Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread
Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread: A deliciously, moist bread that parades itself around like a sweet treat, but is secretly healthy too.
With the use of whole wheat flour, apple sauce, and honey instead of sugar, this flavorful, Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread recipe makes for the perfect healthy, sweet bread.
This banana bread recipe with whole wheat flour has the perfect balance of sweet and heartiness to it and only takes an hour to bake! Banana Bread with whole wheat flour is the best banana bread ever! It takes only 5 minutes of prep before baking so there really is no excuse as to why you wouldn’t make this tasty treat.
Have Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread on hand for an after school snack, a sweet breakfast treat, or side to any dish. This recipe will become a favorite in your home.
How To Make Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread?
My family loves this bread and as a mom I love that it is so much healthier than your typical banana bread that is loaded with sugar and is usually made with all purpose flour, which is not as good for you as using whole wheat.
Plus, it is really easy to make this bread and a lot of the ingredients you probably already have on hand.
Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread Ingredients:
- Whole Wheat Flour
- Baking Powder
- Skim or Low Fat Milk
- Lemon Zest
- Nuts, Chocolate Chips, Coconut Flakes (optional)
That’s it! Nothing too crazy.
Now let’s briefly talk about how to execute these ingredients, so you can see how easy it is to make.
How To Make Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread:
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix dry ingredients and set aside.
- Mix wet ingredients with a mixer until smooth.
- Pour over dry ingredients and mix until smooth by hand.
- Stir in optional ingredients and pour into loaf pans.
- Bake for an hour.
Wow and that’s all you have to do! Didn’t I say it was easy?! Super easy!
Note: For more details, look for recipe at the end.
Is Homemade Banana Bread Healthy?
Not all banana bread is healthy, but this Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe offers a much healthier choice.
Here is the thing, bananas are great, but a lot of banana bread recipes use tons of sugar, lots of butter, and then all purpose flour, which isn’t the best either, resulting in the only good thing being the bananas practically.
Why This Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread Is Healthier Than Most:
This recipe use whole wheat flour, which is such a bonus.
Whole wheat flour has fiber, lower carbs and more protein than all purpose flour.
The use of honey instead of sugar.
Sugar increases blood sugar levels faster than honey because it falls higher on the glycemic index than honey does.
While honey does have a little more calories than sugar, it is sweeter, meaning you can a lot of times use less honey than sugar in a recipe.
So for a healthier sweetening option, I like the use of honey instead of sugar in this recipe.
The use of applesauce instead of oil or more butter.
The use of applesauce allows me to use less fat, like the use of less butter and no oil in the recipe.
Look at all those reasons as to why this recipe is a better choice.
Seriously this recipe is AMAZING! Try it, like really try it now. You may even have all the ingredients in your cupboard already. So what are you waiting for?
Can You Sub Whole Wheat Flour For White Flour?
You can replace whole wheat flour for white flour or white flour for whole wheat flour.
If you want to be healthier, I recommend replacing white flour with whole wheat flour in a lot of recipes. Change things up a bit and give your dish more nutritional value.
However, replacing whole wheat flour in this recipe with white flour, I’ve got to be honest, that idea pains me a little.
If you choose to use white flour instead of whole wheat flour you will be losing some of that healthy goodness. Plus, honey compliments the whole wheat so well.
Regardless of whether you are subbing whole wheat for white flour or vice versa, be aware that it isn’t just a straight across trade. The ratios are different.
Wheat flour has a more substantial consistency. For a similar consistency, in baking it is not a 1:1 ratio. It’s about 1/2c-3/4 c whole wheat flour to 1c white flour.
Keep this in mind when making a substitution like this.
Serve Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread as a snack, breakfast, side or make it a full on lunch with some peanut butter on top.
Or, serve Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread as a side for dinner to a warm bowl of Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup. Then finish off this home cooked goodness with some Martinelli’s Apple Glazed Shortbread Cookies.
This meal will be so good with each and every bite.
Make Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread Today!
This Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread is not only a healthier option, it is so delicious! Make it as a snack, for breakfast, lunch, or a side to dinner. No matter how you want to eat it, you will be so happy that you made it.
Now that I have gotten you in the mood for some bread, here are some other yummy breads to try.
Other Great Bread Recipes To Try:
- Cranberry Orange Quick Bread
- Super Simple Banana Bread
- Cream Cheese Banana Bread
- Irish Soda Bread
- Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread
- 2.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 4 Tbs baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 cups honey
- 1 cube 1/2 cup butter
- 2/3 cup milk skim or low fat is fine, I used 2%
- 4 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- Zest of one lemon
- nuts chocolate chips, coconut flakes (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350
- Mix dry ingredients together and set aside.
- In a mixer, or blender, mix together egg, honey, butter, milk, bananas, applesauce, and lemon zest. Use hand mixer to mix until smooth, or blend until smooth.
- Pour over dry ingredients, mix together by hand until incorporated
- At this point, stir in nuts, chocolate chips, coconut (if desired)
- Pour into 2 8.5 x 4.5 inch loaf pans sprayed with cooking spray
- Bake for approximiately 60 minutes, until a knife inserts in center comes out clean
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.