Jaimie's Famous Fat-Free Banana Bread

Jaimie Flagg, VP, Group Account Director

I started working for Up With People, an international, educational nonprofit organization, right after school. I travelled every 3-6 weeks to a different city in North America. This recipe was given to me by a host family I lived with in Farmington, ME. I loved the idea that the recipe called for applesauce instead of shortening, therefore making it fat free. The applesauce also makes the bread so moist. I started adding chocolate chips. It was so good and extremely easy to make. It turned into my "go-to" recipe for every occasion. Maddy, my 11-year-old says I’ve made it "a billion" times. She started helping me years ago and now she bakes it herself.

If you are a fan of banana bread, you will have to try this one. Enjoy!


  • 3 bananas
  • ½ cup applesauce (if sweetened, then half sugar)
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Mash bananas.
  2. Mix all ingredients together. Add chocolate chips.
  3. Grease muffin or loaf pan and bake 35–45 minutes at 350°F. Check with toothpick. Enjoy!