Are you looking for the best Weight Watchers Banana Bread Recipe?
You’ve come to the right place. I’m a longtime lifetime Weight Watcher and banana bread lover. Banana bread is my favorite way to use up over-ripe bananas that might otherwise go to waste. Delicious and sweet, banana bread makes a great breakfast, quick snack or healthier version of dessert.
Always wanting to experiment with new WW friendly recipes, I rarely make banana bread the same way twice. I’m always trying out different recipes and flavor combinations.
I thought it would be fun and helpful to organize my favorite recipes for banana bread all in one place. All of them have links to the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder where you can check and/or track your points. I’ve also included several more banana bread recipes from my favorite WW Friendly websites. Enjoy!
This low fat banana bread recipe comes from an unexpected source. Not from my Weight Watchers cookbooks cookbooks, but from my very first cookbook – The Fannie Farmer Cookbook by Marion Cunningham.
What I love about this banana bread recipe is its simplicity. Just 7 basic ingredients: ripe bananas, eggs, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and nuts. The only fat in the recipe comes from the egg yolks and walnuts. You can always make it richer by adding oil, buttermilk, yogurt or milk and make it a more typical Weight Watchers recipe by using your favorite non-calorie sweetener in place of the sugar.
This recipe replaces the oil or butter typically used in banana bread with unsweetened applesauce, resulting in a lower-fat version. Each slice is only 3 SmartPoints on the Weight Watchers program.
Banana bread is one of my favorite things. If you like dense moist banana bread, you’ll want to give this one with apricots and dates a try. It’s low in fat since all the moisture comes from the mashed bananas and relatively low in added sugar, because the dates add a lot of sweetness.
I’d never considered making banana bread from a cake mix until recently when I was running low on flour and I’m so glad I did! This quick and easy banana bread recipe with just 3 ingredients is delicious. The whole family it loved its light texture. All you need is 3-4 ripe bananas, eggs, a box of cake mix, a large bowl ,and a spoon to make this low fat banana bread. Talk about easy peasy!
A moist, dense, low fat chocolate banana bread, infused with cocoa, speckled with melty miniature chocolate chips, with a gentle hint of allspice. This is sweet enough to be considered dessert in my book.
Deliciously moist blueberry banana loaf is wonderful cross between blueberry muffins and homey banana bread. It calls for Bisquick Heart Smart baking mix and oats instead of all-purpose flour and also uses zero calorie sweetener in place of real sugar.
Wholesome tasty banana bread filled with lots of good-for-you ingredients including bran, whole wheat flour, bananas, yogurt, chocolate chips and coconut.
The whole recipe calls for just ⅓ cup of oil. The results were as promised – a moist banana bread recipe. A slice of this moist banana bread has 237 calories, *7 PointsPlus, *8 Freestyle SmartPoints. A similar slice from Starbucks packs 420 calories and *11 PointsPlus. That’s a savings of 183 calories!!!
Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread is moist and delicious, made with ripe bananas and roasted strawberries, which brings out the sweetness of the berries.This Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread is a delicious variation – perfect when strawberries are in season. (found at SkinnyTaste)
Delicious, low-fat, gluten-free banana nut bread made two-ways! So moist and delicious, you can’t tell it’s light. My family went bananas for this!! (found at SkinnyTaste)
This cinnamon crumble banana bread is delicious and that crumble is EVERYTHING! There’s not much sugar in the recipe but its all good because the crumble topping really sweetens up this loaf. Makes 10 servings at 4SP each on both blue & purple and 5SP on green when following MyWW. (found at Drizzle Me Skinny)
This easy Banana Bread is moist and flavorful. It can be topped with a drizzle of icing or without – the choice is yours – the Points are the same! A wonderful Weight Watchers friendly treat! (found at The Pointed Kitchen)
This Skinny Banana Bread is perfectly sweet, buttery, and very flavorful. Perfect for a side dish, breakfast, or even as a dessert! (found at The Pound Dropper)
Light & Healthy Banana Bread Recipe
Light & Healthy Banana Bread Recipe
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Here are 10 tips for baking banana bread that is Weight Watchers-friendly
The typical banana bread recipe is made with ripe bananas, all purpose flour or self-rising flour, sugar or brown sugar, whole eggs, and generous amounts of vegetable oil or butter. It also often includes nuts or chocolate chips for added texture and flavor. There are many things you can to to create a tasty banana bread that is lower in fat, sugar, calories and WW Points:
Use overripe bananas: Ripe bananas with lots of brown spots are naturally sweeter, so you’ll need less sugar in your recipe.
Use a sugar substitute: Use a sugar substitute such as Stevia or Splenda instead of regular sugar or brown sugar
Use whole wheat flour: Whole wheat flour is more nutritious and has more fiber than white flour. It also imparts a nutty flavor.
Use nonfat Greek yogurt: Nonfat Greek yogurt can replace oil or butter in your recipe and add protein. Less oil means fewer calories and Weight Watchers points.
Use egg whites: Egg whites are lower in calories and fat than whole eggs.
Use nonfat milk: Use nonfat milk instead of whole milk to reduce the calorie count.
Add spices: Add cinnamon, nutmeg, or other spices to your recipe for extra flavor without adding extra calories.
Use a smaller loaf pan or muffin tins: Use mini loaf pans or muffin tins to make mini loaves and reduce the calorie count per serving. Mini muffins are another great lower calorie option.
Use unsweetened applesauce: Unsweetened applesauce can be used in place of oil to make
Make your healthy banana bread recipe gluten-free or vegan by using alternative flours or egg substitutes.
How to freeze banana bread?
Banana bread freezes very well provided your loaf is completely cool and well wrapped before placing it in the freezer. Here’s what you do:
Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and then wrap again in aluminum foil or place in a freezer bag for a double layer of protection before and storing in the freezer. You can also slice the bread and wrap individual slices and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag.
Can be frozen 2 to 4 months.
For best results, thaw, wrapped, at room temperature before serving.
What to serve with banana bread for breakfast?
There are several great ways that you can serve your banana bread for a nutritious breakfast:
Greek Yogurt: Serve a dollop of Greek yogurt on top of your banana bread slice. Greek yogurt is rich in protein, probiotics and other essential nutrients.
Fresh Fruits: Slice up some fresh fruits such as berries, sliced bananas or apple on the side. Fruits are packed with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Nuts and Seeds: Sprinkle some nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, or flax seeds on top of the banana bread slice. These are high in healthy fats, protein, and minerals.
Cottage Cheese: Serve a scoop of cottage cheese with your banana bread slice. Cottage cheese is high in protein and calcium, and it pairs well with sweet flavors.
Smoothie: Whip up a nutritious smoothie with a blend of fruits, veggies, and yogurt or milk to pair with your banana bread. This is a great way to add more nutrients to your breakfast.
What are some healthy creative desserts featuring banana bread?
Banana bread is a delicious and versatile ingredient that can be used in many creative ways to make healthy and delicious desserts. Here are a few ideas:
Banana bread parfait: Layer crumbled banana bread, Greek yogurt, and fresh berries in a parfait glass for a healthy and delicious dessert.
Banana bread ice cream: Freeze banana bread slices, then blend with frozen banana chunks, almond milk, and vanilla extract to create a healthy and creamy banana bread ice cream.
Grilled Banana Bread with Honey and Yogurt: Cut slices of banana bread into thick pieces and grill until crispy. Top with a drizzle of honey and a dollop of Greek yogurt for a delicious and healthy dessert.
Banana Bread Pudding: Use sliced banana bread instead of bread cubes in a classic bread pudding recipe. Top with fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup for a healthy and satisfying dessert.
Banana Bread Smoothie: Blend banana bread, almond milk, and frozen banana for a healthy and filling breakfast or snack.
If you liked these Skinny Banana Breads You Might Also like these Banana Dessert Recipes:
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Easy Light Banana Pudding
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Simple Banana Bundt Cake
Microwave Banana Cocoa Pudding Cake
Easy Banana Bread Impossible Pie Made Lighter
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan’s ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.
A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.
She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she’s not experimenting in the kitchen, you’re likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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Originally published April 2014; Updated with new content and photos March 2023