This Weight Watchers Banana Bread is so good you won't miss those extra calories! It is definitely a Weight Watchers recipe you will want to keep! I don't know if I have met anyone who doesn't like banana bread. The smell of it cooking makes the house so warm and cozy. There is a way for people trying to lose weight to still get to eat banana bread!
HOW DO YOU KEEP BANANA BREAD MOIST?
One of the small pleasures in life is freshly baked banana bread. This quick bread is simple to make, a fantastic way to use up overripe bananas, and it is just the right amount of sweetness. As much as possible, you will want to keep them fresh and moist. Here are some ways that can be accomplished:
- USE RIPE BANANAS
The bananas are the most important ingredient in this recipe, obviously. You are going to want your bananas to be ripe enough to be used for making banana bread. The riper it is the better. You will know it is ripe enough when the banana peel starts to get brown spots on it.
- MASH THE BANANAS
Once the bananas are all ripe and ready, mash them first before adding them with the rest of the ingredients. It's important to evenly distribute the flavor of the sweet, ripe banana when preparing this bread recipe. Instead of requiring you to grind them up in the mixer with the other components, it's crucial to add the bananas in a way that allows for simple incorporation.
- DO NOT OVERMIX
If you have been baking for quite some time now, then you should probably know that overmixing batters should be a no-no. It is advisable to begin by making sure your wet components are completely blended before you add your dry ingredients in order to prevent excessive gluten production and create the ideal texture.
- DO NOT ADD TOO MUCH FLOUR
Always make sure that you follow the exact recipe to avoid this from happening. Use a measuring cup designed specifically for dry quantities, and after scooping your flour, use a knife to even the top of the cup to ensure that you're scooping it correctly. By doing this, you can avoid accidentally adding too much and producing a dry loaf of bread.
BEST WAYS TO STORE BANANA BREAD
Banana bread is great for many reasons, but it often goes away as soon as it is baked. Ideally, you're devouring all of your banana bread right away, but if not, it can wind up in the garbage within only a few days because the loaves are so moist. Here are some ways you can store it:
- ROOM TEMPERATURE
If you are planning to eat your banana bread right away, it is best to just store it at room temperature so it would stay fresh. It is very important that you let the banana bread cool completely. After eating, store the leftover in an airtight container or in a Ziploc.
Before you place it inside an airtight container, be sure to wrap the whole bread in a paper towel. This will ensure that your bread stays fresh and avoid it becoming soggy. Storing the bread at room temperature will make it last up to four days tops.
Freezing this Weight Watchers banana bread can make it last up to 4 months. However, it must be done properly. When freezing your bread, of course, do not forget to let it cool first before storing it. Wrap it in plastic cling wrap a couple of times to ensure that it is perfectly sealed.
After doing so, you can either wrap it in foil or place it inside an airtight container, whichever is easier for you. Once you have done all the layers of protection on the bread, you can now leave it in the freezer. Note that you can store it whole or in slices.
When freezing it in individual slices, do the same process. Cool the banana bread completely then wrap each one with cling wrap and then wrap another layer of aluminum foil or place it inside a Ziploc or any other airtight container before putting it in the freezer.
Freezing individual slices will be more convenient for you if you want to have ready slices of banana bread to go. So, if you are a busy person, consider storing individual slices of the bread in the freezer. This way you don't have to slice up the whole bread anymore.
Note: since it is sliced, the interior of the bread will be exposed. I recommend that you double up the layers of wrapping to avoid it getting freezer burns.
- THAWING THE BANANA BREAD
Simply take the frozen banana bread out of the freezer and place it on the countertop to defrost. If it is sliced, it will thaw in around 30 minutes, or if it is a whole or half loaf, it will take about two to four hours. By baking the whole or partial loaf for 30 to 60 minutes at 350°, you can speed up the process of thawing. As for the individually sliced bread, this can be done in the microwave. Frozen bread slices will start to thaw after around 30 seconds of heating in the microwave.
WEIGHT WATCHERS BANANA BREAD
One way to help reduce the chance that I will overeat this Weight Watchers banana bread is to make mini loaves. Plus, I think mini loaves are CUTE! 😆
Did I mention they make great gifts? You could even make a batch and take it to your Weight Watchers meeting. Who wouldn't want an adorable mini loaf of banana bread with this yummy recipe attached to it!
HOW MANY POINTS DOES THIS BANANA BREAD HAVE?
I am really happy with how the points turned out for this recipe.
There are 3 Weight Watchers Program points per serving. Serving size is 1/3 of a mini loaf.
Now if you leave off the mini chocolate chips the points will decrease . So you have the option to lower the points even more.
Now, if you want to get even LOWER….divide each mini loaf into 3 equal portions and leave off the chocolate chips!
WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS TO MAKE WEIGHT WATCHERS BANANA BREAD?
For this recipe, you are going to need a couple of things. Here is a list of all the ingredients needed to make this banana bread recipe:
- Whole Wheat Flour
- Old Fashioned Oats
- Baking Powder
- Ground Cinnamon
- Unsweetened Applesauce
- Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Mini Chocolate Chips
HOW TO MAKE WEIGHT WATCHERS BANANA BREAD?
Once you have all the ingredients needed to make this healthy and delicious recipe, you can now start cooking. Follow the steps down below for the best results!
STEP ONE: PREPARE DRY INGREDIENTS
Before you mix up your dry ingredients, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then, grab a bowl and put all your dry ingredients in it. With the use of a mixer, mix the dry ingredients so they are well combined.
STEP TWO: MIX WET INGREDIENTS
The next step is to put your wet ingredients into a mixing bowl and then blend all the ingredients until they are smooth.
STEP THREE: COMBINE WET AND DRY INGREDIENTS
Once you are done mixing the wet ingredients, it is time to pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients you made earlier. Fold the wet mixture into the dry components until just combined. Don't over-stir this!
STEP FOUR: TRANSFER BATTER
Grab 4 mini loaf pans sized 5×3 and be sure to grease them. Pour in and divide the bread batter equally into the 4 mini loaf pans. Lastly, sprinkle in some mini chocolate chips on top of each mini loaf before placing them inside the oven.
STEP FIVE: BAKE BANANA BREAD
Bake the banana bread for about 30 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Allow this to cool, serve, and enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea!
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Weight Watchers Banana Bread is a delicious skinny version of a favorite sweet bread. This Weight Watchers recipe is low in myWW Points.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas 2 large bananas
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs large
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chip
Mix all the dry items in a large bowl until well-combined.
Mix all the wet items in a medium bowl until smooth.
Add the liquid into the dry ingredients and fold it in until just blended
Divide the batter into 4 greased mini loaf pans sized 5 inches by 3 inches.
Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate chips on top of each mini loaf.
Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
If you are a Weight Watchers follower this makes 8 servings. Each serving is 1/2 of a mini loaf.
There are 3 points per serving on the Weight Watchers Program.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WEIGHT WATCHERS RECIPE?
I can't really narrow it down to just one. When I find a healthy and delicious Weight Watchers recipe I will make it over and over.
One that I love is Triple Berry Crisp…it is a dessert but full of berries and low in points!
I would love to hear what some of your favorite WW recipes are! Let me know how you like the Weight Watchers Banana Bread!
If you liked this delicious recipe, be sure to check these other great recipes out:
- Weight Watchers Cabbage Soup Recipe (zero point)
- Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Pizza (great for WW)
- WW Baked Black Bean and Corn Dip
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Charlotte Wages says
Sounds really good…thanks for sharing Jamie! Love your blog!
Can I use almond flour instead of whole wheat flour?
Probably but the ratios could be different. I haven’t tried it so am not certain. Be sure to let us know if it is successful!
Could you make this using a standard loaf pan? How would the duration of baking change?
Under the bananas:. Do you mean 1 cup total (which is equal to 2 bananas) or 1 cup plus 2 bananas? Thanks!
it is one cup total which should be around 2 bananas depending on size
It is very good! When I put the ingredients in the WW app create a recipe, I get 4 points. How is it you come up with 3 for the blue plan?
It may just be a difference in brand of ingredients.
Debbie Mastin says
Hi Jamie! Are you allowed to say the brands of ingredients you used to make this bread? No matter what I put in, I still can’t get it to be 3 points (or 2 without chocolate chips). I get 4 pts when I enter what I use. Not that that one extra point will kill me, but if I can make it less, I’m all for that!! Thanks!
Can I use all purpose flour instead of whole wheat?
Yes but it will affect the points.
Brenda Sand says
Jamie I’d love to make your recipe but I only have 1 regular sized loaf pan. Can I use that instead of the 3 mini loafs?
How long would I bake it?
Do you still have the WW Meal Planner to print out? I loved it, but do not see it on your site anymore!
I have subscribed but I don’t know how to find the five day plan that was advertised
Norma, it is a series of 5 emails. My records show you have received 2 of the emails already. If you are not seeing the emails please check your spam folder. Thank you!
Robin Pfotenhauer says
Hi, I want to make this but don’t have small loaf pans. Can I use one large one and bake longer? If so how long to bake?
I am not sure of the exact time. I would just keep an eye on it!
Norma, when I use your nutrition info above and plug it into the WW calculator, the points come out to 7 on the green plan. How did you get 3?
I made this recipe but my loaves turned out very dry .
Any suggestions on how to make this recipe more moist.
I wonder if you could reduce cook time by a few minutes?
This is an excellent recipe. I didn’t have mini-pans so divided the batter equally into a regular 12-muffin pan and sprinkled a few mini chips on each and baked for 15 minutes. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for the tips!