Banana Oat Bread

By • September 24, 2010 • 17 Comments


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Author Notes: My teenaged daughter has never once bought school lunch. I say that with an ounce of pride and more than several ounces of frustration as there are some days when making that lunch can just put us over the edge (though since I first wrote this she has taken over lunch making duties - I still make sure the kitchen is stocked with healthy options). As she leaves the house at 6:30 a.m. and is often at school until 4:30 or later with sports practice, we try to supplement her lunch with some healthy snacks. I'm not much for baking, but I experimented with whole grains and oatmeal in banana bread to try to come up with something hearty and heart healthy-ish. The handful of chips just makes her happy. healthierkitchen

Makes one loaf

  • 1 - 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 medium sized very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • 1 jumbo egg, plus one extra egg white
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • scant 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with vegetable cooking spray - either an 8 x 4 x 2 1/2 inch pan or a 9 x 5 x 3 inch pan.
  3. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the oil, sugar and eggs. Add the yogurt and then the mashed bananas into the oil mixture and stir until well blended.
  5. Add the flour mixture and stir until moistened. Stir in the oats and nuts and chips (if using).
  6. Pour mixture into the loaf pan. Place loaf pan on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean.

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4 months ago Jara

Made it with the kids for holiday breakfast. Used two whole large eggs and added vanilla. Really nice texture with the oats. I would love to reduce the oil without compromising the texture.

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10 months ago dlmontgomerytoo

Great recipe! I used gluten-free flour instead of the wheat and was delicious. Thank you!

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9 months ago healthierkitchen

thanks for saying, dlmontgomerytoo. Glad to hear it was convertible to a gluten free recipe1

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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I'm making this for Mr. T tonight. Stay tuned . . . . ;o)

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Hope he likes it!! The one I made yesterday afternoon is already half gone. I'm still curious about shipping this, but my husband's like the owl from the old tootsie pop commercials. Best of intentions to eat it slowly.... But I did get a piece into my daughter's lunch.

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Made another one yesterday and added 1 tsp. vanilla and two tablespoons of flaxseeds. I think I like it this way.

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Great recipe! My younger son had an internship at a company over in Silicon Valley (relatively long commute, relatively long work days) this summer, and needed an afternoon snack as well as lunch. I made banana bread about twice a week, because that was what he liked most to take for snack. I use the Tassajara Bread Book recipe, with walnuts or pecans, plus raisins, and have for about thirty years, but this one looks so good. I plan to make this for Mr T as soon as the weather breaks. (It's summer here, big time, these days.) How does this hold? I'd like to make loaves to send Priority Mail to each of my sons at college! Thank you. ;o)

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

I will have to check my library fo the Tassajara books. I'm not sure how long the banana bread lasts as it's usually gone within two or three days around here. I was thinking about sending my son one too, but haven't tried it yet. I think if left in a whole loaf and wrapped well, it might hold long enough to ship and enjoy, but I'm just not sure. Maybe we should ask on food pickle! I hear you on the heat - we are still having summer here in DC.

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over 3 years ago Waverly

I sympathize with your plight. I too make lunches every morning and snacks for pre-sports practice every afternoon. It's not always easy. I am a big fan of banana bread and have tried many different recipes. It makes a terrific afternoon snack or mini muffin/cupcake for the brown bag. Your recipe looks great. I can't wait to try it.
PS. I like to use walnuts in banana bread- they are good for you, but if your children don't care for the texture, try grinding them in a food processor before you add them.

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Thanks Waverly! Great idea to grind the walnuts - my daughter likes them, my son not so much. Can do it with the walnuts now as my son is now away in college!

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Thanks drbabs - I have made this into muffins with success but I couldn't remember how long I kept them in the oven, and I never wrote it down, so I didn't put it in here. This is likely why I'm not much of a baker - I'm not so precise. I probably just watched them - maybe half as long for baking time? I did the same with your delicious zucchini bread. btw, after making that I thought about adding flaxseeds to this recipe!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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I bet they'd be really good.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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delicious. have you made this into muffins?

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over 3 years ago testkitchenette

Kudos to you! Nice recipe and a great service you are doing. I never had a school lunch either and brought my mother's concoctions as well. I am so happy that she did that for my siblings and I. Banana bread can span breakfast and lunch easily. I look forward to trying your recipe!

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Thanks testkitchenette - hope my kids are as appreciative as you are of your Mom!

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over 3 years ago ellenl

This is perfect. Thanks so much. My son leaves home at 7:20 and I pick him up at 5:30 after sports practice and games every day. We've been figuring out snacks that are healthy and sustaining. I'll make this for him.

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Hope he likes it, ellenl!