Banana bread will always have a special place in the hearts of foodies. But with its delish taste and smell, it also comes with a great number of calories. A loaf of typical banana bread has about 200 to 300 calories per slice only(!) which is equivalent to one and a half cups of rice. I never even knew this before and I feel guilty for eating two to three slices of banana bread in one sitting.
Don’t be sad though. If you’re watching your calorie intake but still want to indulge in pastries, there’s a healthier option!
A Bulacan-based online shop named Lo’kal is selling homemade banana bread that has only 125 to 155 calories per slice, which is lower than what’s commonly available in the market. Inspired by their love for food and baking, owners Alexandria and Daryll San Juan came up with this unique idea while looking for a side hustle during the quarantine.
Lo’kal Banana Bread Variants
- Classic, 125 kcal* for Php120 per loaf
- Choco Bits, 150 kcal* for Php150 per loaf
- Double Choco, 155 kcal* for Php160 per loaf
“While many bread and pastries are flooding our newsfeed right now, we brainstormed on how to make our products unique and stand out against others. We thought why not make our favorite pastries and desserts guilt-free and healthier since my sister, Daryll, is a registered nutritionist dietitian,” shared Alex.
Daryll spent a month researching and calculating ingredients to modify Lo’kal’s banana bread and transform it into a healthier one. After weeks of recipe testing, the sisters finally introduced online the Lo’kal Banana Bread.
“We are happy to find out that many people are really caring for their health, as well as the environment. Now, we are testing recipes of other pastries using only plant-based ingredients,” said Daryll.
While Lo’kal may be starting small online, the sisters have a bigger purpose in launching their new business. Aside from offering low-calorie and healthier food options, Lo’kal also aims to promote locally-made products and encourage customers to live a low-impact lifestyle.
The delivery fee ranges from Php20 to Php30 in Bulacan, while Metro Manila delivery varies depending on the courier charge.
For orders, reach out to their social media platforms: