Fresh peaches, sweet cinnamon and cozy banana bread all come together for this delicious summertime treat!
Who else can’t get enough banana bread right now?! Because I feel like I’ve just been making one loaf after another… So I’m constantly trying to find new and exciting ways to vary it up. Cue in fresh summer produce! (Peaches to be exact! 😉 ) I still don’t know what possessed me to combine peaches and bananas together but whatever it was, I’m so glad that it did! This sweet cinnamon peach banana bread is a fun summery twist that delivers big time on flavor and is even a littler healthier for you too!
What makes this banana bread healthier?
Unlike most banana breads out there, this one is made with NO BUTTER and NO OIL and it’s completely REFINED SUGAR FREE too! (Minus the cinnamon sugar topping. 😉 ) That’s because I swapped out the butter and oil for unsweetened applesauce and replaced regular brown sugar for coconut sugar. But despite all of these healthier swaps, it’s still incredibly moist and is packed with so much banana and peachy flavor!
What can I use to replace the applesauce?
This original recipe called for butter but I replaced it with applesauce in order to cut back on the fat. I love using applesauce in my banana bread recipes because it adds a subtle sweetness and little moisture too to keep your bread from drying out. That being said, here are a few other options you could use instead:
- Peanut butter/almond butter
- Greek yogurt
- Coconut oil
Just remember that substituting one of these in place of the applesauce could lead to a different texture/taste of your banana bread.
What kind of peaches should I use?
Fresh peaches work the best for this healthier banana bread recipe! You can use canned or jarred peaches instead but just make sure to DRAIN THEM COMPLETELY otherwise you’ll end up with soggy bread! You can also leave the skin on if you’re using fresh peaches too!
Note: If you leave the skin on your peaches, it will turn purple/blue after the bread’s been baked. (I thought it made the bread so pretty though!)
Spread the fun!
Of course this bread is absolutely amazing just eaten on it’s own, but I always love playing around with different spreads too! Here are a few of my favorites for you to try.
- Cookie butter (My personal favorite)
- Peanut butter/almond butter
- Cream cheese (Makes it tastes like peaches and cream!)
Tips for making cinnamon peach banana bread
- Cover your bread with aluminum foil after 30 minutes of baking to prevent it from getting too brown on top. You can gently dome the foil over the bread. It doesn’t need to be pressed on tightly.
- Add 1 tsp of flour to your chopped peaches right before stirring them into your batter. This helps them to not sink to the bottom while the bread bakes.
- Line your baking tin with parchment paper and let some hang over the sides. This makes it easier to take the bread out of the pan because you just have to pull the paper up and out.
I hope you’re all having the best day loves and have some fun things planned for summer!
More banana recipes you might like:
- Banana Bread Brownies
- Banana Bread French Toast
- Cinnamon Banana Bread Bagels
- Banana Bread Coffee Cake Muffins
- Banana Pancake Donuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting
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Cinnamon Peach Banana Bread
For the bread:
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup mashed banana
- 1 cup peaches, diced (About 2 peaches, skin on is ok)
- Thinly sliced peaches, for the top
For the topping:
- 2 Tbsp white sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×5 loaf tin with parchment paper. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and set it aside.
- Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Set it aside. In a larger bowl, whisk the egg, coconut sugar, applesauce, vanilla and banana together until fully combined. Add your flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in your peaches.
- Pour the batter into your prepared loaf tin and sprinkle some cinnamon sugar over the top. Top with extra peach slices if using. Bake for 50-60 minutes. (Check the bread at 30 minutes to see if the top is too brown. You may need to cover it with aluminium foil while it continues to bake to prevent it from burning.)
- Once the bread is done, take it out of the tin and let it cool completely. Then serve and enjoy!