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Quick Homemade Banana Bread Recipe

Homemade Banana Bread Recipe

Nancy Fox can be found at sharing her favorite recipes. This banana bread is one you’ll want to give a try. It’s simple enough your children or grandchildren could make it with you. Enjoy!

When bananas on your counter start to develop that dark squashy look and no one wants to eat them anymore, forget about throwing them out… make banana bread!

In fact, the key to an exceptional banana bread is to use overripe bananas. They’re very sweet, flavorful and make the bread soft and moist. This banana bread is particularly nutritious due to the potassium in bananas, whole wheat flour, Grape-Nuts and rolled oats. Each slice has 189 calories, 3 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.

Quick Homemade Banana Bread Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 65-70 minutes

Ingredients for Banana Bread:

3 very ripe bananas

1 cup sugar

1 egg, I like using Eggland’s Best

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

1½ cups whole wheat flour

1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

¼ cup Grape-Nuts cereal

Ingredients for Topping:

¼ cup rolled oats

2 tablespoons Grape-Nuts cereal


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a 8½-loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. Using an electric mixer or fork, in a large bowl, mash the bananas.

3. Add sugar and mix until smooth.

4. Stir in egg, canola oil and applesauce.

5. Add flour, vanilla, baking soda, salt, ¼ cup Grape-Nuts and mix until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.

6. In a small bowl, mix together the topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of  batter. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes and remove from pan.

Makes 12 slices (each serving, 1 slice)

Food Fact

Banana bread recipes became very popular in the 1960’s. It’s considered a “quick bread” which is a light and moist baked good that’s quick to make. Unlike most breads, quick breads require no yeast, kneading or rising time. Banana bread has a thick batter and is a cross between a cake and a bread.

Healthy Tip

Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin C.

Prep Tip

To ripen bananas quickly, store enclosed in a perforated brown bag for a few days, with an apple in the bag.

Storage Tip

Stored in plastic wrap or a plastic bag, banana bread will keep on the counter for about a week. It also freezes great. Try slicing into single servings, wrap individually and store in the freezer. When ready to eat, zap in the microwave for about 25 seconds.


Weight Watchers (old points) 3
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 slice
189 calories, 3g fat, 4g protein, 39g carbs, 3g fiber, 280mg sodium, 22g sugar

FAT FACTS: for 1 slice
318 calories, 12g fat, 5g protein, 46g carbs, 2g fiber, 414mg sodium, 22g sugar

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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