Lightened-Up Special Banana Bread Recipe

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Lightened-Up Special Banana Bread Recipe
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Lightened-Up Special Banana Bread Recipe

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4.5 29 23
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This cream cheese banana bread has lots of banana flavor and a nutty texture. And with help from our pros, now it’s lighter, too! Beverly Sprague — Baltimore, MD
Featured In: Banana Bread A to Z
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • ORANGE GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in 1/2 cup pecans.
Transfer to two 8x4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
In a small bowl, whisk glaze ingredients; drizzle over loaves. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Lightened-Up Special Banana Bread in Simple & Delicious January/February 2010, p46

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 235 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 157mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • ORANGE GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in 1/2 cup pecans.
  2. Transfer to two 8x4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk glaze ingredients; drizzle over loaves. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Lightened-Up Special Banana Bread in Simple & Delicious January/February 2010, p46

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Mart10 User ID: 2904254 262075
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"Recipe is delicious as written. I don't like to read the negative reviews when a person has changed the original recipe. Most of the negative reviews are from people just voicing their opinion without making the recipe. I feel I can make my own decision as to what is "healthy" for me. I think Taste of Home tries to include recipes for every taste."

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sharonhgp User ID: 4550590 256739
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2016

"This is my go-to recipe when the bananas go dark! This time I substituted Truvia baking blend to cut sugar for diabetic hubby and I always use whole wheat pastry flour for added fiber. Delish as usual!"

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mojomo User ID: 4462613 109265
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"The recipe was great just the way it is written. However, if other reviewers are going to change EVERYTHING in the recipe your not really reviewing this one now are we...this so not benefical to the person who posted it."

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lurky27 User ID: 1251896 103102
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2012

"So delicious & flavorful! I had fat-free cream cheese home and that worked great. My husband said it was the best bread I've ever baked.

~ Theresa"

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biking32 User ID: 3338029 128120
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"I followed exactly what the recipe said and it only cooked on the outside. It was terrible. Had to throw it out."

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biking32 User ID: 3338029 189291
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"I followed exactly what the recipe said and it only cooked on the outside. It was terrible. Had to throw it out."

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biking32 User ID: 3338029 117165
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"I followed exactly what the recipe said and it only cooked on the outside. It was terrible. Had to throw it out."

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joceyw User ID: 3308211 188758
Reviewed May. 20, 2011

"This bread is super moist and delicious! Try it!"

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joceyw User ID: 3308211 189290
Reviewed May. 20, 2011

"This bread is super moist and delicious! Try it!"

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drjacobs359 User ID: 2384163 119620
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"This is the best banana bread recipe! I do use regular cream cheese though and add chocolate chips yum!!!"

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