Super nutty whole grain banana bran bread

8 Oct

I have a weird thing about bananas.  I really only like to eat them when they are green.  Once there is no more green, or even a bit of brown it’s usually way too sweet for me.

No need to worry, bananas never go to waste in our house!  Usually if I don’t add them to my oatmeal or bake with them, they get tossed in the freezer for another day or a quick smoothie. 

Right now our banana supply is overflowing in the freezer.  The cooler weather just turns me away from smoothies, and I crave warm comforting foods.  Banana bread with a cup of tea being one of them.

Whole grain banana bran bread with pecans



2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 eggs
1.5 cups mashed bananas (3-4 small bananas)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 wheat bran
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 9×5 loaf pan with olive oil spray.

In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and brown sugar together for 2 minutes.  Add the apple sauce, maple syrup, eggs, banana and vanilla extract and mix.

In a different bowl combine the remaining dry ingredients, except the pecans.  Add the dry to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.  Stir in the pecans and pour into the prepared pan.

Bake for 50-55 minutes.  Check doneness by inserting a toothpick into the bread.  If it comes out clean remove from the oven.  If it starts to darken to quickly cover in foil while baking. 

Jacob not a big nut fan so I had to enjoy most of this by myself… poor me Winking smile

9 Responses to “Super nutty whole grain banana bran bread”

  1. Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 8, 2010 at 4:45 am #

    You sound like my husband – he only likes bananas when they are green too, which means we’re forever having extra bananas lying around since they change so quickly! 🙂 The bread looks great, btw!

  2. Brittney October 8, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    Mmmm, that looks fabulous! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I can’t decide whether or not to run a full marathon. I think I’m going to do a post on that soon though!

  3. Erica October 8, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    VERY cool that you used mostly natural sugars and only a bit of added brown sugar. Fantastic! The bread looks perfect

    Unfortunately the Les Mills DVDs are not for sale. They are for the instructors to learn off of only.

  4. Heather October 8, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    i actually don’t LOVE bananas, but in bread? yes please!

  5. Joslyn @ missfitbliss October 8, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    That banana preference is so interesting! Yuck I can’t stand it when they’re green! I like them all brown and spotted:)

  6. janetha October 8, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    I am always on the lookout for better for you banana bread, thanks for sharing!

  7. Naomi(onefitfoodie) October 8, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    ohh this looks delicious and healthy 🙂 always on the look out for new banana bread recipes!!

  8. Lisa October 9, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    Your banana bread looks delicious and even better that it’s so healthy.

  9. Kristen (swanky dietitian) October 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    This looks delish! I agree that baking bread is such a perfect thing for fall weather…and, of course, eating it!!

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