Whole Wheat Oatmeal Banana Bread

Author Notes: It's healthy - promise! Tons of wholesome ingredients including whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and honey. Applesauce takes the place of oil or butter, and we have a banana bread that can actually be nourishing for breakfast. This is made in about 10 minutes in one bowl, and the house smells incredible as the bread bakes. Bonus: chocolate chips for breakfast.

This recipe was inspired by a post several years ago at Ambitious Kitchen.
Lindsay Howerton-Hastings

Makes: 1 loaf


  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 4 small very ripe bananas, it's ok if you have more than a cup)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (one individual cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup half and half (you can use any milk you like, but I love the richness of half and half here)
  • 1 1/5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine the banana, applesauce, honey, egg, milk, and vanilla until creamy. Make a well in the center of the wet ingredients and add the remaining ingredients, reserving a few oats for sprinkling over the top if you'd like. Combine the dry ingredients gently, then fold into the wet mixture until just mixed. Pour into a loaf pan and sprinkle with extra oats.
  3. Bake for 60-70 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove from the pan to a rack to cool completely before covering or slicing and serving. Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

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