Saturday, October 15, 2011

Healthy Happy Low Fat Banana Bread Recipe

Some time ago my husband was looking to bake a banana bread. In our household we try to eat healthy when and where we can,  avoiding highly processed foods and processed ingredients. We both love banana bread, and when my husband suggested that we make some we realized exactly how fattening and unhealthy a classic banana bread recipie is.

The same day my husband sought out and found a Low Fat Banana bread recipe that was "almost" there. He modified the indgredients but kept the simple recipe the way it was, hoping that perhaps we could create a well balanced,  healthy, low fat banana bread.

Well lo and behold! Not only did my husband find a nice low fat banana bread he certainly made it yummier. Simple to follow. Easy to make. Tasty to eat. I think you'll enjoy it. (I've noted hubby's mods down below where appropriate)


  • 2 large eggs - organic or non antibiotic,  grain fed works just great

  • 3/4 cup sugar - use brown sugar not white to keep things a little more real

  • 1 cup smashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium) - we use 4 -5 for some good banana richness

  • 1/3 cup buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil - we don't put this in and leave everything up to the buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract - try pure organic extract here

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour - we use whole wheat flour here

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt - we don't add salt (why salt in a banana bread? never made sense to us.)


    Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease 8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/2-inch pan; dust with flour. Using electric mixer; beat eggs and sugar in large bowl until thick and light, about 5 minutes. Mix in smashed bananas, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt over mixture; beat until just blended. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
    Bake bread until golden brown on top and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Turn bread out onto rack and cool.


    My husband took the original recipie and modified it to give our family a little lift into our stepwise approach into a healthy food lifestyle. This cake is to DIE for. Rich in banana flavour, and very addictive. When he makes them I always ask him to make two because one doesn't last the day.

    I strongly suggest you try out his modifications. Why not bake one of each and see which one tastes better. I'm sure you'll agree that our healthy alternative is a tasty alternative.

    Happy baking!


    1. Some things you might be able to substitute to make it even healthier...

      Some applesauce for the eggs
      Nonfat yogurt for the buttermilk
      Honey for the sugar
      Olive oil for the oil
      Add some ground up fiber cereal like Fiber One for the flour
      The salt sometimes is used to help the bread rise...but banana bread is yummy dense (I just ate some!)
      Adding some dried cranberries or dates
      Adding some chopped healthy nuts (walnuts, raw almonds, etc)

      Have fun baking!

    2. I'm going to give it a try! I've never put a tablespoon of vanilla into anything, I'll bet it's good!


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