Can you believe that this was my first time making banana bread? Me neither. I’ve eaten it plenty of times and love it, but definitely couldn’t tell you my grandma’s recipe, if she even has a recipe. After some research and seeing all of the proclaimed “healthy banana bread” recipes that have a ton of sugar, I decided that I needed to create my own healthy banana bread.
This one is low in calories, fat and sugar, meaning that you can spread on some nut butter or nutella if you really wanted to without breaking the bank. Eat it for breakfast, snack time or for an after dinner treat! My healthy banana bread is a little over 100 calories per slice with 5 grams of sugar.
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged (huge no no in the bloggy world) and that’s because I’ve been studying like crazy for the NASM test and honestly, I don’t have too much else to tell you. We are staying with my parents for the time being until our two vacations are over and really, there isn’t much to do here (on the plus side, there are little distractions). I’m almost done with my test preparations and have about 20 days left to study. I might just take it early to get it over with!
But baking is a nice break. Everyone enjoys it, including me. And Buddy. Can you spot the photo bomber in the background? I didn’t know dogs liked banana bread but his nose was going like crazy.
Anyways, this healthy option uses 3 nicely overripe bananas (you can see I need some more practice mushing them), almond milk to cut down on the calories, a little bit of applesauce and sugar-free maple syrup for sweetness, and whole wheat pastry flour and oats for staying power. I added cinnamon and ground cloves to give it a little more spice and two teaspoons of vanilla, because if you have one teaspoon you might as well add another.
- 3 large overripe bananas
- ⅓ cup sugar-free maple syrup
- ¼ cup no sugar added applesauce
- 1 egg white
- ¾ cup almond milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- Prepare a 9 inch loaf pan by lining with parchment or spraying with cooking oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Mash bananas and combine liquid ingredients in a large bowl
- Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium bowl
- Add dry to wet and stir until just combined then pour into prepared loaf pan
- Bake for 50-60 minutes
Recipe modified from Ambitious Kitchen