{Healthy} Banana Oatmeal Bread

May 30, 2011 at 9:00 am 4 comments

What do you do when you have multiple bananas that look like this?

How about call a friend with it?

Ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, bananaphone!

Ya, maybe not. It kept dropping my calls…

Okay, next idea… Make banana bread with those “ugly,” brown bananas!

And not just any banana bread. Make my healthified healthy banana bread. Yes, it’s two times the healthy! I healthified (yes, it’s a word…) a recipe for healthy Banana-Oatmeal Bread from Cooking Light.

I took the original recipe, cut the sugar in half (1 cup became 1/2 cup) and replaced the 7 tbsp of oil with a pureed apple. You could also use 7 tbsp apple sauce. The rest of the recipe and instructions stayed the same, except I did bake the bread for not as long as original recipe called for (55mins instead of 70min). It was sort of an experiment and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the bread came out great!

The result was a slightly sweet, moist bread that was dense but not oily and had a nice bite to it, thanks to the oatmeal. I’m not a fan of super sweet or oily sweet-breads, so this bread is great for me. It doesn’t taste overly healthy either. My family loved it, too!

Need serving suggestions? For breakfast, schmear it with peanut butter and top with banana slices. Stick it in the toaster (oven) for a crispy, gooey treat. Follow my lead, and top it with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips for a simple but special dessert. Microwave it for maybe half a minute to up the amazingness… or just snag a piece straight out of the oven. I won’t tell.

I believe this recipe would make wonderful muffins.

The yellow banana below dreams of the day it’s mature and ripe enough to be made into banana bread.

But for now, that banana is “enjoying” its life as my bright yellow bananaphone…

I know, you’re jealous. 😉

Question: What is your favorite type of bread?

My favorite sweet bread is banana with chocolate chips and peanut butter, either inside or on top. My favorite “regular” breads are grainy breads and wheat baguette with dried fruit and nuts in it.


Sorry this is such last minute notice, but I wanted to let you know that due to summer plans, my posting will be very infrequent and irregular up through August. I am leaving today to work as a camp counselor at an overnight summer camp, where internet and phone service will be very limited. I’ll be sure to take lots of photos (especially of food, since food at camp rocks!) and I’ll try to post when I can. I’ll be back to my regular, weekly posts at the end of August. Thanks for baring (is that the correct spelling for the use? haha) with me, and I hope you’ll continue reading my blog!! I’ll miss stalking reading all of your lovely blogs, too.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. pawsitivelife  |  May 31, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    HAHA! I only cook with Bananas when they are dark…but I let them get that way on purpose!

  • 2. luckytastebuds  |  August 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Hey there!! I just found your blog through Tina’s and wanted to say hello as a fellow Boston foodie blogger and student! 🙂 Your blog is adorable, and damn I AM jealous not only of that bread but your sweet pad!!!

    Banana bread is definitely my favorite. I like it plain jane simple, no nuts, no chocolate chips nothin. 😉 Hope to stay in touch!


  • 3. Kris | iheartwellness.com  |  October 27, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Hahaha!!!! I always pretend the bananas here are phones to my dog….I know…I’m a nerd 😉

    I LOVE Banana Bread!!! WOO HOO!!!!!


    • 4. Lara @ six times the yum  |  December 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Wouldn’t that be awesome though? If bananas let us talk to our dogs? So great!! ❤


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