t go to waste!

  29. Mellisa says:

    I love banana bread. I’ve never had it with whole wheat flour before though.

  30. Colleen says:

    I’ve never tried whole wheat but I love banana bread.

  31. Dawn Monzu says:

    This looks and sounds amazing! I lOVE banana bread. My kids would be soooo happy if I made this! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  32. Lolo says:

    I absolutely love banana bread! I need to give this a try!

  33. That seriously looks amazing!

  34. Naznin Azeez says:

    Oh my it looks so moist and yum!!

  35. This is a great idea to use whole wheat in the bread!

  36. HilLesha says:

    That looks and sounds amazing!

  37. Mystica says:

    I’ve not had much luck with whole wheat baking as it becomes too dense. This looks so airy and fluffy.

  38. Kathleen says:

    I love fresh warm banana bread. I have never tried making it with whole wheat, but it looks delicious!

  39. LyndaS says:

    Yum! That looks fantastic. Can you send me a piece or is it all gone? 🙂

  40. Tammy says:

    I’ve never made Banana Bread with whole wheat before – I may just have to try it!

  41. Kelsey Apley says:

    Yummy! I am such a fan of banana bread, and I have never tried whole wheat, it sounds tasty!!

  42. This looks so good. I always need to use bananas. I like that this will be a healthier option!

  43. Looks and sounds delicious!!! I will definitely try this recipe ! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Toni says:

    I bet this would be delish!!

  45. Courtney says:

    Oooh my kind of bread! 🙂 M can actually have wheat flour and we’re trialing eggs tomorrow!!!

  46. I love banana bread! Yours looks tasty. I don’t normally add nuts to mine either.

  47. Deb Melian says:

    I really enjoyed your Whole Wheat Banana Bread recipe that you shared at my Shine a Spotlight Linky Party this week. Pinned it! Thanks for stopping by and sharing and be sure to stop by again on Saturday. Your recipe might be one of my featured posts!—Deb at DialMforMoms.com

  48. Amy Adams says:

    This looks like a recipe I can make for my husband who was recently diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic. So we are trying to eat whole grains and wheat flour instead of white flour. Thanks for the recipe.

  49. Natasha says:

    This looks great! Do you have the nutritional value/ calorie count for this?

  50. Louiser Roper says:

    Great recipe..Halved the recipe to make one loaf. Yummy..

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