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Easy, Healthy Banana Bread

Try this soft, moist banana bread made with healthy ingredients like oats, applesauce, chia seeds and dates. This healthy banana bread is easy to make and with no added sugar, it is perfect for a healthy snack or light breakfast!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: healthy, lunchbox, Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 10
Calories: 286kcal


  • 3 bananas over-ripe (brown and spotty is best!)
  • 10 medjool dates pitted
  • cup applesauce (pureed apples)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup honey (this is optional. If you would prefer to leave out the honey, add a little more applesauce)
  • ½ cup oats rolled oats
  • 1 ¾ cup plain flour either white or wholemeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds


  • banana chips or extra banana slices to top.


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C° and line a small loaf tin with baking paper.
  • Place the wet ingredients (peeled bananas, medjool dates, applesauce, olive oil and honey) in a food processor or blender and blend until the dates break down and the mixture is smooth.
  • Place the remaining ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir.
  • Add the wet ingredients and mix until completely combined.
  • Add to the loaf tin and bake for around 45-50 minutes, or until the banana bread is completely cooked through. You can test the loaf by inserting a wooden skewer into the centre. If it comes out clean with a few crumbs stuck to it, the banana bread is ready.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool before slicing. Enjoy!


This banana bread is naturally sweetened with dates, applesauce and honey. The honey can be left out to reduce the sugar content, if preferred. 
Either plain white or wholemeal flours work in this recipe, depending on preference. 
Brown, spotty and soft bananas are best for this recipe- they give the banana bread a sweeter flavour.
Applesauce is a great substitute for egg in baking recipes and helps to hold the banana bread together. 


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg