Reduced Sugar Apple Banana Bread

Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Because Halloween is just around the corner, yes I know it been a poor show on the blog this year. I am subliminally making more reduced sugar treats. Then, of course, Halloween is followed by two months of parties and pure indulgence. I feel like I am prepping my waistline for the onslaught with thisย Reduced Sugar Apple Banana Bread. I am not complaining about it because this bread is packed full of tart apple flavour, warming spices and of course sweet banana.


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Apple & Spice


I used a big ol’ Brambly cooking apple for this recipe. They are tart in flavour and cook up wonderfully. But I have a feeling this may be a British thing, so if you have no access to brambly’s then any tart apple will do. I would recommend Granny Smiths as a replacement, just grate it up including the skin and throw it in.


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I used a combination of cinnamon, allspice and a touch of nutmeg for this reduced sugar apple banana bread. All three spices imparted a lovely warming flavour to the bread. None of them was overpowering and each one compliments all the flavours perfectly.


Reduced Sugar.


Like my last reduced sugar bread, Reduced Sugar Strawberry Banana Breadย I halved the sugar from my more traditional banana bread and used fruits to sweeten it up. Even though the apple I used was tart it still imparts a natural sweetness to the bread. I even made this bread onetime using coconut sugar if you wish to step away from refined sugars altogether. I preferred it with the light brown sugar I used as coconut sugar is not as sweet and I am a certified sugar addict. With either sugar, I really did enjoy it. And because it really isn’t too sweet I had no guilty feeling filling my face with this reduced sugar apple banana bread for breakfast 😇🍏🍌


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Other ingredients.


Everything else in this reduced sugar apple banana bread is as you would expect it to be. Flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, milk, mashed banana and oil. I used olive oil but use a cheaper oil like vegetable, canola, rapeseed if it’s easier for you. Any type of plain flavourless light oil will do. Vegetable, rapeseed or canola oil will work perfectly. Other then that welcome to mine and hopefully your new breakfast obsession.


Reduced Sugar Apple Banana Bread - a lighter healthier quick bread, flavoured with apple and banana. |

Reduced Sugar Apple Banana Bread Recipe |

Reduced Sugar Apple Banana Bread

Reduced Sugar Apple Banana Bread is a healthier version of banana bread, using apple and banana to naturally sweeten the bread. Lightly spiced using cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 1 two pound loaf
Author: Emma


  • 250 grams plain / all purpose flour (2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 100 grams light brown sugar (1/2 cup - lightly packed)
  • 60 millilitres olive oil (1/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 30 millilitres milk (1/8 cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 medium ripe bananas - mashed
  • 1 large brambly apple - grated


  • Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4 and lightly grease or line a 2 pound loaf tin. Place it to one side.
  • In a small bowl add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Gently whisk it all together until everything is well combined.
  • In a larger mixing bowl add in the sugar, oil, vanilla, milk, eggs, mashed banana and grated apple and mix everything together.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and with a gentle hand mix until everything is combined.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared tin and pop it into your hot oven.
  • If you have a fast oven check your bread at the 40 to 45 minute mark. Insert a pick and if it comes out clean then your bread is done. If not pop it back into the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Once fully baked take you loaf out of the oven and allow it to sit in its hot tin for 10 minutes to firm up. Then take it out and place it on a wire rack to fully cool down to room temperature.
  • Kept in an airtight tin this bread will be good for 4 to 5 days. This bread also freezes well and will keep for 3 months. Defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight.


  • I used light brown sugar but coconut sugar works well if you wish to stay away from refined sugars altogether.
  • Any kind of milk can be used, I almost always use unsweetened almond, but cows, rice, soya, coconut all work here.
  • I used olive oil but any light flavourless oil can be used - vegetable, sunflower, rapeseed or canola.
  • If you want to eat half now and freeze half then you can. Slice the remaining loaf up and wrap each slice well and pop them in the freezer, then just take a slice out when you want it. Use within 3 months.
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  1. Absolutely loving this reduced sugar apple banana bread recipe. I love how pretty this looks. Never had this combo in a bread, but I am sure it tastes so delish. Would love to give it a try sometime.

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    • Apple pairs really well with banana, well worth a try sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. It’s an interesting cake I’d like to try it (I just ate like 5 min ago a very sweet cupcake I’ve made yday so I won’t mind “sugar-reduced content” ^^ !) Very nice ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Thank you, sometimes less sugar is a good thing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. What a delicious bread you created, love the combo of bananas and apples, pure genius.

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  4. Love banana bread and how clever to add apples to the mix – still have plenty of apples from our garden so this recipe comes just at the right time ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!

    Miriam x

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    • Cooking apples are perfect for this bread Miriam and it freezes well so I am sure you will manage to get through some of those beauties from your garden ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. Love quick breads, and apple and banana are my favorite ingredients to include in one. This looks terrific — and I need all the healthy stuff I can find! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much.

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    • Thanks, John. Apple and banana work great together in this bread.

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  6. Since I can’t cut back on sugar completely less always work for me. I am loving this apple bread.

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    • Lol I am the same Balvinder. I could never completely quit, so I try to compensate and cut down a little every now and again.

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  7. i love the way this bread looks! it’s soft enough to rest your face on but sturdy enough to hold onto some butter–bravo!

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    • Thanks, Grace ๐Ÿ˜€ the crumb on this one was absolutely perfect soft and fluffy!

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  8. i love how crusty and crunchy that top looks! making reduced sugar things sounds like a good idea, since thanksgiving is almost a month away (crazy to think it’s almost that time of year again!).

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    • I know!!! I am glad I am not the only one who is surprised that the end of the year will soon be upon us!

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  9. Hahaha I am right there with you! I feel like the next few months are so indulgent I need to prepare myself now! Loving this recipe though! SO perfect for Autumn and it comes with a lack of sugary guilt which I am all for!!

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    • Thanks, Ruby. I agree the Autumn / Winter season seems to be all about eating and the weight just seems to pile on! So any excuse to still have my cake and have less sugar, I’m all into it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. I can imagine that this would be a very popular recipe with so many people looking for low sugar eats! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • It does take some of the guilt away Lorraine ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. I love a good apple bread and one without all the sugar is even better! I’d definitely love a couple slices for breakfast!

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  12. Haha! I totally feel like I need to diet right now in preparation for the holidays :). This bread sounds DELICIOUS!

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    • Thanks Kelsie, I know, I completely need to watch myself so I can treat myself over Christmas and not feel guilty lol.

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  13. I bet grating the apple in this bread makes it really moist. This time of the year is always a pleasure but also a waistline challenge. Glad to see your bread is the healthier version.

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    • It certainly is a challenge to keep the waistline in check!

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  14. Recently, I made some banana bread using organic sugar and it tastes a lot better than the processed sugar you buy.

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    • Hi Ruth, I agree organic produce really does taste better.

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  15. I have never used apples in banana bread before…this sounds delicious. I love the idea of freezing and eating for breakfast during the week when mornings are so rushed that you sometimes don’t have a chance to eat breakfast.Going to love baking and keeping for breakfast for the week ahead.Great recipe… love it

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    • Hi Ashika, apples are great in banana bread, it helps to keep it moist! I love slicing quick breads up and freezing them and using them for a quick breakfast or mid morning snack as they defrost in my handbag!

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  16. Don’t like overly sweet treats, so less sugar is always better for me. The quick bread looks so moist and delicious, Emma.

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    • Thank you Angie, I like the fact it really isn’t sweet and that it is great for breakfast.

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