Low calorie blueberry banana bread

Low calorie blueberry banana bread

It wasn’t really a special I don’t think. $6 for a punnet of blueberries is hardly a bargain but for some reason, that particular week I was powerless to resist. I had banana and blueberry bread on the brain and I knew I wouldn’t stop thinking about it until I was eating a warm slice.

Well a week later I still hadn’t made the loaf and the blueberries were threatening to turn bad on me so I popped them in the freezer for later. Turns out later was a month later. Better late than never right?

Low calorie blueberry banana bread

When I was doing the Michelle Bridges 12 week challenge (I put on A LOT of weight on a 5-week trip to Europe), one of my favourite recipes was the low calorie banana bread. It didn’t taste exactly like the full-fat version but it was close enough and I was ‘allowed’ it so I was happy.

Back to the blueberries. What I really wanted was a low calorie blueberry banana bread – something a little healthier that I could eat every day for morning tea with no guilt (not that I usually feel guilt over eating deliciousness).

Blueberry banana bread

The texture is quite wet and not at all cakey like regular banana bread, probably because there’s no butter or oil, but that’s the only way this differs from the original. I added just enough spice to give it that lovely warmth and you won’t even notice that there’s no sugar. The honey, apple sauce and banana are all the sweetness you’ll need.

Blueberry banana bread

I’d probably use wholemeal flour instead of white next time but as I was out of it, white mixed with some rolled oats did the job just nicely. I sliced it up, wrapped the pieces individually and popped them in the freezer and have been zapping a piece for morning tea every day since. Enjoy!

What about you? Do you buy things with the intention of making a certain recipe and then never get around to it?

Blueberry banana bread

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Blueberry banana bread - low calorie
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Serves: 12
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¾ tsp bicarb soda
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 cup mashed banana (2-3 bananas)
  • 100g blueberries
  • 1 cup SR Flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  1. Preheat oven to 180C fan forced.
  2. Spray a loaf tin with oil and line with baking paper so that it hangs over the long sides of the tin.
  3. Beat the eggs and honey in the bowl of an electric mixer until thick (about 1 minute).
  4. In a bowl or jug, mix the bicarb soda into the apple sauce (it will froth).
  5. Add the cinnamon, allspice and apple mixture to bowl, beat and then add the mashed banana.
  6. Add the blueberries, flour and rolled oats in one go and mix just until combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until it a cake tester comes out clean and it springs back in the middle.
  8. Leave the cooked bread in the tin for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.


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  1. I did the 12 week body transformation too. I last 4 weeks into it, and had lost all the weight I wanted to and realised that I just needed to be more careful. However, like you I did really enjoy most of the food. I never remember this cake though!

    • I somehow lasted the whole way Clare! I really like the theory behind it. It helped me seriously expand my eating repertoire at least but I could never stick to a regime like that again.

  2. That’s a lovely looking banana blueberry bread. Yes, blueberries are now just too expensive so I look for them in the frozen aisle and when they’re on special, I grab a few boxes. I’ve heard that the Michelle Bridges 12-week program works very well. And who wouldn’t put on a lot of weight if they had five weeks in Europe! xx

    • That’s a good idea Charlie! I always have frozen raspberries in the freezer but must start stocking up on blueberries. I would have been disappointed with myself if I hadn’t! x

  3. This sounds great, very little honey for a whole loaf too. I buy things all the time then let them languish in the crisper until they go into the freezer or get used for something completely different than my original plan – as long as I don’t throw them out its ok though! ;D

  4. What an amazing recipe – and website! Claire, do you know how many calories per slice are in this bad boy? I’m doing the 12WBT too and want to count …

    • Hi Crys. Thank you! If you cut it in 10 slices (a good sized serve) it’s about 160 per slice. 12 slices, which is doable but a little stingy in my opinion – 137 calories per slice.

  5. Yum Claire, I love banana bread, a low fat version is certainly a bonus. I hear you on the blueberry price, my daughter is obsessed with them and can easily eat half a punnet every day. It’s an expensive snack!

  6. Oh my goodness -this is so beautiful and the texture looks spot-on. It’s so nice to have lower guilt alternatives in the baked-goods category. When I’m being “good” I miss baking so much, but this is such a great solution!

  7. Good thing you were able to freeze the blueberries – I sometimes buy things for recipes I don’t make & end up with something to throw out… Anyway, this sounds like the perfect guilt-free breakfast!

  8. Blueberries with banana sounds wonderful!

  9. Hi Claire, hope you’re having fun! Love your bread and the fact that it’s quite legal! It makes me so mad if I buy ingredients and they go bad before I can use them up. I hate to admit that does happen from time to time in my kitchen 🙂

  10. Claire if I use wholemeal flour do I still use oats?

  11. I love this recipe!!!! I have made it 4 times now and also once as muffins baking for 17minutes.
    The kids love it in their school lunchboxes, I love it as a daily snack whiile on my weightloss journey.

  12. It sounds like not enough flour. Did it work out ok? Most recipes I find have almost double that amount of flour! 🙂

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