Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Light Hawaiian Banana Bread

My mom has written on this recipe that she first made it in 1996 and that my sister likes it :-) Back then, that meant the recipe was a keeper (my sister was a little picky bird eater when she was young).

I happen to agree that this recipe is very tasty. Light, moist and yummy. Enjoy!

Light Hawaiian Banana Bread - Mom

3/4 C sugar
1 T butter
1/3 C applesauce
3 mashed bananas (about 1 C)
1 egg + 1 egg white
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 C white whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Cream together sugar, butter, and applesauce. Then, blend in the bananas, eggs and vanilla.

Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Fold into the banana bread mixture until just combined.

Then, pour into a grease 9x5 loaf pan (or two smaller ones).

Sprinkle the top with coarse sugar, if desired.

Bake at 350 for 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

Allow to cool for ~5 minutes in the bread pan, and then remove to cool on a wire wrack.

I don't know about you, but I love a crunchy top on my bread... to preserve this wonderful feature, my sister told me to simply wrap the bottom of your loaf in tinfoil, partially up to the top, but leave the top exposed to the air to maintain the crunch :) That's my kitchen tip for today!

This post is also linked to:
Foodie Friday
Ingredient Spotlight


  1. This recipe makes a beautiful bread. The applesauce and banana combination sound GREAT!!!

  2. GREAT tip on the bread tops!! Thank you!! :)

    When I store muffins, I usually put them in a container and leave the lid loose... soggy quick breads are so much less enjoyable than fresh crispy-topped ones!! :)


  3. Wow! That looks devine! I like the crunchy crust also so thanks for the tip! Can't wait to try it.

  4. Just what I needed for the two "dying" bananas on the counter:) I love that it has so little fat and that it still looks so nicely rise. I am curious why it is called Hawaiian--i thought it may have some exotic fruit like pineapple, but I am glad it does not since I do not have that on hand:)
    Glad you had a good time with your family! The pics make me jealous of those kinds of times, hehe... But we also aim to go home for Christmas so that will be soon!

  5. Have you ever froze this? I would like to make some mini loaves for Christmas.

  6. This looks really tasty. I love a crunchy top so thanks for the tip.

  7. This sounds so good. Crunchy tops make the bread.
    vickie @ cooking with vickie

  8. My little brother was the picky eater in our house and my mom also made little notations on recipes that he would like! Enjoyed that memory!!! Also that looks so delicious!!! Thanks for sharing and have a great Foodie Friday! (Come see my Norwegian Fruit Bread recipe.)

  9. Ahhh help I'm in the middle of making this and I'm confused do I add baking soda or baking powder. Please help quick

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  11. Thanks got it! I can't wait till it's done. You have
    a wonderful gift thanks for sharing it with us.
    You inspire me to cook healthy meals for my
    family. Thank you soo much.
    I'm not a blogger but hope to blog some day.

  12. @ Elaine -

    I'm so glad you're finding recipes here you enjoy :) Thanks for the encouragement. Hope you liked the bread!


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