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Lean Recipes: A Super Tasty Sugar-free Skinny Banana Bread Recipe

By Rob Poulos...

On Sunday mornings, Grandma loved to make mashed potatoes, creamed corn, turkey, and her famous banana bread after a quick Catholic Mass.  And it was so, so good.  Sitting at the family table, she quietly combined the buttermilk, flour, nuts, and mashed bananas into a large, metal bowl before plopping it in the oven for 45 minutes–and oh, the smell was so divine–before serving it with a slice of butter.  You couldn’t get enough of it, honestly.  You even asked for seconds.

Back to Earth now, you’re no longer that little kid waiting for dessert after Sunday Mass.  In fact, you’re pretty old–and plump.

Grandma’s famous banana bread would taste good now, but you’re on a diet.

How to Make Skinny Banana Bread

For diet-conscious bakers, the traditional banana bread recipe won’t do–it’s filled with sugar and fat, which don’t necessarily lend to a healthy diet.  So for this recipe, you’ll need to make some changes.

What to do without: If modifying your own family recipe, look for ingredients that contain either fat or sugar.  Once you do, ask yourself, “Can I replace this with something healthier?”  For instance, most recipes call for sugar; perhaps you can replace it with a low-calorie sugarless sweetener instead.  Or, for butter, you can opt for a low-calorie substitute.

Doing so should shave 100-200 calories off a serving of banana bread.

For other healthy options, consider taking ingredients out that won’t dramatically alter the flavor of the bread, such as nuts.  You’ll still enjoy the rich flavor of banana bread, but with fewer calories.  Alternatively, you can replace the nuts without a crunchier substitute that’s lower on the calorie scale.  You’ll still retain that wonderful crispness of banana bread, but just with a few minor changes.

A Healthy Skinny Banana Bread Recipe

If you don’t have a banana recipe on hand, here’s a skinny banana bread recipe that is sure to please:

Skinny Banana Bread


– 1 1/4 cups sugar substitute

– 1/2 cup low-calorie butter

– 1/2 cup skim milk

– 2 eggs

– 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas

– 2 1/2 cups flour

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 1 teaspoon baking soda

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

Optionally, you can also add in nuts, although they will increase the caloric load.


Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Take a loaf pan and coat it with a light butter or vegetable spray.  Set it aside.  In a large bowl, combine the sugar substitute, butter and eggs, stirring until well blended.  Next, add the skim milk, vanilla extract, and bananas, mixing it until smooth.  Finally, add in the flour, salt, and baking soda until you reach a smooth, lumpless consistency.  Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and allow it to cook for 1 hour, or until the top is browned.  Let it sit for another hour before serving.

For the best banana bread, consider serving it with a serving of frozen yogurt (vanilla is best) or having it with a brunch of soup, salad, and light string cheese.

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  1. Chip

    A recipe the has 1 1/2 cups of sugar surely can’t be a good idea… Particularly since the recommendation is to reduce simple carbs… Don’t get me wrong, I love banana bread and this recipe sounds delicious – just not very ‘skinny’

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