Looking for a healthy treat to make with those old bananas? Skinny banana bread with walnuts is a lightened-up spin on the classic sweet treat. I love eating this banana bread as-is, or toasted with butter. It’s sweet and delicious, and lightened up just enough that it tastes just like the original.
What makes this banana bread “skinny?”
This banana bread recipe is just lightened up a touch from a classic banana bread; let me explain how. It mostly has to do with the sugar and butter components.
Traditional banana bread doesn’t involve much, aside from really ripe bananas, sugar, flour, and some other basic ingredients to make this dense, cake-like treat. Since the basis for banana bread is so simple, I didn’t find it very hard to “lighten-up” without sacrificing the flavor or traditional texture and overall experience of banana bread.
Banana bread is such a wholesome, crowd-pleasing dish, and it’s so perfect for using up overripened bananas, which we all usually have laying around!
How I lightened up this recipe
What I did with the sugar
- I do not use any sugar replacements here.
- This recipe uses real sugar, just less of it.
- I stretch the sugar by using unsweetened applesauce. The natural sweetness from the apples adds sweetness to this recipe without using more sugar.
How I incorporated butter
- I use light butter (I use this one from Land ‘o Lakes) which is essentially like a margarine.
Can I make any substitutions?
You can use sugar replacements if you wish, and the macros and points would change for this recipe. I have not tested this recipe with almond flour or other gluten free flour varieties, but will update if I do! If you do not like bananas, this recipe is not for you, sorry!
How to serve skinny banana bread with walnuts
This banana bread is a delicious sweet treat. You can either serve it on its own as a delicious breakfast alongside some eggs and fruit, or you can serve it as a snack or dessert. My favorite way to eat this banana bread is toasted with some butter. You can also warm up a slice of bread and serve it alongside some ice cream, berries and whipped cream for a super delicious dessert or sweet treat.
If you love the taste of bananas in baked goods, you might also enjoy these chocolate banana muffins. They use overripe bananas as well, mixed in with high protein chocolate pancake mix. They also make a delicious snack or dessert.
What will I need to make skinny banana bread with walnuts?
- super overripe bananas
- It is really important for your bananas to be extremely overripe for this recipe. Mashing overripe bananas allows them to release the wet consistency we are looking for to bring this banana bread together. Overripe bananas are also really sweet and give lots of that banana flavor to this bread.
- You can store overripe bananas in the freezer, and then pull them out for whenever you want to make a treat like this one!
- light butter
- baking soda
- kosher salt
- vanilla extract
- unsweetened applesauce
- The only ingredients in unsweetened applesauce are apples. This is also sometimes branded as “no sugar added” applesauce.
- all purpose flour
- I have not tested this recipe with other flours (almond, gluten free) but plan to! I will keep you posted on how they work out!
- I use chopped walnuts here. You can use other nuts if you prefer, or you can omit the nuts all together. But, the combination of bananas and walnuts is absolutely delicious. The walnuts also offer a great crunch and texture to this otherwise very soft and chewy bread.
How to make skinny banana bread with walnuts
This recipe is so simple to make! Start off by preheating the oven to 350F and spraying a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
To make the batter, mash the bananas and get rid of most of the clumps. You can even use a potato masher for this, or a beater to get the lumps out. Melt the butter and pour it into the bananas. Add the baking soda, vanilla extract, kosher salt, egg, sugar, and applesauce. Combine all of the ingredients.
Next, add the flour and mix well until the mixture forms into a batter. It should be thick. Then, chop the walnuts and add them in.
Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan, and then bake for 45 minutes to an hour. A toothpick should come out clean when it’s done.
This banana bread makes 12 slices for the stats noted below. You can cut it into larger slices, just make sure to adjust your stats accordingly.
Skinny Banana Bread with Walnuts
- loaf pan
- 3 bananas medium, extremely overripe, mashed, equivalent to 1.5 cups
- 1/4 cup light butter
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup walnuts chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Mash the bananas with a fork in a mixing bowl.
- Melt the butter. Add the melted butter, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, egg, sugar, and applesauce to the bowl.
- Stir to combine.
- Add the flour. Combine thoroughly.
- Fold in the chopped walnuts.
- Spray the loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
- Bake at 350F for 50-60 minutes or until set up.
- Allow to cool. and slice into 12 slices.
- To store: wrap each slice individually in plastic wrap and store in the fridge. To serve, eat plain or toasted with butter.
- 4 WW points per slice (all plans)