Healthy, Kid-Friendly Banana Bread

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Tired of throwing out old bananas? This recipe is a moist, flavorful, and low-fat way to save those bananas and keep your kids coming back for more. No white sugar here. Good old maple syrup, non-fat Greek yogurt, and applesauce make great alternatives to the usual banana bread recipe!


  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup applesauce
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed, or more to taste
  • ½ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar, or to taste (Optional)
  • ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Coat an 11×7-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Whisk together applesauce and maple syrup in a large bowl. Add eggs and whisk until well blended. Add bananas, yogurt, and milk; mix until combined but still lumpy. Whisk in vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Fold flour mixture slowly into banana mixture with a large wooden spoon until fully combined. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Slice and serve.

Prep time: 15 mins / Cooking time: 50 mins / Total time: 1 hr 15 mins

Serving: 10 / Yield: 1 11×7-inch loaf

Calories: 152.9

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