Here’s my take on healthy low fat banana nut bread.
I especially love banana nut bread and have tried dozens of different banana bread recipes from simple to complicated through the years.
These days I’m having fun trying to make my favorite foods lighter and healthier and as simple as possible, without sacrificing flavor. Or texture – which can be a real problem when you try to decrease too much fat from baked goods.
This low fat banana bread recipe comes from an unexpected source. Not from my Weight Watchers cookbooks or Ellie Krieger cookbooks, but from my very first cookbook – The Fannie Farmer Cookbook by Marion Cunningham.
The Skinny on Low Fat Banana Nut Bread Recipe
Marion describes this low fat banana nut bread as pure and simple banana bread, heavy, moist and dark. And she is so right.
This recipe doesn’t call for any special ingredients usually associated with low fat baking. No egg whites. No applesauce. All the moisture necessary comes from lots of ripe mashed bananas. The only fat in the recipe comes from the egg yolks and walnuts – two very healthy sources of fat – in my opinion.
I tweaked the recipe slightly. Instead of using 2 cups of all-purpose flour, I used 1 cup all-purpose and 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour, which is finer in texture than regular whole wheat. I also swapped out 3/4 cup of sugar for 1/2 cup of light brown sugar and cut the amount of nuts in half.
For the best banana bread make sure your bananas are very very ripe.
I don’t think you’d ever guess that this banana nut bread is low fat. If you like moist and dense banana bread, you’re going to love this one.
I enjoyed a slice spread with peanut butter and topped with banana slices for breakfast this morning. Yum. It was one of the best peanut butter and banana sandwiches ever!
- 4 large ripe bananas, well mashed (1-3/4 cups)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the bananas and eggs together until they are well combined.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, whole wheat pastry flour, sugar, salt and baking powder until well combined.
- Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture, just until blended and then stir in the walnuts.
- Put the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it out evenly.
- Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove the loaf from the pan and let it cool completely on a wire rack.
My loaf took about 1 hour and 5 minutes to be done. It was still a little underdone at 1 hour.
This low fat banana bread is great warm or cooled, however you like it best.
Source: The Fannie Farmer Cookbook
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*PointsPlus® for this healthy low fat banana nut bread calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.