Recipe Modification: Banana Bread

A skill we are taught during maintenance is recipe modification.  Rather than saying, “I’ll never eat ______ again,” we work to find ways to incorporate our favorite foods into our new, healthier lifestyles.  Although I’m no cook, and I’m certainly no baker, I was known for making a tasty loaf of banana bread in the past.  When a friend asked for my recipe, I dug it out and gave a copy to her.  While I was looking at it, I started applying some of those UAMS skills.  With my dietitian‘s help, I think we have a winner!

Banana Bread on Plate


  • 3 large well-ripened bananas
  • 1/4 cup nuts, toasted
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup Splenda Granulated (or 8 packets)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Chop the nuts.  In a skillet over medium-high heat, toast the nuts, stirring frequently.
  3. Peel the bananas, placing them in a mixing bowl. Mash the bananas with a fork.
  4. Stir the egg whites, applesauce, skim milk, toasted nuts, and raisins into the mashed bananas.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the flours, Splenda, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  6. With a spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the wet until a stiff dough forms.
  7. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray, and pour the batter into the pan.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted near the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  9. Let the bread cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack.
  10. After cooling, slice into 12 pieces.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size:  1 Slice (1/12 loaf)
  • Calories: 128 kcal
  • Carbohydrate (76%) 25.65 g
  • Protein (10%) 3.45 g
  • Total Fat (14%) 2.14 g
  • Monounsaturated 1.08 g
  • Polyunsaturated 0.6 g
  • Saturated 0.23 g
  • Cholesterol 0.14 g
  • Dietary Fiber 2.48 g
  • Sodium 333.27 mg

What healthy recipe modifications have you made recently?

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4 thoughts on “Recipe Modification: Banana Bread

  1. pythonkatie says:

    I’m coming to your house for a snack later!!! Yours looks SPLENDID!!!!

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