Thursday, January 9, 2014

Almost No Fat Banana Bread = Tasty Treat or Terrible Trick?

If you want to stick to a resolution to eat healthier AND enjoy some comfort food on the side, grab those bananas you keep telling yourself you're going to eat (and still haven't) and try this banana bread! I'm not a big fan of things that say "low fat", "zero calories", or "no trans fat" because that's where the flavors are but when I saw this recipe... and my aging bananas... I figured it couldn't hurt, right? Either it'll be "almost no fat" and taste terrible or "almost no fat" and taste good. Here's what I found:

First, preheat your oven to 350 and grease a bread pan. The original post called for a 8" x 4" pan but I only had a 9" x 5" pan and it worked fine.

Next, grab the following 8 ingredients:

Dry ingredients -
1 1/2 C of flour
3/4 C of white sugar
1 1/4 t of baking powder
1/2 t of baking soda
1/2 t of ground cinnamon

Wet ingredients -
1/4 c of applesauce (I used cinnamon applesauce because I can't have enough cinnamon!)
1 C of smashed bananas (I found this equaled to about 2 bananas)
2 egg whites

Next, mix all the dry ingredients together and then add the wet ingredients. It's going to look like the cat vomited in your bowl. You have been warned.

Pour the mixture into your bread pan.

Put in the oven for 50-55 minutes. I put mine in for 50 minutes and I knew it was done when I put a toothpick in the bread and it came out clean.

Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into it and tell me what you think. Me personally, it lacked any sort of flavor. Nutmeg, vanilla, almond extract... SOMETHING would have been a nice addition but as it stands, this bread has:


  • Calories
  • 127 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.5 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 100 mg
  • 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

I mean, it's kinda hard to argue with those numbers when it's semi-healthy... but again, it's also like eating cardboard.

TOTAL COSTS: About $18 (if you don't own any of the ingredients - prices from Vons)
$1.99 for flour
$2.69 for white sugar
$1.59 for baking soda
$1.99 for baking powder
$4.69 for ground cinnamon
$1.99 for applesauce
$.69/pound for bananas
$2.59 for eggs

TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME: 1 hour, 30 minutes
10 minutes to mix ingredients
50 minutes in oven
30 minutes to cool

EASY-PEASY SCALE (1 super easy - 5 very difficult): 1 out of 5
It's not hard to bring the ingredients in a bowl, then in a pan, then in your mouth but remember, it's "almost no fat" because it's "almost no flavor." Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some bread that needs to be slathered in butter...


  1. Last year it was the "three ingredient" Skinny Dessert. Three Ingredient Cookies! It's almost like eating a banana all by itself! Whee!

    The sad thing is that this is still fairly carb-heavy for a "skinny" dessert - the fat content isn't even the point. And adding SPICES doesn't ratchet up the calorie count.Some cardamom plus the aforementioned butter would have knocked it right out of the park.

    *has sudden urge to bake something*

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