Whole Grain Banana Bread


Whole Grain Banana Bread

We are all looking for more ways to get whole grains into our diet, right? But with all the hype of low carb diets and such, bread is often the first thing cut. Personally, I can’t do it; so I opt for the whole grain variety. There are so many different varieties of whole grain bread out there these days. Everything from English Muffins to bread to tortillas.

Whole Grain Banana Bread

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Whole Grain Banana Bread

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Banana bread packed with the goodness of whole grains

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  • 2 cups over ripe bananas, mashed (4 or 5 bananas)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbls milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl mix together mashed bananas, oil, applesauce, sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to the banana mixture. Mix until just combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Remove from oven, and let set for 10 minutes before removing bread from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.


Adapted from King Arthur Flour


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  1. I rarely bake yeast or quick breads without subbing in at least 50% wheat flour. Often undetectable, so an easy way to add whole grains!

  2. I like to make quinoa salad with fresh veggies for lunch and buckwheat pancakes in the morning

  3. Mmm nothing better than a classic like this! Delicious!

  4. I try to bake with white whole wheat flour from King Arthur Flour.

  5. I get my whole grains from whole grain cereal.

  6. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/372833467332976640

  7. Eating whole-grain foods these days it a lot simpler and more affordable these days, with the availability of products like whole-grain pasta and white whole wheat flour.

  8. nataly carbonell says:

    I eat oatmeal with fruits in the morning

  9. I often switch out the white flour in recipes with whole wheat and other more grainy flours.

  10. I use whole grains a lot in making breads mostly. I love your banana bread.

  11. I love whole wheat white flour. I use it in everything and can’t tell the difference.

  12. looks so moist and delicious, I love to load up on whole grains for breakfast with oatmeal or granola.

  13. Lisa Brown says:

    I eat grains daily: I like all kinds of whole grain breads, eating cooked grains in the morning for breakfast, adding grains to soups and stews.
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  14. Lisa Brown says:

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  15. This looks awesome!! I love banana bread!

  16. courtney b says:

    we like to make whole grain muffins especially with chocolate or oatmeal.. its our favorite :)

  17. courtney b says:
  18. My daughter is also Erin and with your description of yourself you could be twins She is a dietician and would love this healthier version of banana bread.

  19. Jessica To says:

    I usually get it in our breakfast foods like oatmeal.

  20. I love banana bread, a perfect way to incorporate more whole grains!

  21. I’ve been using healthier grains like quinoa and buckwheat. Thankfully, my son loves both!

  22. amy pugmire says:

    I buy cereals with whole grain, along with bread cause my kids love toast. I also like to incorporate it into there pancakes

  23. amy pugmire says:
  24. This bread looks fantastic!! I seriously could dive right into it!! 😉

  25. Our family tries to choose whole grains over refined grains. We have made it a habit to buy whole wheat bread.

  26. My family and I enjoy whole grain pastas, cereals and breads.

  27. Almost every time I bake I am baking with whole grains; breads, muffins even pancakes.

  28. We eat buckwheat brown rice, and whole wheat bread.

  29. We enjoy grains by adding them to muffin and quick bread recipes. We also like to eat brown rice and whole grains wherever possible

  30. Love, love, love banana bread! It is so great that you made it with whole wheat – tasty and healthy! Hope you enjoy the long holiday weekend!

  31. We like frosted mini wheats and I hide whole grain noodles in spaghetti sauce!

  32. I love the healthier version with using the whole wheat white flour, I would definitely fell better about eating this treat. I am a big user of whole grains in my baking and adding wheat bran, flax and such things to add to the overall nutritional value, just makes me feel better when I know it’s better for me and my family.

  33. I procure that a whole grain be a part of every meal.

  34. i make grain bagel or bread

  35. We enjoy whole grains from oatmeal with fresh blueberries
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  37. I work white whole wheat flour into cookies, breads, etc. Sneaky and easy way to get whole grains!

  38. Wild Orchid says:

    I get grains in my diet by eating a large bowl of steel cut oats for breakfast. I love them, especially in the fall!

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  39. Wild Orchid says:


  40. by baking my own whole grain breads


  41. Susan Smith says:

    I get grain into my diet by eating sandwiches out of whole wheat bread and oatmeal in the mornings for breakfast.

  42. Susan Smith says:
  43. I buy whole grain cereals.

  44. Nicole Larsen says:

    We eat a lot of grain cereals for breakfast and make oatmeal with oats!

  45. Nicole Larsen says:
  46. We eat cereal like Basic4 with grains, oatmeal, and I make my own multigrain bread!
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  47. I’ve switched to whole grain pasta and love it!

  48. i get it by eating oatmeal for breakfast

  49. I usually cook brown rice instead of white rice for my family. I start adding more wheat flour into the bread that I bake too. It’s a nice way to add more whole grain into my family’s diet. :) Your banana bread looks delectable!

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  50. We like eating whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta and cereals , brown rice and oatmeal.

  51. Rebecca Graham says:

    I use whole wheat flour instead of white flour in recipes.

  52. I grew up on white bread but I’m trying to switch over to whole grains. It’s been tough because I love the taste of my home made white yeast breads.

  53. I eat a lot of oatmeal and whole grain cereal.

  54. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I buy whole grain pasta!

  55. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  56. I get them into my diet all sorts of ways! Thru baked goods, breakfast cereals, pastas, and side dishes to compliment meals!

  57. Thomas Murphy says:

    I eat whole grain bread.

  58. Thomas Murphy says:
  59. I like to make chocolate chip muffins with whole wheat flour. So delicious! And I eat old-fashioned oatmeal every morning.

  60. I try to swap out wheat flour in recipes that all for white flour. I also only buy whole grain breads and cereals.

  61. We eat cereal frequently, so that helps


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