This healthy banana oat bread recipe could make a perfectly not-too-sweet afternoon snack or quick choice for breakfast. Some optional add-ins could be nuts, raisins, fresh banana slices (make a fun pattern), or guild the lily with some mini chocolate chips. This recipe comes courtesy of SheCooks.Design, one of our favorite places on the web to find healthy and child-friendly meal ideas.
How kids can help
Speaking from loaves of experience, my kids are great banana mashers. Hand them a fork and let them go at it. (And remember, brown bananas make for moister bread and better banana flavor.) Often instead of making a single loaf, we’ll use a mini muffin tin for snack-sized banana bread. My kids are usually enlisted to fill the muffin tin before we pop it into the oven.
Banana Oat Bread
- 1 1/4 c white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3-4 ripe bananas about 1 1/2 c mashed
- 3 tbsp walnut oil grapeseed, hazelnut or coconut work as well
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c real maple syrup
- 1 c uncooked old fashioned oats quick cooking oats work too*
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, using a fork, mash the bananas. Add oil, vanilla, eggs and maple syrup to the bananas and mix well. Then add the oats and mix well. Let rest for about 15 minutes, this gives the oats a bit of time to soften by absorbing some of the liquid.
- In another bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix well, then add the dry mixture. Mix until combined be sure to not over-mix (overmixing a batter like this can toughen the dough, we don’t want that, right!)
- Grease (or spray) a 5×9″ loaf pan with oil, add the batter and smooth out the top. Bake for about 45 minutes when the top is firm to touch and golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then flip it out on a wire rack and resist the urge to dig in until it’s completely cool.
- Please note, instant oatmeal is NOT the same as quick oats. Instant oatmeal packets have added sugars and ingredients we don’t want.