Cherry Walnut Banana Bread
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5 from 4 votes

Cherry-Walnut Banana Bread

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Bread, Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 12
Calories: 186kcal
Author: Susan Voisin


  • 3 over-ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 ounces unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup dark sugar (brown sugar, if you have it; I used demerara sugar)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries (optional, though leaving them out will require a name change)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (see above


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • In a large bowl, mash the bananas  with the lemon juice and add apple sauce and sugar. Stir well to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, and stir just until the mixture is well-combined.
  • Spray or wipe a loaf pan with oil or use a silicon loaf pan. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan and bake until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.


Fat-free quickbreads like this really benefit from being allowed to cool completely, which is why they often taste better the next day. The crust, which is chewier than breads with oil, will gather moisture and softness over time. Ignore the tempting aroma; pleasure delayed will be pleasure multiplied.
Nutrition data below includes walnuts and cherries. Without walnuts: 154 calories, 5 calories from fat, <1g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 210.9mg sodium, 209.1mg potassium, 36.6g carbohydrates, 3.7g fiber, 12.6g sugar, 3.3g protein, 2.4 points.
Without cherries: Deduct 23 calories per serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3.7g | Sodium: 211mg | Fiber: 3.7g | Sugar: 13g