You won’t be able to tell this is a lightened up banana bread.  It’s so light and delicious!

My late husband LOVED his Mom’s banana bread.  And no wonder because it had 1 1/2 sticks of butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar.  I’ve tasted it and it’s delicious.  But her recipe is also 15 WW points per slice.

This is my homage to her recipe.  Thank you for the inspiration Bonnie!

How do you make banana bread sweet without adding more sugar?

Make sure you use bananas that are super ripe.  The browner they are, the more sweet they are.  If you find yourself with bananas that aren’t quite as ripe as you would like, simply microwave them in 20 second increments until soft.

Can this lightened banana bread be gluten free?

Yep!  My go to gluten free flour is Bob’s Redmill 1 to 1 Gluten Free flour, making sure that the main ingredient is white rice flour, with xanthan gum added as an ingredient.  While chickpea flour is gluten free, it makes a much denser bread.

Ingredients needed for lightened up banana bread

  • all-purpose flour (or gluten free flour)
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • eggs
  • unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • bananas
  • sugar free chocolate chips
  • nut topping

this is a loaf of lightened up banana bread

Lightened Up Banana Bread

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

My late husband loved his mom's banana bread, and no wonder because it had lots of sugar and butter. Not hating on that delicious loaf, but this is my lightened up version. Thanks for the inspiration Bonnie!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Splenda no calorie for baking (or any non-calorie sweetener of choice)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 3 tablespoons no sugar added chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons Fisher nut topping (or any nuts of choice)


    Heat oven to 350.

    In a large bowl add the bananas, almond milk and eggs and mash. Add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and Splenda and mix just until combined.

    Add to a loaf pan sprayed with avocado oil spray. Top with chocolate chips and nuts and bake for 45-50 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 20-30 minutes before removing.


As of the date of this publication, each slice is 5 WW points, or 6 WW points on the diabetic plan. Click here for the WW tracker.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 615mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 7g

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Lily’s sugar free chocolate chips are readily available in most grocery stores.  If you shop at Mariano’s or Kroger, they have a great sugar free chocolate chip – and about half the cost of Lily’s.

these are mini chocolate chips

Have more bananas that need to be used up?  Check out my other recipes: