Low Fat Banana Bread!

Friday, May 31, 2013


When you wake up on a cool Summertime morning and it's raining outside, making banana bread is a necessity. Is there a better way to spend your time?


As if I needed any more incentive to make Banana Bread, my Mom just finished the last cookie from her batch of chocolate chip cookies. She decided it was time to move on from her favorite cookies for a while. She wanted something lighter, low fat, and summery. 


I had a new mission for that cool rainy morning: Make a healthy, low fat banana bread.


Have you ever tried to find a healthy banana bread recipe? You'll either find one with ingredients that you probably don't have at home or one that claims to be healthy with 2 cups of sugar on the ingredients list.  Um, what happened to normal Banana Bread that was bananas and bread combined without enough sugar and butter to rival that in cookies and cake?


Think about it. The person who invented the 'Original Banana Bread' was probably a genius. They loved bananas and bread as much as I do, so they probably decided one day that it would be if they combined them. They then probably combined the two without 2 cups of sugar and shortening.


I decided to go back to something similar to the 'Original Banana Bread' by creating something that was a light, low sugar, low fat bread. I wanted to create a bread that boasted more bananas than sugar but still had that comfort food taste of the full fat banana bread.


Somehow, I created just what I wanted to. It's so healthy, that you can even add a spoonful or 10 of chocolate chips. If you were wondering whether you should make this or not, that should be the tipping point.




 Low Fat Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 1-1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • baking spray

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°. 
  • Grease an 8x5 inch loaf pan with baking spray.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda with a whisk. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with a mixer. 
  • Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. 
  • Add flour/dry ingredient mixture, then blend at a low speed until everything is combined. 
  • Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the batter comes out clean. (I insert in the center)
  • I let my pan cool for a couple of hours because I made it in the afternoon, but I would let it cool at least 15-25 minutes before slicing.



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  1. Ahh the final product of your overripe banana experiment! This bread looks delicious!! Baking on a gloomy day is the best!

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    1. Thank you! :) Isn't it though? I just love banana bread!

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  2. That seriously looks so good, I just want to dip that in my morning coffee.

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  3. You know, I see a lot of banana bread recipes, but this one makes me reeeeealllly want to make it! Looks delish ;)

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    1. Aw thanks Jessie! I just had to make it!

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  4. Yum! I love banana bread! I want some right now!

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    1. I wish I could virtually give you some! :)

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    1. Thank you! It tasted pretty stellar.

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  6. That bread looks really good!!! I LOVE a good, healthy, low-sugar banana bread! Great looking recipe, girl! :)

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    1. Me too! I also added some chocolate chips, so sneaky! Thank you Karey!

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  7. That bread turned out great. It looks so good!

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    1. Aw thanks Jessie! It tasted amazing! ah!

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  8. This loaf looks like such a great texture! I haven't done much baking with bananas but I know my sister loves banana bread so I will have to share this recipe! :)

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    1. I hadn't really done too much with bananas either until this bread. I'm SO glad I did now! You'll have to let me know if your sister tries it!

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  9. Banana bread is so comforting! This looks amazing :)

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    1. Isn't it? With a cup of tea it's perfect on a rainy day! Thank you!

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  10. these are such good recipes... loving your blog :) do you know if there´s a way to replace the sugar with sweetener?

    thanksss xx

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    1. You should be able to replace the sugar with equal amounts of Splenda/ whatever sweetner you want! Later on today I'm posting a banan bread with 1/4 cup of sugar (which could also be replaced!) that you might like too!

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  11. Hi! This looks incredible. Is there any way to replace apple sauce? Thank you!

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    1. You could use nut butter or oil! Or any other fruit puree! I've never tried any of those, but I"m sure they would work!

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