11/15/2012 06:10 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Applesauce Agave Banana Bread

Jennifer Segal


Banana bread is a traditional favorite, and I love to bake it during the holidays. By substituting agave nectar for sugar and applesauce for oil, you can enjoy this sweet treat with less sugar, less fat -- and no guilt. And of course even if it is low-fat or low-sugar, always watch your portions. You and your children will love it!

3 medium bananas, ripe
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, raw
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place the bananas in a large bowl and mash with an electric mixer. Stir in agave nectar and let stand for 15 minutes. Note: Because agave nectar has a lower glycemic index than sugar, less agave nectar is used and it browns sooner, which is why the bread is baked at a lower temperature for a longer time.

2. Add the applesauce and eggs and beat well. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into a 9″x5″ loaf pan coated with nonstick vegetable spray. Bake for about 75 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. note: every oven is different, so total baking time may vary. Use a toothpick at 60 minutes to check doneness of bread.

3. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool on a wire rack.

Per slice (74g) Calories: 120; Fat: 1g; Protein: 2.7g; Carb. 26g; Fiber 1g; Sugar 11.8 g

Source of recipe: Eating Free: The Carb-Friendly Way to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger, and Keep Weight Off for Good.

Manuel Villacorta is a registered dietitian in private practice, MV Nutrition, award winning weight loss center in San Francisco. He is a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the founder of Eating Free and author of his new book Eating Free: The Carb Friendly Way to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger, and Keep Weight Off for Good!

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