Emily Wyckoff

Recipe Calorie Calculator

Do you ever wonder exactly how many calories are in a serving of your favorite dish? I recently posted a recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and someone posted a comment asking about how many calories are in a serving. I did some investigating on the Internet and discovered there are many different sites that allow you to track daily calories by allowing you to keep a food log (I like Lose It!, an app on my iPhone) and some sites that allow you to log in recipe ingredients and number of servings and the site calculates the per serving calorie count and nutritional content.

The easiest site for me to use was http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php. Many sites require you to search for each recipe ingredient one at a time in their database, which can be somewhat time consuming. On the Calorie Counter website, you just copy and paste the ingredients from your recipe, insert the number of servings, and the recipe is “analyzed” for you. You can also store recipes on the site, and it’s free.

By the way, here is the nutritional info for my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (based on 16 servings per loaf) – not too bad as far as calories, but it got a D+ grade as far as nutritional content. Don’t bananas, whole wheat flour and yogurt count for something? Maybe I don’t really want to know this information after all…..:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 70 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 3% Iron 5%
Nutrition Grade D+
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

5 Responses to “Recipe Calorie Calculator”

  1. Jenna says:

    That’s a great tip! Is that the right link? Can you check it again?

  2. Plan B Mom says:

    jenna – i updated the link – thanks for giving me the heads up. the link takes you right to the “New Recipe” page. If you are trying to find out the calories in a recipe from the Calorie Counter home page, go to the “Food” tab and then “New Recipe.”

  3. Luella says:

    You are so amwesoe for helping me solve this mystery.

  4. Rizi says:

    Beware! This calorie counter is not accurate! The grams of fat, calories, etc. added up to way more than the amount of grams in the portion.

  5. Mark says:

    CalorieCount is a really useful tool, but don’t you think it’s a bit outdated now? I’m a reader of not only your blog and like to know the nutritional quality of recipes. Tool available on http://happyforks.com/analyzer is similar to CalorieCount, but more detailed. I need values per 100g to easily compare recipes, CalorieCount don’t offers this.

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