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(Virtually) Fat-free Banana Loaf Recipe

Fat-Free Banana Loaf Cake

Our signature banana loaf recipe is pretty healthy as far as cakes go. But we know that some of you like to take it a step further when it comes to fat and we've come up with this fabulous virtually fat-free banana loaf recipe just for you.

By replacing the butter in our signature recipe with apple sauce and adjusting the method accordingly, we've eliminated the majority of the fat in the cake, leaving just trace amounts from the egg. The result is a deliciously moist and more-ish cake that won't last long in your cake tin!

Apple sauce is available in most supermarkets or you can make your own by pureeing stewed apples. Do keep an eye on the added sugar content of the sauce you buy though - you may be replacing butter with refined sugar instead.

Virtually Fat-free Banana Loaf Cake

A more-ish banana loaf with hardly any fat - easy and delicious!

Gives: 8-10 slices


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8oz/225g wholemeal plain flour
4tsp baking powder
4oz/110g dark brown sugar
4oz/110g apple sauce
1lb/450g bananas, mashed with a fork (approx 3-4; weight is with skin)
2 eggs, beaten
4oz/110g raisins

Equipment: a 2lb loaf tin (approx 23cm x 13cm x 7cm)


1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C, Fan 150 degrees C, gas mark 4 or 350 degrees F.

2. Line the loaf tin with greaseproof paper or a ready-shaped loaf tin liner.

3. Stir together the dry ingredients in a roomy mixing bowl - that is, the flour, baking powder and sugar - until well combined.

flour, baking powder and sugar for fat free banana loaf

4. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients - that is, the apple sauce, the mashed banana and the beaten eggs.

5. Stir in the raisins.

Fat free banana loaf apple sauce, mashed banana, egg and raisins

6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Fat free banana loaf batter

7. Scrape the cake mixture into your lined loaf tin.

Fat Free Banana Loaf ready to bake

8. This cake takes about an hour to cook. You will know when it is nearly ready as you will be able to smell it cooking, and if you remove it from the oven, a skewer inserted into the cake should come out clean.

Fat-Free Banana Loaf Cake

9. Remove your cake from the tin and cool it on a wire rack.

10. We normally suggest that serving banana loaf with butter is pretty delicious - but that might just defeat the purpose of your fat-free cake! This cake is delicious just on its own!

fat free banana loaf cake slice

11. You can store your cake for the best part of a week in an airtight tin.