Makeover Banana Nut Bread Recipe
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Makeover Banana Nut Bread Recipe

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This slimmed down version of the classic uses unsweetened applesauce instead of butter. The amount of sugar is also decreased, too, by adding a little honey and using more banana. No one will ever guess this bread is low in fat!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract or rum extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

One slice equals 266 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 280 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 fat.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes or until crumbly. Beat in egg, then egg white, beating well after each addition. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Stir in the bananas, applesauce, honey and extract. Combine the flours, baking soda and salt; gradually add to banana mixture just until moistened.
  2. Pour into a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake at 325° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 1 loaf (10 slices).
Originally published as Makeover Banana Nut Bread in Light & Tasty April/May 2002, p20

Nutritional Facts

One slice equals 266 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 280 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 fat.

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Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"Underrated! AMAZING!!!! I made 17 cupcakes without nuts, and baked at 350 for 27 minutes. Only 4 Weight Watchers points!"

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Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"Amazing! I like to slice it and freeze the loaf as it doesn't keep very long. Perfect to heat up for a quick breakfast."

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"Nice banana flavor, moist, and holds together well. I am not crazy about the nuts on top, just a personal preference, so next time will mix into batter as another reviewer suggested. It's definitely a keeper especially since hubby liked it!"

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Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"I made this recipe as is and loved it. The bread is so moist and has much more banana flavor the standard banana bread recipes. I liked putting the nuts on the top. This gives the nut burst up front as opposed to being "buried" inside the bread."

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"One small issue I have with this recipe is that I can kind of taste the honey. It's not bad, but it'd be best if it tasted more banana-like. Good recipe though."

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