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Lightened-Up Special Banana Bread Recipe

Lightened-Up Special Banana Bread Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

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

  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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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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l2bake User ID: 2030987 105095
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"LOVE this version of banana bread!"

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Buttemontanagirl User ID: 5576795 169103
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Jeez! When did this site become a forum/ I just want to see if otheres liked the recipe or not, and decide for myself whether to make it. Forget about all the personal wrangling."

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lesahueser User ID: 3072145 188756
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"I used regular cream cheese. My husband said this is the best banana bread I have ever made.

Yummy, yum, yum!
I need to get this put away so I quit snitching pieces."

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brendalikesbaking User ID: 4282575 117159
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Whoops! forgot the stars! First time rating thats how good this was."

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brendalikesbaking User ID: 4282575 117158
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"This is so moist and good. My husband is very picky and he liked it very much. Not at all crumbly. I loved it!"

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shannaj104 User ID: 5354363 169098
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"This is sooo yummy! Will make again and will also pass along recipe. It is super~"

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Regi M User ID: 4585753 170450
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"I don't buy reduced fat products (okay you whiners, keep it down!). The recipe was great with regular cream cheese, but like the idea of orange juice and zest in the glaze, so next time will leave out the nuts and add a tablespoon or more of zest to the batter and possibly some cinnamon and will try raisins or currants too, another time. My mother and her six sisters grew up on a farm, always used whole products and seldom, if ever bought modified products or processed foods or mixes. My mother, the best cook of the bunch and the two sisters who were best known for their culinary expertise all lived into their 90th year. There are cousins well into their 90's including one who ran a restaurant - making everything from scratch, who is 96 and going strong. I don't need to flaunt my professional status or years in university to give credence to my decision to make a recipe or not. I wish those of you who would NOT make a recipe because of your own likes or dislikes or perceptions about the "healthy" aspect of a recipe would refrain from commenting at all!!! I do not have a mono diet and am perfectly capable of deciding how much, if any, of an item I want to eat. As a serious cook, I think you whiners have just convinced me reading others' comments is NOT worth the aggrevation!"

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mnlorraine User ID: 3622880 169096
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"What is wrong with all you people out there that complain about a recipe. If you don't like it, just don't make it."

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novembermember User ID: 5544272 185948
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"I had about ten pounds of bananas and some cream cheese. I was wondering if this combination would work just as the recipe popped up.I already went through the whole banana list,pie pudding,muffins etc. Glad it was so good."

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carolteach4 User ID: 5543433 117157
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"I wouldn't make it in the first place. I'm sure it's delicious, but there is too much fat.

I am a school teacher, and one of my PTO moms brought her banana bread to a meeting. It is delicious and very healthy.
Here it is:
Mash 3 large or 4 medium very ripe bananas.
Stir in 3/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of eggbeater or similar product, and 1/4 cup of canola oil.(I have also used extra light olive oil.)
In a separate bowl measure 1 and 1/2 cups of flour. I often use one cup all-purpose and 1/2 cup whole wheat. Stir in 1 tsp. baking soda and 1/2 tsp. salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and mix just until combined.
Set the oven for 350 degrees. If making a loaf, bake for about an hour or until the center feels firm to the touch. I usually use a pan that has 9 small loaves, and I bake those about 18 to 20 minutes.
Optional: Add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts - the best nut for Omega 3's
The recipe is rich, moist, and delicious and really quite modest in fat."

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Bergie_the_Swede User ID: 4069863 187786
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"Hey LuvBakin, they never said it was "light." They said it's "lightened-up" or a "lighter" version of the original. You should lighten-up too."

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angelcocoa User ID: 1681845 105094
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"Nutty and light."

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LuvBakin User ID: 4535320 187785
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"I agree with tsthelen2001. How is it light? Just because the cream cheese is reduced fat! Not hardly a "light" recipe. Very dissapointed in Taste of Home and what they consider light."

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charlotte34 User ID: 4902579 211402
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"I will deffinately make this recipe. It is a little lighter than my regular banana nut bread, but by using Splenda Brown Sugar blend, I will lighten it up even more.

That will cut half the sugar calories, and will be possible for most Diabetics to have a small slice."

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tsthelen2001 User ID: 4365548 119619
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"This recipe has 235 calories per slice and 4 g of saturated fat! How is that lightened up??? The only difference with this recipe and other ones is that it uses reduced fat cream cheese, but since most banana bread recipes don't call for cream cheese that isn't really saving anything. You shouldn't advertise that this is lightened up when it clearly is NOT!"

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shandan23 User ID: 4872922 211401
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"i made this recipe for my boyfriend and my mom and some close family and they all loved it! ive even shared it with friends, now they keep buggin' me for the recipe. Our family, even my boyfriend doesnt even like nuts, but he asks for me to make it just that way everytime. Now everyone gives me their old banana's hoping for a loaf of this really yummy bread in return. i would definately recommend this to anyone!"

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kmu021 User ID: 3347263 187782
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"This is the best banana bread. I used regular cream cheese and walnuts instead of pecans.. Very delicious and moist!"

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cjjackley User ID: 684850 117156
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"This is tasty, moist, and easy. YUM!!!"

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hag2nut User ID: 3275492 145817
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"My husband leaped on this bread like a shark. When I said I was going to give the extra loaf to my daughter, he promptly said NO and hid it."

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