1/2cupdried cherries(optional, though leaving them out will require a name change)
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.