Quick and Classic Low Fat Banana Bread

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I tell my 5 year old all the time “Don’t grow up too fast. Stay short. Stay sweet.”

“Okay, Mommy.” She says. “I’ll try.”

And because she’s be so compliant and trying to stay small for me, and she’s cuter than all get out, Santa brought her something extra special this Christmas.

An Ipod touch.

Despite the fact that she just started coloring in the lines, and is barely on the verge of reading books, she has some how nailed down texting.

Here’s a little peak.
Texting between a 5 year old and our next door neighbor who is 7.

Friend: Are  u there?

Friend: Soldad?

Soledad: Yes.

Soledad: Do you wot to play at your Haws with scotr (scooter) and bics With Bella and Soledad

Friend:  Yes at 1:00

Friend: Bye. Have to go.

New Conversation:

Soledad:  Hi its Soledad. I mist you. Wen you wor gon. Dear Friend.

Friend: What did you say?
Friend: Do you have to take a nap. Does Bella have to rest

Soledad: No.

Friend: Why does bella don’t have to?

Soledad: Because Bella is 7 years old.

Friend: Oh.

Soledad:  favggb hehehgeggeg hennvveben enwenenfwfwvvw (????)

I think we may have created a monster. The cute, short, sweet kind.

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Bananas. Bananas. Bananas.
It is totally crazy cakes over here.
5 year olds texting.

What craziness will ensue next?
It must be a sign of the times.

Good thing some things stay classic.
Like this bread.
Perfectly wholesome.
Split on the top.
Crunchy outer layer.
Soft sweet inner.
Low in fat.
Low in Calories.
High in yumminess.
The best things in life are forever.
And everything else. . . .  well, we’ll adjust.

Quick and Classic Low Fat Banana Bread
With only about 4 grams of fat per serving, 3 grams of fiber, and as little as 130 calories per serving, this snack packs a punch!
serves about 14


2 cups all-purpose flour (for even more fiber substitute 1 cup of all purpose flour for Whole Wheat)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar*
1/4 cup margarine/butter, melted (I like smart balance) 
3 mashed very ripe bananas
1/3 cup buttermilk (no buttermilk? try using plain yogurt)
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I like Walnut and Pecan)
Cooking spray

*Cutting down on sugar? Substitue 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and use in place of 1 c. white sugar.


1. Preheat oven to 350. Line the bottom of a loaf pan (8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch) with parchment or wax paper, and spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Mix to combine.

3. In another mixing bowl, combine the butter, bananas, and buttermilk. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir. Add to flour mixture, and stir until moist. Add nuts if using.

4. Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

Try making a second loaf, slicing it up in placing it individually wrapped in the freezer. It’ll be there waiting for you when you want a satisfying snack that you won’t feel guilty about.

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4 thoughts on “Quick and Classic Low Fat Banana Bread

  1. Looove banana bread! That one looks good, I will try it. I’m reminded of my granddaughter, those girls are way smaaaaart! 🙂

  2. OH my gosh—– you could create a tumblr- just with Soledad’s texts!!!!! Top it off with one of my favorite things (banana bread!) and you have won me over!!!

  3. I wot this bread… so yummy and Solidad is so funny.  My kids play with my phone all the time but no texting yet, probably since they can’t spell.  They however answer my phone.

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