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

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

Nutritional Facts

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

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).
Originally published as Lightened-Up Special Banana Bread in Simple & Delicious January/February 2010, p46

Nutritional Facts

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

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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.

MY REVIEW
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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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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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.

MY REVIEW
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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