Banana Oat Bread With Walnuts

I do not bake many desserts, but I do like to have some healthy quick breads or muffins on hand to serve friends or neighbors that may stop by for a coffee. I am enamored lately with oats and oat flour and love both the texture it adds to baked goods, as well as the flavor. Add to that the fact that oats contain a good amount of protein, are high in fiber, and rich in thiamine, folate, B5, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese, and I want to add oats to all of my baked goods! This bread is moist and dense in texture, and the bananas add enough natural sweetness so you do not need much sugar. I kept my loaf simple by adding just chopped walnuts, but you could vary the add-ins by including dried fruit such as cranberries or raisins, coconut, or even chocolate chips.

Why Healthy

  • Oats contain a good amount of protein, are high in fiber, and rich in thiamine, folate, B5, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese.
  • Waluts are a good source of protein and are rich in phytosterols which help to lower cholesterol. Also rich in fiber and vitamin E.
  • Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.

 

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Banana Oat Bread

Yield: Makes 1 (8 x 4 Inch) Loaf

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Ingredients:

1 Cup All-purpose Flour
1 Cup Quick Oats
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
!/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Cups Ripe Mashed Bananas
2 Large Eggs
1/3 Cup Virgin Coconut OIl
1/2 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts

Topping:
1/3 Cup Oats

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly grease an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan.
In one bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking powder, and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together the bananas, coconut oil, eggs, and sugar until blended.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir just until combined.
Stir in the chopped walnuts, then pour batter into prepared pan.
Brush the loaf with water, then sprinkle the oats on top.
Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until a cakes tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool in pan for 30 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool to room temperature before slicing.

 

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