Tempt My Tummy Tuesday…. Basic Banana Bread made healthier!

by Lisa on November 1, 2010

I know we all have a “go to” recipe for banana bread. I have one, myself.  However, it is always nice to try a new recipe, especially if it is a little healthier for you.  As many of you know, I am working toward a more healthy lifestyle, including healthier eating habits, and working out with a trainer, several times a week.  I am starting to see results, and it is exciting!  So, for that reason, I thought I would share this new version of an old classic.

Basic Banana Bread

  • 1 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6.75 oz all- purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (You can find it on the baking aisle – look for “whole ground flaxseed” or “flaxseed meal”.)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp 1% low-fat milk

    Silly Bananas to make you Smile!

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed.  Add granulated and brown sugars; beat until combined.
  3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.  Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through ground allspice).  Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat just until blended.
  4. Pour batter into a 9×5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 350 for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean.  Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack.  Remove bread from pan; cool completely.  Combine powdered sugar and milk, stirring until smooth; drizzle over bread.  Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice).

For those interested:

Calories 167; Fat 5/1 g;Protien 2.9 g; Carb 28.3g; Fiber 1.5 g; Chol 32 mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 173 mg; Calc 24 mg (Nutritional information and recipe from Cooking Light magazine, October 2010 issue.)
Do you have a healthier version of an old classic? I would love to hear about it. And, as always, thank you for participating in Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

The Paper Princess November 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I love banana bread! The inclusion of flaxseed is a new and healthy twist I will have to try (I am always trying new versions of this recipe!) Thanks for sharing and have a blessed week!



Miz Helen November 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I love the addition of the yogurt in your bread. I am going to give it a try it looks so good. Thank you for sharing your recipe and hosting every Tuesday.
Miz Helen


Liz November 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Thanks for hostin, that bread sounds fantastic, and the silly bananas did make me smile 🙂


Gail@Faithfulness Farm November 1, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Lisa…this looks yummy. I love the addition of flax seed and use it in lots of different baked goods.


P.S. Thanks for hosting us 🙂


NancyC November 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I love banana bread–it’s nice to have this healthier version to try!


Sabrina November 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I have a healthy recipe that uses all whole wheat flour and I’m loving the idea of adding flaxseed!! Sounds great!


SnoWhite November 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Sounds like a great recipe — I love using yogurt and applesauce in place of butter/oil in baking. Makes the baked goods extra moist 🙂


Katie @ Riddlelove November 1, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Hurray for healthier banana bread! I love the stuff. 🙂


Liz@HoosierHomemade November 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm

That would be great to make for my son to have before practice! Thanks for sharing and for hosting my friend!


Kathie November 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm

this sounds great, I have to try it!


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy November 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Love the yogurt and flaxseed in here! Sounds good, thanks!


Jennifer @Milk & Honey Mommy November 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm


Thanks for sharing your banana bread recipe. I too have been looking for a low sugar recipe.


Alea November 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I like replacing the oil or butter in a recipe with applesauce. I actually think my recipes turn out lighter and fluffier when I do this.


Brenda November 1, 2010 at 11:23 pm

This looks great, I’ve started putting flax in a lot of things, I like the texture it gives.


Alexis AKA MOM November 2, 2010 at 12:47 am

Always love a healthier version! Thanks my dear.


April@The 21st Century Housewife November 2, 2010 at 3:08 am

That’s a wonderful healthy recipe for banana bread, and it sounds very tasty too! Well done for all your hard work in the gym – you should be very proud of yourself! Unfortunately my recipe is not all that healthy this week, although it does have blueberries in it, so I suppose that counts for something 🙂 Thank you for hosting and have a lovely week!


TidyMom November 2, 2010 at 6:57 am

Banana bread is one of my family’s all time favorites…….they’d be thrilled if I made it every week!! I’ll need to try your version some time!!
Thanks Lisa!


Julie@comehaveapeace November 2, 2010 at 8:51 am

I LOVE the silly bananas 😉 And I never would’ve added yogurt or flax seed. Great additions. I have to admit that my banana bread “go to” recipe is not very healthy …


Jane November 2, 2010 at 9:04 am

Your banana bread sounds yummy! I love the sill bananas, too.

Thanks for hosting today!

Jane from frugalfineliving.com


Lisa November 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

Sorry I linked twice! A good indication I need more coffee! All the recipes look great! Thanks for hosting, Lisa!


Sherry November 2, 2010 at 9:37 am

Thank you for hosting! Love the cute pic of the bananas! 🙂


Self Sagacity November 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

I can’t wait to try this recipe, always wanted to make banana bread.


angie November 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

banana bread is one of my favorites I love your recipe


Elsa November 2, 2010 at 9:50 am

I never use allspice in my banana bread. I will add that next time. I also add yogurt/sour cream to mine. It makes the bread very moist.


Debra from Bungalow November 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

What a great recipes link up! Thanks for all these yummy new recipes.


Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes November 2, 2010 at 11:04 am

I have a thing against soft white food including bananas, so I wouldn’t like this. My mom however LOVES banana bread. I’ll pass this recipe to her because she’s been looking for ways to make her old favorites healthier. Thanks for hosting the party.


Liberty November 2, 2010 at 11:46 am

Love this!
I would probably eliminate 1/2 c white sugar to upgrade it even further…


Kara Bagley November 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Sorry, I couldn’t figure out how to edit my link. It was not working, so I added it again…I don’t know how to remove the old one though:(


alex@amoderatelife November 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Hi Lisa, happy tuesday and thanks for hosting. This week i am happy to announce a giveaway for a wonderful recipe ebook called In the Kitchen: Real Food basics, so come by and enter to win! The recipes are delicious and very healthy. All the best, Alex


Michelle November 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Intersting. I was just reading an articlee today talking about putting flaxseeds in everything. We like them – they’re great whole on a rice cake with some PB (or Nutella for Mommy) with dried fruit. I’d never thought of making a glaze for the banana bread though. I kinda like that. Banana bread rocks (ps, you can also do ~1/2 of the flour as whole wheat pastry flour to make it even more healthy!)


Lisa November 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Good idea, Michelle. Thanks. I appreciate all the “healthy” advice. 😉


Kim @ Quit Eating Out November 3, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I’m so happy for you with your new eating/working out. It’s always such a reward to see results. This recipe sounds so great…. Love when it tastes good and isn’t bad for you! 🙂


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