Whole Wheat Banana Bread

With a few simple substitutions, this high-fibre alternative offers all the flavour and moistness of the original.

Makes: 1 loaf
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate


  • 200 g (1⅔ cup) whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 135 g (⅔ cup) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 55 g (¼ cup) butter spread
  • 80 ml (⅓ cup) skimmed milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel
  • 2 bananas, peeled, halved
  • 65 g (¼ cup) applesauce
  • 80 g (⅔ cup) chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Spray an 8 1/2-inch x 4 1/2-inch (21.25 cm x 11.25 cm) loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium-size bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place egg, sugar, butter spread, milk, lemon peel, bananas, and applesauce into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  4. Select Variable 1.
  5. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 5.
  6. Blend for 10-15 seconds or until mixed.
  7. Pour batter into dry ingredients and mix gently by hand to combine.
  8. Stir nuts into batter, reserving some to sprinkle on top.
  9. Bake for 60 minutes or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.


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