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Nigella Lawson’s Banana Bread

Low-calorie Banana Bread Recipe. Easy to make, moist with tender crumbs loaf, you can taste the butter, toasted walnuts, the delicious flavor will make you bake this treat often! Although this recipe is low in calories, it is full of goodness coming from ripe bananas, vanilla, and melted butter! Watch the video tutorial.

Nigella Lawsn's banana bread loaf.

Banana Bread Recipe

I have originally published this recipe in 2014, after reading all the rave reviews of Nigella Lawson’s banana bread recipe featured in her cookbook “How to be a domestic Goddess.”

Everyone was eager to try this recipe and share it over the internet, and I don’t blame them, this recipe is a keeper. In this easy banana bread recipe, you will find simple ingredients that can be mixed in a mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or spatula, or a hand mixer.

Now let’s talk about the changes I made to make this a kid-friendly and low-calorie banana bread recipe.

How to Make Low-Calorie Banana bread

The first thing I did was omitting the rum; that step converted this recipe into a kid-friendly and have reduced the calories. I went ahead and removed sultanas (raisins) form this recipe not to reduce the calories but because my family is not fond of raisins in banana bread. I have used three ripe bananas instead of four; this change didn’t affect the texture nor the taste.

Reducing the butter from 10 tablespoons to 6 tablespoons didn’t take away the buttery flavor, you can find it in every bite in this banana bread. I have used one whole egg and one egg white and have reduced the number of toasted walnuts.

Soft butter spread on banana bread slice.
Freshly baked banana bread showing tender crumbs.

Banana Bread Ingredients

Ripe bananas. If you don’t have ripe bananas, you can use a firmer banana, but the flavor will be mild. Don’t use overripe bananas; it will have an off flavor, which I don’t think you’ll appreciate!

Butter. Use unsalted butter and make sure it is melted. When you melt the butter some of the moisture evaporates, and you are left with more fat, and that means more flavor. If you are using salted butter, omit the next ingredient.

Salt. A pinch will enhance the flavor, and you need it to balance the sweetness in sugar and the ripe bananas.

Baking Powder and Baking Soda will help the banana loaf bread to rise.

White granulated Sugar, but if you want a hint of caramel flavor in your banana bread then mix half white sugar with half brown sugar.

Eggs. There are one whole egg and an egg white.


Flour. Use all-purpose flour and make sure to measure it properly and you can do so by fluffing the flour and then spoon it in your measuring cup and then use the back of a butter knife to level off the top of the measuring cup. Do not scoop the flour from the container; you’ll end up with more flour than needed and will have a dry loaf cake.

Nuts. Use walnuts, almonds, or pecans, but make sure to toast the nuts, this brings out a good taste and will maintain a good crunch after baking the banana bread. 

Side shot of moist banana bread

How to Make Banana Nut Bread

If you don’t care about the calories that much then you can turn this recipe into banana nut bread, you can do so by adding roughly chopped and toasted nuts to the batter and increase it to ¾ cup.

How to Make Easy Banana Bread

  1. Preheat the oven. To 350F/180C.
  2. Line an 8”x5” loaf pan with parchment paper.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients except for the sugar.
  4. Mash the banana with a fork.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the wet ingredients. 
  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix.
  7. Add the nuts and fold them into the batter.
  8. Pour the batter in the previously prepared baking loaf pan.
  9. Bake the banana bread for 45 minutes to an hour.
  10. Cool on a cooling rack.
Two banana bread slices served on a plate.

How to Store and Freeze Banana Bread

First, allow the loaf bread to cool completely and make sure to write the date on the Ziploc bag or the container you are planning to use.

You can store the loaf sliced or in whole in an airtight container, and it can stay at your countertop and away from the heat for 5 days to one week.

To freeze the bread, cut it in slices. Wrap each slice with plastic wrap. Place all the slices in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container and freeze up to 2 months.

You can also slice the banana bread and place a parchment paper between each slice. Stack the slices, making them look like a whole loaf and then wrap with plastic wrap and then place in a Ziploc bag or airtight container.

More Delicious Loaf Bread Recipes:

Perfect Banana Bread Recipe.

Blueberry Butter Loaf Cake.

Orange Sour Cream Loaf Cake.

Moist and low in calories banana bread. With simple ingredients you will make and amazing treat. Read the post for more tips on making banana muffins from this recipe and don't forget to watch the video. #bananabread #breadloaf #bananacake

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  1. It looks so beautifully moist and delicious, Muna.

  2. How do you make banana bread look so lovely?
    I think banana bread with raisins sounds also pretty interesting..

  3. Jeannie Tay

    Hi Muna, I love how easy this recipe comes together, and how moist this cake looks! I think I have some bananas at home…hope to bake this delicious looking cake too!

    • Arinacooking

      You’ll love this recipe, my sister is not fond of banana bread and she actually like this version 😉

  4. I’ve just tried ur recipe, its in the oven ! Fingers crossed 🙂

  5. How can you make this look so amazing? It’s so moist! It’s very beautiful 🙂

    • Arinacooking

      Thanks Nagi 🙂 you made me blush! This recipe is the best recipe I ever tried for banana bread so far.

  6. It looks yummy, making me hungry lol.

  7. I don’t know that making banana bread is so easy. And that picture is definitely the most delicious banana bread picture I’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I am absolutely obsessed with banana bread! Looks and is so delicious.

  9. oh yuuummmmmm!!! This banana bread looks amazing!!! I’ve never baked banana bread before, I would love to give this a shot.

  10. Awesome recipe. I love banana bread and would love to try out your recipe.

  11. I love banana bread and love this option for lower calorie – and I’m not a fan of raisins in banana bread either. So weird!

  12. I love how you adjusted several small things to make it low calorie without actually losing any of the texture or features. Thank you!

  13. Loved the recipe it looks so delicious and tasty…glad you shared this with us..great work though…am sure will love it too…

  14. I love banana bread! We make it often and this is a favorite recipe.

  15. Looks like a great loaf. Looks so delish.

  16. This banana bread looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

  17. I have never tried making this at home but your recipe is so easy to follow! The banana bread looks delicious 😋

    Love 💕