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Healthy Banana Bread (Lightened Up, Low Calorie!)

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I’m a sucker for baked goods. Especially for things that sound healthy but aren’t: banana bread, zucchini bread, muffins, scones … so, so yummy, I dream of that freshly baked smell when I’m craving something indulgent for breakfast.

Of course, I rarely sit down and enjoy an entire piece of banana bread, because those suckers can run you up to 450-500 calories and 35-40g sugar for just ONE piece (that’s more sugar and double the calories than a regular sized Milky Way Bar!)

Ridiculous, right?

I thought so too. So I went in search for the perfect, healthy banana bread recipe: one that was lower in sugar and calories than the original, but tasted just as good.

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I was inspired by this recipe from SkinnyTaste which completely fit the bill. I modified it slightly to make it even healthier, but it still turned out great.

Moist, light, fluffy and just slightly sweet – it’s the perfect addition to your morning coffee, your afternoon tea, or just for a healthy snack or end-of-the-day treat!

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The Ingredients

  • 7 ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or oat flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Olive oil spray

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The Directions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 8×5 inch loaf pans (or 1 9×9 baking pan) with olive oil spray. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

Step 2: In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer (you can also use a food processor for this). Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl (or the food processor container)

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Step 3: Add flour mixture and walnuts, then blend at low speed until combined. (You can also do this in a large bowl). Do not over mix.

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Step 4: Pour batter into pan(s) and bake on the center rack for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Step 5: Let the banana bread cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

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If you use one 9×9 pan, this recipe will give you 16 huge slices, or 32 normal sized slices. If you use the loaf pans, this recipe will yield 26 slices.

The husband, who can be very critical of baked goods, thought this recipe tasted great. And Layla gobbled it up like it was the best thing she had ever eaten! 🙂

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Healthy Banana Bread (Low Calorie!)

Banana bread can pack in a lot of fat and sugar. I prefer to lighten things up and enjoy a generous slice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32 slices
Calories: 102

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 8×5 inch loaf pans (or 1 9x9 baking pan) with olive oil spray. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer (you can also use a food processor for this). Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl (or the food processor container)
  • Add flour mixture and walnuts, then blend at low speed until combined. (You can also do this in a large bowl). Do not over mix.
  • Pour batter into pan(s) and bake on the center rack for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let the banana bread cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

Notes

Adapted from SkinnyTaste
If you use one 9x9 pan, this recipe will give you 16 huge slices, or 32 normal sized slices. If you use the loaf pans, this recipe will yield 26 slices. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.2g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Sodium: 45.5mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 8g

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12 responses to “Healthy Banana Bread (Lightened Up, Low Calorie!)”

  1. This recipe sounds amazing! My husband loves banana bread but I was always upset about the amount of sugar that is in it! This has just the right things that would blend perfectly together. My dad also loves banana bread, but I never found a recipe that has walnuts in it and it didn’t get dry! Thanks for this post!

    • Hi Katie! Aw yay! I can’t wait for you to try this recipe — the banana bread turns out to be super moist, and seriously tastes just as good as the traditional recipe 🙂 Let me know how you and your husband and dad like it!

  2. hey!! i tried this it comes out so yummy!! Thanks for sharing! Looking for more sugar free recipes if you have them!

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