Low Carb Banana Bread Bites

Looking for a delicious snack that won’t require you to wear stretchy pants when you eat it?  Try my recipe for low carb banana bread bites!

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Hey there!  Thanks for stopping by to see me!  I hope your weekend’s been a great one.  Mine was pretty danged awesome. :)  The weather is FINALLY starting to warm up and the last bits of snow are trying like crazy to melt, so my winter blues are packing up their bags and heading out of town.  I can’t wait for the lilacs to bloom.  THEN I’ll believe it’s spring in Wisconsin.

Earlier last week, I mentioned on my Facebook page how out of control my excess weight has become.  I started gaining weight shortly after my hysterectomy last August, and once the cold weather kicked in, the pounds just packed themselves onto my bod.  I’m not a winter sports lover, so the extent of my exercise has been lifting my leg to get over snow drifts and raising my arm to get my coffee mug to my lips.  Things are SO crazy bad now that none of my clothes from last spring fit me.  UGH.  My obsession with carbs and sugars is wicked!  Instead of bitching about it (ok, I guess that WAS a bitching of sorts), I decided to take some action to fix the problem.  I joined Weight Watchers last Tuesday and I’ve got several friends across the U.S. and Canada who are also on the program, so we’ll be great accountability for one another.  I decided that Sunday mornings will be my primary weekly meeting, so even though I’ve only been on the program for 5 days, I went to the meeting this morning to weigh in.  I did a little happy dance when I learned that I’ve already lost 3 pounds.  OK, so it’s not a lot in the realm of things, but it’s a great start for me.  I feel pumped up and ready to start the week off on a great foot!

I acknowledge my love of simple carbs and sugars, and I can honestly say that I have no desire to give them up completely.  I’ll feel WAY too deprived if I let them go completely from my eating plan.  SO, I decided to create some healthier options to indulge my sweet tooth and my bread obsession.  Thanks to the help of this low-carb baking mix from Bob’s Red Mill, it may not be quite as tough as I initially thought.

Bob's Red Mill Low-Carb Baking Mix - Used to create the Low Carb Banana Bread Bites recipe at ItsYummi.com

I absolutely love quick breads like pumpkin loaf, blueberry muffins, and banana bread, but they’re typically loaded with so many grams of carbohydrates and sugar that it could cost me half a day’s worth of Weight Watcher points to indulge in one.  Now I don’t need to freak out every time I’m craving them.  There’s a recipe on the back of the bag for a basic, low-carb muffin, so I started there and added things to create one of the best guiltless baked goods that I’ve tasted in quite some time.  I am SO grateful that I found this basic baking mix because frankly, buying 5 different types of healthy flour just didn’t sound like something I could afford to do.  Almond flour alone is almost $9 a pound!  CRAZY!  This baking mix isn’t cheap, mind you, but at $5 for a one pound bag, it’s definitely workable with my grocery budget.  I couldn’t find any at my local grocery stores, so I bought it on Amazon and was able to get free shipping.

I used the Recipe Builder on the Weight Watchers website.  It’s one of the e-tools that I have available to use as part of my monthly pass membership.  I know that there are other websites available for creating recipes with nutritional information, but I can’t be sure where they get their nutritional information from, so I was a little bit leery of using them.

Once I calculated the recipe and realized that one of these low carb banana bread muffins only costs me 2 Weight Watcher Points Plus, I could hardly believe it.  I am SO excited to share this recipe with you!  Whether you’re monitoring your food intake or not, these muffins are a tasty, healthy treat that are perfect for a breakfast on the run or a mid-afternoon snack.

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 LOW CARB BANANA BREAD BITES

5.0 from 2 reviews
Low-Carb Banana Bread Bites
 
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Recipe Category: Snack
Cuisine: Quick Bread / Muffin
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These banana muffins are low in carbohydrates and simple sugars, making them a perfect for breakfast on the run or a great snacking option any time of day.
WHAT'S NEEDED
  • 3 Cups Bob's Red Mill Low Carb Baking Mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 oz.) water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) no sugar added applesauce
  • 6 packets Nectresse Calorie-Free Sweetener
HOW TO MAKE IT
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F; Line 24 standard sized muffin cups with papers or spray lightly with nonstick spray.
  2. In large mixing bowl, whisk together baking mix, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking powder. Make a well in center of ingredients and set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, combine egg, oil, water, applesauce, mashed banana, and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined; Pour wet contents into bowl with dry ingredients and stir with wooden spoon until all baking mix has been incorporated.
  4. Place 3 Tablespoons batter into each cup and bake for 22-24 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean. - Remove pan from oven and allow muffins to cool in pan for 3 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely
IMPORTANT INFO!
• These muffins were baked in Brownie Pans from The Pampered Chef line of kitchen products.Contact Becca Heflin for ordering information. • This recipe was created using the Recipe Builder on the Weight Watcher’s website. NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: Per the Recipe Builder at WeightWatchers.com, each muffin is worth 2 Weight Watchers Plus Points on the Weight Watchers 360 program.

 

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Comments

  1. Debbie says

    These look great! We can’t use the Nectresse Calorie-Free Sweetener. Could I substitute agave or honey? (I’m also not against using a small amount of brown or granulated sugar.) If any of these can be successfully substituted, how much should I use? Thanks so much!

    • says

      Thanks so much for writing, Debbie! You could certainly substitute with honey or agave, but my concern is that you’d end up with a batter that is more loose (wet). That may end up causing you problems with them not becoming firm enough. If you’re not opposed to using brown or traditional sugar, I would suggest substituting with one of those instead. 1 packet of Nectresse is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar, but honestly, if you use bananas that are well ripened, they’re pretty darned sweet on their own. You could try 1 Tablespoon of sugar/brown sugar, or just leave it out and see how the batter looks. If it needs something dry to bring it together a bit more, add a little bit of sugar, or perhaps even just a little bit more flour instead. Good luck, and please let me know how they turn out for you!

  2. says

    Thanks for the catch, Dan. I meant to add a note in the recipe. I used a teaspoon of mini chocolate chips. 15 calories extra and 1 extra Weight Watcher point.

    • Dan says

      Not that I’m doing weight watchers but could stand to lose a few pounds myself plus always looking for something new to try. Perhaps others saw this and thought the same

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