Banana Oat Bread

You know those few bananas that manage to hang around your kitchen turning brown? Don’t throw them away! My kids are always grossed out by these but when I turn them into delicious banana bread they are all in. The browning is due to a process called oxidation but the benefit is that it makes the bananas sweeter which is perfect for making banana bread. I prefer my sweet bread with nuts but my kiddos say no way so I always make two loaves…at least.

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This bread requires a few basic baking ingredients to create a deliciously, moist banana bread. Of course, you can get crazy with this and top it with cream cheese frosting or make a simple brown sugar glaze to top it off. But, my favorite way is a warm slice of the good, old-fashioned simple loaf with a smear of butter.

P.S. Check out my pig cutting board. Isn’t it the cutest? I picked it up at our local farmer’s market.

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Banana Oat Bread

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
3-4 medium size bananas, mashed
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees and prepare loaf pan by spraying with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Make a well inside of the dry mixture.
  3. In another bowl, combine the egg, bananas, sugar and canola oil. Stir until just moistened. Add this to the well in the dry ingredients. Fold together and spoon into prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes.

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