Easy Banana Bread

Breakfast & Brunch, Recipes, Sweet Treats

When I was in college I lost some weight on Weight Watchers. The program was excellent and I saw the results I wanted but looking back, my diet consisted almost entire of highly processed foods full of chemicals in attempt to eat fewer calories.

I participated in a community message board where I, along with a group of women all losing or maintaining weight, would post our daily menus for accountability.

At first I was embarrassed that I relied on this anonymous Internet support to keep my diet under control, but eventually I realized that I was picking up valuable weight loss tips, healthy recipes, and as a result I participated in the group for several years. It was this group that finally led me to a perfect, easy banana bread recipe.


In my opinion, the healthiest foods and recipes have real ingredients in additiob to a lot of flavor.

Sometimes people equate food as being healthy as a result of being “low calorie.” Though that’s certainly true in some cases, it can be the opposite for foods that have been chemically altered in order for calorie reduction.

If real, natural food is available to me, I’ll almost certainly choose that in a smaller portion to compensate for high fat or calorie content.

This banana bread is probably one of the few recipes that swaps out fat without also adding artificial ingredients.

The recipe uses real sugar, applesauce, egg whites,  fat-free milk and of course, banana, to deliver a whole lot of flavor in one of the moistest banana breads I’ve ever had.

Perfect to bake on a Saturday morning and enjoy in addition to a hot cup of coffee.

The Recipe


Easy Banana Bread
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Recipe type: Sweet Treats, Breakfast and Bruncbh
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Serves: 8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1-1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large bananas, sliced into coins
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free skim milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1-3/4 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Cream together applesauce in addition to sugar. Add bananas and milk. Mix well until combined; add egg whites and continue to blend.
  3. Mix together, slowly adding flour, baking soda, powder, salt and nutmeg. Mix until almost entirely combined, there may still be some dry spots of flour mixture.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F; turn oven down to 325 degrees F and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes

Did you notice that it seems like I have been posting more frequently than usual week? Because it’s an opportunity to celebrate of National Novel Writing Month, some bloggers choose to commemorate November with the same idea in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). I’ve challenged myself to post daily this month and therefore,  hope that you’ll challenge yourselves to read them all!

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    cait l
    July 14, 2010 at 11:59 am

    try using whole wheat flour to make this even healthier!

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    Carissa
    November 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    oh my, I love bananas in all forms (au natural, sliced on top of cereal, in fro yo/ice cream, in a crepe with nutella, you catch my drift…) but I LOVE banana bread. the only thing I would maybe miss in this recipe is the nuts– would adding some walnuts make it that bad for you? 🙂

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    kate
    November 7, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I would love to try this recipe. Most banana bread, and quick breads in general have A LOT of fat in them, and I guess I just think too strongly that it doesn’t have to be that way. You can get a great deal of flavor without all that fat. Thanks for showing us how!

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    Paula
    November 7, 2009 at 9:18 am

    This looks delicious but I have a bit of a banana allergy, so I’m wondering if I could substitute the banana for something else…

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    Christina
    November 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Aw I just made a much more unhealthy banana bread. Wish you had posted this sooner!

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    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    November 6, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Applesauce is one of the great substitute ingredients in baking. I’m not a big fan of banana bread, but this one looks too good to pass up.

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    Daryl
    November 6, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    looks so moist!

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    Nutmeg Nanny
    November 6, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I like WW too, but found I was save my points so I could eat sweets and would not use them on valuable fruit, vegetables and dairy products. I eventually realized this and switched to the core plan instead of the points plan.
    Now onto the bread. Looks moist and delicious which is great:) Usually I fail at making banana bread but this recipe looks like a winner!

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