Early mornings are usually rushed and it’s easy to skip breakfast or to grab something quick (which typically doesn’t have great nutritional value). Sometimes my kids have just enough time to gulp some milk and grab something convenient like a bagel. For those days it helps if you have something like this Oat Flour Banana Bread at home so you can just grab a slice and be good to go. These are so much better than the store bought muffins, which are filled with sugar, trans fat, and chemicals.
Just by substituting oat flour for regular flour and canola oil for butter, I’ve lowered the fat content and increased the fiber and protein content for the basic banana bread. And adding walnuts increases the percentage healthy fats which are good for us. But in case you are out of oat flour, you can use regular all purpose flour also, same quantity.
Sometimes I make this bread with 2 egg whites and skip the milk, but if I’m out of eggs I just add ½ cup milk instead. The only difference is that the protein content slightly increases when you add eggs. You can make this as bread or bake it in muffin pans for convenience. If you add mini chocolate chips, this recipe doubles as a great dessert option (especially when warmed up)! As you can tell, it’s fairly versatile and great for packed lunches and picnics.
Mashed bananas – 1 ½ cups (3 large)
Oat flour – 2 cups
Canola oil – ¾ cup
Sugar – ¾ cup
Organic milk – ½ cup
Vanilla extract – 1 t
Baking soda – 1t
Baking powder – ½ t
Salt – ½ t
Walnuts – ½ cup (optional)
Mini chocolate chips – 2 T (optional)
· Heat the oven to 325 F.
· Add the sugar and oil and vanilla to food mixer and blend well.
· Then add the mashed bananas and milk.
· Then add the dry ingredients. Add walnuts and chocolate chips at end.
· Bake in the oven for 60-70 min depending upon your oven. Toothpick inserted in center should come out as dry.
· Enjoy as a snack or a quick breakfast or as a dessert!
Total Servings: 12-14
Per Serving: Calories: 251 cal, Fat 19.1 g, Sugar 12 g, Carbs 20.1 g, Fiber 1.4 g, Protein 2.5 g
Without chocolate chips: Calories 241 cal, Fat 18.5 g, Sugar 10.8 g, Carbs 18.8 g, Fiber 1.4 g, Protein 2.4 g