Low Fat Banana Bread

Hi Everyone! Yesterday was Labor Day here in the US, which meant a wonderful long weekend! The most unbelievably thing happened, Houstonians actually enjoyed a relatively mild Sunday and Monday, the highs were in the low 90’s! We took advantage of the weather and got to enjoy sitting outdoors for a while, people watching and having a snow cone can be very entertaining!

Little girl wanted to do some fun activities while she was out of school on Monday, I couldn’t think of any crafty things to do, so baking was the next thing on our agenda. There were some frozen bananas in the freezer that I’ve been wanting to use, though after so many attempts of making banana breads and never been that successful at it, I was not sure whether this was going to be the best idea. I decided to look for something healthier, which normally means less tastier, but who knew this recipe actually turned out to be a big winner! Instead of butter I used apple sauce, which made the bread real moist and tasty. After the initial tasting and photo taking, I devour a second piece quickly while telling myself it’s really not big of deal since it’s so low in fat. Haha, Hooray to healthy recipes!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large ripe mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup soy milk (can substitute for milk or water)
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray one 9x5x3 inch loaf pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and margarine or apple sauce until smooth and creamy. Beat in the eggs, soy milk and bananas with the sugar mixture until it is well blended.
  3. Mix in the flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar just until the mixture is moistened. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to blend all ingredients.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degree C) for about 60 minutes. Bread is done when the top is firm to the touch and a golden brown color. Time will vary according to loaf size and oven type. When bread is removed from oven, allow it to cool on it’s side for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool on a rack. This bread is also excellent if you add mini chocolate chips or small fruit pieces to the mix just before baking.

Adapted from All Recipes

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. lyntrinix says:

    Looks fantastic and the idea of using soy milk just seems so ‘Mmmm” delicious!
    Apple sauce makes the bread moist.. that tastes like cake? I’m so curious coz I’ve never bake bread before. lol
    Btw, recently, my cousin-in-law just baked a bread using the RICE COOKER! She said it tasted great. She gave me the link to watch in You-tube. It’s just so amazing! But needs very long time tho… 2 times 60/90mins of fermentation of dough and 3times 60mins of ‘baking’ in the rice cooker. Just by looking at the mins, I’m already too tired to try it! lol

    1. Jeno says:

      Yes, apple sauce instead of butter does the trick! I do think it makes the bread more spongy and not as cake like, which is just fine, as long as I don’t feel as guilty eating it!
      Using Rice Cooker to bake? That’s so interesting! I just read up people use Slow Cooker to “bake”, gonna have to give it a try one of those day… I don’t usually bake because I try not to have sugary/carby treats at home, too hard to resist!

  2. Apple sauce and soy milk! That’s something I want to add next time I make banana bread. I used to make once a week but I’ve been so busy I realized I haven’t made for over..4-6 months?! It’s about time to try some new way to make banana bread. Your banana bread is so moist and delicious looking Cindy!!!

    1. Jeno says:

      4-6 months?! I don’t blame you Nami, meanwhile you have been making all kinds of other yummy treats for the family! I think using alternative ingredients does make the banana bread more spongy and less rich, but Trini and I are both very happy with the results this time around, if you do find the time to make it, let me know your thoughts please!

  3. Juliana says:

    Yummie! Your banana bread looks delicious, and even better for being low fat, so I can have an extra slice.
    Hope you are having a great week Jeno πŸ™‚

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Juliana! Thank you! Personally I am not a big fan of bananas, but when they come in bread/cake form, I can’t get enough of them!

      Saw your lemon chiffon cake, oh my!!!!! I love how light it looks, can’t wait to go through your website to see more of your creations! Do you have a FaceBook fan page? I tried to subscribe to your blog via RSS but an error happened, I’d love to keep up with your recipes!

  4. Sissi says:

    Jeno, you cake really looks perfect: moist, light, low-fat and using leftover bananas (I seem to have leftover, dying bananas all the time).
    I also sometimes bake an apple sauce cake and I agree this is a great way to avoid butter or other fats (or at least lower their amounts).

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you Sissi! Do you have any great apple sauce cake recipes I should attempt to bake?

  5. Sissi says:

    I have one recipe I took from an American cookery book. Maybe I’ll simply post it one day? I have already taken photos to do it anyway… I will try to do it quickly!

    1. Jeno says:

      Yay! I can’t wait!

  6. Mmmm I love banana bread! Can’t wait to try this low fat version.

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Katherine! We were surprised at how well this low fat version turned out, especially for a non-banana lover like me. Hope you will like it also!

  7. Yay for a long weekend! And mmmm, this looks nice! I’ve never made a banana bread, but I think I’ll venture on a no-sugar-brown-rice-mashed-banana concoction one day … πŸ˜‰

    1. Jeno says:

      I am not a big fan of bananas, though when they are in bread form, the strong taste subsides, all that I taste is the delicious carbiness! Your idea sounds intriguing, hope you do make it one day!

      1. I’m not a big fan of bananas either, but when their taste somewhat disappears in a banana bread, it’s one more reasons to try it! πŸ™‚

  8. bakingdevils says:

    Wow! that is indeed a very healthy looking recipe…bananas are so good for you and since I am not a big fan of this fruit, banana bread is the way to go…wonder of addition of cream of tartar does to this….lovely recipe…

    -Shilpa

    1. Jeno says:

      Hello Shilpa! Thank you for the kind words! I think my dislike of bananas started back at Taiwan, growing up my Mom would tell us it’s not OK to drink water after eating bananas (Chinese people believed it would cause some kind of discomfort), and since bananas are dry, I would get thirsty eating them, and not being able to take a drink of water made the whole experience quite unpleasant… I just checked out your website with Jenny, there are so many yummy postings! Will have to go through them and see what I can make!

  9. Malli says:

    Love the look of your moist delicious Banana bread and the best part is that it is Low Fat…more for me:)

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you Malli for visiting my little blog! I really did enjoy making that particular banana bread after so many failed attempts. Please let me know how it turns out if you ever decide to make it! Have a good day.

  10. Christy says:

    This is one GREAT recipe….low fat banana bread just sounds appealing to all the health conscious out there!:) Love it πŸ˜€

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Christy! Welcome back to the blog world and congrats on your marriage!!! I have been slacking off lately, a bit stressed at work and can’t bring myself to focus on documenting my food journey except some updates on FaceBook. Looking forward to read more posting from your wedding!

  11. What a wonderful recipe….
    Soy milk and apple sauce makes it so much healthy, I need to make it soon…
    My kids adore Banana bread, this will be soo good.

    1. Jeno says:

      Hello Reem! I hope you will give this recipe a try and let me know how it turns out for you and your family!

  12. Are you going to be back? πŸ™‚

    1. Jeno says:

      Yes Kath! Definitely! I am actually testing out a crock pot recipe for tonight’s dinner. I have been posting some photos on Weeknite Meals’s FB page, but haven’t had a chance to post here for a while. Work has been stressing me out a bit and I have not been inspired to blog… Sorry about the lack of activities!

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