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Skinny Banana Bread or Muffins

This Skinny Banana Bread is perfectly sweet, creamy, and  flavorful. Perfect for a side dish, breakfast, or even as a dessert! The light melted butter along with the brown sugar substitute makes the crust crunchy while the inside soft and creamy! You’ll be sure to have seconds with this one!

Servings: 12 slices or 12 muffins

GREEN: 2 Smartpoints per serving if made with light butter or unsweetened applesauce 

BLUE: 2 Smartpoints per serving if made with light butter or 1 SmartPoints if using unsweetened applesauce

PURPLE: 2 Smartpoints per serving if made with light butter or 1 SmartPoints if using unsweetened applesauce

Do you love bread/muffins like I do? Be sure to check out these other delicious bread/muffin recipes:

Skinny Blueberry Lemon Loaf or Muffins

Skinny Raspberry Lemon Loaf or Muffins

One Point Blueberry Muffins

Vanilla Cornbread Muffins

What kind of flour can I use to make the banana bread?

WHEAT, WHITE ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR, ALMOND, GLUTEN-FREE, OR SELF-RISING FLOUR:

After testing and making my base bread recipes a zillion times, I’ve been able to master the texture and taste.  I like to use self rising flour along with 1 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda. The added baking powder and soda makes this loaf or muffins rise better and makes them nice and fluffy.  

However, you may substitute the self rising flour for whole wheat, all-purpose flour, almond flour, or gluten free flour.  If you do decide to use any other flour other than self rising flour- you’ll want to add an additional 1/2 tsp of baking powder to the mix to ensure the texture is on point.

Gluten-Free Flour:

If you are looking for a gluten free option, you can substitute the self rising flour for gluten free flour

Almond Flour:

If you are looking for a low carb option, you can substitute the self rising flour for Almond flour 

What sweetener do I use?

I use Lakanto Classic Monkfuit Sweetener and Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener in my baking recipes. The Classic is a zero point white granulated sugar substitute and the the Golden is a zero point brown sugar substitute.  Lakanto MonkFruit Sweetener is a zero glycemic, zero calorie and all natural sugar substitute. It is by far the best tasting sugar alternative and has zero aftertaste or gritty texture like some of the sugar alternatives have. It has a 1:1 ratio to real sugar-so if you were to use a different sugar substitute you will want to use the measurement that would be equal to real sugar. If you use a different sugar alternative you’ll want to check the point value on the brand you use. They can vary in points. 

 

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Unsweetened Applesauce or Light Butter:

You can use unsweetened applesauce or light butter for these muffins. Either one works well and tastes amazing! I like to use the Land o’ Lakes light butter made with canola oil for this recipe. You can find the Land O’ Lakes light butter made with canola at most grocery stores next to the butter. It comes in a tub-with a green lid. Be sure that it says light butter-they sell one that is regular that is made with canola oil as well-so be sure to check that it says light.

The light butter gives these muffins a creaminess that you just don’t get with the unsweetened applesauce. However, the point value is 2 points per muffin with the light butter and only one point if you use the unsweetened applesauce if you are following the BLUE or PURPLE PLAN. The point value is the same for the GREEN plan whether you use the light butter or the unsweetened applesauce.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup self rising flour ( I use Gold Medal )
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 ripe bananas, medium-large
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp zero point brown sugar substitute ( I use  Lakanto Golden Sweetener)
  • 3 Tbsp zero point white sugar substitute ( I use Lakanto Classic Sweetener
  • 2 Tbsp Land o’ Lakes made with canola oil light butter melted or 3 Tbsp of unsweetened applesauce 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray bread pan (9×5 or 8×4)or a 12 muffin tin with non stick cooking spray
  2. In a large mixing bowl add bananas and use a fork to mash well.
  3. Whisk in the egg, vanilla, brown sugar and white sugar substitute. Stir well.
  4. In a separate bowl combine, self rising flour, baking powder and soda. Stir until well incorporated.
  5. Gradually add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients as you stir. Before the two are completely incorporated add in melted butter. Stir just until barely combined.
  6. DO NOT OVER MIX. (The number one tip is to not over mix or it will ruin the texture)
  7. Pour into pan and bake for 30-45 minutes or ( 18- 20 minutes if making muffins) or until an inserted knife or toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan or muffin tin.  
  9. Store bread bread in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. This can also be stored in the frozen up to 3 months. Just thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow it to thaw before serving.

Servings: 12 slices or 12 muffins

GREEN: 2 Smartpoints per serving if made with light butter or unsweetened applesauce 

BLUE: 2 Smartpoints per serving if made with light butter or 1 SmartPoints if using unsweetened applesauce

PURPLE: 2 Smartpoints per serving if made with light butter or 1 SmartPoints if using unsweetened applesauce

 

Notes:

  1. You can substitute the self rising flour for: wheat, gluten free flour, almond flour, or all-purpose flour however; you’ll want to add an additional 1/2 tsp of baking powder so the texture is on point.
  2. Store in an airtight container on the counter for 3 days, in the fridge for 5-7 days, or the freezer for up to a month.
  3. The point value can differ depending on the sugar substitutes you use. 
  4. It is VERY important to not over mix the batter-otherwise the texture will be off. Just mix until the wet ingredients have been incorporated with the dry ingredients. Then pour batter into prepared pan.If making them into muffins decrease the cooking time to 14-16 minutes.
  5. I recommend using the light butter made with canola oil rather than the unsweetened applesauce. The substitution doesn’t change the point value but the creaminess of the butter really enhances the flavor.
  6. The Lakanto Monkfruit Golden Sweetener (sugar substitute) that is used in this recipe is zero points. Please keep in mind-the point value can vary depending on the brand of sugar substitute you choose to use. 
  7. The Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener has a 1:1 ratio to real sugar. If you use a different sugar substitute you will want to use the equivalent to real sugar that is recommended on back of the sugar substitute package.
Yield: 12 slices or muffins

Skinny Banana Bread or Muffins

Skinny Banana Bread or Muffins

This Skinny Banana Bread is perfectly sweet, buttery, and very flavorful. Perfect for a side dish, breakfast, or even as a dessert! 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup self rising flour (I use Gold Medal)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 ripe bananas, medium-large
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar substitute ( I use Lakanto Golden Sweetener)
  • 3 Tbsp white sugar substitute ( I use Lakanto Classic Sweetener) 
  • 2 Tbsp. Land o' lakes made with canola oil light butter melted or 3 Tbsp of unsweetened applesauce

Instructions

      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray bread pan (9x5 or 8x4)or a 12 muffin tin with non stick cooking spray
      2. In a large mixing bowl add bananas and use a fork to mash well.
        Whisk in the egg, vanilla, brown sugar and white sugar substitute. Stir well.
      3. In a separate bowl combine, self rising flour, baking powder and soda. Stir until well incorporated.
      4. Gradually add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients as you stir. Before the two are completely incorporated add in melted butter. Stir just until barely combined.
      5. DO NOT OVER MIX. (The number one tip is to not over mix or it will ruin the texture)
      6. Pour into pan and bake for 30-45 minutes or (18-20 minutes if making muffins) or until an inserted knife or toothpick comes out clean.

      Servings: 12 slices or 12 muffins

      GREEN: 2 Smartpoints per serving if made with light butter or unsweetened applesauce 

      BLUE: 2 Smartpoints per serving if made with light butter or 1 SmartPoints if using unsweetened applesauce

      PURPLE: 2 Smartpoints per serving if made with light butter or 1 SmartPoints if using unsweetened applesauce

Notes

  1. You may substitute the self rising flour for whole wheat, all-purpose flour, almond flour, or gluten free flour.  If you do decide to use any other flour other than self rising flour- you’ll want to add an additional 1/2 tsp of baking powder to the mix to ensure the texture is on point.
  2. After testing and making my base bread recipes a zillion times, I've been able to master the texture and taste.  I like to use self rising flour along with 1 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda. The added baking powder and soda makes this loaf or muffins rise better and makes them nice and fluffy.  
  3. Store in an airtight container on the counter for 3 days, in the fridge for 5-7 days, or the freezer for up to a month.
  4. The point value can differ depending on the sugar substitutes you use. 
  5. It is VERY important to not over mix the batter-otherwise the texture will be off. Just mix until the wet ingredients have been incorporated with the dry ingredients. Then pour batter into prepared pan.If making them into muffins decrease the cooking time to 14-16 minutes.
  6. I recommend using the light butter made with canola oil rather than the unsweetened applesauce. The substitution doesn't change the point value but the creaminess of the butter really enhances the flavor.
  7. The Lakanto Monkfruit Golden Sweetener (sugar substitute) that is used in this recipe is zero points. Please keep in mind-the point value can vary depending on the brand of sugar substitute you choose to use. 
  8. The Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener has a 1:1 ratio to real sugar. If you use a different sugar substitute you will want to use the equivalent to real sugar that is recommended on back of the sugar substitute package.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 264mgCarbohydrates: 17gNet Carbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

The point values and nutritional information is estimated and figured based off the brand of ingredients I used for the recipe using the WW app and can vary depending on ingredients used.

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Diane

Saturday 20th of March 2021

These are great!! I used nsa applesauce and added Lilly’s chocolate chips and kept them at 2 points. I really appreciate you’re posts/recipes.

kusum

Sunday 7th of March 2021

These are great! Thank you! I made my own self rising flour using white whole wheat and then followed the recipe. The final outcome ended up being 109 calories each and very delicious! :)

Sheila Johnson

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

I absolutely love your recipes!! These muffins turned out perfect! When I put it in the recipe builder, it comes out as 2 pts on purple using the applesauce. Am I doing something wrong?

Lindsay Kehl

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Hi Shelia

Thanks so much for making and loving the recipes. The point value can vary depending on the brand of flour you use. The Gold Medal flour is lower in points and that could be the reason why the point may vary.

The breakdown for points for the this recipe:

1 1 /2 cup Gold Medal self rising flour: 16 points Vanilla extract: 1 Everything else is 0 points on the blue and purple plan-if you are using the unsweetened applesauce.

That makes each serving 1.41 points=the ww app rounded that down to 1 point per serving.

Hope that helps. Thanks so much

Kathleen Matson

Sunday 24th of January 2021

Love these muffins. I did use almond flour and applesauce. My only issue is they seems a little soggy on the bottom. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes!

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