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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!)

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.

Nutritional Info Per Serving (for 32 slices, serving size 1 slice): 102 Calories, 3.5g Fat (1.1g Saturated) 45.5mg Sodium, 18.2g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 8g Sugar, 2.2g Protein

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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  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)
  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.
  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.
  5. Let the banana bread cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

Notes

Adapted from SkinnyTaste

http://www.pickyeaterblog.com/healthy-banana-bread-lightened-up-low-calorie/

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13 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. […] I read lots of other blogs and that’s where I get lots of my own food inspiration. With next week being school holidays, I’d love to try building these Carrot and Runner Bean Towers from A Mummy Too with my daughter. Or as we’ll be out and about quite a bit, this recipe for Homemade Museli Flapjacks form Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary could come in handy! This recipe for Ten Minute Mango Pancakes from Deliciously Ella looks perfect for slightly lazier than normal mornings. Finally, as a big fan of banana bread, I’d love to try this healthy version from The Picky Eater. […]

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