Caitlin’s Confections: Banana Oat Bread

My mom was always baking when we were kids. It wasn’t unusual for us to come downstairs in the morning to find the kitchen smelling warm and sweet. Banana bread was one recipe she frequently made and it has become a tried and true comfort food in my life. For the most part, any variation will do, but I’ve been working to create a healthier recipe lately.

When it comes to substitutions in baking, you have to be fairly strategic. However, I’ve found that when altering recipes, breads are fairly forgiving. This recipe makes a hearty, filling loaf that I believe is best to serve warm. It’s a great treat to make when you have company coming over or need a dish for brunch.

I love this recipe because it’s quick and easy: everything thrown into one bowl. It takes a little time to bake and only makes a single loaf, but it tastes delicious. I added chocolate chips and walnuts to mine, but there are various substitutions you can make.

Ingredients 

2 c ground oats

1/2 c white flour

1 egg

2 bananas, mashed

1/4 c olive oil

1/2 c apple sauce

1/2 tsp baking soda

dash of cinnamon

splash of vanilla

1/2 c chocolate chips

1/2 c walnuts

Directions 

Combine all your ingredients in a mixer. The batter should be blended well but not completely smooth. Grease a loaf pan thoroughly and the pour batter in. Cook your bread for 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until a fork or skewer comes out clean. Let cool for at least ten minutes before serving.

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