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Video:How to Make Low-Calorie Banana Bread

with Jenn Christian

Low-calorie banana bread is a delicious alternative to the full calorie version. Watch this About.com video to see instruction for baking this banana bread at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Low-Calorie Banana Bread

Hi, I'm Jenn with About.com, and today we're going to bake low-calorie banana bread using ingredients from About.com's low-calorie cooking site.

About Low-Calorie Banana Bread

Banana bread is quick to assemble and with just a few tweaks to the traditional recipe, it's quite a healthy snack, as well.  To lighten up our bread, we've reduced the amount of sugar and butter in the traditional recipe and added unsweetened applesauce for moisture and sweetness.  We're also going to boost the fiber content by throwing in some whole wheat flour, too.

Ingredients for Low-Calorie Banana Bread

For low-calorie banana bread, you will need:                

  • ¼ cup of sugar
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  • 2 Tablespoons of butter, softened
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  • 1 large egg, beaten
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  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
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  • 1 cup (or 3 small) ripe bananas, mashed
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  • ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
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  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
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  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
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  • ¼ teaspoon salt
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  • And cooking spray

Instructions for Making Low-Calorie Banana Bread

I suggest using the ripest ones you can find for this recipe; slightly over-ripe bananas will make for the sweetest bread. Begin by preheating your oven to 350. In a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and mix at medium speed until thoroughly combined, or about 3 minutes.  (This can also be done by hand, if you prefer.) Next, add the egg and apple sauce and continue to beat for another 2 minutes.  Fold in the bananas.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, wheat flour, baking soda, and salt, making sure to distribute the salt throughout the mixture.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, ½ cup at a time, waiting each time for the flour to become completely incorporated before adding more.

Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray, and pour the batter into the pan.  Bake at 350 for 50 minutes to an hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow the bread to cool before serving.

For other great ways to kick the flavor up a notch without spiking the calorie count, try adding lemon zest, vanilla, or cinnamon to the batter just before pouring it into your loaf pan.

One loaf of our low-calorie banana bread will give you ten servings with only 100 calories each, so bake a loaf on Sunday and have a healthy snack to enjoy all week long.

Thanks for watching.  For more tips on how to make your favorite recipes a little healthier, check out About.com.

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