Banana Bread (lighter recipe)

Banana Bread (<I>lighter recipe</I>)

How do you make a good thing even better? By reducing the calorie and fat content of this irresistible banana bread. Ripe bananas and unsweetened applesauce ensure that the bread stays moist and tender.

Prep Time

15

Minutes

Total Time

2:30

Hrs:Mins

Makes

2

loaves

1 1/4
cups sugar
1/4
cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4
cup margarine, softened
1/2
cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product
1 1/2
cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
1/2
cup buttermilk
1
teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon salt
1
cup chopped nuts, if desired
  1. Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/2 inches, or 1 loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches.
  2. Mix sugar, applesauce and margarine in large bowl. Stir in egg product until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into pans.
  3. Bake 8-inch loaves about 1 hour, 9-inch loaf about 1 1/4 hours, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.
Makes 2 loaves (12 slices each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Variation
Mini Banana Breads make great gifts! To make, grease bottoms only of 10 miniature loaf pans, 4 1/2x2 3/4x1 1/4 inches. Divide batter among pans (about 1/2 cup each). Bake 30 to 35 minutes.
Variation
Stir 1/4 cup miniature or regular chocolate chips into the batter for mouthwatering flavor combinations.
Special Touch
A fat-free glaze makes this quick bread even more irresistible! Mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar with about 2 teaspoons fat-free (skim) milk. Drizzle over warm bread.
Substitution
Rise to the occasion! If using self-rising flour, there is no need to add baking soda and salt.
Success
Don’t worry about “cracking up.” A large, lengthwise crack in the thin, tender top crust of a quick bread is normal.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Slice)
  • Calories 60
    • (Calories from Fat 10 ),
  • Total Fat 1 g
    • (Saturated Fat 1 g,),
  • Cholesterol 5 mg;
  • Sodium 65 mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 12 g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
  • Protein 1 g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1 Starch;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.