Banana nut bread is such a comfort food for me. As a child I always remember my mom “saving” the overripe bananas by turning them into a moist and flavorful banana bread. I loved to eat it fresh out of the oven with a little bit of butter. Yum! This Banana Walnut Oatmeal Bread recipe encompasses the same great flavors and textures of traditional banana nut bread, but adds a healthier twist. Instead of using enriched white flour, this recipe uses a combination of whole wheat four, oat flour and rolled oats. It also replaces the oil with applesauce.
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- 2 medium mixing bowls
- measuring cups and spoons
- 1 whisk
- 1 silicone spatula
- food processor or blender (optional)
- 2 loaf pans
- 7 medium bananas, pureed or mashed
- 2 large eggs
- 4 tablespoon melted butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup oat four
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup walnuts
- cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350°.
Use your food processor or blender to puree the bananas. If you prefer chunkier bread, you can mash them by hand. Then, mix together all of the wet ingredients: banana puree, beaten eggs, melted butter, applesauce, vanilla, maple syrup and brown sugar.
In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, oat flour, rolled oats, baking soda and salt. Then, whisk together the wet and dry ingredients.
Gently fold in the 1 cup of chopped walnuts.
Spray 2 loaf pans with a non-gmo cooking spray, such as coconut or avocado oil, and use the silicone spatula to scrape 1/2 of the batter into each pan. Bake the loafs at 350° for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Happy cooking! (printable recipe below)
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