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Dec 14

Banana Bread

I have partnered with SPLENDA® to create this Banana Bread. I have been compensated for my time commitment to work with their product, however all opinions are entirely my own. 

Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of my all-time favorite treats (and a great way to use over-ripe bananas), but it can often be a calorie-bomb, full of fat and sugar. I’m so excited to share this recipe for a lighter version because it truly tastes every bit as sweet, moist and swoon-worthy as the original, but it’s so much better for you! Perfect for a snack or as part of a healthy breakfast (just add eggs and fruit), a loaf of Banana Bread also makes a great hostess gift to bring to upcoming holiday gatherings. No one will ever guess a slice of this bread has only 152 calories!

Banana Bread

One of my secrets to lightening up this banana bread is SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend, which (just as it sounds) is made only with cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. This new sweetener blend has half the calories and carbs per serving as traditional sugar with no bitter aftertaste! Plus, because the blend contains sugar it works great in baking, providing all the necessary functions (like rise, browning, texture and moistness). I also like that you only need to use half the amount of SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend to get the same sweetness you’d achieve with traditional sugar. Tastes great, made with natural sweeteners, and helps cut calories and carbs? Sign me up! Visit for more information on SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners, to locate a store that sells it near you, or to buy online.

Banana Bread

In addition to using a low calorie sweetener, I also replaced some of the oil in this banana bread with plain nonfat Greek yogurt, and used my favorite white whole wheat flour instead of traditional white. I’ve used this type of flour since I started blogging in 2010 and since I often get questions about it, it’s a whole wheat flour that’s made to look and taste a little more like white flour. Many different brands sell a version of this and it’s carried at all my local grocery stores, but if you have trouble finding it you can definitely substitute regular whole wheat or all-purpose white flour.

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Banana Bread

Yield: 12 slices


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly mist a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the olive oil and SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend and whisk together to combine. Add the eggs and continue to whisk until the eggs are beaten. Add the mashed banana, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and continue to whisk until combined.
  3. Add the flour and stir in with a spoon until the ingredients are just combined. Transfer the batter into your prepared loaf pan and spread evenly. Bake in your preheated oven for 50-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing into 12 slices.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
4 per slice (SP calculated using the recipe builder on

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
4 per slice (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on

Nutrition Information per slice:
152 calories, 19 g carbs, 7 g sugars, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 4 g protein, 2 g fiber (from


14 Responses to “Banana Bread”

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    Mary Lueber2 — December 14, 2017 @ 10:17 am

    Is this calculated using the flex ww program?

    • Emily Bites replied: — December 14th, 2017 @ 10:22 am

      Hi Mary, I’m assuming you are in the UK? From what I understand, what is called the new flex program in the UK is known as the new freestyle program in America, so I believe the freestyle smartpoints should align with your Flex points. Hope that helps!

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    Jessie — December 14, 2017 @ 4:46 pm

    Hi Emily
    I have the regular Splenda. Would I use the same amount?

    • Emily Bites replied: — December 15th, 2017 @ 9:34 am

      Hi Jessie, I haven’t made this using regular Splenda before, but the Splenda Naturals blend I used only needs half the amount you’d use of regular sugar to get the same sweetness. From what I understand, regular Splenda measures cup for cup like sugar, so I would probably suggest using double the amount of Splenda as is listed. I hope it turns out delicious!

    • Emily Bites replied: — December 16th, 2017 @ 9:03 am

      I reached out to Splenda just to be sure I was giving you the right info and this is what they said:
      Great question! It is a half replacement for the regular SPLENDA® when you use SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of regular SPLENDA®, you’d use 1/2 cup of the SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend. Hope this helps!


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    Bonnie Epps — December 29, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

    Love you site. I am a Lifer. I’m told that recipes that you enter into you “recipes” will automatically convert to the new system.
    I was wondering how I could best organize you awesome recipes. I tried pressing the little hear but nothing happened. Really want to save the banana bread

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 2nd, 2018 @ 9:25 am

      I usually use Pinterest to keep track of recipes I want to try or have tried 🙂

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    KateL — January 12, 2018 @ 12:08 pm

    Great recipe! I used 1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar blend. Plenty sweet enough for me.

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 16th, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

      Glad to hear it! 🙂

  5. #
    Melissa — January 14, 2018 @ 6:37 pm

    Hi do you know how to make gluten free? Thx!

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 16th, 2018 @ 2:10 pm

      I’m sorry, I don’t have any experience with gluten free baking!

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    Linda Huffhines — January 16, 2018 @ 5:37 pm

    Please advise how much shredded zucchini to use if I would like to substitute it for bananas.
    Second request.
    All your recipes are flavorful ,simple, and satisfying so us Weight Watchers are HAPPY

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 16th, 2018 @ 5:41 pm

      I never received the first request! I have never made this as zucchini bread so I really can’t accurately advise from experience. Feel free to play aroumd with it!

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    Linda Huffhines — January 16, 2018 @ 5:46 pm

    Please advise amount of shredded zucchini needed to substitute for bananas.
    Your recipes are delicious and easy to prepare. Us Weight Watchers are HAPPY‼️ Thanks.

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