Low-Calorie Banana Bread

Banana bread

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 75 mins
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
177 Calories
7g Fat
24g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 177
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 380mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 5g
Calcium 53mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This low-calorie banana bread recipe has been tweaked to remove some of the sugar and butter, but don't let the "low-calorie" label deter you from trying this delicious version of the classic quick bread. The applesauce in this recipe serves two purposes by replacing half of the butter and adding sweetness since the sugar is half the amount in traditional recipes. The bread turns out wonderfully moist and fills the whole house with its mouth-watering aroma while baking.


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 ounce / 2 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1 large room-temperature egg (beaten)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt​

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Coat an 8 by 4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar and softened butter with a mixer at medium speed, about 3 minutes or until the butter and the sugar are well combined, light, and fluffy.

  3. Add the egg and the applesauce, then beat another 2 minutes. Gently fold in the bananas.

  4. Lightly spoon the all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour into dry measuring cups and level with a knife. Combine the two flours, baking soda, and salt in a separate large bowl.

  5. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing after each addition until the batter is moistened and no dry streaks of flour show.

  6. Carefully pour all of the batter into the loaf pan, using a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl.

  7. Place the pan in the oven and for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center of the bread comes out clean.

  8. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.